Mary Acri is a Senior Research Scientist atThe McSilver Institute for Poverty, Policy and Research, and Research Assistant Professor at New York University School of Medicine.
Main professional/research interests: Developing and testing innovative practices to facilitate the detection of mental health problems amongst children and families living in poverty-impacted communities, and connecting them to services; maternal depression; peer-delivered services.
Acri, M., Bornheimer, L., Jessell, L., Flaherty, H., & McKay, M. (in press) The impact of caregiver treatment satisfaction upon child and parent outcomes. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Acri, M. C., Bornheimer, L., O’Brien, K., Sezer, S., Little, V., Cleek, A., & McKay, M. M. (2016). A model of integrated health care in a poverty-impacted community In New York City: Importance of early detection and addressing potential barriers to intervention implementation. Social Work in Health Care, 1-14.
Acri, M., Hoagwood, K., Morrissey, M., & Zhang, S. (2016). Equine assisted activities and therapies: Enhancing the social workers’ armamentarium. Social Work Education, 1-10.
Acri, M., Hooley, C.D., Richardson, N., & Moaba, L.B. (in press). Peer models in mental health for caregivers and families. Community Mental Health Journal.
She received her PhD from New York University.
Since retiring from her tenured position as Associate Professor, Dr Theresa Aiello has continued directing the Post Master's Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Practice. She also teaches Social Theory and Clinical Practice for the DSW program at NYU Silver. Dr Aiello has continued her scholarly work on narrative, oral history, psychoanalysis and social theory. She recentedly presented her oral history project on Homesteaders of the East Village last summer 2016 at the Psychohistory conference at New York University, at the Narrative Matters Conference in Victoria, B.C. and gave a paper on teaching social theory and oral history at the Oral History Association in London. She has been an invited speaker at the AAPCSW conference scheduled for March 2017.
Dr Aiello has been consultant to many mental health agencies including the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services. Her interests include the intellectual history of psychoanalysis and clinical social work. Other areas of expertise include: attachment theory, trauma and contemporary issues of child and adolescent treatment. She has also written on child treatment and on children and the arts. Dr Aiello, taught in the PhD program and MSW programs at NYU Silver. She was Chair of Human Behavior and helped to develop the Focused Learning Opportunity program in Child and Adolescent Treatment for the MSW program. Dr Aiello developed many courses including the first course in Object Relations Theory for the MSW program She co directed the Advanced Certificate in Child and Family Therapy for several years.
Dr Aiello received the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000. She was elected to the National Academies of Practice in Social Work as distinguished practitioner. She also teaches at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies Psychoanalytic Program.
Darren Arthur is a bilingual, English/Spanish, practitioner with expertise in oncology, palliative and end-of-life care, mental health, HIV/AIDS and LGBT clinical practice. He presents on these subjects both locally and nationally. Darren currently works as an Oncology Clinical Social Worker at Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center and as a group facilitator with Gilda’s Club New York City. He has taught in the BSW, MSW and post-graduate programs at NYU SSSW, and is a Certified Field Instructor supervising MSW students. Darren has a Post-Master’s Certificate in Palliative and End-of-Life Care and in 2011 was selected as a Fellow for the NYU Social Work Leadership Fellowship in Palliative and End of Life Care. In 2013 Darren was awarded the Emerging Social Work Leader Award from NASW NYC - recognizing exemplary leadership qualities, dedication, and unique commitment to the social work profession and improvement of social and human conditions. Darren sits on the NYU Silver School of Social Work’s Dean’s Advisory Council.
Nicole Avallone, LCSW, currently serves as Deputy Director of Programs and Policy at the New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, where she previously served as Director of Youth Services from 2011 until 2015. Prior to joining The Center, Ms. Avallone served as program director of the only government-funded psychosocial club specifically geared toward LGBT adults living with mental illness, and worked as a psychotherapist and later program director at a harm reduction and HIV/AIDS service organization in the Bronx.
With over 20 years of direct practice and management experience, Ms. Avallone’s areas of interest and expertise include LGBT identities and communities, youth work, substance use and harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence, among others.
Ms. Avallone completed her Masters in Social Work at New York University in 2004, where she has served as an Adjunct Lecturer, teaching courses including clinical practice and group work, since 2014.
Ms. Bagnini is a licensed creative arts therapist and clinical social worker who has practiced in schools and out-patient mental health clinics in Boston + NYC for 19 years. She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University, and obtained her MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has presented nationally on community-building, anti-oppressive practice, and social and emotional learning in school communities and has held positions in direct service, clinical supervision, and program management. Ms. Bagnini's style of engagement attempts to foster individual strengths and collective understanding of identified problems as well as barriers to continued growth and learning. She embraces a firm commitment to ongoing professional development that includes how self-awareness impacts professional competence. Ms. Bagnini is also a practicing musician (piano, guitar, and voice) and has published scholarly writing about creativity, culture, and the practice of psychotherapy.
Kate Barrow is currently the director of alternatives to incarceration at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation. She has held multiple roles since joining the Center in 2009. Ms. Barrow is also a founding organizer of the RISE Collective, which facilitated radical social work trainings and conferences in NYC from 2009-2013. She has worked in court and community-based social services for over a decade.
Kate Barrow’s work draws from anti-oppressive & liberation practices, mindfulness techniques, transformational group work, and relational approaches. Her professional areas of expertise include creating and implementing clinical programs for marginalized people, including homeless queer youth, trauma-survivors, trans* sex workers, youth with serious mental illnesses, and systems-involved youth, families, and adults. She has extensive experience with group facilitation, curriculum design, staff development/training, and building anti-oppressive, trauma-informed workplaces. She is the lead clinician developing a new evidence-based brief group intervention for medium and high risk misdemeanant clients at the Center.
Ms. Barrow completed her undergraduate studies at Naropa University in Contemplative Psychology and received her MSW from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU.
Gwendolyn (Wendy) Bassett, MSW, LCSW-R, is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Midtown Manhattan. She specializes in working with men and women who seek recovery from the aftereffects of trauma. Wendy’s expertise is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); brief, evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies for PTSD with individuals, groups, and couples; and veteran postdeployment mental health.
In addition to her clinical work, Wendy is a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD trainer and consultant. For more than a decade, she worked with veterans with PTSD at VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, CT. A graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, and an Adjunct Lecturer at NYU Silver School for Social Work.
Besa H. Bauta, is the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Evidence Based Implementation and Research (CEBIR). CEBIR utilizes a prevention framework to provide implementation support, fidelity assessments, analysis of program outcomes, and training in evidence-based practices for social-service programs. Under her direction CEBIR ensures performance oversight, and works to shape the field of child welfare through innovative research and programs.
Besa’s expertise is in refugee mental health, trauma, and child maltreatment. Her current research interests focus on mental health outcomes for youth in foster care, public health, and global mental health.
Ms. Bauta holds a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in evolution from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, an MSW in Clinical Social Work from the Silver School of Social Work and an MPH in Global Public Health from NYU. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in social work and holds a Graduate Research Assistantship at NYU-SSSW.
Videka, L., Gopalan, G., & Bauta, B. (2014). Child abuse and neglect. In A. Gitterman (Ed.), Handbook of social work practice with vulnerable and resilient populations, (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Columbia University Press, p. 248.
Hamid, H., Abanilla, K, Bauta, B. & Huang, Keng-Yen. (2011). Chapter 17: Lessons from Abroad, Reading 3: Evaluating the WHO assessment instrument for mental health systems by comparing mental health policies in four countries. In L. Shi & D. A. Singh (Eds.), The nation’s health, (8th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, p. 754.
Hamid, Hamada, Abanilla, Karen, Bauta, Besa, & Huang, Keng-Yen. (2008). Author reply to: Evaluation of the WHO Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 86(9), A. Available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2649481/
Hamid, H., Abanilla, P.K, Bauta, B.H, & Huang, K-Y. (2008). Evaluating the World Health Organization assessment instrument for mental health systems by comparing mental health policies in Iraq, Japan, Macedonia, and the Philippines. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88: 467-73. PMID:18568276 doi:10.2471/BLT.07.042788.
Dr. Becker has a private psychotherapy practice in New York City. She has had extensive training and experience as a psychotherapist in individual and group therapy. Her areas of expertise include living with chronic illness, caregiving, and end-of-life issues.
Dr. Becker's publications include articles in The Journal of Health and Social Work, The Journal of Social Work with Groups, and in The Allegro (monthly newspaper for local chapter of American Federation of Musicians).
She earned her MSW from Hunter College (CUNY) in 1979, and her PhD in Clinical Social Work from New York University in 1999.
Robert S. Berger is in full-time private practice. His area of expertise is outpatient psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults.
Dr. Berger earned his MS in social work from Columbia University in 1978 and his PhD in clinical social work from the NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2000. His dissertation explored self-perceptions in latency age children with Familial Dysautonomia.
Ellen Blaufox, LCSW-R is Director of Clinical Services at The Mann Center (The Jewish Board), the largest psychiatric, residential treatment facility for adolescents in New York State. Ellen has been working with adolescents, adults and families, survivors of chronic stress, trauma and mental illness for twenty years. During her time at The Mann Center, Ellen has had the opportunity to participate as a Core Team Member (for JBFCS) in the National Child Traumatic Study Network Learning Collaborative with the founders of TF-CBT. She has been practicing TF-CBT for nearly ten years and has provided consultation and supervision for TF-CBT clinicians. Additionally, Ellen was a Core Team Member of the implementation of the Sanctuary Model on the Westchester Campus of JBFCS. She participated in the adaptation and implementation of the Sanctuary Model from an adult modality to the adolescent population. She is an expert in the field of Trauma and CSEC (youth who are survivors of Commercial, Sexual Exploitation).
Ms. Blaufox has been an Adjunct Professor at New York University Silver Graduate School of Social Work for six years, where she teaches Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege. She has also taught Trauma and Resilience at Iona College. Ellen is the Founder of True Edge Workshop whose mission is to empower girls and women by challenging their cognitive distortions and increasing their practice of self-compassion. She is a well-respected authority and has been presenting workshops on such topics as white privilege, feminism, self-abuse, trauma and depression for more than ten years. In addition, she is a contributor to Mary Pender Greene’s chapter “Family and Children’s’ Services” in the publication Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups. Ms. Blaufox is in private practice in Westchester County. She is a graduate of Skidmore College, NYU Silver School of Social Work, Circle in the Square Theater Summer School and NYSSA (Julliard).
Scott Bloom is the director of school mental health services for the New York City Department of Education. He oversees all school mental health collaborations and implementations.
Scott’s area of expertise is bridging the gap between education and social emotional interventions for youth. He has a private practice in New York City as well as private supervision.
He earned is MSW from New York University Silver School of Social Work. He received his BFA from Adelphi University and was a Barnes Scholar. He received his certification in psychoalytic psychotherapy from the New York Institute of Psychoanalytic Education and Training.
Professor Bloom received the 2014 SPCNY Award for Excellence in Suicide Prevention in New York State. He was given the award for his work in creating and promoting suicide programs, awareness and training to the New York City Department of Education staff.
Bloom, Scott (2010). Learning the language: Strategies for successful group work in schools. The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 34(3).
Bloom, Scott. (2005). Mental health services. In J. Quinn (Ed), Community schools in action: Lessons from a decade of practice. (pp.98-113). New York, NY. Oxford Press.
Mitchell Borgida earned his MSW from Adelphi University in 1984 and a post-master’s certificate in advanced clinical social work in 1994.
Dr. Bornheimer is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Washington University in St. Louis Brown School of Social Work and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow Affiliate at the New York University McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and her program of research focuses on understanding and preventing suicidal death among adults diagnosed with schizophrenia. Dr. Bornheimer is contributing to several NIMH funded mental health focused R01 studies at McSilver and is also a data analyst for NYU Langone Medical Center and Planned Parenthood.
Dr. Bornheimer obtained her PhD from New York University and holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She completed clinical training at New York Presbyterian Hospital to obtain her license (LCSW) in New York State and has practiced psychotherapy for over 7 years with individuals, couples, and families. Dr. Bornheimer has also studied at the Beck Institute, which is globally considered the gold-standard for training in CBT, and largely utilizes cognitive and behavioral approaches in practice.
An accomplished public-health leader, Dr. Breitbart has dedicated her career, spanning 40 years, to improving health services. Many of the programs, partnerships, and policies that she helped initiate serve as models for other urban centers across the country. She recently served as Director of the Health Advocacy graduate program at Sarah Lawrence. College, Vice President of the Department of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, which she created at Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), and served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Clinician Training Initiative at PPNYC, as well. She has held positions as Project Director at the Columbia School of Public Health for a national study, funded by the Ford Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and served as Deputy Director of the Office of Women’s Health at the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation. Prior to that, she served as Program Management Officer at the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health at the New York City Department of Health, where she managed the 300-staff initiative to reduce infant mortality in the city. Working with community and government partners, her accomplishments include founding the first Bereavement Program in New York City for families experiencing perinatal loss, establishing the Brooklyn Perinatal Network. In recognition of her work and leadership abilities, she was elected President of the Public Health Association of New York City in 2010 and has served as Chair of the Board of the National Abortion Federation. Dr. Breitbart is presently on the Board of Directors of the Reproductive Health Access Project and the Advisory Board of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Dr. Breitbart has taught at CUNY School of Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and New York University. Her publications include books on education and articles on reproductive health and intimate partner violence for peer-reviewed journals.
Eric Brettschneid erentered human services in 1967. After 10 years directing QSPCC and pioneering preventive strategies, he joined NYS Social Services and oversaw the Child Welfare Reform Act. As Deputy Commissioner at NYC’s HRA, Eric promoted preventive services, created The Child Protective Training Academy, and emphasized avoidance of sibling separation in foster care. He developed decentralized social services at HRA and at Agenda for ChildrenTomorrow. He then was United Way of NYC’s Senior Vice President. He was Chief of Staff at OCFS and in 2014 ACS’s First Deputy Commissioner.
Eric has B.A. and M.A. degrees in Psychology from Colgate University and New School University and JD from Hofstra University. He teaches in NYU’s SCA, Gallatin and Silver schools where he was “Outstanding Teacher” in 2004.
He is President of NYFC and VWB Foundation and a Doris Duke Foundation advisory board member. He is co-chair of the NYS OCA Committee on Court Interpreting. Eric was a 2005 Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School and was awarded the Public Justice Award from Hofstra University in 2015.
Mr. Brooks is an Executive Manager with Community Counseling & Mediation and serves as the Director of Ruby's Place. Ruby's Place provides supportive permanent housing to formerly homeless adults with disabilities. He also consults with other social service agencies to implement new initiatives or to assess program functioning.
Mr. Brooks has 25 years of social service experience working in the fields of child welfare, early childhood education and mental health. As an agency executive, he has managed multi-million dollar programs and services to help strengthen families, to help young people reach their full potential, and to help adults with disabilities leading meaning productive lives.
Mr. Brooks has extensive experience working in the private non-profit, government and academic sectors. He also has experience with the provision of social services at the direct practice, policy and executive level and is able to develop and integrate programs, services and systems to serve our most vulnerable populations.
Mr. Brooks earned his MS of Social Work from Columbia University in 1994. Mr. Brooks also completed Columbia University's Non-Profit Management Program and Harvard University's Executive Leadership Program.
Gwen Butler LCSW is a Solution-Focused Psychotherapist specializing in Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy. Passionate about the mental, and sexual health issues of People of Color and Women, Gwen offers the healing and guidance that can only come from the empowerment of personal process.
As an Adjunct Lecturer at New York University Silver School of Social Work as well as Adelphi University on Long Island, Gwen Butler has taken on the ever-important role of teaching the professionals of the future. Gwen further services the Adelphi University community by offering her time in the Student Counseling Center, as well as serving on the Undergraduate Curriculums Committee.
Gwen Butler obtained both her BA in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Currently, she is pursuing a certificate in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education at the University of Michigan. More info at gwenbutler.com
David S. Byers, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW is a researcher and clinician focused on clinical social work with adolescents and young adults. He studies the role of peer relations to promote resiliency in the face of bullying, cyberbullying, and other forms of peer aggression and social oppression. He has expertise in clinical theory and practice with individuals and groups, especially related to diagnosis and assessment, development, trauma, and LGBTQ topics. Dr. Byers has published theory and research articles in academic journals, and recently a chapter on DSM-5 for the fourth edition of Inside Out and Outside In. He has also published essays for popular audiences in Time and Slate. Dr. Byers is on the Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) for the Council on Social Work Education. He completed his MSW at NYU in 2006, and his PhD at Smith College School for Social Work in 2016.
William Cabin is also an assistant professor of Social Work at Temple University and adjuncts at NYU, Columbia, Hunter, and the University of Michigan.
Dr. Cabin’s areas of expertise are gerontology, home health care, hospice, program evaluation and management. He has authored numerous articles and made numerous presentations on the limits of Medicare coverage of Alzheimer's disease patients and the impact of for-profit ownership on home health care quality.
He earned his JD from NYU Law School in 1972; an MA in sociology from The New School in 1973; an MSW from the University of Michigan in 2004; a PhD in social welfare from CUNY in 2009; and an MPH from Hunter in 2011.
Dr. Calabrese is the acting Supreme Court Justice and Presiding Judge of the Red Hook Community Justice Center.
His area of expertise is in Criminal, Family and Housing Court Law and Community Justice, National and International.
He earned his A.B. from the University of Notre Dame; J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Dr. Cammarata has been the Deputy Director of the New York City (NYC) Office of Labor Relations Employee Assistance Program (EAP) since June 2016. She was the former Clinical Director of the New York City Fire Department’s Counseling Services Unit for over 15 years.
Dr. Cammarata received her M.S.W. from Fordham University in 1994. She acquired her PhD in Clinical Social Work from New York University (NYU) in 2008. Her dissertation is titled: “September 11th, 2001 and The Fire Department City of New York (FDNY): A Search for Growth.” Based on her work, Dr. Cammarata was named a Fahs-Beck Scholar in 2006 and received the NYU Greenstein Award in 2007.
In addition to her position at the NYC EAP and NYU, Dr. Cammarata has a private practice in Manhattan that serves adults and adolescents. Dr. Cammarata has provided numerous professional presentations focused on mental health issues among the emergency service population and has several journal publications on this topic.
Gabriella is Director of Social Services at Mott Haven Academy Elementary School. There she develops and oversees our trauma sensitive approach to education. Gabriella is especially interested in culturally competent social emotional approaches in schools. Gabriella approaches all her work from an attachment based and intersubjective lens. Gabriella graduated from CSSW in 2006 and has been a proud member of the Bronx Social Work community since then.
Donna is the Deputy Director of Social Work. Is affiliated with H + H/Elmhurst Hospital. Her Focus is Psychodynamic/Developmental Psychology, and she has a Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from NYU School of Medicine/Psychoanalytic Institute.
Julia Chan received her MSW degree from and has taught at the Columbia School of Social Work. She completed a postgraduate training program in family therapy at the Ackerman Institute, and has been on faculty since 2013.
Julia immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong as a teenager. She is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. She has over ten years of social work experience in community settings. She has worked with public assistance applicants, families struggling with domestic violence, immigrants, and people affected by cancer and/or mental illnesses. Currently she sees individuals, couples and families in her private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Her work integrates systems, relational, feminist, and social justice approaches, as well as Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices.
Whether in the classroom or therapy room, Julia strives to pay close attention to the interplay between intersectionality and the therapeutic or classroom process.
Dr. Katherine Charlap earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D. at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is an Adjunct Professor at New York University's School of Social Work where she teaches in the School’s Masters Degree and Advanced Certificate Programs in the areas of domestic and family violence practice and policy. In addition to her work at the School, she maintains a full-time private practice.
In her previous position, as Director of Clinical Services in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Dr. Charlap developed and implemented a comprehensive social service program designed to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sex crimes, and child abuse whose perpetrators were being prosecuted by the agency’s legal staff. She personally wrote and was awarded more than 4 million dollars in federal and state grant monies for the D.A.’s Office Counseling Unit, and she participated as a member of the multidisciplinary team which established the first Felony Domestic Violence Court in the State of New York.
She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Dissertation Support Grant, as well as a Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Support grant. In addition, she has been awarded the Diane Greenstein memorial fellowship from New York University Silver School of Social Work, and an Influencing State Policy Grant in recognition of her dissertation entitled "Counseling and Advocacy Services for Intimate Abuse Victims: A Study of Recidivism in a Mandatory Prosecution Jurisdiction."
Benjamin Charvat is research director at the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Office of the Mayor, the City of New York. In this capacity, Dr. Charvat supervises cross-agency research projects to inform citywide policy in the health and human services field. His areas of research interest include child welfare, youth development, youth violence and justice.
In addition, Dr. Charvat’s interests include LGBTQ youth involved in child welfare and justice services. He has held various senior government and nonprofit positions to advance policy and research as well as improve client services.
Dr. Charvat earned his MSSW from Columbia University in 1988 and his PhD from Columbia University in 1999. Dr. Charvat was a recipient of a fulltime Columbia University Teaching Fellowingship while pursing his doctoral degree.
Baker, A.J.L., Ashare, C. & Charvat, B.J. (2009). Substance use and dependency disorders in adolescent girls in-group living programs: Prevalence and associations with milieu factors. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, Vol 26, p. 42-57.
Baker, A.J.L. & Charvat, B. (2008). Research methods in child welfare. New York: Columbia University Press.
Charvat, B. (2002). Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth: A view from management. Focus, 9(4)5-8.
Evelyne currently maintains a Gestalt therapy private practice, started in 2008, after completing a three year program at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. She has fourteen years experience in the field of aging. As a geriatric social worker, she provided intensive case management and counseling to older adults; and later, as Director of Social Services at Greenwich House, she coordinated programs, managed grants, and supervised and trained staff. She was also was Field Instructor to graduate social work student interns from New York University, Columbia and Hunter College from 2004 to 2015.
Evelyne is interested in the global field of aging and mental health. She earned her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work (now Silberman) in 2001.
Aminda Heckman Chomanczuk, PhD, LCSW, joined the Silver School of Social Work as a clinical assistant professor and post-doctoral research fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research in January, 2015. Prior to that, Dr. Heckman Chomanczuk was associate dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College and an assistant professor in the social work program. She earned her PhD at Fordham University in February 2015. The title of her dissertation was Bilingual Social Workers in New York City: A Comparative Study Exploring the Benefits Accrued from Bilingualism and the Challenges Encountered in Their Work.
Dr. Heckman Chomanczuk was formerly the assistant director of field education at Lehman College – City University of New York. She is very active in the National Association of Social Work – New York City Chapter and was co-chair of the Asian American Social Workers Task Force. She also served on both the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee from 2005 to 2008. Her clinical experience includes inpatient pediatric psychiatry and outpatient adult mental health. She was recognized for her leadership in 2007 as one of the first recipients of NASW-NYC’s Emerging Leaders in Social Work award. Dr. Heckman Chomanczuk received her bachelor’s degree at Ball State University and her master’s degree in social work at Fordham University.
Orsolya Clifford teaches Human Behavior I and II, Clinical Work with Families, and one-credit intensives on practice with traumatized youth. She is currently a clinician at the Westchester Intensive Day Treatment Program of Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center, a therapeutic program that helps students in emotional crisis transition from hospital to school.
Her area of expertise is in working with traumatized youth and their families. Her previous work includes social work in residential settings, foster care, and at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Orsolya received her MSW from NYU in 2004 and obtained postgraduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and in CBT for depression and trauma through the Evidence Based Training and Dissemination Center Project at Columbia University. She currently serves as vice president of New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Rockland Chapter, and maintains a private practice in Nyack, New York.
Philip Coltoff, a national leader and innovator in the field of social service and youth development, led the Children's Aid Society, one of the largest and oldest social agencies in the United States from 1980 to 2005. During this period of leadership the budget of the Society grew from $10 million to $85 million annually and developed trailblazing programs in teen pregnancy prevention, public school reform, and the reintegration of juvenile offenders. These programs have been replicated in 13,000 sites, nationally and internationally.
He currently is the Katherine W. and Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and executive-in-residence at New York University Silver School of Social Work. Coltoff is the recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the prestigious William S. White award from the United States Department of Education.
Mr. Coltoff currently teaches Executive Leadership in the Not-for-Profit Sector, a six-part seminar series. Mr. Coltoff is the author of five books, including, The Block: One Block in the South Bronx, 1940s – 1980s; At the Crossroads: Not-for-Profit Leadership Strategies for Executives and Boards; and The Challenge of Change: Leadership Strategies for Not-for-Profit Executives and Boards.
Madeleine L. Dale has directed social work services to Latino children and their families at Yale, Harvard, and University of California teaching hospitals, training social workers, physicians, dietician, pharmacists, and nurses. She was the public health social work consultant for the California Department of Health Services in the Maternal and Child Health Branch, and Director of International Projects for Children and Families at Risk at Florida International University. She was the first social worker in the country to become a president of a state (California) perinatal association, She has lived and worked throughout Central America, providing consultation and technical assistance to educational institutions, government agencies (including Executive and Legislative branches), and NGOs in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Panama, Peru, and Brazil as well as on contract to UNICEF and USAID. She has served on numerous grant review panels for the Maternal and Child Health Branch of the US Department of Health Services. She was in (bilingual) private practice for several years treating individuals and families that had experienced infertility, perinatal loss, or faced other perinatal challenges. She has taught as an Adjunct at several metropolitan area colleges and was a assistant professor at the medical schools of the University of California at Irvine and at San Francisco.
Ms. Dale's research in the field of maternal and child health has focused on (potentially) at-risk populations and clinical interventions, specifically in the areas of cross-cultural and trans-national delivery of health care, substance exposure, and the effect(s) of incarceration on pregnancy outcomes.
Ms. Dale earned her MA from the School of Social Service Administration, The University of Chicago; her MPH from the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; and her Certificate in Disability Studies from the City University of New York.
Cardacia M.Davis is the field education coordinator for Social work students at Ramapo College. She also works with Intellectually disable adults, supporting them to have a self directing s/ Person Centered Model. She facilitates learning journeys to help inform agencies, families and individuals both nationally and internationally about the persons Centered approach used by Neighbours Inc. She facilitates groups with adolescents and their families.
Cardacia's area of expertise in is supporting individuals with Intellectually Disabilities as well as family and group work. She received her MSW from New York University in 2012.
Steven Dawson is a current doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has a private practice in Manhattan. With over 15 years of work in the field of substance use treatment and prevention. He has worked with both adolescent and adult populations. Prior experience includes working as the Program Director of Western Queens Prevention Services, Clinical Social Worker at Bellevue Hospital's Mental Health and Substance use outpatient clinic. He has been involved with advocacy campaigns around the need for age appropriate treatment models for youth involved in the criminal justice system as well as youth involved in the substance use treatment. He has been the keynote speaker and guest lecture on topics including, adolescent development, motivational interviewing, CBT, integrated trauma treatment and social justice in clinical practice. He is active in the animal rights movement and in his private practice he does specialized work with activists around issues of vicarious trauma and self care.
Steven's area of interest and research has focused on the interconnection between substance use and mental health with a special emphasis on PTSD. His current work is exploring the barriers to education for substance use counselors who have personal recovery histories. Using a foundation of attachment and interpersonal neurobiology to explore the transference process of the therapist and how the internalization of social position manifests in clinical relationships.
Steven earned his MSW from NYU in 2012 and is currently a Doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania.
Kara has been working with children and families for the past 16 years. She is passionate about helping to create and disseminate programs and practices to improve family mental health. She has worked for the past several years on creating and testing a model to help children and families with behavioral difficulties, called the 4 Rs and 2 Ss for Strengthening Families. She has trained clinicians and supervisors on how to utilize this model with children and families in their clinic settings. She currently works for the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research where she is the Co-Director of the Clinical Education and Innovation Department and the Clinical Leader for the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC). As an innovator, she creates, coordinates, manages, and facilitates various clinical projects both locally and nationally. Two years ago, Kara also co-founded a 501c3 called Fareground Community Cafe, which is a collaborative project with the community of Beacon, NY, where children and families from the entire community can gather to enjoy a healthy meal that functions on a ‘pay what you can’ model.
Her interests are in family mental health, best practices in child outpatient mental health settings, food insecurity in the U.S., and community mental health.
She earned her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2001. She has participated in many trainings and courses to further her education.
Gopalan, G., Franco, L., Dean-Assael, K., McGuire-Schwartz, M., Chacko, A., and McKay, M. (2014). “Statewide Implementation of the 4 Rs and 2 Ss for Strengthening Families”. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work. 11(1-2): 84-96.
Mercado, M., Beharie, N., and Dean-Assael, K. (2014). “Examining the Association Between Food Insecurity and Children's Educational Outcomes”. Accepted Abstract for Society of Social Work and Research Annual Program Meeting, January 2014, San Antonio, Tx.
Gopalan, G., Bannon, W., Dean-Assael, K, Fuss, A, Gardner, L, LaBarbera, B., and McKay, M. (2011). “Multiple Family Groups: An Engaging Intervention for Child Welfare Involved Families”. Child Welfare. 90(4): 135–156.
Dr. De Palo is the Director of Congregate Care for Archcare Senior Life PACE ( Program All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Program, New York City.
His areas of expertise are in clinical practice with trauma , palliative care, and chronic and terminal illness. His current research is in neurobiology and Social Work Practice with autism spectrums and PTSD, particularly with veterans . He is on the scientific advisory boards of Global Stress Initiative, Stand for the Troops and The Huffington Post.
Dr. DePalo received a certificate in analytic psychotherapy from The Alfred Adler Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City chartered by The New York State Board of Regents. He received a full two year scholarship for his MSW studies from The National Institute of Mental Health in Gerontological Community Mental Health. He earned a Ph.D from the New York University Silver School of Social Work in 1997 after my scholarship from NIMH.
Aida Diallo is a Social Welfare and Policies professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the City College of New York and her Masters degree in Social Work at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.
Aida worked in case management in the New York’s foster care system where she successfully handled caseloads related to children’s welfare and participated in various meetings pertaining to the development and improvement of the New York foster care system.
Aida was also employed by the New York City Department of Homeless Services, as a licensed Master Social Worker, and was constantly in contact with clients in need and learned the deep implications of social welfare policies and its impact on service delivery.
Aida has taught Introduction to Social Work as well and is a Certified Field Instructor supervising MSW students. She is currently the Supervising Family Case Manager at African Services Committee, a nonprofit organization dedicated in assisting immigrants, refugees, and asylees from across the African Diaspora.
Robin Donath is a clinical social worker in private practice, specializing in working with children, adolescents, and their parents. She is also a mental health consultant at the JBFCS's Child Development Center. She teaches clinical practice classes at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in addition to teaching at the Silver School of Social Work. Her area of expertise is children and adolescents, with a focus on prevention through working with parents.
Robin is a graduate of the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is also a graduate of the National Institute for Psychotherapy's Three-year Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program and the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity's One-year Post-analytic Training Program.
Straussner, Naegle, Gillespie, Wolkstein, Donath & Azmitia. (2006). The SATOL project: An interdisciplianary model of technology for research-to-practice in clinical supervision for addiction treatment. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 3(3-4),39-54.
Donath, R. (2010). When something more is too Much: The case of Paul. Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 9(4), 141-150.
Stan-Shlomo Einstein, Ph.D., clinical and social psychologist; student; academician; researcher; administrator; journalist (newspaper and radio); editor/author (25 books; 91 topic-oriented special issues of Substance Use and Misuse listed as editor/co-editor (22); unlisted as co-editor (69); journal editor-founder Substance Use and Misuse (1965-2015); Drug Forum; Social Pharmacology; Violence, Aggression and Terrorism;Altered States of Consciousness); consultant, lecturer, conference and training program organizer, exhibit curator, poet, volunteer; awards (Pace Setter award, NIDA; Mayor of Jerusalem Outstanding Volunteer Award). Area of interest: the parameters of failure.
Cort Engelken is also assistant professor of social work at Ramapo College of New Jersey in their BSW program and clinical consultant at AIDS-Related Community Service.
His areas of interest are: violence prevention at all levels: international, domestic violence, bullying, and sexual assault; conflict resolution, mediation, and arbitration; working with HIV+ people; and how to be a good teacher.
Cort has a BA with honors Ramapo College of New Jersey and received his MSW from New York University in 1982.
Engelken, C. (1987). Fighting the costs of spouse abuse, Personnel Journal, 66(3), 31-34.
Dr. Evans has been a couple and individual therapist for over 20 years. He is in private practice in New York City. Tripp is a supervisor and on the faculty of the Training Institute for Mental Health (TIMH - a psychoanalytic institute in NYC) 2-year Couple Therapy Program. He has co-led a number of workshops at TIMH and for Advanced Clinical Education Foundation (ACE). Some workshop titles include: Nesters versus Adventurers, Object Relations in Couple Therapy, and Going to the Dark Side: Helping Couples Talk About Breaking Up. Tripp has taught TIMH classes in transference/countertransference. His paper entitled Empathy As Defense in Couples Therapy appears in the 2008 edition of Issues In Psychoanalytic Psychology. Tripp has also written a number of books under his own name and various pseudonyms in the area of humor and reference.
Drena Fagen is co-founder and the Director of Programs and Adult Services at New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC, a group practice specializing in the integration of creative arts therapies with best practice and evidence-based psychotherapy treatment.
Her area of expertise is in the use of art therapy with high-functioning adults in individual and group psychotherapy and corporate environments. She also specializes in educating social workers and other helping professionals on burnout and vicarious trauma through on-site workshops for community based organizations and on-going therapy groups. She has extensive experience developing and implementing social work-informed art therapy programs in foster care, juvenile justice, and other agency settings. She has received post-graduate training in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and trauma-focused CBT.
Drena received a BA from the University of Florida, an MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in creativity development and art therapy at the Pratt Institute in 2001, and an MSW from NYU in 2006. She is a nationally board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC).
As the McSilver Institute’s Assistant Director of Policy and External Affairs, Dan plays a leading role in efforts to inform policy through community-led research projects and evaluation efforts, drafts legislative testimony and issue briefs, and supports a wide range of health care policy projects in areas including system transformation and Early Childhood Mental Health. Prior to joining the McSilver Institute, Dan spent over six years in government affairs and community engagement roles focused first on higher education and then public health policy. He received his MPA with a concentration in Public Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He teaches Policy I and II as an adjunct faculty member at Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work and for the past three years an advanced policy course on legislative advocacy at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
Christine Fewell teaches advanced practice and substance abuse classes at the Silver School of Social Work. She is co-coordinator and faculty advisor of the Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders Focused Learning Opportunity and associate editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She has a private practice providing psychotherapy and supervision.
Dr. Fewell has extensive experience working with people with substance abuse problems and their families and has published widely in this area. Other areas of interest include mentalization and its application to clinical practice, social work licensing, and ethical social work practice.
She earned her MSW from the University of Chicago, her PhD at the Silver School of Social Work, and a certificate in psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.
Straussner, S. L., & Fewell, C.H. (Eds.). (2011). Children of substance-abusing parents: Dynamics and treatment. New York, NY: Springer Press.
Rachel Foster is Campaign Director for New Abolitionists, a national multimedia campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. She is a Founding Co-Chair and Executive Council Member of World Without Exploitation, the national coalition working to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She has been an advocate at the Tompkins County Task Force for Battered Women and Sanctuary for Families, a community organizer at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and a senior staff attorney and Board Officer at Brooklyn Legal Services, and a Board Member of the Citizens Committee for Children, Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, Arts and Ideas in Motion, and Community Board Two. Rachel received the New Yorkers Who Make a Difference Award from United Neighborhood Houses for her work representing disenfranchised New Yorkers. She is the President of Heights Advisors, a real estate firm, and a Co-Founder of the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, an animal shelter and adoption center.
Monroe France is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at New York University. Monroe has over 20 years of experience as a professional trainer, educator, faculty member, consultant, strategist, and keynote presenter. His areas of research and courses include, social justice education, intergroup dialogue, race and ethnicity, intersectionality, class, global social justice, and gender and sexaulity. He has implemented, and managed social justice and human rights education programs, nationally and internationally. Monroe’s expertise in anti-oppression and social justice work has led to his appearing on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, regular radio interviews and presenting keynote addresses at national conferences and universities across the globe. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Communication. Monroe currently serves on the board of trustees for the OutRight International and has received numerous honors and accolades, including New York University’s 2012 Distinguished Administrator of the Year Award, the 2014 Trailblazer Award from re:gender (formerly National Council for Research on Women) and the 2016 National Association for Student Personal Administrators’ Diversity Achievement Award.
Professor Freyer is currently the Project Director of a research study examining the use of self-protective methods among survivors of intimate partner violence with disabilities. She previously served as Assistant Director of Barrier Free Living’s Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program, and provided counseling and criminal justice advocacy to women with disabilities experiencing domestic violence.
Her research focuses on multiple dimensions of intimate partner violence among women with disabilities. Integrating disability content into social work education is another area of interest.
Professor Freyer holds a BA in Sociology from Cornell University and an MSW with a concentration in Contemporary Social Problems from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is currently a PhD candidate at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.
Ballan, M.S., & Freyer, M.B. (2012). Self-defense among women with disabilities: An unexplored domain in domestic violence cases. Violence Against Women, 18(9), 1083-1107.
Ballan, M.S., Freyer, M.B., Marti, C.N., Perkel, J., Webb, K.A., & Romanelli, M. (in press). Looking beyond prevalence: A demographic profile of survivors of intimate partner violence with disabilities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Donna Demetri Friedman, LCSW, MA, Ph.D. adjunct Associate Professor is an adult, child, and mother-infant therapist. She is the Executive Director of RMHA. She completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Beebe at NYSPI at Columbia University. Dr. Friedman has taught at the Silver School since 1999 and currently teaches Theories of Attachment and Early Childhood, Practice with Children and Groups. She is a therapist in the Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001: A Primary Prevention Project. Dr. Friedman co-edited a special issue on attachment for The Journal of Clinical Social Work as well as a book entitled Attachment-based Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents. She is on the editorial board of JCSW. She received the Outstanding Alumna Award for her work in infant mental health in 2009. Dr. Friedman completed the three-year Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program, of the Contemporary Freudian and IPTAR analytic institutes in October 2015.
Ellen Friedman is a teacher, consultant, and has a private practice. Main professional interest are mental health and substance abuse. Recently received the Make a Difference Award from the Commissioner of OASAS.
Education -- MSW- Hunter, Analytic Training, PhD New York University.
Samantha Fuld, LCSW is a clinical supervisor for YAI: National Institute for People with Disabilities and is concurrently pursuing a DSW in Clinical Social Work at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Samantha’s area of interest both professionally and academically is mental health in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders. She is a reviewer for the Clinical Social Work Journal and has held a variety of supervisory, clinical, administrative and consulting positions throughout her career which included working as a mental health clinician for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, serving as director of a recreational program for teens with autism spectrum disorders, and allocating funds in the fields of mental health and disabilities for UJA Federation of New York. Samantha received her MSW from NYU and completed two years of post-graduate clinical training through YAI and the Schema Therapy Institute.
J. Ryan Fuller has a private psychotherapy practice in New York City (www.jryanfuller.com) and is Clinical Director of New York Behavioral Health, which provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills, and traditional Behavior Therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups.
Dr. Fuller has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is a certified supervisor of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). He has conducted research on anger, aggression, happiness, relationships, and positive psychology. He has conducted trainings on addictions, couples therapy, weight loss, and many other topics.
Dr. Fuller has published in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Rational Emotive Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Psychiatric Research, Aggressive Behavior, and Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.
Dr. Fuller earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. from Hofstra University. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at St. John’s University.
Heather Gay has worked at the Ali Forney Center since 2007, providing services to homeless LGBTQ youth, aged 16-24. Heather began at Ali Forney as the Mental Health Specialist, providing direct-care mental health services. Currently, she is the Deputy Executive Director of Programs, overseeing all mental health, drop-in, and housing program services.
Heather received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University in 2007. Additionally, Heather completed a two-year psychotherapy training program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and she is an Adjunct Professor in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, as well as NYU.
Ms. Gilmore has extensive experience working in healthcare as a clinician, manager, and administrator with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has also worked as a manager in the nonprofit field in the antipoverty sector.
Her areas of interest include substance abuse, mental health, and medical care. Program management, staff supervision and training are also areas of expertise.
Ms. Gilmore holds a BA in Psychology from the City College of New York, an MSW with a concentration in Group Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, and an MS in Health Care Management from NYU's Wagner School of Public Service. She also has a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Counseling from Westchester Community College.
Ines Gonzalez is a LCSW graduate from NYU Silver School of Social Work and is a Licensed Psychoanalyst graduate from the Harlem Family Psychoanalytic Institute. In her career that spans for more than twenty years, Ms. Gonzalez has worked as a private practitioner, an administrator and a clinical supervisor . She has done extensive trainings and strategic planning for several agencies including Good Shepherd Services Training Institute and Planned Parenthood. In her leadership role for the New York State Chapter of the North American Family Institute, she helped to create evidence-based programming and wraparound services for Westchester County youth previously served in restrictive residential settings. As the founding Family Center Director at Neighbor’s Link, a community center for immigrant families in Mt. Kisco, NY, she oversaw several programs for youth and for families with children of all ages. Currently, Ms. Gonzalez works for the NYC Department of Education and is an adjunct at Columbia University's School of Social Work.
Melissa Goodman, LCSW, serves as the clinical supervisor of the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program. She also provides short-term psychotherapy at Mount Sinai Queens in Astoria to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and commercial sexual exploitation. A trauma specialist, Melissa earned her Master’s Degree in social work at New York University in 1994. She cut her social work teeth at Elmhurst Hospital in emergency psychiatry by working on a mobile crisis unit before transitioning to SAVI in 2000. She subsequently earned a certificate as a Geriatric Scholar, and one in Executive Leadership in the Not-For-Profit Sector. She received a Declaration of Honor from Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall for “exemplary leadership” in raising awareness and improving services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families in October, 2010. More recently, she was awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year award by The Zonta Club of Greater Queens.
Melissa transitioned to social work after a successful career as a medical writer/editor. She earned her first master’s degree in journalism (science communication) from Boston University. In that career, she traveled around the world covering medical conventions and reporting on developments in medicine. She won the Vincent Downing Award for Excellence in Medical Communications and ended that career as a Vice President and Editorial Director.
As an adjunct assistant professor at the Silver School of Social Work, Melissa teaches “Clinical Practice with Survivors of Intimate Partner violence.”
Dr. Gottlieb is the founder of Talking Changes, an anti-oppression training and bias-awareness consultancy. Workshops are largely targeted toward clinicians and social service professionals and address issues ranging from self-care to cultural competence. More information can be found at http://www.talkingchanges.org/
Dr. Gottlieb’s primary areas of teaching and scholarship are in direct practice, theory, and pedagogy, particularly with an anti-oppression and social-identity lens. Her dissertation research measured the impact of self-compassion and self-awareness on the ability to work successfully within a cross-cultural dyad. Her teaching style is collaborative and highly interactive.
Dr. Gottlieb's areas of scholarly interest are the role of self-compassion in social work pedagogy and practice; the optimal methods for teaching cultural competence in social work education; structural racism, historical trauma and the role of white-Europeans in reparations to these injustices; and on the construction and validation of a social identity-informed cultural competence scale.
Dr. Gottlieb earned her PhD and MSW from NYU, and her BA from Brown University.
Fanny Gutiérrez-Meyers is Visiting Clinical Instructor of Social Work at NYU Shanghai. Prior to joining NYU Shanghai, she was a personal counselor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. She holds a MSW from Smith College School for Social Work and a BA in Psychology from Haverford College.
Ms. Gutiérrez-Meyers’s clinical interests include adolescent development and group therapy. She is a licensed clinical social worker who for the past 12 years has provided individual, group and family therapy for adolescents and adults in a variety of settings including outpatient, school, residential, and partial hospitalization programs. In addition to her clinical experience, Ms. Gutiérrez-Meyers was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guayaquil, Ecuador as family educator with Fundación Junto con los Niños, a program serving street working children and their families.
Mariam I. Habib is a clinical social worker, educator, and trainer practicing in New York City. Since 2006, she has worked at the Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, providing trauma therapy and coordinating their internship program. Her practice is focused on working with survivors of sexual abuse and intimate partner violence, with a particular commitment to serving queer, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals. Ms. Habib also has a private practice providing psychotherapy and supervision, and conducts workshops and trainings for service providers and professionals from multiple disciplines.
Mariam has extensive experience working in trauma recovery, secondary stress/trauma stewardship, LGBT concerns, and gender identity and sexuality. Areas of interest include intersectionality, spirituality, immigration experience, and identity development.
Ms. Habib received her MSW from the New York University School of Social Work, and her BA from Barnard College.
Katherine Hammer is Vice President of Treatment and Recovery Services at ICL, a non-profit organization that provides health care, mental health care, family support, residential assistance, and treatment to almost 10,000 adults, families, and children throughout New York City and Montgomery County, PA. Services are recovery focused and trauma informed. Katherine spent the first 12 years of her career working in the field of domestic and sexual violence. Katherine is committed to training, educating, and providing clinical support to her staff and students interested in trauma and its impact on individuals and the communities in which we live and serve.
Bachelor in Social Work 1991 from University of Texas at Austin
Masters in Social Work 1995 from Our Lady of the Lake, San Antonio, Texas
Doctoral education from Smith College School of Social Work - degree not completed.
I received my Master Degree in Social Work from New You University Graduate School of Social Work in 1991, and was lucky to get a job there as an adjunct in 1998 (now called the NYU Sliver Graduate School of Social Work). My areas of expertise are substance abuse and DROP (diversity, racism, oppression and privilege) and I have taught these course regularly over 19 years, specializing in substance abuse both at NYU, and in my full time professional job at a high school. I have also taught Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as well as Social Work practice I @ II. I have my LSCW-R & CPP which focuses on drug and alcohol prevention and intervention.
Lisa Henshaw, LCSW currently serves as the Coordinator for Licensing and Special Projects at Adelphi University. Her career began working with the homeless population, leading to her passion working with individuals challenged by systemic oppression, mental health and substance abuse difficulties. She worked in the community mental health setting for nearly10 years in direct clinical practice.
Ms. Henshaw brings over seven years’ experience teaching at various MSW Programs in New York. She is extremely passionate about teaching and committed to providing an educational experience that embodies socially just and anti-oppressive practice, combined with the ethics and values of our profession. Her teaching style offers multiple methods of learning combining lecture, group dialogue, technology, and small group work to offer an eclectic classroom learning experience.
While currently pursuing her doctoral studies, she also maintains a small practice. Her areas of interest include trauma, misdiagnosis, social theory and military social work.
Catherine Hodes is the Director of the Safe Homes Project, a program of Good Shepherd Services, which provides crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, shelter, and advocacy to survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. Ms. Hodes conducts trainings and workshops for social service, medical, and mental health providers, youth and education professionals, and community groups. Ms. Hodes is a member of and collaborates with the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, the NYC Coalition of Residential Domestic Violence Service Providers, the NY State LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network, and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Areas of interest and practice include trauma reduction, crisis intervention, conflict-resolution, safety planning, intersectionality, and community engagement. Ms. Hodes is also a self-defense instructor, certified by the National Women's Martial Arts Federation.
Ms. Hodes is most recently the author of “Abusing Privilege: Broadening the Domestic Violence Paradigm,” published in Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, Vol 3, No 4, Spring 2011, Civic Research Institute.
Ms. Hodes earned her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work.
Dory is a social work supervisor in Palliative Care at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is involved in education of medical students, medical residents, nurses and social workers in palliative care and communication. She recently received award in 2017 from Social Work Hospice Palliative Network for excellence in clinical practice.
David B. Howard teaches advanced policy and practice courses at the Silver School of Social Work. He has more than 14 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector, including senior management, program planning and evaluation, fundraising and development, and direct service. David currently works as the Senior Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Learning at Covenant House International, where he leads strategic efforts to achieve positive outcomes for and with homeless youth by building a federation-wide organizational culture that embraces and implements rigorous performance measurement, continual quality improvement, and program excellence.
Prior to his work at Covenant House, David was the Director of Research and Innovation at The Doe Fund, one of New York's largest homeless service agencies. and a researcher at the UCLA Center for Civil Society, where he co-authored numerous reports on the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. He recently co-authored a book chapter about the respective nonprofit sectors in New York and Los Angeles in: Halle, D. & Beveridge, A. (2013). New York and Los Angeles: An Uncertain Future. New York: Oxford University Press. David has presented research findings to diverse audiences, from San Francisco to Istanbul, among other local and international geographies.
David earned his PhD in Social Welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he also earned his MSW.
Andrés Hoyos works currently as psychotherapist in private practice, consultant and trainer. Mr. Hoyos has taught as a lecturer professor and faculty advisor at New York University, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City. He currently teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer at New York University in New York City. Mr. Hoyos has provided consulting services for New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - DOHMH, Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, Aldea Counselling Services, New York Pathways and The Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center among other agencies in NYC.
Andrés Hoyos, has over 25 years of experience in the provision of mental health and social services, with expertise in diverse populations and topics such as LGBT identities/communities, substance abuse, immigration (Psychosocial evaluations for asylum seekers and expert witness in court hearings) trauma/Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Grief & Bereavement and HIV/AIDS among other issues/populations.
Andrés Hoyos earned a Master in Clinical Psychology in his native Medellin, Colombia, and a Master in Social Work from New York University. In 2009, he was one of 21 inaugural candidates of the The 21st Century Fellow Program, selected to participate in a year-long program for people of color managers who worked in LGBT national and international human rights services and advocacy organizations that held grants in the Arcus Foundation, the Gill Foundation and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund; and was awarded with the Emerging Leader Award by the NASW-NYC chapter in 2011.
Dr. Jakubowicz is the Founding Executive Director for the the Center for Human Development (A licensure qualifying psychoanalytic institute) Private Practice.
She works with individuals, couples and children and has supervision and therapy groups in private practice. Supervises, teaches, lectures and does training.
Modern Group, "The Use of Disturbing Countertransference Feelings in Working with AIDS Groups", Vol 1(1), 1996.
Modern Psychonalysis, “Enriching the Experience of Teaching Through Understanding and Using Countertransference
Feelings”, 1998, Vol 24(2), 1999.
MSW, PhD, LCSW
Humanitarian Award, 2008, Heed University, College of Psychoanalysis
NAAP Certified Psychoanalyst
Certified Group Psychotherapist-International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists
Calla C. Jo sees people for psychoanalytic psychotherapy in private practice as well as at a clinic which serves Medicaid patients. She has worked running groups for APICHA Community Health Center and is on the faculty of the NYS licensure qualifying psychoanalytic institute Center for Human Development.
Areas of interest include: history of psychology and psychoanalysis, representations of the mentally ill in the media and literature, human development including current neurological research, and social justice issues around race and poverty.
Self financed BA from Yale College in 1988 in English. Graduated from New York University School of Social Work in 2000. Received degree from psychoanalytic institute, Center for Human Development in 2013. A prize winning ballet dancer, Calla taught at the Merce Cunningham Studio in the 1990's, danced with many choreographers and produced her own work as well.
Billye J. Jones, LCSW is an experienced clinician, supervisor, field instructor, administrator, program developer, and relationship builder. Billye incorporates her passion of child sexual abuse treatment, prevention and developing trauma informed programs in her multiple roles. She has performed extensive work with sexually abused children and adults as well as sexually reactive and aggressive youth.
In addition, Billye has trained therapists, students, parents, teachers, child welfare staff, attorneys, social workers and many others about issues relating to child sexual abuse. She was involved in all activities related to child sexual abuse prevention, which included panels, newspaper, radio, and television and even appeared in a documentary
Billye has a Master of Social Work degree from New York University. She attained a Post Master’s Certificate in Clinical Practice from NYU, an Advanced Certificate Program in Non- profit management from New York Medical College/Fordham University.
David Kamnitzer is a Senior Vice President at ICL, a large behavioral health organization serving adults and children throughout the five boroughs. David oversees programs and residential services aimed towards assisting individuals with serious mental illness reintegrate back into the community. He has been involved in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery for the past twenty five years.
David's areas of interest include working with Young Adults with Mental Illness, Individuals being released from long term incarceration and Staff Wellness. David is very active in a number of committees throughout NYC such as the DOHMH Criminogenic Task Force and serves on the Mayor's HASA Advisory Board.
He earned his MSW from NYU in 1991 and attended the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Association.
Implementation of a Cognitive Rehabilitation Program in an IPRT Setting, Winter 2001, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills
Janice Katz has a full time private practice in Maplewood, New Jersey; Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychoanalytic Treatment of Addictions; Mourning. Clinical supervision. She received a Masters in Social Work from Hunter College School of Social Work (1991).
Lori Greifer Kaufman currently has a private practice in Irvington, New York. She is also a teacher and mentor at the Silver School of Social Work.
Her areas of expertise are in Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD and other school related issues, differential diagnosis, crises intervention, parent education, child abuse, all issues related to pregnancy, including bereavement following perinatal loss and termination.
She earned her BSW in 1982 and her MSW in 1983 from New York University's Silver School of Social Work. She also has an Advanced Certificate in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents.
Judith Kellner, LCSW, is a couples’ and individual’s psychotherapist in Private Practice in New York City. She is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) and Supervisor and is training and supervising therapists internationally in the EFT model. Judith is one of the founding members of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NYCEFT).
She has presented internationally on cross cultural couples, trauma and its transmission, and EFT.
Judith is published in the Clinical Social Work Journal. Her article titled “Gender Perspective in Cross-Cultural Couples”, and “Interfaith Couples and EFT – A Case Example of Getting to the Heart of the Matter” published in ICEEFT fall 2013 Newsletter and at EFTA (European Family Therapy Association journal).
She graduated from the NYU Silver School for Social Work, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and the International Trauma Studies Program at NYU. She is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) and Supervisor
Sharmeen Khan is a psychotherapist working in various public, outpatient, mental health clinics working with children and families and an out-of-school time staff trainer with Ramapo for Children.
Sharmeen’s areas of interest include cultural competence and education, childhood development, and trauma.
In 2003, she earned an MA from McGill University in Islamic politics and an MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work.
Mark A.R. Kleiman is a Professor of Public Policy and directs the Crime & Justice Program at New York University’s Marron Institute. He serves as a member of the National Research Council and is co-editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis.
Prior to NYU, Kleiman spent 19 years at UCLA. He also taught at Harvard, where he earned his MPP and PhD. Kleiman began his career on Capitol Hill and then spent several years in the private sector. In 1977, he returned to public service, eventually becoming director of the Office of Policy and Management Analysis at the Department of Justice.
Dr. Kleiman’s recent work includes designing domestic and international legal cannabis markets and creating alternative sanctioning models within corrections and probation agencies. He is a frequent blogger and speaker at international conferences, and he is the author of five books on drug and criminal justice policy.
Bruce Knotts was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, worked for Raytheon in Saudi Arabia (1976-80) and on a World Bank contract in Somalia (1982-4), before he joined the Department of State as a U.S. diplomat in 1984. Bruce had diplomatic assignments in Greece, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and The Gambia, where he was Deputy Chief of Mission. While in Cote d’Ivoire, Bruce served as the Regional Refugee Coordinator for West Africa. Bruce worked closely with several UN Special Representatives and observed UN peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone from 2000-2003. Bruce retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and began directing the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) in 2008. Bruce founded faith-based advocacy for sexual orientation/gender identity human rights at the United Nations and continues to advocate for the rights of women, indigenous peoples and for sustainable development in moral terms of faith and values. Bruce is co-chair of the UN NGO Committee on Human Rights, the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, member of the NGO UN Security Council Working Group, on the Board of the NGO UN Committee on Sustainable Development and chair of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee.the Foreign Service Institute in area studies and diplomatic tradecraft.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Lefkowitz has over twenty-three years of experience in healthcare specializing in serious mental illness and chronic medical illness. She currently runs a program for individuals with severe psychiatric illnesses and is a psychotherapist. She has worked with individuals of all ages and led support groups for patients and families affected by chronic illness. She has worked at The Child and Adolescent Clinic and Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic Adult Services where she led groups for substance use and depression, elderly with depression. She has conducted research in identity development and maintenance in chronic illness.
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PhD (2012), MA (Sociology, University Fellowship), BA, (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), New York University
MSW (1994), Hunter College School of Social Work
Post Master’s Certificate in Aging and Mental Health (1996), Brookdale Center on Aging, Hunter College School of Social Work
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 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.
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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19317611.2012.753972
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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.
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.
Professor Madonia is currently the Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court where he is responsible for the implementation of policy and planning, oversight of clinical operations, management of federal grants and supervision of staff. He hosts numerous site visits to the court by international dignitaries and local and national visitors. In this role, he also developed and implemented the Brooklyn Diversion, Veterans and DWI courts. Mr. Madonia is currently the chairperson for Brooklyn Treatment Court’s Clinical Advisory Board and the Brooklyn Veterans Stakeholder Board. He also holds several committee memberships including the New York City Drug Treatment Court Regional Work Group and committees for Best Practices on Young Adults and Veterans. In September of 2009 Mr. Madonia was appointed by Governor David Patterson to sit on the New York State Board for Medical Misconduct.
Mr. Madonia is the co-developer of the Brooklyn Treatment Court Training Academy. He has conducted training for drug court practitioners through the New York State Unified Court System and the Center for Court Innovation. He has also conducted numerous workshops at the State and National levels. Mr. Madonia served on the curriculum development team for implementing veteran’s treatment courts in New York State. He is presently a certified facilitator in Moral Reconation Therapy. Mr. Madonia is a lecturer on trauma informed care for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. In addition, he serves as a trainer for the National Drug Court Institute, the National Development and Research Institutes and American University.
He also maintains a part-time private psychotherapy practice in New York City, where he treats adolescents and young adults with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Mr. Madonia has over 25 years’ experience working with the Forensic and Co-Occurring Disorders populations.
Mr. Madonia is a graduate of New York University (NYU), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor.
Michelle P. Maidenberg is the President/Clinical Director of Westchester Group Works, a Center for Group Therapy in Harrison, NY where she also maintains a private practice. She is also the President and Co-Founder of “Thru My Eyes” a nonprofit 501c3 organization that offers free clinically-guided videotaping to chronically medically ill individuals who want to leave video legacies for their children and loved ones. She created the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program at Camp Shane and Shane Diet Resorts and directs and supervised the program. Dr. Maidenberg has advanced training in CBT from The Beck Institute and teaches a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy graduate course at New York University (NYU).
She is a consultant and trainer and often presents at conferences and publishes on the topics of childhood obesity, health and weight management, parenting, childhood development, socialization, general health related issues, trauma, assertiveness training, and group treatment.
Dr. Maidenberg completed Cognitive-Behavioral institute training from the Beck Institute in 2009. She earned a Master's in Public Health in 2006 from Hunter College, Urban Public Health - Community Health Education. She earned her Ph.D. in 2001 in Social Work from Yeshiva University, Wurzeiler School Of Social Work. In 1996, Dr. Maidenberg attended the Family Therapy Institute At SUNY Health Science Center At Brooklyn and earned a two-Year Postgraduate Training Certificate in Marital & Family Therapy. She also earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Work Administration in 1996 from Hunter College, School Of Social Work. In 1994, Dr. Maidenberg earned her Master's in Social Work from New York University, Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School Of Social Work.
Brenda Mamber, LCSW-R has 30 years’ experience as a social work clinician, supervisor, administrator, and educator in End of Life care and Hospice and Palliative Care in NYC. Ms. Mamber has recently accepted the position of Director of Family and Patient Services with St Mary’s Hospital for Children. She is also an Adjunct Professor with NYU School of Social Work and a Consultant with Fordham SSW Continuing Education Department (providing post graduate CE programs). Ms Mamber previously held the position of Director of Program Services at VNSNY Hospice and Palliative Care, Program Director of The Shira Ruskay Center, a program of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Director of Program Development with Jacob Perlow Hospice, Social Work Supervisor/ Social Worker at Cabrini Hospice, and has been a consultant and independent educator, providing workshops, training programs and seminars to hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and home care agencies.
Marc is a consultant and educator specializing in collaboration and leadership development. After spending his early career in the health care field, Marc went on to pursue an interest in international philanthropy, serving as longtime director of a foundation that organizes global donor circles, as program director for a medical relief organization, and executive director of an NGO working to prevent child mortality in West Africa. Marc studied adaptive leadership while pursuing his MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2009-2010 and served as a Teaching Assistant to Professor Dean Williams. He has since developed and co-facilitated adaptive leadership training programs for non-profit and philanthropic organizations, including an initiative funded by the B. Robert Williamson Jr. Foundation in New York City. Marc serves as a consultant and lecturer at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work where he works to integrate leadership education into the curriculum of graduate and post-graduate executive courses. He developed and co-facilitates NYU’s Adaptive Leadership Fellowship Program where a select group of Master’s level students learn intensively about the framework and apply it in the context of their fieldwork placements. Marc is also a lecturer on leadership at the University of California, Berkeley and California State University East Bay. In addition to his MPA, Marc holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.
Karen Manasse teaches second-year practice courses at the Silver School of Social Work. She also provides clinical supervision to social workers and consultation on program development to administrators at Harlem RBI and East Harlem Tutorial Program.
She also worked at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, where she supervised social work staff, and at Safe Horizon, where she was the director of the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment Services (CATS) program.
Karen has expertise in working with children who have experienced trauma, and she provides individual supervision, group supervision, and ongoing training to social workers in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also has extensive experience in school social work, both in direct service and supervision of school social workers.
She received her BA in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSW from NYU, where she was the recipient of the Key Pin Award for scholarship and leadership.
Shreya Mandal is the Owner of One World Mitigation, a mitigation consulting practice that collaborates with law firms throughout the United States. She has nearly twenty years of combined forensic and clinical experience in capital defense, criminal defense, immigration law, and personal injury law. She has been a qualified expert witness in both federal and state courts since 2005. In addition, she has an evening psychotherapy practice in New York City. Ms. Mandal is a Chapter Author in Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues Across Diverse Populations and Settings, Second Edition. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Smith College School for Social Work and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School.
Lisa Martin, graduated from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services. She has worked with adults, children, and adolescents and their families in numerous settings, including public schools, community mental health centers, and psychiatric hospitals. She has broad experience in working with addictions, domestic violence and women’s issues. Ms. Martin is the assistant director of the mental health division at the Montefiore School Health Program, where she oversees the intern initiative for social work students. She received training in family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and has been in private practice since 2005.
Since 2015, Ms. Martin has served on the board of the Integrated Youth Behavioral Health (IYBH) initiative at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, which is part of a Human Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) grant. Her interests include psychodynamic psychotherapy and the use of mindfulness practices. She trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn of the UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness. Ms. Martin has been an adjunct instructor at the Silver School of Social Work since January 2016.
Dr. Mary Mastria is a psychotherapist who has been in full-time private practice for 20 years working with adults, adolescents and couples. Practice specialties include eating disorders, trauma, mood disorders and relationship issues. She has conducted, published and co-authored research on ethnicity and eating disorders and eating disorders treatment (Eating disorders changes in the DSM-5: Clinical Implications, 2013). She received NJ state certification in child sexual abuse treatment and has advanced training and a doctorate in clinical social work from New York University.
Dr. Reji Mathew is a senior clinical social worker at the Counseling and Wellness division of the New York University Student Health Center. Her interests include health and wellness, health care advocacy, integrative psychotherapy, and coping skills education. She is trained in CBT, DBT, TB-CBT, EMDR, Narrative Thearpy and the Voice Dialogue method.
Dr. Mathew earned a BSW from Dominican College and an MSW and PhD from New York University School of Social Work. Dr. Mathew is the recipient of the 2004 Greenstein Fellowship Dissertation Award. She also received an Alumni Service Award for her health advocacy writing from the Dominican College Alumni Association in 2012.
Dr. Mathew is a freelance health advocacy writer. She publishes a web-site showcasing her articles on wellness. She has interviewed numerous health advocates and experts in various disability and health communities.
She is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work where she teaches DBT, CBT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
Amanda Mays teaches Advanced Policy. She is currently the Manager of Partnership Design at Turnaround for Children, a non-profit organization that works with schools to infuse science and social-emotional learning into school practice to create trauma informed school communities. She is the lead strategist for the mental health partnership component of Turnaround’s programmatic model, including design, implementation and ongoing management of fiscal, operational and data-related functions. She provides targeted support of practice based needs for Turnaround’s Social Work Consultants and expert content and strategy for mental health focused grants and training, acting as lead Program Officer for the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) grant in the New York City region.
Additionally, Amanda is an individual and couples therapist with a focus on LGBTQA communities of color at Blanton-Peale Counseling Center.
Amanda has an extensive background in legal advocacy, training, community practice and policy and program development working in multiple service arenas such as psychiatric facilities, criminal justice institutions and community settings. Her work has intentionally focused on marginalized communities with intersectional identity impact including those in the disability community, foster care youth, immigrant experience and LGBTQA individuals. Her clinical practice areas include complex trauma, grief and loss, affirmative identity formation and family/community development and belonging.
Amanda holds an M.S.W from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and a B.A. in International Studies from Portland State University.
Dr. Mary C. McCluskey, DSW, LCSW, graduated with a doctoral degree in social work from The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. She earned her masters in social work from Columbia University. She is in private practice in New York City, as well as a senior candidate in training at The American Institute of Psychoanalysis. Dr. McCluskey has taught social work at New York University, The University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University and Simmons College. Dr. McCluskey recently published an article, “The Pregnant Therapist: A Qualitative Examination of the Client Experience” in The Clinical Social Work Journal. She is interested in trauma treatment and prevention and the ways in which psycho-education and therapy can be utilized to prepare pregnant women for the realities of motherhood and to better facilitate healthier bonding and attachment.
Joann McEniry, MSW, LSW is a licensed social worker in the state of New Jersey with more than fifteen years of experience working on advocacy and policy initiatives for vulnerable and oppressed populations. She has an extensive background in community organizing, designing and implementing responses to address social injustices faced by the HIV/AIDS, LGBTQI, homeless, mental health and substance use populations. McEniry has worked internationally in the development of culturally competent programming by conducting a community wide needs assessment in Moshi, Tanzania and by aiding in the development of a full scale HIV/AIDS prevention and education initiative in Miragoane, Haiti. In addition, she has a great deal of experience in non-profit development, administration and management and currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey AIDS Services. Appointed by Senator Cory Booker during his term as Mayor of the City of Newark, McEniry also serves as the Chair of the Comprehensive Planning Committee of the Planning Council of the City of Newark overseeing HIV/AIDS community health planning for five counties in New Jersey.
Lockhart McKelvy has been in private practice in the NYU area for over 20 years.
Prior to a commitment to full-time practice, he was involved in a variety of work focusing on HIV/AIDS-related services. In addition to publishing clinical articles in books and journals about his work with clients, he volunteered and worked for the GMHC and marched with ACT UP. While working at The Family Center he wrote the intervention modules used in an NIMH study focusing on the outcomes of permanency planning on children living in families with chronic illnesses.
Lockhart is interested in how the traumatic impact of teasing and childhood stressors can affect adult personality structure. He uses a variety of cognitive and psychoanalytic theories to help patients both manage anxiety and further integrate disparate "self states."
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In Y. Danieli, (Ed), Multigenerational legacies of trauma: An international handbook. New York. Plenum Publishing Corporation.
Draimin, B. & McKelvy, L. (2002). Their second chance: Grandparents raising their
grandchildren. In D. Joslin, (Ed), Invisible caregivers: Older adults raising children in the wake of HIV/AIDS. New York: Columbia University Press.
Sarah Mikhail is currently the Director of Families and Opportunities at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in NYC. In this role, Sarah oversees programming that supports the LGBT community in building and sustaining families and in obtaining and advancing their careers. Sarah is a licensed social worker in New York and a graduate of NYU’s Silver School of Social Work. She has dedicated her career to children and adolescents in the child welfare system both in direct practice and in advocacy. Sarah has been an adjunct professor at NYU since 2016.
Madelyn Miller works with adult survivors of trauma and loss in her psychotherapy practice and community work, teaches and trains on these issues, and provides support for the well-being and resourcefulness of colleagues and programs closely engaged with survivors and their communities. She is Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work, Master's Program and Advanced Clinical Practice Certificate Program. Since 1997 she chairs the Disaster Trauma Committee, NYC-NASW. Her disaster work includes direct response with a variety of disaster-specific organizations, as well as support and training with colleagues and community groups, as well as continuing education.
Broader areas of interest include her consideration of the complexities of clinical work with trauma and loss survivors, inclusion of a community perspective after collective trauma and loss, appreciation of the centrality of relational dimensions in all trauma and loss practice, and attention to the experience of clinicians and others working with survivors, enhancing what can be sustaining for them and supporting their creative efforts toward resourcefulness and resilience.
She received her MSSW from Columbia University, and her PhD from NYU Silver School of Social Work, where she was the recipient of the President's Service Award for Leadership, and the Silver Citizenship Award.
Miller, M. (2014, November/December). Reflections on social work in NYC in the context of Ebola. Currents of the New York City Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, 59, 2, 13-14.
Miller, M. (2013, January/February). What we are learning for the future: In the wake of Super Storm Sandy. Currents of the New York City Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, 57, 3, 6-7.
Miller, M. (2011, September 8) Reflecting on 9/11 after a decade. Blog entry posted on National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter website. http://naswnyc.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/reflecting-on-911-after-a-decade/.
Miller, M. (2010, January 19) Supporting New York City’s Haitian community: A message to social workers. Document posted by National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter, to NYC Chapter listserv.
Olivia Mora is dedicated to social justice and working with marginalized populations. Her clinical work has focused on treating trauma in adult Latin American immigrants, those with severe mental illness, substance abuse, and children and youth in residential. Previously, she worked at Valle del Sol (outpatient mental health clinic) and Chrysalis Domestic Violence Shelter in Phoenix, AZ. Since moving to NYC, she has worked for nonprofits providing clinical consultation in the Bronx, as well as clinical services to immigrants, refugees, and gender non-conforming populations.
Her research interest areas include: mental health of Latin American immigrants, gender based violence, vicarious trauma, children and families, human rights, and social justice.
Olivia was born and raised in Mexico. She earned a BA in Psychology & Spanish Literature from the University of Arizona and an MSW from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Smith College School for Social Work.
Prince, J. D., Ansbrow, J., Bennedict, A., DiCostanzo, J., Mora, O., (2016). Making connections: severe mental illness and closeness with other people. Social Work in Mental Health, doi: 10.1080/15332985.2016.1148095
Probst, B., Harris, D., Pehm, J., Lindquist, R., Mora, O., Hallas, V., & Sandoval, S. (2015). In our voices: A collaborative reflection on teaching and being taught. Qualitative Social Work, doi: 1473325015618772.
Anna Morgan-Mullane, LCSW is the Vice President of Mental Health Services at Children of Promise, NYC. Anna oversaw the successful establishment of an article 31 mental health clinic, and has developed clinical practice and policy guidelines. With nearly 250 children enrolling the clinic each year, Anna has helped to establish a evidence informed treatment that is at the forefront of trauma-informed clinical practices for children of incarcerated parents. With over a decade of clinical practice, Ms. Morgan-Mullane’s work explores the intersection of clinical social work, social policy, and criminal justice. She is currently a doctoral candidate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work where her current research explores the intergenerational effects of incarceration, the unique psychological factors experienced by children of incarcerated parents, and the causes and effects of mass incarceration. Anna will be presenting this research at the NASW-NYC Third Annual CE Conference. Ms. Morgan-Mullane received her MSW from Fordham University.
Kathi graduated from NYU’s School of Social Work with her PhD in May of 2012. Currently she is the Administrative Director of Geriatric & Palliative Care Services at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, NY. Concurrently over the past 5.5 years she has been an active provider for Talkspace Online Therapy-Licensed eCounseling, has taught as an adjunct professor at Adelphi University School of Social Work, and is a member of the Molloy College Palliative Care Conference Planning Committee as well as a workshop presenter. In 2014 her doctoral research was published in the Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, Preferences for Cancer Support Group Topics and Group Satisfaction Among Patients and Caregivers.
Providing clinical services for over 20 years her work has included children, adolescents, adults, victims of domestic violence, trauma victims, 9/11 families and survivors, geriatrics, those living with a chronic life limiting illness, and end of life.
Michael Moskowitz, is on the faculty of the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, the NYU School of Social Work., and IPTAR, where he is also a training analyst. He has written about psychoanalytic theory, organizational dynamics, race, ethnicity, and neuroscience. He is co-editor of three books including Reaching Across Boundaries of Culture and Class: Widening the Scope of Psychotherapy (Aronson, 1996) , and author of Reading Minds: A Guide to the Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution (Karnac, 2010). Dr. Moskowitz was Team Leader of the first VA Vietnam Veterans center in the northeast, a recipient of the Gradiva award for his work in psychoanalytic publishing, and co-producer of Black Psychoanalysts Speak.
He has served in the capacity of a senior administrator for Reality House Inc. for 10 years as the Clinical/Associate Director of this behavioral health agency. He also has held the position as advisor to master level students at Columbia University School of Social Work.
Onaje Muid’s social work activist career combined human services and human rights, especially for descendants of formerly enslaved Africans and indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere His clinical experience- in substance abuse prevention, outpatient and residential facilities- earned his appointment as an advisor at Columbia University School of Social Work and was given the Exemplary Mid-Career Award from NASW in December. His United Nations work culminated in the declaring the Transatlantic Slave Trade as a crime against humanity at the seminal United Nations World Conference Against Racism, in Durban, South African, of which he was a delegate (2001). He holds a master’s degree in social work, is a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor and licensed mental health counselor, and holds a family development leadership credentialed, all via New York State, He has focused his life’s work on researching and understanding historical trauma in the oppressed communities and creating the healing modalities, policies and structures to alleviate it.
He earned his master's degree in social work from SUNY-Stony Brook in 2004 and was appointed to their alumni board in December or 2014. His post master education includes certificates from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in Trauma; African Centered Social Work from the National Association of Black Social Workers African Centered Academy; Focusing International Aboriginal Focus Oriented Therapy for Complex Trauma; and Social Work and Spirituality from NYU School of Social Work. He is a graduate from the Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center Leadership Institute and the SAMHSA Advanced Leadership Institute. He is currently enrolled in the Support Center for Non Profits Trajectory Leadership Summit.
Muid, O. (2008). The raping of young black girls. In Re-Centering: Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice, edited by Mary Trujillo, S.Y. Bowland, Linda James Myers, Phillip M. Richards, and Beth Roy. Syracuse University Press.
Muid, O. (2007). “Then I found my spirit”: The meaning of the United Nations World Conference Against Racism and the challenges of the historical trauma movement with research considerations. Pimatisiwin: A International Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health. Volume 4 #2, http://www.pimatisiwin.com.
Brian Mundy is a therapist in private practice, a clinical trainer and consultant, and an adjunct lecturer at NYU. He is the co-founder of Sound Behavioral Health, whose mission is to support clinicians and service providers with making evidence based practices live and breathe in their work with clients. He is the recipient of the 2012 National Association of Social Workers - NYC Emerging Leader award in recognition of his clinical work with children, adults, and families. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU, is a New York state certified Motivational Interviewing instructor, and has had advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multi-Systems Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. He has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and his co-authored book "Therapy in the Real World" was released to wide acclaim on Guilford Press in July 2013.
Boone, Matthew S., Mundy, Brian, Morrissey-Stahl, Kate, & Genrich, Bethany E. (2015). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Contextualism, and Clinical Social Work. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. (ahead of print), 1-14.
Boyd-Franklin, N., Cleek, E.N., Wofsy, M., Mundy, B. Therapy in the Real World. (2013). New York: Guilford Press
Elizabeth Murdoch is the Director of Behavioral Health at Family & Children's Agency in Norwalk, CT., and maintains a private psychotherapy practice for individuals and families, also in Norwalk.
Areas of interest are attachment, trauma, and particularly family therapy.
Graduated from New York University School of Social Work (then the Ehrenkranz School) in 2004. Recipient of the Eleanor Seevak Award for mature students.
Abigail is the Director of Support Groups at CaringKind, and former Social Work Supervisor at MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. Her focus of practice is medical social work, with an emphasis on clinical supervision and teaching. She received her Master of Social Work degree from NYU, as well as post-graduate certificates in Palliative and End-of-Life Care and Clinical Supervision.
Dr. Jamesetta A. Newland is a clinical associate professor in the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing where she teaches in the master's and doctoral programs. As a family nurse practitioner in primary care at NYU Langone Ambulatory Care West Side, she manages her own panel of patients. She is a strong proponent for health promotion and disease prevention, helping patients achieve their individual maximal health.
Her expertise in nurse practitioner education and practice has led to ongoing consultations in Botswana, Japan, and Lithuania. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is the editor-in-chief of The Nurse Practitioner journal with Wolters Kluwer Health. Focus of her writing includes the social and health issues facing African American adolescent girls and women, and the integration of behavioral health and primary care for children.
She earned her masters from Pace University and PhD from University of Pennsylvania.
Anthony teaches courses in peace, social justice, social work, and multifaith leadership. He previously served as Director of NYU’s post-graduate certificate program in Spirituality and Social Work. He has 20 years of counseling, coaching, management, and teaching experience.
Anthony is a Cofounder of MindfulCloud PBC, media and technology for social good. In collaboration with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., MindfulCloud recently produced an award-winning film.
Anthony has worked internationally and domestically in prisons, hospice facilities, inner-city churches and schools, and legal and social service centers. He lived and worked in India with Mother Teresa, and also in Latin America, with community-based organizations and victims of war and violence.
He earned law and social work degrees and is currently pursuing his social work doctorate focused on social justice pedagogy.
Michael Nott has a private practice with offices in Manhattan and Long Island. He is a staff therapist for the Family and Couples Therapy Services (FACTS) program at the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy. He also is a member of the Counseling Center staff at Concordia College.
Michael earned his MSW from NYU in 2009. He holds Post-Masters Degree certificates in Clinical Work with Adolescents from NYU and from the Family and Couples Therapy Services (FACTS) program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Jeanne Nugent is Clinical Associate in Psychiatric Social Work at the Columbia Day Treatment Program. She is also a Psychotherapist in Private Practice and Faculty in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, with experience in individual, couple and group psychotherapy, and specialties in disorders of anxiety, mood, personality, identity, and substance use. Jeanne received her MSW from Hunter College—CUNY, and her MA and PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeanne has undergone foundational training in DBT through Behavioral Tech-Linehan Institute, SIFI certification at NYU, interpersonal psychotherapy training at the William Alanson White Institute, and modern psychoanalytic training through the Center for Group Studies. She has extensive experience leading groups, including manualized treatment (CBT, DBT, Seeking Safety, symptom-management, relapse-prevention), specialized groups (substance abuse, diverse gender and sexuality, co-occurring disorders, gender-specific), psychoeducation groups (community resources, addictions), and process groups integrating DBT-informed, interpersonal psychotherapy, and modern analytic methods.
Meredith O’Boyle, LCSW is the Vice President of Behavioral Health at the Bailey House Behavioral Health Center, located in Harlem. Bailey House is one of the oldest AIDS services organizations in the country providing housing and support services to infected and affected clients throughout the city and the Behavioral Health Center is a recent addition to the programming offered for both HIV positive and non-HIV positive individuals.
As the Vice President, Ms. O’Boyle is responsible for the financial and clinical management as well as quality assurance of all clinical services provided by the Behavioral Health Center and to ensure compliance with State regulations.
Ms. O’Boyle received her Maters degree from New York University School of Social Work in 2003 and she obtained her license in clinical social work in 2007. Ms. O’Boyle has worked as an adjunct lecturer and field advisor at New York University School of Social Work since 2006.
Joseph O'Callaghan, LCSW, is the department chair for social work in the Stamford, Connecticut, Public Schools. He supervises a staff of 30 social workers and provides consultation and support to the school district around children's mental health, family engagement, therapeutic education, and crisis intervention, as well as developing programs to support the social and emotional needs of the students and their families in the school district. He also maintains a small private practice.
His areas of interest include: school social work, the collaboration between schools and mental health providers, race, ethnicity and power in schools, trauma-informed communities and schools, supervision, and the training of interns.
Joseph is also interested in spirituality and, in particular, how contemplative practice can be a protective factor for victims of violence.
He earned his MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work in 1991 and also received a diploma of advance studies in educational leadership in 2000.
Margaret O'Donoghue is a behavioral and academic consultant in Newark Public Schools, New Jersey. She provides trainings to school personnel across the district, and in-class consultations on issues affecting students and families in grades Pre-K through 12.
Her research interests include racial and ethnic identity, interracial families, parenting, and school social work.
Dr. O'Donoghue's published work is focused on white mothers of biracial children. She has also presented at numerous conferences and workshops on topics including: The White therapist; Race, power and privilege in the clinical relationship, Social Worker's role in the school setting and White mothers of Interracial children; and Negotiating the borders of race, ethnicity and culture.
Dr. O'Donoghue earned a B.Soc.Sc. from University College Dublin, Ireland, her
MSW from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work (concentration in community organizing) and her PhD in clinical social work from New York University (2000).
O’Donoghue, M. (2005). White mothers negotiating race and ethnicity in the mothering
of biracial, black-white adolescents. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. 14 (3&4).
O’Donoghue, M (2004) Racial identity in white mothers of biracial children. Affilia;
Journal of Women and Social Work. 19, (1).
Denis O’Keefe practices individual and family psychotherapy in Highland Falls, New York, at the Family Resource Center, where he is the clinical director. He is a consultant for the Orange County Department of Mental Health providing forensic mental health evaluations for the Orange County Family Court. He has extensive experience in the fields of child welfare and child mental health within the New York City and surrounding areas.
Dr. O’Keefe regularly teaches in the practice and policy areas at the Silver School of Social Work, including the courses Clinical Practice with Children and Social Welfare Policy and Programs. He has also taught Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families.
Dr. O’Keefe’s primary research interest is in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to study paradoxical social policy outcomes. His work seeks to integrate theories of individual and group behavior with classical models of social policy analysis to understand latent aspects of policy development, enactment, and implementation across a range of social justice issues.
He is the sitting president of the International Psychohistorical Association and active member in the Psychohistory Forum.
Dr. O’Keefe received his MSW from NYU where he is currently an ABD PhD candidate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
O’Keefe, Denis J. (2012). The Politics of Identity:
Immigration policy post 9/11. Paper presented at the 35th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, New York University, NY.
O’Keefe, Denis J. (2011). Psychohistory and social work:
Implications for graduate social work training. Paper presented at the 34th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, Fordham University, NY.
O’Keefe, Denis J. (2010). The role of world view challenges
in the resistance to meaningful healthcare reform. Paper presented at the 33rd Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, Fordham University, NY.
O’Keefe, Denis J. (2009). The American health care system and the politics of sacrifice. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, Fordham University, NY.
O’Keefe, Denis J. (2007). Locating the social self in the individual. Paper presented at the 30th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, New York University, NY.
Olatunde Olusesi teaches Social Welfare Programs and Policies I and II at the Silver School of Social Work. He is an administrative staff analyst with NYC Children’s Services, where he has worked variously in child protection, family preservation, advocacy, child evaluation, and staff training since 1992.
In addition to his current administrative staff analyst duties, he manages Project Stay, which trains social work interns to provide emotional support, advocacy, psycho-education, and other services to foster youth, especially those who go missing from foster care.
A co-founder of the Nigerian Social Workers Association of USA and a community organizer, Dr. Olusesi has participated in capacity building for social workers in Nigeria and in the NYU Study Abroad Program in Ghana. He also teaches advanced social work micro practice courses at Stony Brook University.
Dr. Olusesi earned a BA (1st Class Honors) in English studies from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; an MSW from Stony Brook University; and a PhD in clinical social work from NYU Silver School of Social Work.
Dr. Osborne is currently adjunct faculty, and consulting on research projects in her field of substance abuse and behavioral healthcare integration in primary care.
Her field of research and clinical interest is substance misuse, with a particular focus on screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) within primary care settings. For the past six years, she has focused on training social work students, nursing students and medical residents to use the skills of motivational interviewing for health behavior change , integrating SBIRT training into their curricula. She has an interest in understanding how these students then apply their learning to their practices, including the challenges and promoting factors related to implementing SBIRT into healthcare settings.
Osborne, V.A., Benner, K., Sprague, D.J., and Cleveland, I. (2013). Simulating real life: enhancing alcohol screening and brief intervention education for social work students. In press, Journal of Social Work Education.
Osborne, V.A., Benner, K., Sprague, D.J., and Cleveland, I. (2013). Simulating real life: enhancing alcohol screening and brief intervention education for social work students. In press, Journal of Social Work Education.
Osborne, V.A., Benner, K. (2012). Utilizing Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in Social Work Education: Teaching Prospective Social Work Practitioners to Assess Substance Use. American Journal of Public Health, 102(7), e37-e38.
Pollio, D.E., North, C.S., Hudson, A.M., Hong, B., Osborne, V.A., McClendon, J.B. (2012) Psychoeducation responsive to families: two decades of development and translation of a multifamily group model. Psychiatric Annals, 42(6), 228-35.
Joshua is a lecturer in the writing program at NYU Shanghai, where he joined the faculty in Fall 2015. He also represents contract faculty on the university senate and contract faculty senators’ council Before coming to NYU Shanghai, he held instructional and administrative positions with Purdue University, and instructional positional with The American Language Institute, the University of Toledo, and Wuhan University. He holds a Ph.D. in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) from Purdue University.
Dr. Paiz ’s research interests include second language learning/teaching, identity and critical issues in language teaching, and second language writing. His work has appeared in The Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Journal, The Journal of Language and Sexuality, The Asian EFL Journal, and through a variety of other professional outlets.
• Paiz, J.M. (Forthcoming). Queering ESL Teaching: Issues of Teacher Training and Materials Creation. TESOL Journal.
• Paiz, J.M. (2017). Uses of and attitudes towards OWLs as L2 writing support tools. Asian EFL Journal, 19(1), 56-80.
• Silva, T., Wang, J., Zhang, C., & Paiz, J.M. (Eds.). (2016). L2 Writing in Global Contexts: Represented, Underrepresented, and Unrepresented Voices. Beijing: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press.
• Paiz, J.M. (2016). A call to queer L2 writing. TESOL SLW-IS Newsletter.
• Paiz, J.M. (2015). Over the monochrome rainbow: Heteronormativity in ESL reading texts and textbooks. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 4(1), 78-102. Abstract accessible.
Education & Certifications:
Ph.D., English - English as a second language | Purdue University, 2015
M.A., Teaching English as a second language | The University of Toledo, 2011
B.A., English | The University of Toledo, 2009
Certificate, English language program management, and leadership | TESOL International Association, 2016
Graduate Certificate, Teaching writing | The University of Toledo, 2011
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Joan Pastore, is the Director at AMICO, where she oversees both the AMICO 59th St. and Eileen C. Dugan Senior Centers. AMICO promotes a sense of community, healthy aging and diversity. Dr. Pastore also sits on the Bioethics Committee and Institutional Review Board for Maimonides Medical Center.
Dr. Pastore's research interests include Bioethics, End of Life Decision Making and diversity in aging.
Dr. Pastore received her MSW from New York University and her DSW from Adelphi University, with a concentration in Policy and Administration.
David Pauley is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.
He works with children, adolescents and adults, and has long experience providing analytically-informed supervision to clinicians from all disciplines.
Mr. Pauley earned his MSW from New York University in 1994 and completed postgraduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy & psychoanalysis at PPSC and the Mid-Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is a member of the faculty at PPSC.
From 2005 – 2007 she worked at Realization Center, Inc. 2007-2013 at the VA’s Brooklyn hospital and Harlem Community Based Outpatient Clinic. She was on the LGBT Workgroup at the Federal Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She’s served on the Advisory Board for Women Veterans at the NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs since 2012. In 2001 she was elected to public office as a Committeewoman in NJ, and again in 2003. In 2013 she became Associate Director of Adult Services at The LGBT Center in Manhattan where she works today.
Ms. Peck presents on LGBTQIA topics and substance abuse with veterans.
She authored, "When To Surrender: A New Definition for Veterans in Substance Abuse Treatment" the New Social Worker Magazine.
Ms. Peck is an alumni of Silver School of Social Work class of 2005. Received her BASW from Rutgers, and was a fellow at Eagleton Institute of Politics.
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.
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.
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.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst. I have treated adults, children, adolescents, couples and groups for nearly 20 years in both private and public practice. I received a post-graduate certificate in Psychoanalysis and a post-graduate certificate in Spiritual Psychotherapy from the Blanton-Peale Institute (2002). I am currently a PhD in social work candidate at Fordham. My research focuses on burnout in social work students. I conduct Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Training groups in my private practice. I am a trainer for Bridging Access to Care behavioral health center. I have taught at Fordham University, Adelphi University, Hunter College, and Touro College courses such as Diagnosis and Assessment; Crisis Intervention, Brief Psychodynamic Treatment, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy; and Research I and II. I introduce DBT mindfulness exercises to MSW students and other beginning clinicians as a self-care and clinical education strategy. My conference presentations gravitate toward assisting practicing clinicians and students with personal and professional self-care and how these can be implemented into organizations and the educational curriculum.
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.
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 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10437797.2016.1198296
Redmond, H. (2016). It's the people who harmfully attack e-cigarettes that need to quit. The Influence. Retrieved from http://theinfluence.org/its-the-people-who-harmfully-attack-e-cigarettes-that-need-to-quit/
Redmond, H. (2016). Prince of chronic pain: When doves cry. Retrieved from https://drugsaregreat.wordpress.com/2016/07/28/prince-of-chronic-pain-when-doves-cry/
Redmond, Helen. (2015). In Solitary. Harpers. Retrieved from http://harpers.org/blog/2015/11/in-solitary/
Redmond, H. (2013). Heroin track marks are the scars of war in Afghanistan. Alternet. Retrieved from http://www.alternet.org/drugs/heroin-afghanistan
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.
"1969 Was the Era of Flower Power. Is 2009 the Age of Sour Power?' Published on wowowow (http://www.wowowow.com). August 13, 2009.
"The People Behind the Jurors", New York Law Journal, Highest Verdicts of 2005, March 2006.
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 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. http://search.proquest.com.avoserv.library.fordham.edu/pdf
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 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 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.
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.
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, 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. 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Mari Umpierre is the Director of Behavioral Health and Research for the Mount Sinai Health System's Employee Wellness Program. In this role she develops partnerships across the MSHS to design and implement programs and strategies that promote a culture of wellness and self care. She is particularly interested in health and mental health literacy and has investigated issues related to language, cultural barriers and health communication. Her clinical work and research interests include cross cultural issues in mental health and access to care for minorities.
Elena Vairo has worked for the New York City Department of Education (DOE) since 1998, where, for 15 years, she worked at Passages Academy, a multi-site education program for court-involved youth, as both a clinician and the Director of Counseling. During her years at Passages, Dr. Vairo contributed to policy and practice initiatives, and worked closely with Administration to expand and develop the counseling program. In 2013, Dr. Vairo transferred to the DOE Division of Early Childhood Education, where she currently coaches staff of both DOE and community-based prekindergarten programs on social-emotional teaching practices and family engagement. Her other professional work includes teaching and advising in university MSW programs, Early Intervention social work, Applied Behavior Analysis, and psychotherapy in community and private practice settings.
Dr. Vairo earned her MSW degree at Hunter College. She earned an Advanced Certificate in the Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Abusing Clients and her PhD in Clinical Social Work at New York University.
Senreich, E. & Vairo, E. (2014). Assessment and treatment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients with substance use disorders. In S.L.A. Straussner (Ed.), Clinical work with substance-abusing clients (3rd ed.) pp. 466-494). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Vairo, E. (2010). Social worker attitudes toward court-mandated substance-abusing clients. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10(1): 81-98.
Straussner, S.L.A. & Vairo, E. (2007). The impact of post- master’s substance abuse education on social work and other health professionals. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 27 (1/2): 105-123.
Lesley M. Waite holds a master's degree from NYU in Educational Theatre where she studied Drama Therapy with Dr. Robert Landy. She also holds an MSW from Hunter School of Social Work, where she wrote her first article, "Drama Therapy in Small Groups with the Developmentally Disabled" in Social Work with Groups, Vol.16(4), 1993 by the Haworth Press, Inc. Currently Lesley runs a drama therapy group with young adults with challenges such as ASD, Down's Syndrome, and other intellectual Disabilities. She has a private practice one day a week, and she teaches a continuing education course entitled Drama Therapy in Social Work Practice. Her golden retriever, Summer, is a therapy dog and works one day a week in her office.
Michele Greene Weisman currently maintains a private practice, is a supervisory consultant, and an adjunct professor.
Dr. Weisman has been teaching in the practice curriculum at the NYU Silver School of Social Work since 1991. Her practice and administrative experience is in the domain of trauma and abuse, with particular expertise in the area of sex offenses. She has worked in agencies and private practice with both victims and offenders and their families since 1986. Dr. Weisman’s dissertation explored Therapist’s Recognition and Management of Countertransference in Work with Sex Offenders.
Her areas of interest reflect a wide scope of clinical subjects. She has published in the area of chronic illness and has led workshops on secondary traumatization, family therapy, working with adolescents, and clinical supervision. Dr. Weisman’s current interest and research is in the systemic aspects of abuse and the role that early intervention can play in the negation and elimination of abuse. She is also studying the impact of cultural issues in clinical supervision.
She earned her PhD and MSW from New York University Silver School of Social Work.
Ms. Weiss is a licensed social worker and health advocate presently employed by Westchester Jewish Community Services, whose professional focus has been providing supportive services to individuals and families facing serious, chronic debilitating and life limiting illness through a palliative lens.
Presently, she is spearheading a community based project to educate and empower Westchester clergy, lay leaders and their congregants to engage in discussions of end of life wishes and the importance of completing advanced directives that will ensure the fulfillment of those wishes. In addition, she is in the initial phase of creating a community based, palliative care focused program to address the growing emotional and physical needs of dementia patients and their caregivers whose loved ones have been given a dementia diagnosis.
Ms. Weiss conducts a variety of community workshops and has presented workshops and webinars for the NYU Silver School of Social Work Post-Master’s Certification Program in Palliative Care on the topic of Building an Understanding of End of Life Care for the Intellectually Disabled/ Developmentally Disabled (ID/DD) Adult in Group Homes. She has held adjunct positions at Fordham Univ Graduate SSW and Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Health Advocacy Program.
Ms. Weiss holds a Master’s degree of Social Work from UCONN, a Master’s degree of Health Advocacy from Sarah Lawrence College and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from S.U.N.Y. Buffalo. She is a member of NASW, and sits on the Board of the Westchester End of Life Coalition, the Collaborative for Palliative Care of Westchester, and is a longtime member of the Cancer Coalition of Westchester.
Caroline L. Werner is a faculty member of New York University’s School of Social work where she teaches graduate courses in the field of Policy. She is also on the faculty of Beth Israel’s Continuum Center for Heath and Healing where she has a private counseling practice. Ms. Werner is a certified Stress & Wellness Consultant and Director of CLW Solutions, a consulting firm specializing in burnout prevention, stress management, and improving satisfaction, retention, and engagement of employees. Ms. Werner is actively involved in the field of education reform policy and advocacy. She has assisted in bringing several new public elementary schools to a historically low-performing neighborhood in New York City.
Ms. Werner leads workshops for corporate clients on workplace satisfaction and engagement, reducing stress, win-win communication, team development, and retaining employees, particularly following maternity leave. These measures save her clients money, improve employee retention and productivity, and create a more positive work environment. Ms. Werner also provides one-on-one counseling for individuals on anxiety, depression, stress, finding satisfaction in work and personal life, relaxation, interpersonal relationships, self management, work life/personal life balance, and professional development. She incorporates Wellness, Mind/Body Medicine, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques in her work with clients, all of which are evidence-based practices.
Ms. Werner is co-author of the chapter “Broker-Dealer Litigation and Arbitration” in Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (2nd ed.) (Thomson West, 2005).
Ms. Werner is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University; Brooklyn Law School, where she was a Dean’s Merit Scholar, winner of the Leonard P. Moore Memorial Prize, and served as a member of the Journal of Law and Policy; and New York University School of Social Work. Ms. Werner also trained at the Mind/Body Institute at Harvard Medical School and the Canadian Institute of Stress/Hans Selye Foundation.
Scott A. Whipple is the former Director of Mental Health and Social Services at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Manhattan. Currently, he has a private psychotherapy practice in Chelsea. Mr. Whipple is also a teaching assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
Scott A. Whipple working extensively with people with HIV/AIDS during the pandemic. His areas of expertise including working with lesbian, gay and bisexual people and with people of transgender experience. For the past 15 years, Mr. Whipple has specialized in working with survivors of trauma including adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. He has presented at the international Male Survivors Conference.
Scott A. Whipple earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Case Western Reserve University where he received the Darrow Theatre Award and was a member of The Actors' Company. He later received a Master of Social Work from New York University where he received the NASW Award for Outstanding Accomplishment as a Student. Mr. Whipple later completed the Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice at NYU. He is certified in Somatic Experiencing and EMDR - two modalities of working with trauma.
Alicia White earned her MSW from New York University and continued post-graduate studies at Hunter School of Social Work, where she received additional clinical training. She obtained training at Ackerman Institute, Training Institute of Mental Health and Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies. She is a licensed clinical social worker who has dedicated two decades in the field. Prof. White's work experience includes child welfare, education and forensic social work. In her final years with the Legal Aid Society, Prof. White pioneered her role as the first mitigation specialist within New York’s public defender system to provide therapeutic intervention to human trafficking survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. She has established herself as a human trafficking expert and has conducted numerous trainings and presentations at national conferences. Prof. White received the Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work leader award from NASW-NYC chapter in 2015 and the Social Work Image Awards (with Brooklyn Defender Services) in 2016. She currently supervises a team of the most dedicated and hard-working social workers she has ever had the pleasure of working with, at Brooklyn Defender Services.
Christine Theuma Wilkins is a social work manager in palliative care at New York University Langone Medical Center. She is also the domestic violence coordinator for the hospital.
Her areas of expertise include clinical social work, intimate partner violence, pediatric oncology, palliative care, hospital social work, social group work, and qualitative research. Her PhD dissertation was a qualitative study that centered on men with a history of abuse towards their female partners and explored their understanding of their behavior.
Dr. Theuma Wilkins earned an MSW from University of Toronto in 1998, making it to the Dean's Honor List, and a PhD in clinical social work from New York University in 2011. She was a recipient of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship in 2000, a graduate assistantship in social work in 2001, an NYU Medical Center Employee Excellence in Leadership Award in 2004, and a Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Award in 2007.
Sook Yee Yeung, LCSW has worked at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) since 2008. CBWCHC is a non-for-profit, federally funded, community health center aimed at eliminating disparities in health, improve health status, and expand access to the medically under-served with a focus on Asian Americans. Sook Yee has held multiple titles since joining the organization. Her current position is the Clinical Social Work Supervisor at the Mental Health Bridge Program of CBWCHC. Her clinical experience spans from working with children ages 5 and beyond.
Sook Yee's interests include providing psychotherapy and mental health education to people of the Asian immigrant and Asian-American populations. She also enjoys providing supervision to MSW students and newly licensed social workers.
Sook Yee earned her joint BA/MSW from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2007.
Dr. Zakheim is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her areas of expertise and interest include domestic violence, Healing Circles using restorative practices, cultural sensitivity training and working with criminal justice system to assist those dealing with domestic violence. In addition, Dr. Zakheim co-chairs the United Task Force Inc, a not-for-profit organization comprising over 50 agencies serving the NY/NJ area utilizing combined resources to address issues of child abuse and neglect (physical, emotional and sexual), issues of substance abuse and addictions and their impact on individuals and families.
Dr. Zakheim holds a PhD in Social Work from the NYU Silver School of Social Work, Post Master’s Degree from Hunter College, MSW from Yeshiva University and a BA in Psychology and Accounting from Brooklyn College.
Ms. Ziskin received her MSW from The University of Michigan in 1981 with concentrations in clinical casework and social work in the schools. Since that time she’s had over 20 years of direct practice experience in a variety of settings including out patient mental health at the Madeleine Borg Clinic at Jewish Board and Family and Children’s Services. She has worked with children and families in the area of child welfare under the late Dr.Vincent Fontana at the Crisis Nursery at the New York Foundling Hospital.
Prior to coming to NYU, she spent the past 14 years at Mount Sinai Hospital coordinating a hospital wide tubal ligation counseling and quality assurance program thru the Ob/Gyn department. She provided in-service training and consultancy to attendings, residents and primary clinics and other hospital program areas in relation to the legal, social and ethical aspects of tubal ligation. While at Mount Sinai she provided mental health counseling, clinical case management and HIV related services to patients on the Ob/Gyn service. She has experience in teaching and supervision of both medical and social work students and has served on numerous hospital committees.
Ms. Ziskin’ primary area of interest is that of women’s reproductive health. She has done presentations in this area including a poster at NASW in Washington, DC. She also has several publications. She received an Innovative Program Award from NAPSW and subsequently served on their Board of Directors as Recording Secretary until 1997.
Ms. Ziskin has been a faculty advisor for first and second year students at both the Washington Square and Westchester campuses.