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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Jack Salzman |
Adjunct Lecturer
Milagros Sanchez-Nester LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Milagros Sanchez-Nester has a private practice; Per Diem NYU Counseling and Wellness Services - SHC

Her area of interest is in College Mental; Acculturation/Immigration/Diversity Issues; Trauma; working with borderline clients

She has published the following- Responding to Immigrant Children's Mental Health Needs in the Schools: Project Mi Tierra/My Country, Children and Schools, Vol.23(I), 49-62 and The Effect of Stimulant Medication on Academic performance, in the Context of Multimodal Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorders with Hyperactivity: Two Case Reports, Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 4(2).

She earned her MSSW at Columbia University School of Social Work 1976 and received NIMH scholarship BA Lehaman College 1971. She has Training/certification in Advanced Hypnotherapy Training, NYSEPH, 40 hours 2014 NLP Center Hypnotherapy Training 80 hours 2011 Behavioral Tech, LLC DBT Intensive 2007.

Jerry Sander |
Adjunct Lecturer
Xiomara Santos |
Adjunct Lecturer
Marissa Sappho MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Marissa L. Sappho, LCSW is the founder of Upper West Side Therapy Collaborative; Adjunct Professor of social work in the graduate program at New York University; Faculty, Supervisor and Board Member, Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (CSAB); Advanced Standing PhD candidate at the Institute for Clinical Social Work (ICSW); co-founder and former President of the New York State Coalition of Social Workers (2008-2011). She has published and presented nationally and internationally on Binge Eating Disorder. Ms. Sappho maintains a full-time private practice in NYC providing individual, group and couples therapy with a focus on eating disorders, mood & personality disorders, & interpersonal/relationship issues.

Her academic, research and professional interests include integrative approaches to the treatment of eating disorders. Her unique clinical approach to the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder has been recognized as innovating and has several clinical research projects underway including a study on the effects of Countertransference of the treatment of patients with Binge Eating Disorder.

Ms. Sappho received a BA in Psychology from the University of Hartford and earned her MSW from New York University, Silver School of Social Work in 2006. Currently, she continues her studies at the Institute for Clinical Social work where she is an advanced standing PhD candidate (ABD status).

Stephanie Elias Sarabia MSW, PhD, LCSW, LCADC-NJ |
Adjunct Lecturer

Stephanie Elias Sarabia, PhD, LCSW, LCADC is a license clinical social worker and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor with over 20 years experience working in agency and community settings with people in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. She received her PhD from New York University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Convener of the Substance Abuse minor and BSW program at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Dr. Sarabia’s scholarship interests include risk and protective factors of substance use among adolescents, the role of parents in marijuana prevention, research informed interventions, and substance use among midlife women. She has also presented nationally and published on the topics of creative and innovative teaching approaches that engage students to becoming lifelong learners. Dr. Sarabia is also trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT), and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).

Dr. Kim Sarasohn |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Shelley Scheffler MSW,PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Scheffler teaches clinical practice and social work group theory. She has private psychotherapy practice in NYC and NJ.

Interest and expertise in the integration of mental health and substance use treatment services. Have participated in NYS Health Foundation Project to develop co-occurring mental health and substance use treatment services across the state. Particularly interested in trauma and substance use disorders and have been trained in EMDR.

Earned MSW from Hunter School of Social Work and PhD from NYU Silver School of Social Work


Scheffler, S, (2014) Assessment and Treatment of Clients with Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders. In L. Straussner, Clinical Work with Substance Abusing Clients, 3rd Edition, New York: Guilford Press. 
Scheffler, S. (2004) Substance abuse among the homeless. In L. Straussner, Clinical Work with Substance Abusing Clients, 2nd Edition, New York: Guilford Press. 
Scheffler, S. (1993) Substance abuse among the homeless. In L. Straussner, Clinical Work with Substance Abusing Clients, New York: Guilford Press.

Roberta Schiffer |
Adjunct Lecturer
Mary Schiller |
Adjunct Lecturer
Vincent Schiraldi |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ava Schlesinger MSW-NY and NJ |
Adjunct Lecturer

Ava Schlesinger is a graduate of NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, a practicing LCSW in NY and NJ, an Ordained Interfaith Minister and a current EMPA student at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Since 1997, Ava’s clinical interest and passion have been concentrated in the arena of complex trauma and dissociation, with a focus on victim/survivors of gender-based violence. Her work combines evidence-based, trauma-specific practices, with integrative mind-body modalities, in an effort to holistically address the long-term sequelae of symptomatology associated with insidious childhood trauma. 
Ava has practiced both privately and in the capacity of clinical director/consultant in the public/private, non-profit sectors. She is currently the Clinical Social Work Supervisor for Legal Services NYC, just recently leaving her position as the Clinical and Program Director at a Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center. Ava is a founding member of the NJ Coalition against Human Trafficking and a trustee and program co-chair on the board of Roots & Wings, a non-profit organization serving youth aging out of the foster care system. 

Ava’s path is deeply directed toward philanthropy, advocacy and grass-roots service in the fields of nonviolence, poverty prevention, economic justice, and human and reproductive rights.

Michael Schmidt MSW, MA, BSW, LCSW-New York State | MS112@NYU.EDU
Adjunct Associate Professor
Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt is the Director of the AJC New York Regional Office. AJC works to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and to advance human rights and democratic value around the world. It does its work through reaching across divides and building bridges with community and global leaders and engaging influential and opinion makers from across different sectors. Prior to joining AJC, Michael served as the Chief Operating Office at the Council on Accreditation (COA). There he oversaw COA’s accreditation process, including the development of best practices for non-profit administration and delivery of services. Before joining COA, Michael served as the Vice President of New York Foundation for Senior Citizens (NYFSC) he oversaw the service delivery to over 5,000 older and incapacitated adults throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He also was the founding director NYFSC’s award winning 88-bed transitional homeless shelter. 
Michael has served as an adjunct professor at NYU since 1998. There he has taught a variety of courses including on mental health and society, aging and the seminar for field placement. 
Michael is extremely active in the areas of mental health, immigration reform, and diplomatic outreach. He has participated in many task forces and advisory committees relating to the field of aging, mental health and human services. 
Michael holds a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, a Masters of Arts (MA) in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Maryanne Schretzman |
Adjunct Professor
Susan Jennifer Scully |
Adjunct Lecturer
Benjamin Seaman BFA, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Benjamin Seaman is the founder of Relational Minds, a group psychotherapy practice, and co-founder and Director of Communications of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is a former director of the Rowe Labor Day Retreat for Gay Men and continues to present workshops and retreats on a wide range of topics.

Mr. Seaman's psychotherapy practice covers a wide range of populations from sexual minorities to "third culture" persons living in NYC, to couples and men's mentorship clients. He also provides individual and group supervision in Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Accelerated Dynamic Experiential Psychotherapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy and regardless of population organizes his practice through the lens of Emotional Literacy. 

Approved Supervisor and Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ottawa, Canada 

Level III Training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, New York 

Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, New York 

Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York 

Dr. Evan Senreich |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Dore Sheppard |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Benjamin Sher |
Adjunct Lecturer
Joyce Yong Hee Shim |
Adjunct Lecturer
Amira Shouman |
Adjunct Lecturer
Yael Shy |
Adjunct Lecturer
Fran Silverman MSW, LCSW-PR |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Fran Miller

Fran Silverman, ACSW, LCSW-R, is the Director of the Department of Social Work and Home Care Services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, having previously served as both Assistant and Associate Director of the Department. She also previously served as the Administrator for the Department of Pastoral Care and Education. 

Since joining Beth Israel in 1987, Ms. Silverman has been a valuable asset to both the Department of Social Work and the entire hospital community. In her current position she is responsible for managing and supervising clinical programs, overseeing a professional and paraprofessional staff of varying disciplines, and developing and directing graduate education programs for hospital interns across all campuses. Ms. Silverman has been a long time educator as well as an accomplished public speaker, having presented at conferences at the local, national and international level.

Areas of concentration have included mental health, transitions of care; victim services; child protection; HIV/AIDS; chemical dependency, geriatrics, administration and supervision.

Her work has been published in books such as Questions Patients Need to Ask; Summary of Conference Proceedings: Children and Families in an Era of Rapid Change; and Clinical Social Work with Substance Abusing Clients, among others.

Leah Slivko MSW, LICSW-Mass., LCSW-N, PsychA-NY |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Leah Slivko

In Private practice in NYC and Amherst, MA with teens, adults, couples and groups. On the faculty at the NJ Institute for Psychoanalysis, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Eastern Group Psychotherapy Training Program. Adjunct faculty at Smith College School of Social Work. Interests included how to use dreams in treatment to tap into creative ways of dealing with their struggles, how to incorporate SKYPE into connecting with clients who are unable to come physically into an office setting, and the impact of culture on human development. 

Amy Smiley |
Adjunct Lecturer
Victor Snyder |
Adjunct Lecturer
Roberta Solomon |
Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Sandy Speier MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Sandy Speier earned her MSW from Adelphi University, and has worked in a range of academic, field, and management positions throughout her impressive career. After more than 30 years as a social worker in the New York State Office of Mental Health, she "retired" from her position as Associate Director of Social Work & Coordinator of Student Education at New York State Psychiatric Institute to start a new chapter in her career at NYU Silver School of Social Work as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Field Learning and Community Partnerships. She “retired” from this position on September 1, 2016 and has remained as an Adjunct Associate Professor, teaching the Seminar in Field Instruction and Practice with Groups. 

Professor Speier received the Merit Service Award from the National Association of Social Workers Westchester Division on March 21, 2013. 

Professor Speier has presented extensively on aspects of the match between Field Instructor and Intern. She regards her work in teaching and training as the most meaningful parts of her professional life, but she credits her clients as the ones who taught her how to be a Social Worker.

Elana G. Spira PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Elana G. Spira, Ph.D. is the Director of Research and Evaluation for Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), a large, human service agency in Westchester County.   

Dr. Spira is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center.  Dr. Spira was involved in the development and implementation of an evidence-based treatment targeting organizational skills deficits in children with ADHD at the NYU Child Study Center, and co-authored the resulting treatment manual.She has published papers in prominent journals on emergent literacy and behavior problems in early childhood and has presented workshops on behavior management techniques, ADHD, and emergent literacy for teachers, parents and mental health professionals.           

She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University in 2005, where she was a recipient of the Stony Brook Graduate Council Fellowship and Stony Brook Presidential Fellowship.

Select Publications:

Spira, E.G. & Fischel, J.E. (2005).  The impact of preschool inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity on social and academic development:  A review.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46, 755-773.

Spira, E.G., Storch, S.A., & Fischel, J.E. (2005).  Predicting improvement after first grade reading difficulties:  The effects of oral language, emergent literacy, and behavior skills.  Developmental Psychology, 41, 225-234.

Fischel, J. E., Bracken, S. S., Fuchs-Eisenberg, A., Spira, E.G., Katz, S., & Shaller, G. (2007).  Evaluation of Curricular Approaches to Enhance Preschool Early Literacy Skills.  Journal of Literacy Research, 39, 471-501.

Abikoff, H.B., Gallagher, R. & Spira, E.G. (2014). Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD: An Empirically Supported Treatment. Guilford Press.

Michael Steinbacher |
Adjunct Lecturer
Anthony Stiker LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Tony Stiker, LCSW, runs a private psychotherapy practice in the West Village of New York City working with individuals and couples, many of whom have been affected by Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior, often referred to as Sex or Love Addiction. His focus also includes identifying and treating other addictions and compulsions, including “codependence”. Tony augments his psychotherapy practice by teaching various Sexual Health classes at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. He earned his MSW from NYU School of Social Work in 2007, he maintains an affiliation with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).


Susan Dowd Stone MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Susan Dowd Stone is an author, advocate, educator, and therapist best known for her work in the cognitive therapies and women's reproductive mental health. She was instrumental in the inclusion of legislation protective to women and infants in the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act and has led nonprofit organizations associated with this cause. She is a public reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health and a recipient of numerous awards for clinical work and mental health advocacy. She maintains a private practice in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Her areas of interest/research include advocating for the use of evidence-based practices in clinical treatment, sound allocation of federal research dollars to mental health issues of greatest need, the cognitive therapies, and women's reproductive mental health.   

Susan earned her MSW from New York University where she was the recipient of a President's Service Award for Community Service.

Select Publications:

Stone, S. & Menken, A. E. (Eds.). (2008). Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspective and Treatment Guide for the Healthcare Professional.  New York, NY: Springer.

Stone, S. (2006).  Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice. In Ronen, T. & Freeman, A. (Eds.), Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Clinical Social Work Practice (147-167).  New York, NY: Springer.

Laurie Storm |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Michael Swerdlow PhD, FACHE |
Adjunct Lecturer

Michael Swerdlow is director of program and staff development for Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, an organization that provides a wide range of community-based mental health services.

His areas of interest are cultural competency and management education for individuals with clinical backgrounds moving into administrative roles.                   

Dr. Swerdlow earned his PhD in anthropology from the Graduate Faculty for Political and Social Science, New School for Social Research in 1984.