I am an Asian-Indian licensed master social worker, and have lived in New York City for 31 years. Over the course of three decades, I have obtained three Masters’ degrees in clinical disciplines from Columbia University and New York University (NYU). I am currently a Doctor of Social Welfare student at NYU Silver School of Social Work and anticipate graduating in May 2018.
I have over 28 years’ clinical experience in the mental health and public child welfare systems. I have worked in community-based mental health clinics, on-site school and after-school programs, and in city government. I am currently a Director at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, with supervisory and administrative responsibilities. My areas of interest are in mental health and psychiatric care, clinical practice with children and families involved with the foster care system, diversity issues, and staff training and development in organizations.
Saumya Tripathi is a research assistant at Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC), School of Social Work, Rutgers University. Her current research focuses on study to assess the economic empowerment among the south asian immigrant women in New York and New Jersey.
With several years of diverse experience in social work, she worked with United Nations and Women's World Banking in New York City. Her previous experiences include working in corporate social responsibility and with multiple NGOs, government institutions, marginalized communities, informal economy and cancer patients in India.
Saumya’s areas of interest and expertise include women and gender related issues, research methodologies, social policy & planning, informal economy, international development and human rights. She is involved in a number of advocacy and leadership initiatives. She has been panelist and speaker to various events including United nations. She directed a short film on gender issues in India, acclaiming an award and wide media coverage.
A national beauty pageant finalist and model turned social worker, Ms Saumya completed her MSW at College of Social Work Nirmala Niketan Mumbai and received her M.Phil. from Madras school of social work in Chennai where her research focused on Gender sensitivity issue.
Patricia Tucker has taught a mini-course and a summer course on Gestalt psychotherapy as applied to social work practice since 2007. She has also been teaching the Integrative Practice Seminar since 2007.
She is the former director of training and a current faculty member at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, a four-year postgraduate therapy training program. She is a consultant to the Streetwork Project, a drop-in center for homeless teens in upper Manhattan. She also maintains a private practice in Manhattan with individuals, couples, and groups. She has worked extensively in mental health settings since that time, especially in homeless housing and day treatment programs.
Patricia brings to NYU her enthusiasm for Gestalt therapy combined with her love of social work and her commitment to bringing a social justice/anti-oppression focus to her work in every arena.
Patrcia earned her MSSW from Columbia University in 1981, a certificate from Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in 1985, and a certificate from New York Society for Eriksonian Hypnotherapy and Pscyhotherapy in 1995.