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Adjunct Faculty

Ms. Carol Greiff Lagstein MSW, MPS, LACSW, LCAT |
Adjunct Lecturer

Director of Art Therapy at St. Thomas Aquinas College. I am also a Student Assistance Counselor in Clarkstown Central School District. I have a private practice in Orangeburg, NY. My focus of practice is Families, couples and individuals using an eclectic approach influenced by DBT, family systems and traditional psychotherapy. I also integrate the creative arts therapies. I have an MSW from Columbia School of Social Work and a Master of Professional Studies from Pratt Institute



Monique Lalane MSW, LCSW, Current PhD student |
Adjunct Lecturer

She is a licensed clinical social worker, with about 10 years of experience in clinical practice. Earned her BS in Psychology from Fordham University, MSW from NYU, and currently a doctoral student at Fordham University. Currently is a clinical supervisor at Bellevue Hospital’s Psychiatry Department. Experience working in a community PROS program, public and private hospitals, in a variety of psychiatric settings, from adult/child/adolescent psychiatric emergency room, inpatient & outpatient programs, collaborative care programs, and medical detox. Extensive experience with group facilitation, with persons with mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorders, and survivors of domestic violence; group curriculum design, and staff development and trainings. Her academic and research areas of interest include, evidence based mental health practice, treatment engagement approaches, and care transitions among those with serious and persistent mental illness. 


Joseph, A. M., Manseau, M. W., Lalane, M., Rajparia, A., Fuller Lewis, C. (2017). Characteristics associated with synthetic cannabinoid use among patients treated in a public psychiatric emergency setting. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 43(1), 117-122. 
Tuchman, E. & Lalane, M. (2011). Evidence based practice: Integrating classroom curriculum and field education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 31(3), 329-340.


Dr. Paulette Landesman Ph.D., LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Landesman is the Co-Direcot Child & Adolescent Program at the National Institute of the Psychotherapies. She Studied extensively Infant Research and Development and Attachment Theory.  

She earned her MSW from NYU in 1991. Graduated from NIP 4 year Adult Training Program 1999. Recently received her Ph.D. from NYU in 2011.

Lori Landman BSW, MSW, LSW - New Jersey |
Adjunct Lecturer

Earned an MSW from NYU in 1996. Worked in adult learning, employee assistance and substance abuse tx. Particular interests include world of work and short term/solution focused therapy. Began working at NYU Silver in 2006, assisting the Field Learning Dept with NYC placements. Currently placing all NJ and Rockland county students and doing 2nd year advisement.

Melissa Lashley |
Adjunct Lecturer
Karen Laughton |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Lisa Lavelle LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Lisa Lavelle is on the faculty at The Ackerman Institute for the Family. Her areas of interest include working with families/couples of color and looking at the relational impact of chronic illness.

She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994, her MSW from The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 1998 and her post-graduate degree from The Ackerman Institute for the Family in 2001.

Jessina Laviera |
Adjunct Lecturer
Jane Lee |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Jacqueline M. Lefkowitz MA, MSW, PhD, LCSW-R, NYS |
Adjunct Associate Professor
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Dr. Lefkowitz has over twenty-four years of experience in healthcare specializing in mental health. She has worked with individuals with serious mental illness and chronic medical illness. Dr. Lefkowitz has worked with individuals of all ages, from childhood and adolescence through late life. She was the program director of a clinic serving those with serious mental illness and often, medical comorbidities. She trained at The Child and Adolescent Clinic at The Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic as well as the adult inpatient services at Payne Whitney where she led groups for individuals with substance use and depression and late life adults with depression. She has conducted research in identity development and maintenance in chronic illness. Currently, she serves as an administrator at a mental health clinic at which she is also a psychotherapist. 

Howard D. Leifman MS, MSW, Ph.D, LCSW - NYS |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Leifman is an international recognized expert in the area of human development. He currently advises and consults with corporate clients, consulting firms, not-for-profits and individuals specifically on: career development, executive coaching, change management, counseling, psychotherapy, human resources, out-placement, training, recruiting and staffing and time management. He has been in Private Practice for over 20 years. He has a Masters in Communications Management from Syracuse University, A Masters In Social Work from New York University and a Ph. D. also from New York University. His dissertation is on, "Family of origin roles and adult work roles in relation to employee adjustment, satisfaction, and success." He has guest lectured at Harvard, MIT, NYU, CUNY, Stanford and the College of Aeronautics. He has worked and lived internationally.

Justin Lerner LICSW, MPA |
Adjunct Lecturer
Justin Lerner

Justin Lerner is a PhD candidate at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.  He has taught social welfare policy with MSW students as well as diversity, racism, oppression, and privilege with BSW students.  He co-facilitated an 8 week intergroup dialogue course focused on gender with undergraduate students.  His research concentrates on health care utilization among transgender people.   He also works as a Residence Hall Assistant Director in the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services at New York University.  He previously served as the LGBTQ Outreach and Engagement Program Director at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center as well as a part-time therapist at So Others Might Eat (SOME).  He was also a Maryland Governor's Policy Fellow in the Maryland Department of Budget and Management.  He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, DC.  He holds a BA in Psychology and an MSW from Washington University in Saint Louis as well as an MPA from New York University.

Allen Levine |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Linwood Lewis |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Virna Little |
Adjunct Lecturer
Joseph A. LoGiudice MSW, LMSW, NY |
Adjunct Lecturer

Professor LoGiudice is the Director of Disability Access and Compliance at The City College of New York. His focus of practice/research is in disability, LGBTQ, sexuality studies, intersectionality, organizational theories. 

Recent Publications:

LoGiudice, J. (2016. Restructure, Reframe DS Offices by Implementing Disability Studies Concepts, Disability Compliance for Higher Education 22 (6), 1, 4 


Master of Social Work, NYU, 2008

Heidi Lopez |
Adjunct Lecturer
Pamela Lotenberg |
Adjunct Lecturer
Adjunct Lecturer

Currently, Kevin Lotz is the director and founder of Trinity Place Shelter in Manhattan and a therapist at a mental health clinic in East Harlem.

Kevin Lotz has extensive experience as an administrator, supervisor and clinical social worker working within low-income communities in the fields of homeless youth services, substance abuse and mental health. He is also a PhD Candidate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work conducting research on injection drug use, homelessness and poverty among women.

He earned a BSW from Missouri State University in 2002, where he received the Wall Street Journal/J.N. Boyce Public Affairs Award. He earned a MSW from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003, where he received the Thurgood Marshall Award for social work leadership. In 2014, he also completed the SARET program, a NIDA-funded predoctoral research fellowship through the NYU Langone Medical Center.


Social network factors associated with sexually transmitted infections among formerly incarcerated Latino men. International Journal of Sexual Health, 25(2), 163-168.

Tourism ecologies, alcohol venues and HIV: Mapping spatial risk. International Journal of Hispanic Psychology, 5(2).

Decision Processes about Condom Use among Shelter-Homeless LGBT Youth in Manhattan. AIDS Research and Treatment, ID# 659853, doi:10.1155/2012/659853.

Kelsey Louie MSW, MBA |
Adjunct Lecturer

Kelsey Louie is the Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the nation's leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy. He was recently appointed to Governor Cuomo’s Taskforce to End the AIDS Epidemic in NYS by 2020. 
Kelsey previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc., overseeing the agency’s $42M dollar budget and managing operations, administration, finance, development, programs, and healthcare services. 
Kelsey’s rigorous, data-driven management style, sophisticated evaluation processes and commitment to staff development have brought concrete, measurable results to the lives of clients and staff throughout his fourteen-year career in social services at such as New York Foundling, Veritas Therapeutic Community Inc. and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

Kelsey holds an MSW from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Dr. Karolina Lukasiewicz PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Karolina Lukasiewicz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Her research is focused on welfare programs addressed to refugees and asylees in the United States. She is also a principal investigator in two projects focused on immigrant communities in NYC.  She has been studying the situation of immigrants for over ten years. She received ten various international fellowships and awards for her work with immigrant communities. Her articles have appeared in journals such as International Migration and Journal of Family Issues. Additionally to her academic engagement, Karolina is involved in several clinical initiatives as a case manager, employment trainer and conversation partner in organizations assisting refugees. She is a member of different professional organizations, including Influencing Social Policy and International Association for the Study of Forced Migration. Karolina received her doctoral degree at the Jagiellonian University, the Center for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies.

Estelle Lumer |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Viktor Lushin |
Adjunct Lecturer