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Adjunct Faculty

Pia J. Raymond MSW, LMSW, New York State |
Adjunct Lecturer

 Pia J. Raymond, is a NYS licensed social worker, activist, author, entrepreneur, wife, mother and native, “Brooklyn Girl,” residing in Prospect Lefferts Gardens with her husband and two children. Pia Raymond is the founder and CEO of Creating Legacies, a nonprofit organization inspiring community building and offering families a diverse social and educational experience. A champion for literacy, Pia’s notable children’s book, Celebrate Smiles teaches self-esteem, love and thankfulness. 
As a recent candidate for NYC Council in Brooklyn, Pia is on the front lines of community preservation fighting for the most pressing issues including education, affordable housing, community policing, immigrant's rights and work equality. As an honors graduate from NYU School of Social Work Pia Raymond’s study abroad in Puerto Rico sharpened her Spanish fluency and continues to inspire her work with immigrant populations. Pia Raymond’s academic publications allow her to lead with cultural responsiveness and sensitivity as she continues to engage, educate and equip our communities. 
Hargrove, P. (2006). Social Work Practice with Mexican Clients: Service provision with illegal entrants in the United States. Journal of Emotional Abuse, 6(2/3) 61-76. 
Hargrove, P. (2006). Social Work Practice with Mexican Clients: Service provision with illegal entrants in the United States. In L.V. Blitz & M.P. Greene (Eds.), Racism and Racial Identity: Reflections in Urban Practice in Mental Health and Social Services (pp. 61-76). Binghamton, NY: Hathworth Press. 

Helen Redmond MSW, LCSW- NY |
Adjunct Lecturer

Helen is an expert in substance use and has a decade of experience working with drug users in medical and community mental health settings. She teaches courses on drug policy and drug use from a harm reduction perspective. Helen is a trainer for the Harm Reduction Coalition in NYC and teaches the workshop, "Mental Health, Nicotine Use & Electronic Cigarettes." 

Helen is an independent journalist and writes about the War on Drugs, drug treatment and addiction. She has written for: Al Jazeera, AlterNet, Harpers & The Influence. She is also a filmmaker and her documentary "Ezra Dowery: Life On Broadway" was an official selection of the NYC Mental Health Film Festival in 2016.


Berger, L. (2014). Heroin use and harm reduction in Afghanistan: An interview with Helen Redmond, LCSW. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 14(4), 425-434. doi:10.1080/1533256X.2014.929916     

Berger, L. (2013). Drug policy in Portugal: An interview with Helen Redmond, LCSW, CADC. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 13 (2), 216-222. doi:10.1080/1533256X.2013.783376              

Bowen, E. A., & Redmond, H. (2016). Teaching Note—no peace without justice: Addressing the United States’ War on Drugs in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education,16 (53),1-6. Retrieved from  

Redmond, H. (2016). It's the people who harmfully attack e-cigarettes that need to quit. The Influence. Retrieved from

Redmond, H. (2016). Prince of chronic pain: When doves cry. Retrieved from

Redmond, Helen. (2015). In Solitary. Harpers. Retrieved from

Redmond, H. (2013). Heroin track marks are the scars of war in Afghanistan. Alternet. Retrieved from


Adrienne Resnick LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Adrienne Resnick maintains a private practice in Sleepy Hollow, New York. She is also a forensic evaluator.      

Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, ADD, and divorce counseling. She works with families, couples, individuals, and groups, as well as with children in play therapy. As a forensic evaluator she provides legal consultation and testimony, custody evaluations, and supervised therapeutic visitations.     

Adrienne earned her MSW from New York University in 1981. She also received her certificate from the Family Forensics Training Program at Washington Square Institute for Psychotherapy and Mental Health, New York, in 2006.


Select Publications:

"1969 Was the Era of Flower Power.  Is 2009 the Age of Sour Power?'  Published on wowowow ( August 13, 2009.

"The People Behind the Jurors", New York Law Journal, Highest Verdicts of 2005, March 2006.

Dr. Mary Ricciardi-Mastria |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Greg Rideout |
Adjunct Lecturer

Greg Rideout has over 20 years of post-masters clinical and managerial experience in social service agencies in three major US cities. As the Chief Program Officer for the Central Queens Y and Samuel Field Y in Queens, he has overseen the merger of disparate programs across the two agencies into eight fully integrated program divisions and the selection of senior leadership.  He now provides supervision, professional development, and succession planning to divisional leaders, as well as Executive support in the areas of fundraising, volunteer services, marketing, and fiscal services.  Prior to joining CQY and SFY, he served as Deputy Program Officer for Education and Employment Services at the Henry Street Settlement, overseeing a $12M portfolio of programs reaching 6,000 people annually across 12 program sites.  At the core of his work has always been service delivery to marginalized youth populations, from serving as a juvenile probation officer to coordinator of an adolescent residential treatment facility to designing gang intervention programs in a variety of settings to perfecting education and employment services for youth and young adults.

Marion Riedel |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Kassia R. Ringell MSW, LCSW, NY |
Adjunct Lecturer

Kassia R. Ringell is the Co-Director of The Step-Up Program at The McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy and Research. Step-Up is an evidence informed, alternative mental health and youth development program, that utilizes a positive youth development approach; an innovative, anti-oppressive and strengths based approach, that emphasizes youth assets using a relational lens. Kassia has worked in community, family and youth services for over 12 years, in schools, clinics and research settings across NYC. Kassia possesses special interests in incorporating anti-oppressive practice methods into institutional and clinical care, as well as deepening student and clinicians' understanding of the importance and practice of Macro social work.

Tamara Robinson |
Adjunct Lecturer
Doris Rodriguez |
Adjunct Lecturer
James Rodriguez MSW, PhD, LCSW NY State, Licensed NYS Psychologist |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Rodriguez is currently a Senior Research Scientist at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. He received his MSW degree from Columbia University and his PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington. His research, training and practice interests are in the areas of trauma treatment and trauma-informed care, anti-racist/anti-oppressive practice, and school-based mental health services. He has extensive direct practice, training and research experience in mental health services for children, adolescents, and families. After completing his studies and a post-doctoral fellowship he was the project director and co-investigator with the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Services (CATS) project at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. This project supported an evaluation of efforts to disseminate trauma treatments to children and youth affected by the 911 WTC disaster. Prior to coming to NYU he was a school-based clinician in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital. 

Allison Ross PhD., LCSW |
Adjunct Professor

Allison R. Ross is the Deputy Clinical Director at Sanctuary for Families, an organization that provides comprehensive services to domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors and their children.

Her area of interest is in intimate partner/domestic violence and its impact on women and children. Also, developing social interventions and prevention programs to benefit survivors of domestic violence.

She earned her MSW degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, and a doctorate degree (PhD) in Social Work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services.

Ross, A.R., (2012). "Impact of Psychoeducational Advocacy Training as Compared to Psychoeducational Support Group as an Empowering Tool for Female Survivors of Domestic Violence." Fordham University. 
Ross, A. & Barker, K. (March 8, 2002). “Gender, clothing and cell phones: Observers’ first impressions of power in older African Americans.” The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Poster Presentation.


Jodi Rubin ACSW, LCSW, CEDS |
Adjunct Lecturer
Jodi Rubin

Jodi Rubin has a full-time practice in downtown Manhattan. Her expertise is in eating disorders, women's issues and infertility. Additionally, Jodi serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of Seleni Institute. She is the creator of a curriculum on eating disorders for the Graduate School of Social Work at New York University and has taught this class ever since. Jodi also created the Destructively Fit training, addressing eating disorders within the world of fitness.

Jodi graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY at New Paltz and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University.

Meredith Ruden LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Meredith Ruden is a Social Work Program Coordinator at Mt. Sinai Hospital, as part of the Ruttenberg Treatment Center for people with cancer.

Her area of expertise is in hospital social work, specializing in cancer care, cognitive behavioral interventions and palliative care.

She earned her MSW from New York University's Silver School of Social Work in 2009 and was a recipient of the Zelda Foster Palliative and End-Of-Life Care and Memorial Sloan-Kettering fellowships. She is a doctoral candidate in NYU's DSW program.


Rachel Rush |
Adjunct Lecturer