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.
As the Assistant Director of Strategic Operations at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, Meg is an integral part of the team that manages the ongoing work of the Managed Care Technical Assistant Center (MCTAC) as well as a variety of other projects. As part of the team, Meg helps to oversee the daily operations of MCTAC as well as numerous on-going partnerships and the development of trainings, tools, and resources to support ongoing healthcare transformation work.
Meg is a graduate of Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work’s Community Organizing, Planning and Development and has been invited to be a guest speaker at various Hunter, NYU, and Columbia's master social work classes. Meg is interested in supporting individuals and communities in implementing sustainable and effective interventions and programs. Prior to her graduate studies, Meg lived in Alaska working as an advocate for survivors of intimate partner violence and as a program coordinator for children who had experienced abuse and neglect. Ms. Baier is passionate about social justice and trauma informed practices and has a background in the development and implementation of community violence presentation plans and working within child welfare reform.
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 an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s - Silver School of Social Work, where she teaches clinical and research courses. She is also the Chief Data Officer and Chief Compliance Officer for MercyFirst, a social service agency providing health and mental health services to children and adolescents in New York City, with a concentration of programming in Brooklyn and eastern Long Island. In that capacity she oversees the Research, Evaluation, Analytics, and Compliance for Health (REACH) department including policy and program development. Previously she served as the Research Director for a USAID community-based education project in Afghanistan, and as the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Evidence-Based Implementation and Research (CEBIR) at Catholic Guardian Services, where she oversaw the implementation of thirteen evidence-based models. She has received extramural funding from both city, state, federal agencies, and foundations for program development and research projects. Besa has extensive expertise in health services, data systems, monitoring and evaluation, including child maltreatment, trauma, and refugee mental health. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Rutgers University with training in Evolutionary Anthropology. Her credentials also include an MSW in Clinical Social Work from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, an MPH in Global Public Health from the College of Global Public Health at NYU, training in psychoanalysis from the Institute of Psychoanalytic Education, affiliated with NYU’s Medical School division of Psychiatry, and a PhD with training in implementation science, health services research from NYU. Her current research interests focus on health systems, global mental health, and integrating maternal and child health services into primary care, with a special focus on children living in low resource settings and Sub-Saharan Africa.
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.
After obtaining my MSW from Fordham University, most of my career has focused in the field of Mental Health. I have worked in inpatient psychiatry, community based mental health clinics, and forensic mental health clinics in NYC at Rikers Isalnd and with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Within these settings, I have practiced as a clinician, clinical supervisor, field instructor, Unit Chief, Clinic Director, and Mental Health Director. Currently, I am in private practice and for the past eleven years, I have been at NYU as both a Faculty Advisor and Adjunct Professor. My approach to treatment is eclectic, that is using different approaches based on the needs of the client. Some of these approaches include psychodynamic psychotherapy, strengths perspective, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness with children, adolescents, individuals, families and couples.
Jennifer Benetato is an educator, integrative psychotherapist, trauma specialist, and the founder of The AMBIKA Method, an embodied psycho-spiritual approach for enhancing emotional wellbeing.
Jennifer received her MSW from NYU, where she was the recipient of the Constance McCatherin-Silver Fellowship. Jennifer is also a registered dance/movement therapist, licensed massage therapist, certified yoga therapist, and trained practitioner of EMDR, gestalt therapy, Reiki, meditation, herbal medicine, and CranioSacral therapy.
Jennifer was a presenter in NYU's first conference on Creative Arts and Social Work in 2015. She has also presented at NASW’s Social Work in the City Conference and NASW’s Addictions Institute Conference. She is a regular lecturer on mind-body-spirit approaches to mental health.
Jennifer is licensed in New York and Hawaii, and works with individuals, couples, and groups. She is currently in private practice.
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.
Barbara Biermann is an NYU graduate and has worked with children and families for 25+ years. Currently employed by the New York Department of Education she serves children, families, teachers and administrators in the PreK 4 All program. She teaches parent workshops and is a faciliatory of teacher professional learning (Thrive). Other experiences include Heath and Hospitals Corporation (child psychiatry and pediatrics), preventive service (PPRS/ACS) and Columbia University – Teachers College where she taught a play therapy practicum course in the Clinical Psychology Department for several years. Professor Biermann continues to supervise MSW interns in the field.
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).
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 has 30 years of social service experience working in the fields of supportive housing, child welfare, early childhood education and mental health, with last 18 of those years serving in an executive or leadership position.
As an agency executive, he has managed multi-million programs and services to help strengthen families, to help young people reach their full potential and to help adults with disabilities to lead meaningful 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 effective programs, services and systems to serve our most vulnerable populations. Currently, Mr. Brooks has founded and operates the Brooks Counseling and Consultation Group, providing mental health, mentoring and executive coaching to people in need.
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.
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. 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.
After receiving her MA from Columbia University, Stephanie worked as a journalist until she was hired by Powers, Crane & Company. Lobbying led her to the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate, where she honed her policy and legislative skills. While working for a former chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Stephanie pursued her MS in Adolescent Education at the University at Albany to become a high school social studies teacher. After teaching for a few years, she went on to receive her MSW/CASAC-T training at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. It was there that she began working at the macro level on a variety of legislative advocacy issues focused on addiction and recovery. Stephanie joined Friends of Recovery – New York (FOR-NY) in 2015 and worked at the state and national levels to reduce stigma, advocate for changes in public policy, and promote a culture of recovery. In 2018 Stephanie joined the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as the NYS Behavioral Health Ombudsman Program Director.
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.
I have a private practice in Somerville and Montclair NJ where I provide individual and couples therapy. In addition to my Master's degree from the College of St Elizabeth, I have certifications in marriage and family therapy, traumatic stress, childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. The focus of my private practice is the therapeutic treatment of the various forms of trauma ranging from abuse and neglect, to the traumatic effects of micro aggressions. While I'm trained in a number of therapeutic techniques including EMDR, they're practiced from a multicultural perspective. In addition to my therapeutic work, I've done numerous presentations on subjects such as "Examining Race Through Trauma Lens," "Unmasking Race With Interracial Couples," and "Understanding Loss Through Family Play Genograms."
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.
Terrance Coffie is a 2017 graduate of New York University’s Silver School of Social-Work, where he earned his BSW and MSW with a focus in criminal justice policy and reform. Terrance is currently employed at The Doe Fund, as the PR Coordinator-RWA America. During his tenure at NYU, Terrance interned at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Terrance was named the 2017 NASW-NYC Alex Rosen Student of the Year, the 2016/2017 Excellence in Leadership’s Award Recipient and NYU’s 2016 President’s Service Award Recipient for his development of the College Pathways Program, and led to the founding of Educate Don’t Incarcerate, which assists young men of color and the formerly incarcerated in obtaining higher educational opportunities. His work has been highlighted in Chaney, J.R., & Schwartz, J. (with Coffie, T.) (2017). Chpt. 13: Race, Education and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizen. NY. Lexington Books.
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.
Katherine Compitus is a licensed social worker in New York and New Jersey and a doctoral candidate at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Her research focuses primarily on pediatric mental health, attachment theory, and the human-animal bond. She is especially interested in crisis intervention and working with trauma survivors; she is a Certified Family Trauma Therapist and trained in EMDR. Katherine was a teacher prior to becoming a social worker and has almost 20 years of experience working with children and families.
Katherine currently works in private practice utilizing an integrative approach that combines psychodynamic psychotherapy, DBT, CBT, Animal-Assisted Therapy, EMDR, and Hypnotherapy. Katherine is the founder and chairman of Surrey Hills Sanctuary, a non-profit organization providing veterinary social work services in New York State. She also works at Orange Regional Medical Center as a psychiatric social worker in the emergency department where she works with clients with all types of mental illness (primarily those that are psychotic, suicidal or homicidal) and all ages, from pediatric through geriatric. Katherine has an MSW from NYU and also a BA in Spanish, an MSEd (Education) and an MA (Biopsychology) from Hunter College. Early in her social work career Katherine provided bilingual social work services at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and was a grief counselor for pet loss at the Animal Medical Center.
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.
Professor Dawkins is a LCSW, who has been in the field of human Service for 19 yrs. embraced various, roles from line staff Clinician to managerial. In 2004, she earned a Master degree in the area of Social Work from New York University and BA in Psychology Lehman College in 1998. She has CASAC certification and OASAS NYS Impaired Driving Evaluator. In 2009, she received training at Yeshiva University for SIFI and mentored several Social Workers, CASAC and Mental Health Counselor interns. Mrs. Dawkins completed Post-Graduate coursework in Applied Behavioral Analysis at Mercy College in 2015. Lastly, she has trained at the Williamson Alanson White Institute, Intensive Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis Program in 2016. Currently, Mrs. Dawkins is employed and serves as the Site Director at Montefiore Medical Center, Division of Substance Abuse Opioid Treatment program located in Bronx, New York. She operates in a dual capacity, Administrative and Clinical with hands-on involvement with the staff in providing direct substance treatment and medication assistance for addicted individuals, who manifest a wide range of problems related to the disorder, especially the dually-diagnosed (mental health & substance abuse). Mrs. Dawkins’s experience extends beyond her present role as a Site Director, as she have worked in the areas of mental health, HIV/AIDS, grant-funded programs, Grant Reviewer for SAMHSA, Drug addiction (inpatient & outpatient), teaching, worked with community-based programs for school age children with special needs, quality improvement/assurance auditor, which have all added to her foundation as a Clinician. Mrs. Dawkins thrives on the opportunity to bring the everyday clinical practice work to the classroom setting in order to cultivate students into clinicians.
Awarded: "The wholeness of Life Award" 5/2012- issued by the NYC Health Care Chapliancy from the Pastoral Care Department
Professional affliations: NASW, Pajacam Inc.
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.
Zoila A. Del-Villar is an Ed.D. candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Zoila’s research applies social justice education to the area of field practiucm within higher education. Her knowledge and experience with critical race theory counters the dominate narrative in spaces of learning and contributes to the effective use of anti-oppression and anti-racism in social work curricula at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is currently an adjunct professor at New York University and Lehman College.
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.
Dr. Stacey Dutil currently works full time as the Director of Counseling & Wellness at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. She received both her MSW (2012) and DSW (2019) degrees from New York University. Previously, she worked as a school social worker and her area of study during her DSW program included adolescent traumatic and disenfranchised grief and the relationship between trauma and the school-to-prison pipeline from a Critical Race perspective. She is also a consulting editor for Children & Schools (NASW Press).
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.
Danielle works as the Lead Social Worker at East Harlem Scholars Academy. She supervises social workers at the elementary and middle schools in addition to working with her caseload of individual, group and family counseling. She has expertise in working with children and their families who've experienced trauma. Danielle also oversees the implementation of trauma sensitive schooling through ongoing workshops and staff support.
Danielle actively engages in Anti-Racism work through the People's Institute of Survival and Beyond and continues this work in her school. Danielle has been a field instructor for years. She earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University and received a BA in Human Development from Boston College.
Jaime A. Estades is a Columbia University Adjunct Professor writer, labor and community activist has committed his life to advocacy, education, health and leadership training. In 1996, Jaime founded the Latino Leadership Institute, Inc. The Latino Leadership Institute, a not-for-profit nonpartisan corporation affiliated with the City University of New York, has trained hundreds of individuals on the fundamentals of campaign management and public policy. In October 2015, the Latino Leadership Institute was selected by the White House as one of the Bright Spots of Excellence in Education in the Hispanic Community in the United States.
Jaime, who was a Revson Fellow at Columbia University, received his Juris Doctor from the City University of New York School of Law, his Masters in Social Work from the Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work.
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.
Social Work Manager of the Institute of Advanced Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. My focus is on health and mental health with an emphasis on infectious diseases, trauma and substance use/abuse. I am also the Project Director of a Harm Reduction Program for people who are HIV positive and currently using substances. Focus of this program is the use of CBT, Evidence Based Interventions, Seeking Safety and Motivational Interviewing. In addition I Coordinate the Social Work Graduate internship program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. I am also certified in Trauma Informed Care. I received my Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University.
Adjunct Lecturer at Lehman College, teaching addictions and gender studies. Clinical Social Work professional with 18 years of experience in clinical and administrative positions, specializing in female drug use, with an emphasis on drug-addicted and dual-diagnosed women and families. Founder of the first single gender Day Center for addicted women, in Israel. Industry workshop leader to Mental Health and Addictions professionals. Presenter at "Lisbon Addictions 2017" conference. Presenter at CCSAD conference, September 2019.
Consultant/Supervisor Lower East Side Service Center, Private Practice - Supervision. Expertise in Substance Abuse and Problem Gambling, trained in Mindful Meditation and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Awarded the Make a Difference Award by NYS Commissioner of Substance Abuse. MSW- Hunter Silberman, PhD NYU. Secretary - Stop Stigma.
Dr. Mathylde Frontus is the Founder and Principal of MKF Ventures, LLC., a social enterprise operating two consultancies that serve non-profit organizations and other neighborhood institutions. Avant-Garde Consulting offers capacity building services and technical support, and Avant-Garde Behavioral Health Resources offers mental health consultation.
From 2004-2016, Dr. Frontus served as the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS), a multi-service agency in southern Brooklyn. During her tenure at UNS she also founded two multi-stakeholder coalitions to reduce the incidents of community violence: the Coney Island Coalition Against Violence and the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative.
Dr. Frontus earned her BSW and MSW from New York University; her M.A. from the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University; her M.T.S from Harvard Divinity School; and her PhD from the Columbia School of Social Work.
Martha A. Gabriel retired from her position as an NYU Silver Associate Professor in August 2017 after 30 years as a full-time faculty member. She continues to direct the School's Post-Master's Certificate Program in Clinical Supervision as an adjunct faculty member.
Dr. Gabriel received both her MSW and PhD in social work from Smith College School of Social Work. Prior to coming to the Silver School, Dr. Gabriel was an associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and director of social work at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center. Dr. Gabriel has been a member of the NYU Silver School of Social Work faculty since 1987 and teaches in the human behavior and clinical practice areas. Twice the recipient of the Silver School's teaching award 2011 and the NASW Diego Lopez Memorial AIDS Service Award in 1997.
Her areas of interest include health; mental health (particularly HIV); gay, lesbian, and transgender issues; and secondary traumatic stress. She has most recently co-authored an article in the area of lesbian and gay studies titled Utilization of Psychotherapy by Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals: Findings from a Nationwide Survey. Her publications included a book titled AIDS Trauma and Support Group Therapy: Mutual Aid, Empowerment and Connection. Early in the AIDS epidemic Dr. Gabriel worked in group services at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Her journal publications reflect a broad range of clinical issues and including such topics as: boredom, group therapists’ countertransference issues, anniversary reactions, co-group leadership, vengeance, self-disclosure in lesbian therapists, and secondary traumatic stress in social work practitioners
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.”
Susan Goodman, LCSW has worked with children, adolescents and adults for more than 28 years, in private practice, schools, and hospitals. She maintains a private practice in Westport, CT and NYC and is an Adjunct Lecturer in the NYU Silver School of Social Work where she teaches about Parent/Child Work.
Certified in the psychoanalytic treatment of children and adolescents from The Post Graduate Institute and Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies, she has extensive training and expertise in concurrent parent-child psychotherapy, individual work with tweens, teens and young adults, and in trauma-informed play therapy.
Ms. Goodman is most informed by developmental theory, and trained in other modalities that bring about mind/body integration. Areas of clinical focus include trauma, loss, identity development and relationship issues, interplay between culture and identity, perfectionism, and all forms of anxiety and depression.
Ms. Goodman earned her MSW at NYU Graduate School of Social Work and an MSJ at Northwestern’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she served as the middle school counselor at Rye Country Day School and as Senior Consultant to ChildFirst, where she trained and supervised clinical directors and their teams in Trauma-Informed Parent-Child Psychotherapy.
“The Balancing Act: Concurrent Parent/Child Work,“ Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy ( 2017) Vol.16 (4), 252-257
“Traumatic Loss and Developmental Interruption in Adolescence: An Integrative Approach,” Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (2013) Vol. 12 (2), 72-83
Dr. Gottlieb is the founder of Talking Changes (www.talkingchanges.com), an anti-oppression training consultancy. Workshops are targeted toward social service providers and address issues ranging from self-care to cultural responsiveness. She received the CT NASW "Distinguished Achievement" award in 2017.
Dr. Gottlieb has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels for over 10 years. Her primary areas of teaching are in Practice and HB, always with an anti-oppression and social-constructionist lens. Her dissertation research measured the impact of self-compassion and self-awareness on the ability to work within a cross-cultural dyad. Her teaching style is collaborative and highly interactive.
Dr. Gottlieb's areas of scholarship include the role of self-compassion in social work pedagogy and practice; optimal methods for teaching cultural humility in social work education; structural racism and other forms of oppression; and on the construction and validation of a cultural humility scale.
Dr. Gottlieb earned her PhD and MSW from NYU, and her BA from Brown University.
Dr. Lena Green, DSW, LCSW, CLC serves as the Deputy Director in the Office of Substance Use Policy, Planning and Monitoring at the NYC Department of Social Services. As a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and fatherhood practitioner,
Dr. Green has over 15 years of direct clinical practice with families.
Her areas of expertise include fatherhood, child-parent psychotherapy, attachment and perinatal mood disorders. Dr. Green is devoted to promoting open dialogue around the destigmitazation of father absence, mental health in men and ensuring that all children have access to both parents in a safe co-parenting environment. Dr. Green’s work explores risk factors for developing perinatal depression, experiences of young fathers and the impact on paternal involvement and family dynamics.
Dr. Green holds a DSW and MSW from NYU, a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and several post-masters certificates from Hunter College, NYU and Columbia 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.
Dr. Delverlon Hall currently operates a private practice on 53rd in Madison Avenue and currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Couple Therapy program at the Training Institute for Mental Health. Also currently serves as a clinical supervisor consultant for Bailey House. For the last 13 years served as the Assistant Director for the Infectious Disease Department at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Hall graduated in 2004 with a MSW degree from New York University, in 2004 was hired as a social worker at Harlem Hospital’s HIV/AIDS clinic. In 2010 she was promoted to Program Administrator and became responsible for managing HIV grants and social work services within HIV Services. In May 2012, she graduated from Columbia University, Teachers college with a doctoral degree in Health Education and Behavior Studies. Dr. Hall has completed 5 years of postgraduate training in Psychoanalytical and Couple Therapy at the Institute for Mental Health. For the last 10 years has served as a Field Instructor for Columbia University, and Hunter School of School of Social Work and City College Sophie Davis biomedical program. For the last 5 years, Dr. Hall has been a teaching Adjunct at Bronx Community College.
Dr. Hall is fully committed to servicing and empowering individuals. As a clinical provider, she has experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, difficulty forming and maintaining meaningful relationships and life transitions. She also has experience working with individuals challenged by trauma (post-traumatic stress, sexual abuse), and chronic medical illness; she has worked with and trained to do couple therapy. Her work focuses on building a stronger sense of self and confidence in order to improve overall functioning. She utilizes a number of treatment modalities and interventions based upon clients' goals and needs. She believes in an integrative approach and works to provide a safe, and supportive environment as a way to promote insight and opportunity for real change.
She is especially interested in addressing the health disparities that exist among women of color. Her dissertation work focused on African American Women and Condom Negotiation.
Alexandra Haralampoudis is a PhD student at Rutgers School of Social Work and a Presidential Fellow at the Graduate School New Brunswick. Her research focuses broadly on the impact of social policies on families living in poverty, with a particular interest in single-parent families. Previously, Alexandra worked in applied research and program evaluation, as a Research Analyst II at CUNY Office of Research, Evaluation, & Program Support (REPS) and a Research & Evaluation Program Manager at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research at NYU. Alexandra holds an MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work and a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University.
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.
I have been on the NYU faculty for 29 years, with my focus being the teaching of skills necessary for assessment and engagement of clients of diverse ethnicities, sexual and gender orientations, and levels of ability. I maintain a private practice where I work with a range of clients (including those with mood disorders, adjustment challenges, LBGTQ population and couples). I also run supervision groups for social workers in the field. My practice incorporates aspects of relational and psychodynamic theory along with CBT and the newer trauma-based interventions.
I received my MSW from the Smith College SSW, along with Certificates in Family Therapy from JBFCS and Training in Eating Disorders and Compulsions.
I co-authored the chapter, Personality disorders, with a special emphasis on borderline and narcissistic syndromes, in J. Berzoff, L. Flanngan, & P. Hertz, Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and psychopathology in contemporary multicultural contexts (2016).
Laura M. Hickey, LCSW-R received the MSW degree from New York University. She is in full time psychotherapy practice, working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in Oyster Bay, NY and NYC. She has both provided extensive training and experience in the subjects of suicide, emergency mental health, disaster mental health, trauma, and crisis intervention.
Catherine Hodes, LCSW, LICSW, was the Director of the Safe Homes Project, a program of Good Shepherd Services, from 1994-2017, providing crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, shelter, and advocacy to survivors of intimate partner violence. Ms. Hodes currently resides in western, Massachusetts, where she is a clinician, organizer, and consultant. Ms. Hodes conducts trainings about violence and conflict assessment, prevention, and education for social service, medical, and mental health providers, as well as for education professionals and community groups.
Ms Hodes is an adjunct lecturer at NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Smith College School for Social Work. She has also served as a field instructor for graduate students from Columbia, Smith, and Hunter’s schools of social work.
Ms. Hodes is the author of “Abusing Privilege: Broadening the Domestic Violence Paradigm,” published in Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, as well as the co-author of " Is It Conflict or Abuse? A Practice Note for Furthering Differential Assessment and Response," in Clinical Social Work Journal.
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.
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MSW, PhD, LCSW
Humanitarian Award, 2008, Heed University, College of Psychoanalysis
NAAP Certified Psychoanalyst
Certified Group Psychotherapist-International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists
Ms. Jenefsky holds a Masters in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute and a certificate in Child and Family Therapy from NYU. She is co-founder and clinical director of NY Creative Arts Therapists, PLLC, a private group practice with three locations in NYC and the Hudson Valley. She has worked in juvenile justice and inpatient psychiatry. Ms. Jenefsky is a collaborator on "Just Do You", a SSSW research project designed to increase young adult engagement in mental health treatment. She co-authored “Feeling Connected and Understood: The Role of Creative Arts in Engaging Young Adults in Their Mental Health Services.” (Cole, Andrea, et al., Social Work with Groups, vol. 41, no. 1/2, Jan.-Jun 2018, pp. 6-20). She is a guest instructor at a Masters-level expressive therapies training program in Geneva, Switzerland, affiliated with the European Graduate School, and is on the teaching staff of Pratt Institute’s Art Therapy department.
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.
Jayson Jones is the Assistant Director of Clinical Education and Innovation at the McSilver Institute. He develops and disseminates clinical initiatives and trainings throughout the State of New York, and serves as the Manager of the CTAC-MCTAC Self-Learning Center. Within this role, he oversees the development of all self-paced learning initiatives offered by the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York. He also served as the creator and inaugural host of the Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative Podcast Series and as a coordinator and school-lead for the Step Up program. Prior to joining the McSilver Institute, he served as a City Year Corps Member and with a number of New York based non-profit agencies addressing the academic and mental health needs of children, young adults, and senior citizens. Jayson holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University and an MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work.
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).
NASW-NJ Clinical Social Work Supervision Certification (2007)
National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development Demonstration Project (2010-2013)
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
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.
I am the Director of Art Therapy at St. Thomas Aquinas College and I have a private practice where I work with families, couples, and individuals offering psychotherapy, play therapy and art therapy. I am recently retired from my position as a Student Assistance Counselor in the Clarkstown Central School District. My focus of practice is family systems therapy, DBT techniques, traditional psychotherapy, and art therapy. In the past I have traveled with STAC students to St. Petersburg, Russia, to bring art therapy to an orphanage. In May of 2019 I will travel to Beijing to teach a series of 2 courses at the Apollo Institute. I have an MPS from Pratt Institute and an MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work.
She is a licensed clinical social worker, with about 10 years of experience in clinical practice. Earned her BS in Psychology from Fordham University, MSW from NYU, and currently a doctoral student at Fordham University. Currently is a clinical supervisor at Bellevue Hospital’s Psychiatry Department. Experience working in a community PROS program, public and private hospitals, in a variety of psychiatric settings, from adult/child/adolescent psychiatric emergency room, inpatient & outpatient programs, collaborative care programs, and medical detox. Extensive experience with group facilitation, with persons with mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorders, and survivors of domestic violence; group curriculum design, and staff development and trainings. Her academic and research areas of interest include, evidence based mental health practice, treatment engagement approaches, and care transitions among those with serious and persistent mental illness.
Joseph, A. M., Manseau, M. W., Lalane, M., Rajparia, A., Fuller Lewis, C. (2017). Characteristics associated with synthetic cannabinoid use among patients treated in a public psychiatric emergency setting. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 43(1), 117-122.
Tuchman, E. & Lalane, M. (2011). Evidence based practice: Integrating classroom curriculum and field education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 31(3), 329-340.
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.
Dr. Lefkowitz has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare, specializing in mental health. She has worked with individuals with serious mental illness and chronic medical illness. Dr. Lefkowitz has experience with individuals of all ages, from childhood and adolescence through late life. She was the program director of a clinic serving those with serious mental illness, many of whom were living with disabling medical comorbidities. She trained at The Child and Adolescent Clinic at The Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic as well as the adult inpatient services at Payne Whitney where she led groups for individuals with substance use and depression and late life adults with depression. She has conducted research in identity development and maintenance in chronic illness. Currently, she serves as an administrator at a mental health clinic, at which she is also a psychotherapist.
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.
Professor LoGiudice is the Director of Disability Access and Compliance at The City College of New York. His focus of practice/research is in disability, LGBTQ, sexuality studies, intersectionality, organizational theories.
LoGiudice, J. (2016. Restructure, Reframe DS Offices by Implementing Disability Studies Concepts, Disability Compliance for Higher Education 22 (6), 1, 4
Master of Social Work, NYU, 2008
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.
Dr. Mallow is the Director, Social Work for the Montefiore Medical Group, Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NY, an Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine, and adjunct faculty at Adelphi University School of Social Work. Her professional and research interests include treatment of substance using adult survivors of childhood trauma, adult survivors of critical incidents, and provision of collaborative care in primary health care. She has published with colleagues, Blackmore, M.A., Carelton, K.E., Ricketts, S.M., Patel, U.B., Stein, D., Mallow, A., Deluca, J.P, and Chung, H. (in press). Comparison of collaborative care and colocation treatment for patients with clinically significant depression symptoms in primary care. Psychiatric Services; Dr. Mallow is on the Editorial Board of Urban Social Work and a reviewer for Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.
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. Professor 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. Professor Mandal is also a graduate of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Harvard Medical School, where she received a postgraduate degree in Global Mental Health and Trauma Recovery.
Nelly Marte has worked in both the child welfare system and private practice for over 25 years. She has counseled families that have been impacted by domestic violence, trauma, physical and sexual abuse and socio-cultural issues. In addition, she is EMDR trained to process trauma. She has worked in New York City her entire career serving diverse communities dealing with immigration issues such as acculturation, separation and reunification. Dr. Marte’s dissertation was on ‘The Experience of Early Parental Separation due to Piecemeal Immigration to the United States Among Dominicans.’ For over 20 years, she has supervised social workers on achieving their professional goals including credentials for the LCSW. She has guest lectured at the Fordham University School of Social Work and has taught topics that include: Basic Counseling Techniques, Play Therapy with Sexually Abused Children, Understanding Your Child's Development, Cultural Sensitivity & Treatment Issues with Hispanic Clients, and Recognizing the Signs of Abuse and Neglect.
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.
Porsche L. Martin, LCSW, is currently in private practice specializing in child and adolescent, couples and family therapy integrating clinical practice with mindfulness, nutrition, exercise and sleep foci, and serves as behavioral health consultant to non-profit organizations as the founder of Martin Professional Psychotherapy and Consulting.
Ms. Martin’s research interests include associations between spirituality and mental health, health disparities and oppression, and neuroscience and human behavior. Porsche serves as adjunct lecturer at NYU Silver and Hunter Silberman Schools of Social Work, lecturing in first and second year courses in Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Clinical Practice, and volunteers with the New York City Medical Reserve Corps (NYC MRC). Porsche received the Exemplary Responders Award for her contributions during Hurricane Sandy. She has provided clinical and consulting/management services at Northside Center for Child Development, Mental Health Association, The DOME Project, Safe Horizons and Children’s Aid Society.
Ms. Martin received her MSW and post-graduate training in clinical supervision from NYU's Silver School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York.
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.
Professor Amanda Mays has an extensive background in legal advocacy, training, community practice, policy and program development working in multiple service arenas such as psychiatric facilities, criminal justice facilities, immigration 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 LGBTQ+ individuals. Her clinical practice areas include complex trauma, grief and loss, affirmative identity formation/development, family/community cohesion and belonging.
She currently teaches both introductory and advanced, Social Welfare Policy and Diversity Racism Oppression & Privilege courses, integrating an anti-oppressive practice framework. Additionally, she is an individual and couples psychotherapist with a focus on LGBTQ+ communities of color at Blanton-Peale Counseling Center.
She 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. Maria Mays is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, as well as Stony Brook University, where she teaches human behavior and research courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She is also the founder of a research and tutoring company (mlmConsulting), which provides assistance and expertise to students and/or human service agencies in research methodology. She often provides online tutoring for doctoral students preparing for their research comprehensives and assistance with the research methodology component of their dissertations. Maria’s previous research has involved program evaluations of ground-breaking community projects, such as an innovative intervention program for substance abusing pregnant women and a novel community policing project, as well working on creative evaluative measures for clinicians working with adolescents in residential treatment centers.
Dr. Mays has been teaching in academia for over twenty years and has received nominations for Outstanding Graduate Professor from Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society (2013) and the Award in Excellence in Teaching from the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work (2004).
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.
Stephen McDonnell, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. Stephen is a certified psychotherapist and supervisor in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT). Stephen is a graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, and Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY (M.Div.). Prior to private practice, Stephen was Program Manager for the HIV Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Dept. at Whitman-Walker Clinic, Washington, DC, and Clinical Supervisor and Trauma Trainer for Nassau County Dept. of Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Hempstead NY. Stephen has served as Field Instructor for Adelphi, Fordham, Stony Brook, Hofstra, and Catholic Universities, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Touro College, School of Health Sciences, and C.W. Post, Long Island University.
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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Vera Michaels, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor
Teaching two courses:
1. Film, Literature and Mental Health
2. Love and Relationships
Have taught on on all three levels : Ph.D. MSW and Undergraduate; Private practice on University Place near NYU - with individuals and couples.
Sarah Mikhail, a licensed social worker, is the Senior Director of Community Support at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Sarah brought her background in child welfare to The Center and spent her first three years in her former role working to increase advocacy and education for LGBTQ youth within the child welfare system. In Sarah’s current role, she oversees programming that supports the LGBT community in building and sustaining families, career development, immigration support, HIV prevention, TGNC support and mental health services. Prior to working at The Center, Sarah worked as a social worker in the foster care system working to improve outcomes for youth aging out of care. Sarah is also an adjunct professor at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, where she received her MSW, as well as an adjunct professor at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work.
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.
Dr. Morgan-Mullane, LCSW-R serves as Vice President of Mental Health Services for Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC). Dr. Morgan-Mullane conducts an extensive training program for MSW interns, licensed social workers, psychiatrists, and art therapists on site of CPNCY that allows everyone to gain critical culturally responsive therapeutic skills needed to support children impacted by parental incarceration.
In 2012, Dr. Morgan-Mullane and President and Founder of CPNYC, Sharon Content, successfully established the first outpatient mental health clinic in the United States specifically designed to address the needs of children and adolescents impacted by parental incarceration. Dr. Morgan-Mullane has also developed clinical policies and practice guidelines and launched an evidence-based treatment model which includes the employment of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, complex trauma systems theory, and Mitigation Practices, which are all at the forefront of trauma-informed clinical practices for children of incarcerated parents. With over a decade of clinical practice, Dr. Morgan-Mullane’s work explores the intersection of clinical social work, social policy, and criminal justice. She continues to present her research across the country which focuses on the intergenerational effects of incarceration, the unique psychological factors experienced by children of incarcerated parents, and the causes and effects of mass incarceration. Dr. Morgan-Mullane is also an adjunct lecturer in the NYU Silver School of Social Work where she teaches a course she developed on the intersectionality of criminal justice reform and mental health implications for those impacted by mass incarceration. Dr. Morgan-Mullane recently presented her research at the National NASW conference in Washington D.C., NASW-NYC, third and Fourth Annual CE Conference, and at the Global Prison Conference in South Africa at the University of Johannesburg. Dr. Morgan-Mullane recently published this work in the Clinical Social Work Journal on her research of the efficacy of trauma-informed practice and children of incarcerated parents and started the first Training Institute out of Children of Promise, NYC for licensed practioners to receive CEU clinical hours while participating in the anti-racist training practice employed within the agency’s community-based model.
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.
Yuval Moses is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the treatment of attachment and violence based trauma and in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. He is a clinical supervisor at The Crime Victims Treatment Center Inc. and a consultant to programs building their DBT teams. Yuval also maintains a small private practice and supervises clinicians at different levels of training. Yuval provides individual and group therapy and specializes in both skill groups and processing groups. He is a level III AEDP therapist and has received advanced training in DBT and DBT-PE.
Born and raised in Israel he moved to NYC to get his graduate degree from NYU and speaks both English and Hebrew as native languages.
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.
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
Ms. Murakami is Program Manager of a psychosocial support program in Nyakabande Refugee Transit Centre in Kisoro, Uganda, with the community-based organization Friends of Kisoro. She is a DSW student at NYU Silver School of Social Work and Graduate Research Assistant at NYU Silver’s Center on Violence and Recovery. Ms. Murakami conducts live and web-based trainings domestically and internationally on topics including trauma-informed approaches, group work, social work approaches with survivors of persecution and forced displacement, working with interpreters, and provider wellbeing. She is co-editor of a book in the Geisel Series in Global Health and Medicine. She earned an MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work.
Murakami, N. & Thandar Shwe. (2015). Assessments and interventions: Strengths-based approaches in contexts of displacement. In K. Allden & N. Murakami (Eds.), Trauma and recovery on war's border: A guide for global health workers (pp. 49-84). Dartmouth, NH: University Press of New England.
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.
Tracy graduated with her Masters' Degree in Social Work from NYU in 2001. She has worked in outpatient, inpatient and private practice settings. She has certifications in Trauma-Focused CBT, DBT, CBT and MICA Specialist. She currently works as the program manager of Transitions, IOP at Jawonio. She created that program from the ground up. Tracy is passionate about her work and clients and believes in the concepts of neuroplasticity and that everyone has the capacity to learn and grow.
Abigail is a social worker, clinical supervisor, educator and trainer, specializing in palliative care. She has a particular interest in group work, bereavement and the education of emerging clinicians in healthcare social work. She is currently a doctoral candidate at NYU, and most recently worked in leadership capacities as Director of Support Groups at Alzheimer's Association/CaringKind and Clinical Supervisor at MJHS Hospice & Palliative Care. Abigail is a proud mentor for and supporter of the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative Care. She has had narrative publications in the Journal of Social Work in Palliative and End-of-Life Care and earned national designation as an Approved Clinical Supervisor. She also has advanced post-graduate certificates in Clinical Supervision and in Palliative and End-of-Life care. She received her MSW from NYU in 2007.
Elana Needle is the Anchor Collaboration Coordinator at Race Forward. As the Anchor Coordinator, Elana brings 9 nationally preeminent racial justice organizations together to work on short and long term collaborative projects to move the needle on racial equity in the US. Previously, she worked in the leadership development field, a childhood obesity intervention, and addressing various women's issues. Elana received her BA in Women’s Studies and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning both from Tufts University, and her PhD from Stony Brook University, in Social Welfare.
Elana’s research interests are racial, economic and gender inequality in the United States. Past topics included: intersectional analysis of domestic violence survivors, assessment of TANF legislation, middle school factors leading to high school drop out, and the extent to which desegregation in four CIvil Rights Era cities impacted African American residents. Elana’s dissertation applied a Social Determinants of Health theoretical model to childhood obesity, concentrating on the school food environment, race, gender and socioeconomic status.
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.
Helen G. O'Brien, Ph.D., LMSW, is a trauma focused clinical social worker and an Assistant Professor and Curriculum Chair at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.
She graduated from Columbia University with a MSW in clinical social work and a Ph.D. from New York University.
Dr. O'Brien has conducted research on parenting including the influences of intergenerational transmission and trauma. Her post graduate training in International Trauma, Family Therapy, TF-CBT and PET inform her commitment to addressing the needs of children and families who have been impacted by trauma.
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.
Libby is a 1997 Graduate from NYU Silver School of Social Work where she continued work, study and advocacy around trauma, multiple loss and the impact of HIV on communities and their resources.
I am a clinical social worker and mindfulness educator in full-time private practice in Westchester County where I work with youth, adults and families using a variety of therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies. I also teach mindfulness to individuals and families as well as provide professional development in mindfulness to not for profits and schools. Before focusing on private practice full time, I worked across a variety of settings including hospitals, mental health centers, not-for-profits, and schools. I have a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Social Work from NYU. I also hold a certificate in Adult Psychotherapy from WCSPP and a certificate in Parent Management Training from Yale Parenting Center and am certified to teach a variety of mindfulness curricula to youth and adults, including Learning 2 Breathe and MBSR-T. I am currently a candidate for certification in mindfulness and psychotherapy from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
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 and PhD from the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
O’Keefe, D. (2019). Can having quality interactions with immigrants decrease anti-Immigrant sentiment? The moderation effects of contact on right wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation and political affiliation. Manuscript submitted for publication.
O’Keefe, D. (2019). Quality or quantity: A relational re-conceptualization of the contact model and impact of quantity and quality of contact with immigrants on negative attitudes. Journal for the Advancement of Psychoanalytic Empirical Research.
O’Keefe, D. (2019). The immigrant other: Towards a psychohistorical social policy analysis. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, New York University, NY.
O’Keefe, D. (2018). The use of threat narratives to facilitate the displacement of childhood conflicts on to immigrants and their children. Paper presented at the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society 2018 Annual Conference TRANSFORMATIONS: Disrupting Dystopian Futures, Rutgers University.
O’Keefe, D. (2018). Perception vs. Reality: Testing the viability of a psychohistorical interpretation of the group threat approach to negative attitudes toward immigrants and the role of ideological and personality traits in perception biases. Journal of Psychohistory, 46(3), 179-206.
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.
Dinorah Otero is a professor, researcher, and clinician developing her practice in Buenos Aires, and has worked as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor in New York City. She currently teaches and is a field instructor for New York University Buenos Aires. Ms. Otero also coordinates an interdisciplinary team which provides services to children in a vulnerable area of the city.
Her research interest is focused on the impact of migration and social segregation on the subjectivity from a psychoanalytical perspective. She has published articles both in English and Spanish and co-edited an e-book.
Dinorah Otero holds a Master in Social Work from New York University (2004) and earned a Master in Psychology with a specialization in Educational Psychology (U.S. Equivalency) in Buenos Aires (1993), receiving a University Merit Award.
Cheryl Lopez, LCSW is a Sanctuary train the trainer who has completed a Masters Degree from Columbia University. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree at NYU to advance trauma-informed clinical practices and sensitive multicultural approaches for Latinx communities. Her career has focused on providing trauma-informed clinical care to diverse populations and ages. She has focused on child development, complex trauma, and the benefits of evidence-based interventions such as Art/Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Cheryl has established school-based mental health programs in an inner-city school and village districts and has adapted DBT to meet the emotional needs of Latinx families. She is passionate about teaching and learning by helping individuals and their families overcoming barriers impeding their recovery. Her work has been providing therapy, supervision, and teaching to students, clients, and administrators.
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 Executive Director of the AMICO, a community based organization, dedicated to serving the needs of the older population in Brooklyn. Dr. Pastore has been an active leader in the Southern Brooklyn Community for many years. She sits on the Bioethics Committee and Institutional Review Board for research at Maimonides Medical Center. She is also a past member of Community Board 12, where she was the Vice Chair of the Social Service Committee and a member of the Transportation and Legislative Committees. In 2014 Dr. Pastore was appointed as a Commissioner for the Age Friendly Commission. The Commission serves as partnership between Mayor’s Office and, the NYC Council and the New York Academy of Medicine, which works with city government, businesses and the non-profit sector to assure the city is addressing the challenges of an increasing older population.
Most recently Dr. Pastore was awarded the honor of being named as a “Women of Distinction” by the New York State Senate for 2018.
Susan 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.
I am a Bi-lingual psychotherapist in private practice working with a somatic focus on symptoms related to traumatic stress. A Somatic Experience Practitioner (SEP) and EMDR provider, I work with adults (individuals, couples, and groups) and have practice location in Midtown NYC and in New Paltz, NY. A Hunter School of Social Work graduate with over 20 years of clinical social work experience, I am a consultant, trainer, group facilitator, and crisis intervention specialist. I provide clinical supervision for Social Workers pursuing "R" privilege. I am psychodynamic disciplined and draw from CBT, Mindfulness, DBT, EMDR, SE and Somatic Touch Trainings. I am an Assistant Trainer at SE Professional Training for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.
I co-founded the Mindful Living Space A DBT based Private practice group, the Hive Event Collective, a cooperative of local artists in the Hudson Valley, and currently affiliated with Wellness Embodied in New Paltz, NY.
Leslie Peña-Sullivan, LCSW holds an MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice. She is currently a doctoral candidate at NYU Silver. She has experience assessing and treating trauma in adolescents and adults. Leslie participated in a Clinical Social Work Fellowship as a Post-graduate Associate at the Yale Child Study Center Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children. She is bilingual (Spanish) and works as a bilingual staff psychotherapist at the Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center. In this capacity, she provides individual, family, and group counseling services to the Spanish-speaking community of Southern Westchester county. Previously, she worked at the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Mental Health Program providing evaluation, psychotherapeutic, and referral services for 9/11 first responders. Her focus of practice is acculturative stress and pre-migration trauma among the undocumented Latinx community.
Dr. Sharon Pinsker received her BS from Brooklyn College, her MSW from Hunter College and her PhD from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU. She has worked in the field for approximately thirty years and has taught advanced practice courses and electives at NYU for more than twenty years; she has also been a faculty advisor and SIFI instructor. Dr. Pinsker has worked as a direct service provider, supervisor, and administrator, within the areas of substance abuse and mental health. She has worked extensively with individuals facing life-threatening illnesses, trauma, depression and anxiety, and life stage adjustment issues. In addition to being an educator, Dr. Pinsker provides training seminars and has a private practice in Brooklyn, offering psychotherapy and supervision. She is particularly interested in the well being of social workers, countertransference, resilience, and issues of secondary traumatic stress as well as secondary traumatic growth.
Dulcinea/Alex Pitagora holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, a Master of Social Work from New York University, a Master of Education and a Doctorate in Clinical Sexology from Widener University, and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Pitagora has a practice in New York City that includes individual and relationship therapy. Pitagora's practice is person-centered and strengths-based, focuses on self-determination and empowerment, and is LGBQ, trans, poly, and kink affirmative. Pitagora is an adjunct professor of sexual health at New York University; has published articles in peer-reviewed journals; and presented at conferences on the topics of alternative sexuality and gender diversity. Pitagora conducts research, lectures, and seminars pertaining to these communities; is the founder of ManhattanAlternative.com, an alternative lifestyle affirmative provider listing; and co-organizer of the AltSex NYC Conference. Pitagora is Kink Doctor in the Web series by the same name.
Dr. Platt is a clinical psychologist who earned her master's and doctoral degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck NJ. She has specialized training and experience in child, adolescent, and family services; areas of expertise include family systems perspectives, forensically informed treatment, play therapy, TF-CBT, EMDR, and sand play therapy. She has worked as a clinician, supervisor, and program director for over 20 years in Bergen, Essex, Morris and Sussex counties in New Jersey in various hospital and agency settings specializing in maltreatment and trauma. She is currently in private practice in Sussex County, NJ, and is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College and New York University focusing on instruction in child psychology topics.
Kristin specializes in trauma, attachment, and anxiety. She received her BSW at Providence College and her MSW at the University of Connecticut. She also received a DSW at NYU. She currently works full time at her private practice, Manhattan Play Therapy. She also provides clinical supervision at Tech Kids Unlimited, an agency that teaches technology skills to children and teens with Autism and other learning differences. Kristin is interested in improving clinical services for young people with Autism, and is currently exploring effective ways to disclose an Autism diagnosis to a child/ teen. She is also passionate about serving families impacted by domestic violence.
Pleines, K. E. (2019). An Attachment-Informed Approach to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Clinical Social Work Journal, 1-10.
I am a PhD student in the NYU Silver School of Social Work program. Additionally, I have worked for the Stonington Institute Starlight Military Program since 2013. The Starlight program is a residential rehab for active duty and veteran military members suffering from addiction and mental health issues. My research interests have focused on substance abuse and social workers' physical health problems. I earned my Masters in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven.
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.
Dr. Pratt is a research scientist deeply committed to excellence through co-learning, global civic engagement, ethical leadership, and “the right to aspire,” a 21st century fundamental entitlement to grow in capacities to acquire and contribute to knowledge and research for a just global ecosystem. Dr. Pratt teaches ethnographic research methods to incarcerated men and women in long term maximum security confinement.
Collaborative cross-system research in social policy; law and psychiatry; institutional ethnography; evaluation research include a record of publication of books on intimate partner violence, book chapters on therapeutic jurisprudence, an extensive catalog of peer reviewed scientific publications, professional conference presentations, and grants acquisition for trauma-informed, recovery centered, structurally competent systems of care in mental health, juvenile justice, complex recovery in criminal and family courts, and international empowerment supports to vulnerable women and girls. Dr. Pratt is a founding member of a collective of anti-racism educators, the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar grants (India; Pakistan) and numerous awards for scholarship and international service.
She has earned degrees from:
University of Parma Italy Faculty of Law. Advanced Studies in Human Rights Law and Policy.
Ph.D . City University of New York. Forensic Psychology.
M. Phil. City University of New York. Criminal Justice. Certificate: Women's Studies.
Columbia University. Certificate: Institute for Family Life Development.
MSSW. Columbia University.
B.A. Social Work. Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Research Scientist with the NIH sponsored Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts at Nathan Kline Institute; Director of the Field School in community based participatory action research methods; Principal Investigator on capabilities for recovery, treatment engagement, and treatment alliance situated in four Mental Health Courts in metropolitan NY; Research Scientist for the NYS Office of Mental Health Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health specializing in role of spirituality and religion in recovery and structurally competent networks of care. A demonstrated record of successful project leadership and widely published scholarship in collaboration with service users and advocates, providers and policy makers on innovative strategies for people with co-occurring mental health, criminal justice, family law, child welfare, and substance use problems. Senior Research Consultant: Salaam Bombay Foundation and India Child Fund, Mumbai India.
Research Scientist: Social Science Research Laboratory, Statistical and Services Research Division. Epidemiology & Health Services Research Laboratory. Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research.
Professor Prendergast is currently working as the Manager for Online Graduate Program Management within the University's Enrollment Management Division. She previously served as the 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 her dissertation, "Nontraditional Online Students Perceptions of Success Conditions". At NYU, Dr. Prendergast has taught Research I and II on the Graduate level, 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.
Marcos A. Quinones, LCSW recently completed a secondary masters degree of science in neuroscience at Columbia University. Marcos uses his knowledge of neuroscience in private practice where he has treated adults with organic mental health disorders for 12 years. Marcos' professional interests lie in using evidenced based practices to help clients reduce stress/cortisol levels in their bodies, while helping the client develop a range of resilience factors.
Renee has been a practicing social worker for the last 20 years, primarily in the New York City non-profit disaster response and recovery arena. She most recently served as the Field Education Coordinator for a large NGO, and provided placement, clinical supervision and curriculum design to MSW students. Renee has provided consultation, training and support to numerous Voluntary Organizations responding to disasters, specifically around issues of staff training and supervision. Renee is an adjunct professor at several schools of social work, and received her MSW from Fordham University, with a clinical specialization in children and families.
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.
Greg Rideout has over 20 years of post-masters clinical and managerial experience in social service agencies in three major US cities. As the Chief Program Officer for Commonpoint Queens in Queens, he has overseen the merger of two agencies, and now provides supervision, professional development, and succession planning to nine program division leaders, as well as extends Executive support in the areas of fundraising, volunteer services, marketing, and fiscal services. Prior to joining CQY and SFY, Greg served as Deputy Program Officer for Education and Employment Services at the Henry Street Settlement, overseeing a $12M portfolio of programs reaching 6,000 people annually across 12 program sites. At the core of his work has always been service delivery to marginalized youth populations, from serving as a juvenile probation officer to coordinating adolescent residential services to designing gang intervention programs in a variety of settings to perfecting education and employment services for youth and young adults.
Kassia R. Ringell is the Co-Director of The Step-Up Program at The McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy and Research. Step-Up is an evidence informed, alternative mental health and youth development program, that utilizes a positive youth development approach; an innovative, anti-oppressive and strengths based approach, that emphasizes youth assets using a relational lens. Kassia has worked in community, family and youth services for over 12 years, in schools, clinics and research settings across NYC. Kassia possesses special interests in incorporating anti-oppressive practice methods into institutional and clinical care, as well as deepening student and clinicians' understanding of the importance and practice of Macro social work.
Jan Roberts, LCSW, MSS, MA is the founder and former CEO of Partners in Health and Wellbeing, one of the largest collaborative mental health practices in the Mid-Atlantic region. Ms. Roberts is a highly trained clinician with significant supervision, teaching, and clinical experience with clients struggling with trauma, eating disorders, and personality disorders.
Ms. Roberts is currently completing her doctoral training at NYU Silver School of Social Work (May 2019) where she is studying substance use and the impact of cannabis and mental health. She is an internationally-recognized speaker on cannabis and mental health and is the co-founder and Director of Translational Research for the International Research Center on Cannabis and Mental Health. Her current research is on mental health clinicians and their knowledge and attitudes on cannabis, the use of cannabis and prescription medication among professional athletes from the NFL and NHL, and the efficacy of cannabis among veterans with PTSD. In addition, Ms. Roberts is the current Guest Editor for the Clinical Social Work Journal's special issue on Cannabis and Mental Health. Ms. Roberts sees patients in her Manhattan practice.
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.
Meghan Romanelli received her MSSW from the Columbia School of Social Work and recently, her PhD in Social Work from the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Meghan is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. As a researcher at McSilver, Meghan’s work focuses on health and mental health disparities among LGBTQ communities, and primarily how disparities develop through the mechanism of forgone care or restricted engagement in care. Meghan’s manuscripts have been published in Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Qualitative Health Research, and American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. In addition to research, Meghan has nearly 10 years of clinical experience and maintains her connection to practice by facilitating groups for individuals exploring parenthood at the LGBT Community Center in New York City.
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.
Dr. Meredith Hemphill Ruden specializes in social work and healthcare. She has worked as a supervisor and manager within Mt. Sinai Hospital's cancer center. Currently, she acts as Executive Director for a non-profit organization for parents with cancer that she founded called The Feather Foundation.
Her area of expertise is in hospital social work and palliative and end-of-life care, and in practice interventions such as cognitive behavioral interventions, psychodynamic psychotherapy and spiritually integrated psychotherapy.
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 completed her DSW at NYU in 2018.
Professor Sachs is in private practice in New Jersey. She worked for over 30 years in the medical field,helping families cope with illness and disability. She currently specializes in trauma therapy for children and families. She obtained her MSW in Interpersonal Practice and Family Systems Therapy at the University of Michigan, and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer, she is invested in meeting the needs of people from various cultural backgrounds. She obtained post-graduate training in EMDR, Play Therapy, Laughter Therapy, Trauma and Attachment Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. Professor Sachs has presented at several conferences, including the International Cystic Fibrosis Conference, NASW NJ Association of Health Care Workers, Columbia University Graduate School of Public Health, and the Society for Transplant Social Workers.
Panthea Saidipour is an LCSW in private practice near Union Square where she works with young adults in their 20s and 30s, adolescents, and children using a relational and attachment lens. She is an advanced candidate at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC), where she supervises MSW interns and serves on the Diversity Committee. She has taught in PPSC’s Clinical Journeys program. She received her MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work and is a graduate of PPSC’s Child and Adolescent Therapy Program.
I received my Ph.D from NYU in 1965. I have served as Director of Columbia University's Center for American Culture Studies, Distinguished Professor of History at Hunter College, and Fulbright Professor in Japan and Finland. My areas of professional interest include the Holocaust and issues of civil rights in the U.S. For thirty years I was the editor of PROPSECTS; an annual of American Culture Studies.
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.
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).
Ava Schlesinger is an LCSW in NY and NJ. She received her BFA from Parsons and her MSW and MPA from NYU; she was ordained as an interfaith/interspiritual minister in 2012. Over the last 25 years, Ava has focused on holistically addressing the short- and long-term symptomatology and human and community cost associated with interpersonal, gender-based violence and trauma. This work informs her depth of commitment to social movement and change. It has been her privilege to work both locally and nationally in the arenas of human trafficking, domestic violence, sex assault/abuse, child protection & gun violence; she has traveled on working tours to Thailand, Cambodia, Liberia, and India in pursuit of how to best serve those most marginalized and compromised. Through her travels, Ava recognized that she need not look further than her own backyard to work toward change, which is where her energies are currently focused.
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.
Dr. Maryanne Schretzman leads the New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI), a unit of the Mayor’s Office reporting to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. Dr. Schretzman founded CIDI with the goal of harnessing the power of New York City’s Health and Human Service agencies to provide cross-agency data analysis in order to strategically inform policy decisions and foster interagency collaboration in addressing complex social problems. CIDI has undertaken research and policy challenges across various content areas such as: child welfare, juvenile justice, homelessness, poverty, health and aging. Dr. Schretzman holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Montana; Master of Social Work from Hunter College; and a Doctorate in Social Welfare from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
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
Evan Senreich has been a faculty member in the Lehman College Department of Social Work, City University of New York, since 2008. He obtained his doctorate in social work from NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2007. He previously worked in New York in the fields of mental health and substance misuse programs for over two decades.
Dr. Senreich has had numerous research articles published regarding the experiences of LGBT clients in substance misuse treatment, the education of social work students to work with substance using clients, the difficulties of adults living with sickle cell disease, and the attitudes of West African immigrants towards substance misuse in the United States. Furthermore, he has had articles published regarding using a Gestalt therapy approach to social work practice and teaching social work students an inclusive definition of spirituality for use in practice. He was the Project Director of a three-year federal SAMHSA grant training social work students and medical residents in the use of SBIRT, a protocol for screening and providing brief interventions to substance using clients according to an integrated health care model.
Fran Silverman, ACSW, LCSW-R, is currently the Director of the Department of Social Work and Home Care Services at Beth Israel Medical Center, having previously served as both Assistant and Associate Director of the Department.
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. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers – Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). She is a member of the Louis Armstrong Music and Medicine Center Steering Committee, bridging social work with other clinical disciplines and approaches.
Further, Ms. Silverman is professor at the Touro College School of Social Work and the NYU Silver Graduate School of Social Work. In addition, Ms. Silverman is an accomplished public speaker, having presented at conferences at the local, national and international level.
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the City College of the City University of New York, Ms. Silverman earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University School of Social Work. She has spent time as a social worker and team leader at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Assistant Chief Psychiatric Social Work at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. She is also an adjunct associate professor for New York University’s NYU Silver Graduate School of Social Work. 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.
She has received the Care and Compassion Award, co-sponsored by the Health Care Chaplaincy and the Wonderful World Award presented by the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine.
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.
Jennifer has LOVED being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for almost 30 years and brings her experience to teaching and direct practice. Jennifer approaches her work, whether as a teacher or clinician, with three assumptions: people do what works, people do the best they can, and, small change leads to big change. These beliefs enable Jennifer to start where her students and clients are and collaborate on the development of meaningful and realistic goals. In addition to Silver, Jennifer is a Human Services Faculty Mentor at Empire State College, State University of New York. Jennifer and her husband are the proud parents of three awesome kids! Time with family, the beach, and books are Jennifer’s greatest joys.
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.
Christine Tabone is currently the Project Director at the Restorative Justice Lab. Ms. Tabone was the Director of Hotlines at Safe Horizon from 2013-2017, where she oversaw all clinical, operational and training aspects of the program. Prior to Safe Horizon, Christine was the Deputy Director at LifeNet (now NYCWell), a multi-lingual crisis intervention hotline offering information, support and referrals to treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. Ms. Tabone also worked on behalf of LifeNet at 211 call centers in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and again in 2008 after Hurricane Ike in Texas. Christine has extensive experience in program development/management and training. Areas of interest include domestic and sexual violence, suicide assessment/intervention, trauma recovery, and disaster relief.
Dr. Thadhani received her DSW and MSW degrees at New York University Silver School of Social Work. She also has an MA and MEd in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Thadhani is an Asian-Indian licensed social worker who has lived in New York City for over three decades. She has worked in non-profit organizations including community-based mental health clinics, on-site school and after-school programs, and city government for 29 years. Dr. Thadhani has clinical and administrative experience in mental health and public child welfare and has presented at international conferences. She is a director at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. In 2018, Dr. Thadhani received both a Professional Excellence Award and a Commissioner’s Collaboration award.
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 at NYU since 2007. She has also been teaching the Integrative Practice Seminar since 2007.
Patricia is the former director of training and a current faculty member at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy,(www.gestaltassociates.org) a four-year postgraduate therapy training program. She is also a former President of The Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (www.aagt.org). 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.
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.
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Dr. Vermeulen is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH) and an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department of SUNY New Paltz, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in disaster mental health, grief counseling, and lifespan developmental psychology among other topics. She holds a Masters in Psychology from SUNY New Paltz, a Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham, and a Certificate in Mental Health in Complex Emergencies from the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation. In addition to teaching and research, she has coordinated the development and production of training curricula for the New York State Department of Health and Office of Mental Health, the American Red Cross, the United Nations, United States Agency for International Development West Bank/Gaza, and other organizations. She is co-author of Disaster Mental Health Interventions: Core Principles and Practices (2017) and co-editor of Disaster Mental Health Case Studies” Lessons Learned from Counseling in Chaos (2019), both published by Routledge.
PhD Cand., Fordham University
Buddhist Chaplain, NYU Global Spiritual Life
Director and Head Priest, Monju-do Zen Fellowship
Focus: Multifaith Leadership, Religious Pluralism, Religious Studies and Theology.
Education: MAR, theology, Yale Divinity School
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 and the former Director of Intake and Assessment at Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Currently, he has a private psychotherapy practice in Chelsea. Mr. Whipple is also a Lead Teaching Assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute where he is a certified senior consultant.
Scott A. Whipple worked extensively with people with HIV/AIDS during the pandemic. His areas of expertise including working with LGBTQ populations. 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. He has also presented at the International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities & Nations - in Grenada, Spain and Toronto, Canada.
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 - and is a certified Clinical Hypnotherapist.
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 Wilkins, Ph.D., LCSW is the Advance Care Planning Program Manager at NYU Langone Health where she oversees the enterprise-wide implementation of Advance Care Planning as an integral component of person centered care. Over the past two decades, Dr. Wilkins has intervened in direct practice with children and adults in acute care settings, palliative care, and intimate partner violence. She has conducted groups work in varying settings. Dr. Wilkins is a graduate of the University of Malta, University of Toronto, and NYU Silver School of Social Work. She has published and presented on advance care planning, palliative care, hospital social work, social group work, and intimate partner violence. She serves as symposium co-chair on the International Association for Social Work with Groups board, social work representative on the national Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) board, and member of the New York State Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) executive board. She is Faculty at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and NYU School of Medicine.
Deirdre Williams, LCSW obtained her MSW and is a Doctoral Candidate at NYU. She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from Quinnipiac University. She is an adjunct professor at Fordham University and New York University, teaching the Advanced Integrated Practice with Organizations and Communities and the Social Welfare and Policy courses, respectively. She currently works advocating in and out of Brooklyn Family Court for youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems in New York City at the Legal Aid Society, specializing in delinquency matters. She simultaneously works as a Director at the Restorative Center, employing restorative justice circles for the community and trainings for attorneys, social workers, teachers, and community organizers and members. As a social worker, Ms. Williams is dedicated to building foundations and addressing gaps in systems as she encourages people to have a sense of ownership and empowerment of his/her own narrative.
Yunyu (Kathy) Xiao is a fourth-year PhD candidate from Silver School of Social Work, and a predoctoral research scientist from the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, NYU. Yunyu’s research focuses on addressing health disparities in suicidal behaviors, mental health and service utilization, and social policy. She has published in top journals, including Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Journal of School Psychology, Psychiatry Research, Asian Journal of Psychiatry, and Health Behavior Research. She is awardees of the Kenneth Lutterman Award for Best Student Paper in 2018 American Public Health Association (APHA), and the Outstanding Student Poster in 2019 American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB) Annual Meeting. She gave several talks at international conferences, including Society for Social Work and Research, Council on Social Work Education, APHA, and AAHB. Yunyu was instructor for MSW courses and received excellent student teaching evaluation. Yunyu received M.Phil. from the University of Hong Kong.
Tiffany Younger is the founder of the Social Change Agents Institute, a project that brings scholars, professionals, and educators to developing countries to offer Free mental health services and social change workshops in developing countries of the African Diaspora such as South Africa, Brazil and Haiti. In addition, she is piloting the Social Changes Agents Institute (SCAI). Prior to running the institute, Tiffany worked as a Policy Fellow for United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand where she focused on issues of criminal justice, gender and race equity.
Tiffany obtained her Masters Degree in Social policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. She is a Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work where she teaches Political Advocacy. Currently, Tiffany is obtaining her doctoral degree in Social Welfare at the Silberman School of Social Work.
Yeqing Yuan is currently a PhD student at NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her research areas include mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness. Prior to joining the PhD program, Yeqing worked as a homeless outreach clinician in Boston, MA, serving homeless individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance abuse problems in shelters and on streets. Yeqing was awarded Excellence in Homeless Services and Research by NYU Silver. She has several journal publications around her substantive area, including the most recent article: Yuan, Y., & Manuel, J. I. (in press). The relationship between residential mobility and behavioral health service use in a national sample of adults with mental health and/or substance abuse problems. Journal of Dual Diagnosis. Yeqing obtained her MSW from Boston College and is expecting to complete her PhD in 2020.
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.