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Adjunct Faculty

Ms. Madeleine L. Dale MA, MPH, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Madeleine L. Dale has directed social work services to Latino children and their families at Yale, Harvard, and University of California teaching hospitals, training social workers, physicians, dietician, pharmacists, and nurses. She was the public health social work consultant for the California Department of Health Services in the Maternal and Child Health Branch, and Director of International Projects for Children and Families at Risk at Florida International University. She was the first social worker in the country to become a president of a state (California) perinatal association, She has lived and worked throughout Central America, providing consultation and technical assistance to educational institutions, government agencies (including Executive and Legislative branches), and NGOs in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Panama, Peru, and Brazil as well as on contract to UNICEF and USAID. She has served on numerous grant review panels for the Maternal and Child Health Branch of the US Department of Health Services. She was in (bilingual) private practice for several years treating individuals and families that had experienced infertility, perinatal loss, or faced other perinatal challenges. She has taught as an Adjunct at several metropolitan area colleges and was a assistant professor at the medical schools of the University of California at Irvine and at San Francisco.

Ms. Dale's research in the field of maternal and child health has focused on (potentially) at-risk populations and clinical interventions, specifically in the areas of cross-cultural and trans-national delivery of health care, substance exposure, and the effect(s) of incarceration on pregnancy outcomes.

Ms. Dale earned her MA from the School of Social Service Administration, The University of Chicago; her MPH from the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; and her Certificate in Disability Studies from the City University of New York.

Saba Daneshyar |
Adjunct Lecturer
Cardacia Davis MSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Cardacia M.Davis is the field education coordinator for Social work students at Ramapo College. She also works with Intellectually disable adults, supporting them to have a self directing s/ Person Centered Model. She facilitates learning journeys to help inform agencies, families and individuals both nationally and internationally about the persons Centered approach used by Neighbours Inc. She facilitates groups with adolescents and their families.

Cardacia's area of expertise in is supporting individuals with Intellectually Disabilities as well as family and group work. She received her MSW from New York University in 2012.


Steven Dawson |
Adjunct Lecturer
Steven Dawson

Steven Dawson is a current doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a private practice in Manhattan. With over 15 years of work in the field of substance use treatment and prevention. He has worked with both adolescent and adult populations. Prior experience includes working as the Program Director of Western Queens Prevention Services, Clinical Social Worker at Bellevue Hospital's Mental Health and Substance use outpatient clinic. He has been involved with advocacy campaigns around the need for age appropriate treatment models for youth involved in the criminal justice system as well as youth involved in the substance use treatment. He has been the keynote speaker and guest lecture on topics including, adolescent development, motivational interviewing, CBT, integrated trauma treatment and social justice in clinical practice. He is active in the animal rights movement and in his private practice he does specialized work with activists around issues of vicarious trauma and self care.

Steven's area of interest and research has focused on the interconnection between substance use and mental health with a special emphasis on PTSD. His current work is exploring the barriers to education for substance use counselors who have personal recovery histories. Using a foundation of attachment and interpersonal neurobiology to explore the transference process of the therapist and how the internalization of social position manifests in clinical relationships.

Steven earned his MSW from NYU in 2012 and is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Kalima De Suze |
Adjunct Lecturer
Kara Marie Dean-Assael LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Kara has been working with children and families for the past 16 years. She is passionate about helping to create and disseminate programs and practices to improve family mental health. She has worked for the past several years on creating and testing a model to help children and families with behavioral difficulties, called the 4 Rs and 2 Ss for Strengthening Families. She has trained clinicians and supervisors on how to utilize this model with children and families in their clinic settings. She currently works for the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research where she is the Co-Director of the Clinical Education and Innovation Department and the Clinical Leader for the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC). As an innovator, she creates, coordinates, manages, and facilitates various clinical projects both locally and nationally. Two years ago, Kara also co-founded a 501c3 called Fareground Community Cafe, which is a collaborative project with the community of Beacon, NY, where children and families from the entire community can gather to enjoy a healthy meal that functions on a ‘pay what you can’ model.

Her interests are in family mental health, best practices in child outpatient mental health settings, food insecurity in the U.S., and community mental health.

She earned her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2001. She has participated in many trainings and courses to further her education.


Gopalan, G., Franco, L., Dean-Assael, K., McGuire-Schwartz, M., Chacko, A., and McKay, M. (2014). “Statewide Implementation of the 4 Rs and 2 Ss for Strengthening Families”. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work. 11(1-2): 84-96. 
Mercado, M., Beharie, N., and Dean-Assael, K. (2014). “Examining the Association Between Food Insecurity and Children's Educational Outcomes”. Accepted Abstract for Society of Social Work and Research Annual Program Meeting, January 2014, San Antonio, Tx. 
Gopalan, G., Bannon, W., Dean-Assael, K, Fuss, A, Gardner, L, LaBarbera, B., and McKay, M. (2011). “Multiple Family Groups: An Engaging Intervention for Child Welfare Involved Families”. Child Welfare. 90(4): 135–156.


Mr. Donato Del Bene |
Adjunct Lecturer
Zoila Del-Villar |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Ralph Depalo Ph.D., LCSW |
Adjunct Professor

Dr. De Palo is the Director of Congregate Care for Archcare Senior Life PACE ( Program All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Program, New York City.

His areas of expertise are in clinical practice with trauma , palliative care, and chronic and terminal illness. His current research is in neurobiology and Social Work Practice with autism spectrums and PTSD, particularly with veterans . He is on the scientific advisory boards of Global Stress Initiative, Stand for the Troops and The Huffington Post.

Dr. DePalo received a certificate in analytic psychotherapy from The Alfred Adler Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City chartered by The New York State Board of Regents.    He received a full two year scholarship for his MSW studies from The National Institute of Mental Health in Gerontological Community Mental Health. He earned a Ph.D from the New York University Silver School of Social Work in 1997 after my scholarship from NIMH.


Ms. Victoria Dexter |
Adjunct Lecturer
Aida Diallo MSW, LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Aida Diallo is a Social Welfare and Policies professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the City College of New York and her Masters degree in Social Work at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.

Aida worked in case management in the New York’s foster care system where she successfully handled caseloads related to children’s welfare and participated in various meetings pertaining to the development and improvement of the New York foster care system. 

Aida was also employed by the New York City Department of Homeless Services, as a licensed Master Social Worker, and was constantly in contact with clients in need and learned the deep implications of social welfare policies and its impact on service delivery. 

Aida has taught Introduction to Social Work as well and is a Certified Field Instructor supervising MSW students. She is currently the Supervising Family Case Manager at African Services Committee, a nonprofit organization dedicated in assisting immigrants, refugees, and asylees from across the African Diaspora.

Maggie Dickinson |
Adjunct Lecturer
Robin Donath MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Robin Donath is a clinical social worker in private practice, specializing in working with children, adolescents, and their parents. She is also a mental health consultant at the JBFCS's Child Development Center. She teaches clinical practice classes at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in addition to teaching at the Silver School of Social Work. Her area of expertise is children and adolescents, with a focus on prevention through working with parents.  
Robin is a graduate of the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is also a graduate of the National Institute for Psychotherapy's Three-year Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program and the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity's One-year Post-analytic Training Program.

Select Publications:
Straussner, Naegle, Gillespie, Wolkstein, Donath & Azmitia. (2006).  The SATOL project: An interdisciplianary model of technology for research-to-practice in clinical supervision for addiction treatment.  Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 3(3-4),39-54.   

Donath, R. (2010).  When something more is too Much: The case of Paul.  Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 9(4), 141-150.

Sheila Dynan |
Adjunct Lecturer