Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Dwight Panozzo MSW, PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dwight Panozzo is a psychotherapist in private practice in Bergen County, New Jersey.

He is interested in Countertransferential effects of the therapist sharing their belief system with clients

Dr. Panozzo earned his MSW from Hunter College in 1990, his Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the NJ Center for Modern Psychoanalysis in 2000, and his PhD from New York University in 2011.

Select Publications:

Advocating for an end to reparative therapy: Methodological grounding and blueprint for change. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 25(3):362-377, 2013. 

Child care responsibility in gay male parented families: 
Predictive and correlative factors. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 11:248–277, 2015. 
Lessons from Reparative Therapy Applied to Post Abortion Grief Counseling. Journal of Homosexuality (in press, online now, DOI:10.1080/00918369.2015.1112194).

Giselle Pardo LCSW, MPH |
Adjunct Lecturer

Senior Research Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor, NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research

Giselle Pardo is currently the clinical supervisor for Project Step UP, a school, family, and community based mental health intervention for adolescents. She is also the senior research coordinator for Champ+ Argentina, a community-based mental health intervention for HIV infected youth and caregivers.

Gisselle has 17 years of experience providing mental health services in undeserved communities. Her clinical practice has focused on adolescent mental health; issues of trauma; domestic violence; and chronic illness, specifically HIV/AIDS. Her research interest and experience has focused on HIV/AIDS in international settings and the impact of poverty on children and families.   

Giselle earned her MSW from Fordham University in 1994 and her MPH (Global leadership concentration) from NYU in 2011.

Select Publications:

Alicea, S., Pardo, G, Conover, K., Gopalan, G., & McKay, M. (2012).  Step-up: promoting youth mental health and development in inner-city high schools.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 40 (2), 175-186.         

Dr. Yeddi Park PhD, LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Yeddi Park has been in social work practice for the past 15 years after receiving her MSW from the University of Michigan. She has diverse practice experiences that include working with chronically mentally ill persons, refugees and immigrants, the elderly, and children and adolescents in public schools.

Her research interests include intergenerational issues in immigrant families, adolescent mental health, and health service utilization and access to care among immigrants. She has participated in numerous research projects and community educational programs for Asian American communities in New York and New Jersey.

She received her Ph.D. from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.

Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D.A., Molinari, V., Roh, S., Park, Y., Kwon, S., Cha, H. (2013). Telecounseling for the linguistically isolated: A pilot study with older Korean immigrants. Gerontologist, 54(2), 290-296. 
Park, S., Cho, S., Park, Y., Bernstein, K.S., & Shin, J.K. (2013). Factors Associated with Mental Health Service Utilization Among Korean Americans. Community Mental Health Journal, 49(6), 765-773.

Dr. Joan Pastore DSW, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Joan Pastore is the Executive Director of the AMICO, a community based organization, dedicated to serving the needs of the older population in Brooklyn. Dr. Pastore has been an active leader in the Southern Brooklyn Community for many years. She sits on the Bioethics Committee and Institutional Review Board for research at Maimonides Medical Center. She is also a past member of Community Board 12, where she was the Vice Chair of the Social Service Committee and a member of the Transportation and Legislative Committees. In 2014 Dr. Pastore was appointed as a Commissioner for the Age Friendly Commission. The Commission serves as partnership between Mayor’s Office and, the NYC Council and the New York Academy of Medicine, which works with city government, businesses and the non-profit sector to assure the city is addressing the challenges of an increasing older population.

Most recently Dr. Pastore was awarded the honor of being named as a “Women of Distinction” by the New York State Senate for 2018.

Susan M. Pelosi MSW, LCSW (NY) |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Susan is a psychotherapist and a clinical social worker with over 25 years experience working with individuals, groups, families and communities. Her interests include mindfulness-based approaches to anxiety and depression, adjustment and relationship issues, work with adolescents and young adults, work with the LGBT community, EMDR and work with persons who have experienced recent or developmental trauma. 
Susan has worked as a clinician and/or supervisor at Safe Horizon's Streetwork Project, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Bard College and The Bridge. She has consulted for GLSEN, Children's Aid Society and the Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services.  

In addition to NYU Silver, Susan has taught at Columbia University and Adelphi University Schools of Social Work. 
Susan received her Masters degree from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in 1992 with a concentration in Group Work.

Gliceria Perez |
Adjunct Lecturer
Rafael Perez |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. David Peters |
Adjunct Lecturer
Cherron Petruzzi |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Colette Phipps |
Adjunct Lecturer
Andree Pilaro |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Sharon Pinsker PhD, MSW, LCSW-R, CASACM (NY) |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Sharon Pinsker received her BS from Brooklyn College, her MSW from Hunter College and her PhD from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU. She has worked in the field for approximately thirty years and has taught advanced practice courses and electives at NYU for more than twenty years; she has also been a faculty advisor and SIFI instructor. Dr. Pinsker has worked as a direct service provider, supervisor, and administrator, within the areas of substance abuse and mental health. She has worked extensively with individuals facing life-threatening illnesses, trauma, depression and anxiety, and life stage adjustment issues. In addition to being an educator, Dr. Pinsker provides training seminars and has a private practice in Brooklyn, offering psychotherapy and supervision. She is particularly interested in the well being of social workers, countertransference, resilience, and issues of secondary traumatic stress as well as secondary traumatic growth.


Dulcinea Pitagora MA, MSW, MEd, LCSW (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dulcinea Pitagora holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, a Master of Social Work from New York University, a Master of Education from Widener University, and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and doctoral candidate at Widener University's PhD program in clinical sexology. Pitagora has a practice in New York City that includes individual, couples/dyads, and multi-partner therapy. Pitagora's practice is person-centered and strengths-based, focuses on self-determination and empowerment, and is LGBQ, trans, poly, and kink affirmative. Pitagora has published articles and presented at conferences on the topics of alternative sexuality and gender diversity. Pitagora conducts research, lectures, and seminars pertaining to these communities; is the founder of, an alternative lifestyle affirmative provider listing; and is a co-organizer of the AltSex NYC Conference and the Sexuality Speaker Series. Pitagora is Kink Doctor in the Web series by the same name. 

Dr. Jessica Platt PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Platt is a clinical psychologist who earned her master's and doctoral degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck NJ. She has specialized training and experience in child, adolescent, and family services; areas of expertise include family systems perspectives, forensically informed treatment, play therapy, TF-CBT, EMDR, and sand play therapy. She has worked as a clinician, supervisor, and program director for over 20 years in Bergen, Essex, Morris and Sussex counties in New Jersey in various hospital and agency settings specializing in maltreatment and trauma. She is currently in private practice in Sussex County, NJ, and is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College and New York University focusing on instruction in child psychology topics.

Kristin Pleines |
Adjunct Lecturer
Josey M. Politowicz MSW, LCSW (CT) |
Adjunct Lecturer

I am a PhD student in the NYU Silver School of Social Work program. Additionally, I have worked for the Stonington Institute Starlight Military Program since 2013. The Starlight program is a residential rehab for active duty and veteran military members suffering from addiction and mental health issues. My research interests have focused on substance abuse and social workers' physical health problems. I earned my Masters in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. 

Erica Ponteen LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

She has worked as a licensed clinical social worker in residential programs, schools, preventive, and child welfare agencies.

Her academic, research and professional interests include the bio-psycho-social adjustment of U.S. military veterans, child welfare issues, women and youth transformation after crisis. Her unique clinical approach has been recognized as innovating. As a result, she has presented and consulted on research projects on female empowerment and mental health issues among female adolescent development in schools and in community agencies.

She received a BA from Pace University and earned her MSW from New York University, Silver School of Social Work in 2009. Currently, Erica Ponteen continues her studies at Fordham University, Graduate School of Social Services and continues to practice as a Social Worker.

Donna Pope |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Carrie Prendergast |
Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Prendergast is currently working as Assistant Director of Enrollment Services for the Silver School of Social Work. In 2016-2017, she presented at the NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference as well as the national NASPA Annual Conference on Nontraditional Online Students Perceptions of Success Conditions. At NYU, Dr. Prendergast has taught the MSW elective on Management and Organizational Leadership, as well as undergraduate BSW classes in Research and Advanced Research. 

She received a Masters in School Counseling, and a Masters in Secondary School Administration, and completed her EdD in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in July of 2017.