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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Walter Alvarez |
Adjunct Associate Professor


Darren Arthur MSW, LCSW, OSW-C |
Adjunct Lecturer

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.

Denise Arzola |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ms. Nicole Avallone |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Steven Ball |
Adjunct Assistant Professor



Besa Bauta MSW, LMSW, MPH, PhD candidate |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Besa H. Bauta, is the Senior Director of Research and Evaluation at the Center for Evidence Based Implementation and Research (CEBIR). CEBIR utilizes a prevention framework to provide implementation support, fidelity assessments, analysis of program outcomes, and training in evidence-based practices for social-service programs. Under her direction CEBIR ensures performance oversight, and works to shape the field of child welfare through innovative research and programs.

Besa’s expertise is in refugee mental health, trauma, and child maltreatment. Her current research interests focus on mental health outcomes for youth in foster care, public health, and global mental health.

Ms. Bauta holds a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in evolution from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, an MSW in Clinical Social Work from the Silver School of Social Work and an MPH in Global Public Health from NYU. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in social work and holds a Graduate Research Assistantship at NYU-SSSW.


Videka, L., Gopalan, G., & Bauta, B. (2014). Child abuse and neglect. In A. Gitterman (Ed.), Handbook of social work practice with vulnerable and resilient populations, (3rd ed.). New York, NY: Columbia University Press, p. 248.  

Hamid, H., Abanilla, K, Bauta, B. & Huang, Keng-Yen. (2011). Chapter 17: Lessons from Abroad, Reading 3: Evaluating the WHO assessment instrument for mental health systems by comparing mental health policies in four countries. In L. Shi & D. A. Singh (Eds.), The nation’s health, (8th ed.). Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, p. 754. 
Hamid, Hamada, Abanilla, Karen, Bauta, Besa, & Huang, Keng-Yen. (2008). Author reply to: Evaluation of the WHO Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 86(9), A. Available from 
Hamid, H., Abanilla, P.K, Bauta, B.H, & Huang, K-Y. (2008). Evaluating the World Health Organization assessment instrument for mental health systems by comparing mental health policies in Iraq, Japan, Macedonia, and the Philippines. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88: 467-73. PMID:18568276 doi:10.2471/BLT.07.042788.




Dr. Janet Becker PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

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.


Linda Lee Bederman |
Adjunct Lecturer
Erin Patricia Beischer |
Adjunct Lecturer
Marygrace Berberian |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Lawrence K.W. Berg |
Adjunct Professor



Dr. Robert S. Berger PhD, MSSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Associate Professor

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.


Karen Bernstein |
Adjunct Lecturer


Scott Bloom MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Scott Bloom is the director of school mental health services for the New York City Department of Education. He oversees all school mental health collaborations and implementations.     
Scott’s area of expertise is bridging the gap between education and social emotional interventions for youth. He has a private practice in New York City as well as private supervision.    

He earned is MSW from New York University Silver School of Social Work. He received his BFA from Adelphi University and was a Barnes Scholar. He received his certification in psychoalytic psychotherapy from the New York Institute of Psychoanalytic Education and Training.

Professor Bloom received the 2014 SPCNY Award for Excellence in Suicide Prevention in New York State.  He was given the award for his work in creating and promoting suicide programs, awareness and training to the New York City Department of Education staff.

Select Publications:
Bloom, Scott (2010). Learning the language: Strategies for successful group work in schools. The Journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, 34(3).

Bloom, Scott. (2005). Mental health services. In J. Quinn (Ed), Community schools in action: Lessons from a decade of practice. (pp.98-113). New York, NY. Oxford Press.


Mitchell C. Borgida LCSW, QCSW, BCD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Mitchell Borgida earned his MSW from Adelphi University in 1984 and a post-master’s certificate in advanced clinical social work in 1994.

Melissa Bowman |
Adjunct Lecturer
Kathryne B. Brewer LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
Douglas Brooks MS, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Mr. Brooks is an Executive Manager with Community Counseling & Mediation and serves as the Director of Ruby's Place. Ruby's Place provides supportive permanent housing to formerly homeless adults with disabilities. He also consults with other social service agencies to implement new initiatives or to assess program functioning.

Mr. Brooks has 25 years of social service experience working in the fields of child welfare, early childhood education and mental health. As an agency executive, he has managed multi-million dollar programs and services to help strengthen families, to help young people reach their full potential, and to help adults with disabilities leading meaning productive lives. 
Mr. Brooks has extensive experience working in the private non-profit, government and academic sectors. He also has experience with the provision of social services at the direct practice, policy and executive level and is able to develop and integrate programs, services and systems to serve our most vulnerable populations.

Mr. Brooks earned his MS of Social Work from Columbia University in 1994. Mr. Brooks also completed Columbia University's Non-Profit Management Program and Harvard University's Executive Leadership Program.

William D. Cabin BA, MA, MSW, MPH, PhD, JD LMSW (NY), LSW (NJ), LSW (PA) |
Adjunct Lecturer


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. Alex Calabrese J.D. |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Calabrese is the acting Supreme Court Justice and Presiding Judge of the Red Hook Community Justice Center.

His area of expertise is in Criminal, Family and Housing Court Law and Community Justice, National and International.

He earned his A.B. from the University of Notre Dame; J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Dr. Peter Campanelli Psy.D. |
Adjunct Professor

Dr. Campanelli is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in both New York as well as New Jersey. Dr. Campanelli earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Rutgers University, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology.

Dr. Campanelli is the founder, and for 27 years was the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Community Living (ICL).  During his tenure ICL grew to a highly respected and very large behavioral health human service agency within New York City. Dr. Campanelli is the recipient of two Gold Awards from the American Psychiatric Association; The Peterson Prize from Rutgers for Public Leadership; the Visionary Leadership Award from the National Council of Behavioral Health Agencies as well as other distinctions.

Dr. Campanelli’s academic interests are integrated health care; PTSD as it relates to veterans and their families; and US health Care Policy.

Dr. Katherine Charlap |
Adjunct Lecturer


Dr. Marie-Helene Charlap |
Adjunct Associate Professor


Dr. Benjamin J. Charvat MSSW, PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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.

Select Publications:

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.

Andrew Frank Cleek |
Adjunct Lecturer
Orsolya D. Clifford MSW, LMSW, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

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.

Brent Cohen |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ms. Andrea Cole |
Adjunct Lecturer
Rachel Copeland |
Adjunct Lecturer
John Crepsac |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ms. Marissa Cusack |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ms. Madeleine L. Dale MA, MPH, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Madeleine L. Dale has directed social work services to Latino children and their families at Yale, Harvard, and University of California teaching hospitals, training social workers, physicians, dietician, pharmacists, and nurses. She was the public health social work consultant for the California Department of Health Services in the Maternal and Child Health Branch, and Director of International Projects for Children and Families at Risk at Florida International University. She was the first social worker in the country to become a president of a state (California) perinatal association, She has lived and worked throughout Central America, providing consultation and technical assistance to educational institutions, government agencies (including Executive and Legislative branches), and NGOs in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and Panama, Peru, and Brazil as well as on contract to UNICEF and USAID. She has served on numerous grant review panels for the Maternal and Child Health Branch of the US Department of Health Services. She was in (bilingual) private practice for several years treating individuals and families that had experienced infertility, perinatal loss, or faced other perinatal challenges. She has taught as an Adjunct at several metropolitan area colleges and was a assistant professor at the medical schools of the University of California at Irvine and at San Francisco.

Ms. Dale's research in the field of maternal and child health has focused on (potentially) at-risk populations and clinical interventions, specifically in the areas of cross-cultural and trans-national delivery of health care, substance exposure, and the effect(s) of incarceration on pregnancy outcomes.

Ms. Dale earned her MA from the School of Social Service Administration, The University of Chicago; her MPH from the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley; and her Certificate in Disability Studies from the City University of New York.

Ms. Kalima De Suze |
Adjunct Lecturer
Mr. Donato Del Bene |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Ralph Depalo Ph.D., LCSW |
Adjunct Professor

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.


Ms. Victoria Dexter |
Adjunct Lecturer
Robin Donath MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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.

Select Publications:
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.

Sheila Dynan |
Adjunct Lecturer


Donna Ellenbogen |
Adjunct Assistant Professor


Cort Engelken MSW, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Associate Professor

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.

Select Publications:
Engelken, C. (1987). Fighting the costs of spouse abuse, Personnel Journal, 66(3), 31-34.

Drena Fagen, MSW, MPS, LCSW, LCAT |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Drena Fagen teaches creative arts therapy practice courses at the Washington Square and Rockland County campuses of the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She currently works as the director of programs at New York Creative Arts Therapists, a psychotherapy practice in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Drena also worked for the Northside Center for Child Development, Inc., where she facilitated therapy groups for child survivors of sexual abuse as part of a grant funded initiative by the World Childhood Foundation.         

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, and an MSW from NYU. She is a nationally board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC).

Ilise Fay |
Adjunct Lecturer
Christine Fewell, PhD, LCSW, CASAC |
Adjunct Professor

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.  

Select Publications:

Straussner, S. L., & Fewell, C.H. (Eds.).  (2011).  Children of substance-abusing parents: Dynamics and treatment. New York, NY: Springer Press.

Yitzchak Frank |
Adjunct Lecturer
Molly Freyer MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Freyer is currently the Project Director of a research study examining the use of self-protective methods among survivors of intimate partner violence with disabilities. She previously served as Assistant Director of Barrier Free Living’s Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program, and provided counseling and criminal justice advocacy to women with disabilities experiencing domestic violence.

Her research focuses on multiple dimensions of intimate partner violence among women with disabilities. Integrating disability content into social work education is another area of interest.

Professor Freyer holds a BA in Sociology from Cornell University and an MSW with a concentration in Contemporary Social Problems from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is currently a PhD candidate at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.


Ballan, M.S., & Freyer, M.B. (2012). Self-defense among women with disabilities: An unexplored domain in domestic violence cases. Violence Against Women, 18(9), 1083-1107. 

Ballan, M.S., Freyer, M.B., Marti, C.N., Perkel, J., Webb, K.A., & Romanelli, M. (in press). Looking beyond prevalence: A demographic profile of survivors of intimate partner violence with disabilities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Dr. Donna Demetri Friedman |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ellen Friedman |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. J. Ryan Fuller |
Adjunct Lecturer

J. Ryan Fuller has a private psychotherapy practice in New York City ( and is Clinical Director of New York Behavioral Health, which provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills, and traditional Behavior Therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Dr. Fuller has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is a certified supervisor of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). He has conducted research on anger, aggression, happiness, relationships, and positive psychology. He has conducted trainings on addictions, couples therapy, weight loss, and many other topics.

Dr. Fuller has published in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Rational Emotive Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Psychiatric Research, Aggressive Behavior, and Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Dr. Fuller earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. from Hofstra University. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at St. John’s University.

Stephen Gadisckie |
Adjunct Lecturer
Heather Gay LCSW |
Adjunct Professor

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.

Elizabeth Gilmore MSW, LCSW-R, MS, CASAC |
Adjunct Lecturer

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.

David Gitelson |
Adjunct Lecturer
Richard L. Glover, MSSW, MPhil, CSWM |
Adjunct Lecturer

Richard Glover is the special projects coordinator at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, specializing in short-term project management and program development and evaluation. He is also a preceptor (adjunct) at the Columbia University School of Social Work, teaching program evaluation and financial management.    

His area of interest/research is collaborative problem solving applications in school safety and public safety/violence prevention. Additionally, he is focusing on applying the FEMA concept of emergency management to community violence prevention.    

Richard earned his MSSW and MPhil from Columbia University and is currently ABD in social work administration. He earned a BS in business administration from Boston University.

Select Publications:

Glover, R. L. & Franzese, P. (1994). Planning for safe schools. NY school boards.  NY:  New York State School Boards Association, pp. 14-16.

Glover, R. L. & Ellis, C. (1997). Collaborative problem-solving: A team-based approach to school safety. In Warkentin, R. & Rea, D. (Eds.), Investing in our youth: Pooling community resources (pp.44 - 49). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, Inc.

Glover, R. L., Murphy, H., & Smyth, J. (1998). The essential school safety guide for superintendents, principals, & school safety professionals.  NY: School Safety Professionals, LLC.

Glover, Richard L. & Murphy, Henry R. (1999). The village must do school safety.  Education Update. NY: Education Update, p. 9.

Glover, Richard L. (2000). Two keys to successful school collaboration.  Education Update. NY: Education Update, p.8.

Sue Goldman |
Adjunct Lecturer
Elizabeth Goodman |
Adjunct Lecturer
Melissa Goodman |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Mara E. Gottlieb Ph.D., LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Mara Gottlieb, Ph.D., LMSW is fortunate to be an adjunct lecturer at NYU, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level.  She earned her Doctorate in Social Work in May, 2014 from the NYU Silver School of Social Work.  Her MSW is also from NYU, and her BA is from Brown University.

Dr. Gottlieb’s primary areas of teaching and scholarship are in direct practice, theory, and pedagogy, particularly with an anti-oppression and social-identity lens.  Her dissertation research measured the impact of self-compassion and self-awareness on the ability to work successfully within a cross-cultural relationship.  Her teaching style is collaborative and highly interactive.

Dr. Gottlieb is also the founder and CEO of Talking Changes, a training and bias-awareness organization that seeks to create safe learning environments in which maximal knowledge, self-awareness, and insight can be cultivated.   

Joan Greenberg |
Adjunct Lecturer
Rick Greenberg |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ronnie Greenberg |
Adjunct Lecturer
Kenneth Griffin |
Adjunct Lecturer
Mariam Habib |
Adjunct Lecturer
Katherine Hammer |
Adjunct Lecturer
Joan Harris |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ruth Havazelet |
Adjunct Lecturer
Allyson Hayden |
Adjunct Lecturer
Maria G. Hernandez |
Adjunct Lecturer
Michael Hernandez |
Adjunct Lecturer
Marjorie Hertz BA, MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Laura Hickey |
Adjunct Lecturer
Catherine Hodes MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Catherine Hodes is the Director of the Safe Homes Project, a program of Good Shepherd Services, which provides crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, shelter, and advocacy to survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. Ms. Hodes conducts trainings and workshops for social service, medical, and mental health providers, youth and education professionals, and community groups. Ms. Hodes is a member of and collaborates with the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, the NYC Coalition of Residential Domestic Violence Service Providers, the NY State LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network, and the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Areas of interest and practice include trauma reduction, crisis intervention, conflict-resolution, safety planning, intersectionality, and community engagement. Ms. Hodes is also a self-defense instructor, certified by the National Women's Martial Arts Federation.

Ms. Hodes is most recently the author of “Abusing Privilege: Broadening the Domestic Violence Paradigm,” published in Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, Vol 3, No 4, Spring 2011, Civic Research Institute.

Ms. Hodes earned her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work.

David B. Howard MSW, PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

David B. Howard teaches advanced policy and practice courses at the Silver School of Social Work. He has more than 12 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 Director of Research and Innovation at The Doe Fund, one of New York's largest homeless service agencies, where he provides executive leadership and strategic direction for all activities related to program enhancement, evaluation and organizational learning, growth planning, and policy research.

Prior to his work at The Doe Fund, David was 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.

Jairo Hoyos |
Adjunct Lecturer
Richard Ryan Hucke |
Adjunct Lecturer
Susannah Hyland |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Susan Jakubowicz LP, LCSW, PhD, CGP |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Jakubowicz is the Founding Executive Director, Teacher, and Supervisor for the Center for Human Development (CHD), Board of Trustees, ABAP (American Board for Accreditation in Psychoanalysis) Private Practice.

Her area of expertise is in Treatment modalities: Individual, Couples, Children, Groups, Supervision,Teaching, Supervising, and in clinical work Ensuring the quality of clinical training. As well as understanding the neuroscience of pathology and eclectic treatment modalities. Repetition compulsion, addiction and neuroscience.

Modern Group, "The Use of Disturbing Countertransference Feelings in Working with AIDS Groups", Vol 1(1), 1996. 
Modern Psychonalysis, “Enriching the Experience of Teaching Through Understanding and Using Countertransference 
Feelings”, 1998, Vol 24(2), 1999.


LCSW Licensed Psychoanalyst (LP) 
NCPsyA (NAAP Certified Psychoanalyst - National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis) 
PhD. Psychoanalysis 
PsyD. Psychology 
CGP - Certified Group Psychotherapist 
Humanitarian Award - Heed University, College of Psychoanalysis - 2007

Candice Jarvis |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Julia Jean-Francois |
Adjunct Lecturer
Kevin Todd Kalikow |
Adjunct Lecturer
David Kamnitzer |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Amy S. Kapadia PhD, LSSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Kapadia is a research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, Columbia University and the Silver School of Social Work, NYU. 

Her area of clinical and research expertise is in serious mental illness and substance use, medical, and psychiatric co-morbidities. Her research interests are two-fold: (1) mental health effects of discrimination and stigma among marginalized groups (2) psycho-social intervention development/evaluation with a focus on micro-to-macro level barriers to treatment and recovery.

Dr. Kapadia has earned her MSSW and PhD from the School of Social Work, Columbia University

Lori Greifer Kaufman, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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 |
Adjunct Lecturer

Judith Kellner, LCSW, is a couple and individual psychotherapist  in Private Practice in New York City.

She graduated from NYU Social Work School; the Ackerman Institute for the Family and the International Trauma Studies Program at NYU.

She is Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT), and EFT Supervisor.

Judith is one of the founding members of New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NYCEFT).

She is currently serving on the board of International Family Therapy Association (IFTA).

She presented internationally on cross cultural couples, trauma and its transmission, and EFT.

Judith published in the Clinical Social Work Journal an article titled: “Gender Perspective in Cross-Cultural Couples”, “Interfaith Couples", and "EFT – A Case Example of Getting to the Heart of the Matter” published in ICEEFT Fall Newsletter.

Her personal experience in cultural transition spans Europe, Israel,  Asia and North America.

Sharmeen Khan MA, LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Sharmeen Khan is a psychotherapist working in various public, outpatient, mental health clinics working with children and families and an out-of-school time staff trainer with Ramapo for Children.

Sharmeen’s areas of interest include cultural competence and education, childhood development, and trauma.                     

In 2003, she earned an MA from McGill University in Islamic politics and an MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Eri Kim |
Adjunct Lecturer
Cheryl Koeber |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Brian Koehler |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ms. Carol Lagstein |
Adjunct Lecturer
Monique Lalane |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Paulette Landesman Ph.D., LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

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.

Lori Landman |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Nicholas Lanzieri MSW, PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Lanzieri teaches human behavior core courses at the Silver School of Social Work.  He is currently is the Assistant Director of Student Affairs at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study where he provides support and generates programs for students at risk or in distress. Before this position, he worked at NYU's School of Medicine where he was the program manager in the Section on Tobacco, Alcohol and Drug Use. He mainly focused on addiction research and in providing cognitive behavioral counseling and motivational interviewing to patients from the Veterans Administration and Bellevue Hospital. Dr. Lanzieri also worked at Gay Men's Health Crisis where he co-lead a body image group for men with HIV/AIDS. Dr. Lanzieri has received psychotherapeutic training in eating disorders and body image at the Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia (Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy). His research interests are in body image, disordered eating patterns, and LGBT issues.  

Nick received his MSW and PhD from New York University.

Karen Laughton |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Lisa Lavelle LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Lisa Lavelle is on the faculty at The Ackerman Institute for the Family. Her areas of interest include working with families/couples of color and looking at the relational impact of chronic illness.

She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1994, her MSW from The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 1998 and her post-graduate degree from The Ackerman Institute for the Family in 2001.

Allen Levine |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Joseph LoGiudice |
Adjunct Lecturer
Pamela Lotenberg |
Adjunct Lecturer
Adjunct Lecturer

Currently, Kevin Lotz is the director and founder of Trinity Place Shelter in Manhattan and a therapist at a mental health clinic in East Harlem.

Kevin Lotz has extensive experience as an administrator, supervisor and clinical social worker working within low-income communities in the fields of homeless youth services, substance abuse and mental health. He is also a PhD Candidate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work conducting research on injection drug use, homelessness and poverty among women.

He earned a BSW from Missouri State University in 2002, where he received the Wall Street Journal/J.N. Boyce Public Affairs Award. He earned a MSW from Washington University in St. Louis in 2003, where he received the Thurgood Marshall Award for social work leadership. In 2014, he also completed the SARET program, a NIDA-funded predoctoral research fellowship through the NYU Langone Medical Center.


Social network factors associated with sexually transmitted infections among formerly incarcerated Latino men. International Journal of Sexual Health, 25(2), 163-168.

Tourism ecologies, alcohol venues and HIV: Mapping spatial risk. International Journal of Hispanic Psychology, 5(2).

Decision Processes about Condom Use among Shelter-Homeless LGBT Youth in Manhattan. AIDS Research and Treatment, ID# 659853, doi:10.1155/2012/659853.

Kelsey Louie LCSW, MBA |
Adjunct Lecturer

Kelsey Louie is the chief program officer at Harlem United Community AIDS Center, a not-for-profit that services people living with HIV/AIDS and the general homeless population through a Federally Qualified Health Center, including primary care, dental, and behavioral health services; adult day healthcare centers; supportive housing; targeted case management/care coordination; and prevention, education, and support services. He has taught numerous courses and has been a faculty advisor at and a field instructor for NYU since 2002.

His areas of expertise include: HIV/AIDS, healthcare, behavioral health, homelessness, LGBTQ issues, addictions, family and children services, and nonprofit management.               

Kelsey earned his MSW from NYU in 2001 and his MBA from Columbia University in 2008.

Estelle Lumer |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Viktor Lushin |
Adjunct Lecturer
Joseph Madonia |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Michelle P. Maidenberg Ph.D., MPH, LCSW-R, CGP |
Adjunct Lecturer

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.


Ms. Brenda Mamber MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Brenda Mamber is the Director of Program Services for VNSNY Hospice.

Karen Manasse MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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.

Karyn Marsh |
Adjunct Lecturer
Nelly Marte |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Reji Mathew BSW, MSW, PhD |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Reji Mathew is a senior clinical social worker at the New York University, Student Health Center Counseling and Wellness Services  

Her interests include health and wellness, health care advocacy, disability, integrative psychotherapy, coping skills education, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and Voice Dialogue method. Dr. Mathew's main area of academic interest is coping skills education for the management of chronic, progressive, and life-threatening medical conditions. 

Dr. Mathew earned a BSW from Dominican College and an MSW and a 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.

Select Publications:

Dr. Mathew is a freelance health advocacy writer. She publishes a blog/web-site showcasing her articles on wellness. She has interviewed numerous health advocates and experts in various disability and health communities.


Michael McCarthy |
Adjunct Lecturer
Marjorie McClure |
Adjunct Lecturer
Justine McGovern LMSW, PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Justine McGovern has a private practice in parental care that supports families managing the care of older parents, including those affected by dementia. In addition, she volunteers for the Alzheimer's Association.

Her research focuses on the lived experience of dementia for families. She has presented and published in peer-reviewed journals and conferences on dementia-related topics, social work education, and qualitative research methods.

She has led workshops for the Alzheimer's Association; guest lectured at Fordham and the NYU Silver’s Division of Lifelong Learning (topic: end-of-life and palliative care and dementia) and doctoral program (topic: phenomenology); as well as taught at Hunter College.      

Dr. McGovern earned her PhD from NYU's Silver School of Social Work in 2012, her MSW from NYU in 2003, and her BA from Yale in 1985.

Select Publications:

McGovern, J. (2011). Couple meaning-making and dementia: Challenges to the deficit

model. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54(7), 678-690.

McGovern, J. (2010). Couple well-being and dementia. Journal of Aging, Humanities, and Arts, 4(3), 178-184. 

C. Lockhart McKelvy BLA, RISD, MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

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."    

Select Publications:

McKelvy, L. (1993). The well children in AIDS families project: A hospital-based

program.  In C. Levine (Ed), A death in the family: Orphans of the HIV epidemic. (pp. 104-109). New York: United Hospital Fund.

McKelvy, L. (1995). Counseling children who have a parent with AIDS or have lost a

parent to AIDS. In W. Odets. & M. Shernoff (Eds.), The second decade in the age of AIDS:  A mental health services handbook.  New York:  Hatherleigh Co. Ltd.

Drainin, B. & Mckelvy, L. (1995). Services for adolescents. In Goldstein, P. (Ed), 

Mental health services for HIV infected populations in New York City.  New York: The Coalition.

Levine C., Draimin B. & McKelvy L. (1995). AIDS and its traumatic effects on families

In Y. Danieli, (Ed), Multigenerational legacies of trauma: An international handbook.  New York. Plenum Publishing Corporation.

Draimin, B. & McKelvy, L. (2002).  Their second chance: Grandparents raising their

grandchildren.  In D. Joslin, (Ed), Invisible caregivers: Older adults raising children in the wake of HIV/AIDS.  New York: Columbia University Press.

Donald McVinney |
Adjunct Lecturer
Tracie Meyers |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Vera Michaels PhD, CSW |
Adjunct Professor
Madelyn Miller |
Adjunct Associate Professor

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.   

Miller, M. (2010, January 19) Supporting New York City’s Haitian community: A message to social workers. Document posted by National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter, to NYC Chapter listserv.

Olivia Mora MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Olivia Mora is dedicated to working with marginalized populations. Her clinical work has focused on treating trauma in adult immigrants, those with severe mental illness, substance abuse, and children and youth. Previously, she worked at Valle del Sol (outpatient mental health clinic) and Chrysalis Domestic Violence Shelter in Phoenix, AZ. Since moving to NYC, she has worked for nonprofits such as Wediko Children Services providing clinical consultation and supervision to students and staff in the Bronx and Harlem area.

Her research interest areas include: mental health stigma among Latinos, violence against women, vicarious trauma, children and families, human rights, diversity, and Spanish language preservation.

Olivia earned a BA in Psychology & Spanish Literature from the University of Arizona and an MSW from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Smith College.

Olivia was born and raised in Mexico. She earned a BA in Psychology & Spanish Literature from the University of Arizona and an MSW from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Smith College.

Ann Moreno |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Michael Moskowitz PhD |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Michael Moskowitz is a psychoanalyst and organizational consultant and is on the faculty of the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and research. His past positions include CEO and Publisher, Other Press; Publisher, Jason Aronson; Director of the City University of New York Graduate School and Medical School Counseling Offices; and Team Leader, Operation Outreach Vietnam Veterans Center, New Haven.

He is author of articles and chapters on psychoanalytic theory, organizational dynamics, morality, and race and ethnicity; a co-editor of three text books including Reaching Across Boundaries of Culture and Class: Widening the Scope of Psychotherapy; and the co-editor of the journal, Organizational and Social Dynamics. His most recent book Reading Minds: A Guide to the Cognitive Neuroscience Revolution was published by Karnac in 2010.

He earned his MSW from Columbia University in 2004 and was a recipient of the Brightman Fellowship for Research Excellence.


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He has served in the capacity of a senior administrator for Reality House Inc. for 10 years as the Clinical/Associate Director of this behavioral health agency. He also has held the position as advisor to master level students at Columbia University School of Social Work.

Onaje Muid’s social work activist career combined human services and human rights, especially for descendants of formerly enslaved Africans and indigenous peoples in the Western Hemisphere His clinical experience- in substance abuse prevention, outpatient and residential facilities- earned his appointment as an advisor at Columbia University School of Social Work and was given the Exemplary Mid-Career Award from NASW in December. His United Nations work culminated in the declaring the Transatlantic Slave Trade as a crime against humanity at the seminal United Nations World Conference Against Racism, in Durban, South African, of which he was a delegate (2001). He holds a master’s degree in social work, is a credentialed alcohol and substance abuse counselor and licensed mental health counselor, and holds a family development leadership credentialed, all via New York State, He has focused his life’s work on researching and understanding historical trauma in the oppressed communities and creating the healing modalities, policies and structures to alleviate it.

He earned his master's degree in social work from SUNY-Stony Brook in 2004 and was appointed to their alumni board in December or 2014. His post master education includes certificates from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in Trauma; African Centered Social Work from the National Association of Black Social Workers African Centered Academy; Focusing International Aboriginal Focus Oriented Therapy for Complex Trauma; and Social Work and Spirituality from NYU School of Social Work. He is a graduate from the Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center Leadership Institute and the SAMHSA Advanced Leadership Institute. He is currently enrolled in the Support Center for Non Profits Trajectory Leadership Summit.


Muid, O. (2008). The raping of young black girls. In Re-Centering: Culture and Knowledge in Conflict Resolution Practice, edited by Mary Trujillo, S.Y. Bowland, Linda James Myers, Phillip M. Richards, and Beth Roy. Syracuse University Press. 
Muid, O. (2007). “Then I found my spirit”: The meaning of the United Nations World Conference Against Racism and the challenges of the historical trauma movement with research considerations. Pimatisiwin: A International Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health. Volume 4 #2,

Brian Mundy LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
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Brian Mundy, LCSW, is the Director of Best Practice Implementation at ICL, where his main job 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 is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Social Work and maintains a private clinical practice. 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.


Robinson, Patricia J. & Mundy, Brian. (2014) In Pursuit of Excellence: Developing Acceptance Commitment Therapy Competencies for Delivery of Brief Interventions. In M. Boone (Ed.) Contextual Behavioral Science and Social Work. Berkeley, CA: New Harbinger Press 
Boyd-Franklin, N., Cleek, E.N., Wofsy, M., Mundy, B. Therapy in the Real World. (2013). New York: Guilford Press 
Mundy, B., Wofsy, M., Cleek, E., & Boyd-Franklin, N. (2013). Implementing best practices – Seven core processes. Behavioral Health News. vol. 1 no. 2. New York, New York 
Kamnitzer, D. & Mundy, B. Intimacy and the Road to Recovery. (2012). Mental Health News. vol. 14 no. 1. New York, New York 
Cleek, E.N., Wofsy, M., Boyd-Franklin, N., Mundy, B. (2012) The Family Empowerment Program: An interdisciplinary systems of care approach to working with multi-stressed urban families. Family Process v. 51(2) pp. 207-217.

Robin Murray |
Adjunct Lecturer
Anthony Nicotera |
Adjunct Lecturer
Michael Nott MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

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.

Dina Nunziato |
Adjunct Lecturer
Meredith O'Boyle |
Adjunct Lecturer
Joseph O'Callaghan BA, MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
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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.

Elizabeth O'Connor |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Margaret O'Donoghue MSW, LCSW, PhD |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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).

Select Publications:

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 MSW, PhD (ABD), LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Denis O’Keefe practices individual and family psychotherapy in Highland Falls, New York, at the Family Resource Center, where he is the clinical director. He is a consultant for the Orange County Department of Mental Health providing forensic mental health evaluations for the Orange County Family Court. He has extensive experience in the fields of child welfare and child mental health within the New York City and surrounding areas.

Dr. O’Keefe regularly teaches in the practice and policy areas at the Silver School of Social Work, including the courses Clinical Practice with Children and Social Welfare Policy and Programs. He has also taught Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families. 

Dr. O’Keefe’s primary research interest is in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to study paradoxical social policy outcomes. His work seeks to integrate theories of individual and group behavior with classical models of social policy analysis to understand latent aspects of policy development, enactment, and implementation across a range of social justice issues.

He is the sitting president of the International Psychohistorical Association and active member in the Psychohistory Forum.

Dr. O’Keefe received his MSW from NYU where he is currently an ABD PhD candidate at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Select Publications:

O’Keefe, Denis J. (2012).  The Politics of Identity:
Immigration policy post 9/11.  Paper presented at the 35th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, New York University, NY.

O’Keefe, Denis J. (2011).  Psychohistory and social work:
Implications for graduate social work training.  Paper presented at the 34th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, Fordham University, NY.

O’Keefe, Denis J. (2010).  The role of world view challenges
in the resistance to meaningful healthcare reform. Paper presented at the 33rd Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, Fordham University, NY.

O’Keefe, Denis J. (2009).  The American health care system and the politics of sacrifice. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, Fordham University, NY.

O’Keefe, Denis J. (2007).  Locating the social self in the individual. Paper presented at the 30th Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, New York University, NY.

Moriamo Odunsi |
Adjunct Lecturer
Elizabeth Ojakian |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Olatunde Olusesi PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

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.

Ian Ong |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dwight Panozzo PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dwight Panozzo is a psychotherapist in private practice in Bergen County, New Jersey.

He is interested in LGBT practice, gay male parenting, and the marginalization of Martin Luther King Day in communities of privilege.

Dr. Panozzo received his PhD from NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2011, his certificate in psychoanalysis from the New Jersey Center for Modern Psychoanalysis in 2000, and his MSW from Hunter College in 1990.

Select Publications:

His dissertation title was Gay male couples who decide to parent: Motivations, division of child care responsibilities, and impact on relationship and life satisfaction.

Giselle Pardo LCSW, MPH |
Adjunct Lecturer

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.

Select Publications:

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.         

Gary Parker MSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Gary is currently the Deputy Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work. He oversees the McSilver Institute’s communications, policy, operations, and organizational development. Alongside Director Mary McKernan McKay, Ph.D., he has guided the institute’s tremendous and continuing growth in size, scope and impact.

Gary is an accomplished writer, who has published articles in academic journals ,as well as opinion pieces in mainstream publications, including in The New York Times. Gary is also committed to developing the next generation of social workers. He teaches courses in such areas as community organizing, social welfare policy, and global social work practice. Gary brings a passion for applied research and social justice to all of his work and continually seeks to put theory, his academic training, and his commitment to stakeholder collaboration into practice to affect positive social change.

He received his MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in 2000, with an emphasis in Community Organization. He is currently a doctoral student at New York University Silver School ofSocial Work.

Parker, G., Ali, S., Ringell, K., McKay, M. (2014) Bi-directional Exchange: The Cornerstone of Globally Focused Social Work. Global Social Welfare: Research, Policy and Practice. 1(1), 1-8. 

McKay, M., Alicea, S., Elwyn, L., McClain, Z., Parker, G., Small, L. & Mellins, C. The Development and Implementation of Theory-Driven Programs Capable of Addressing Poverty-Impacted Children’s Health, Mental Health and Prevention Needs: CHAMP and CHAMP+, evidence-informed, Family-based Interventions to Address HIV Risk and Care. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 43 (3), 428-441. 
McGuire-Schwartz, M., Small, L.A., Parker, G., Kim, P., McKay, M. (2014). Relationships between Caregiver Violence Exposure, Caregiver Depression, and Youth Behavioral Health among Homeless Families. Research on Social Work Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1049731514553921

Dr. Steven Parker |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Joan Pastore DSW, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Joan Pastore, is the Director at AMICO, where she oversees both the AMICO 59th St. and Eileen C. Dugan Senior Centers. AMICO promotes a sense of community, healthy aging and diversity. Dr. Pastore also sits on the Bioethics Committee and Institutional Review Board for Maimonides Medical Center.

Dr. Pastore's research interests include Bioethics, End of Life Decision Making and diversity in aging.

Dr. Pastore received her MSW from New York University and her DSW from Adelphi University, with a concentration in Policy and Administration.



Dr. Hansell Patterson MSW, LCSW, PhD |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Since 1987 Hansell Patterson has worked at the NYU Silver School of Social Work in various capacities in the MSW program, the undergraduate program, and in the Office of Field Learning and Community Partnerships. From 1987 to 1992, she was as a field instructor for MSW students. Since 1993, she has been a Practice I and II instructor. Other roles, in addition to teaching Practice, included student faculty advisor in both MSW and undergraduate programs from 1993-2003. Since 1992, she has also maintained a private practice in Manhattan.      

Dr. Patterson is very interested in education and curriculum and has volunteered for practice curriculum committees over the years. Her PhD dissertation topic, Attitudes of Recent MSW Graduates Toward Lesbians and Gay Men, also focused on how competently the study participants felt their individual programs had trained then to work with this population. She is also very interested in LGBT issues and has presented in a number of conferences and workshops over the years.                 

Dr. Patterson earned both her MSW and PhD from New York University Silver School of Social Work in 1987 and 2004, respectively.

David Pauley MA, MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

David Pauley is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York.

He works with children, adolescents and adults, and has long experience providing analytically-informed supervision to clinicians from all disciplines.

Mr. Pauley earned his MSW from New York University in 1994 and completed postgraduate training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy & psychoanalysis at PPSC and the Mid-Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is a member of the faculty at PPSC.

Heidi Peck LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

From 2005 – 2007 she worked at Realization Center, Inc. 2007-2013 at the VA’s Brooklyn hospital and Harlem Community Based Outpatient Clinic. She was on the LGBT Workgroup at the Federal Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She’s served on the Advisory Board for Women Veterans at the NYC’s Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs since 2012. In 2001 she was elected to public office as a Committeewoman in NJ, and again in 2003. In 2013 she became Associate Director of Adult Services at The LGBT Center in Manhattan where she works today.

Ms. Peck presents on LGBTQIA topics and substance abuse with veterans.

She authored, "When To Surrender: A New Definition for Veterans in Substance Abuse Treatment" the New Social Worker Magazine.

Ms. Peck is an alumni of Silver School of Social Work class of 2005. Received her BASW from Rutgers, and was a fellow at Eagleton Institute of Politics.


Susan Pelosi |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Mary Pender Greene |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. David Peters |
Adjunct Lecturer
Colette Phipps |
Adjunct Lecturer
Andree Pilaro |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Stephen Pimpare |
Visiting Adjunct Associate Professor

Stephen Pimpare is the author of two books and some sixty articles, essays, and reviews about poverty, welfare, and inequality in the United States; his second book, A People's History of Poverty in America, received the Michael Harrington Award from the American Political Science Association for “demonstrating how scholarship can be used in the struggle for a better world.” He has previously served as a program developer and senior manager for organizations addressing issues of poverty and hunger in New York City, work for which he was a co-recipient of the Congressional Hunger Center's Victory Against Hunger Award. In addition to his work in the traditional classroom, Dr. Pimpare has designed and taught online courses for Americorps VISTA. He is currently at work on The Celluloid Poorhouse: 111 Years of Poverty and Homelessness in the Movies and a new textbook on social welfare policy in the U.S.

Dr. Sharon Pinsker LCSW-R, CASAC |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Sharon Pinsker maintains a private practice in Brooklyn.

She is especially interested in the well-being of social workers; her dissertation was on job satisfaction among social workers. She has particular expertise in countertransference, end of life issues, substance abuse, and resilience after trauma.

She earned her BS in Psychology from Brooklyn College, her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work, and will be completing her PhD in Social Work at New York University.


Jessica Platt |
Adjunct Lecturer
Erica Ponteen LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

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.

Donna Pope |
Adjunct Lecturer
Olivia Prud'Homme |
Adjunct Lecturer
Marcos Quinones Voss |
Adjunct Lecturer
Helen Redmond MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
Helen Redmond

Helen teaches an advanced seminar on drug policy from a harm reduction perspective at the Washington Square campus. She is an addictions expert and has over a decade of experience as a therapist working with drug users in medical and community settings. 

Helen is an independent journalist and writes about the War on Drugs, drug treatment, and addiction. She is a drug policy reporter for AlterNet and has published articles on the websites: AlterNet, Al Jazeera, SocialistWorker and Substance. 

Helen is a trainer for the Harm Reduction Coalition in New York City. 

Research and writing interests include: Afghanistan & opium poppy, Portugal & drug decriminalization, the politics of drug treatment, nicotine addiction & electronic cigarettes.


Select Publications:

Heroin track marks are the scars of war in Afghanistan. AlterNet, July 9, 2013, [online],

Portugal and the drug war. Al Jazeera English, November, 2011, [online],

Is alcohol the new short skirt? AlterNet, March 11, 2013, [online],

The deadly toll of drug prohibition: The tragic overdose death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman.SocialistWorker, February 13th, 2014, [online],

Adrienne Resnick LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

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

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

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


Select Publications:

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

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

Doris Rodriguez |
Adjunct Lecturer
Lauren Rotko |
Adjunct Lecturer
Jodi Rubin |
Jodi Rubin

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. In addition to over a decade of work as an LCSW and Certified Eating Disorder Specialist with individuals, families and groups in her private practice, Jodi is a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer and created Destructively Fit, a training that addresses eating disorders within the fitness industry. She is a former director of Day Treatment at The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders, a founding member of Metropolitan Psychotherapy and Family Counseling Practice and serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of Seleni Institute. Jodi is the creator of a curriculum on eating disorders for the Graduate School of Social Work at New York University and has been teaching this course, as well as guest lecturing in the NYU Post-Master’s Program, since 2007. Jodi is a contributor to We Are The Real Deal and actively lectures and teaches students, families and professionals throughout the metropolitan area about the etiology, prevention, treatment, assessment and work with eating disorders.
Jodi is passionate about her work with eating disorders and, through Destructively Fit, she has had the opportunity to merge her love of her work and her love of fitness into something that can affect change. You can contact Jodi for her courses and read more in Jodi's Blog. - See more at:

*photo credit to Keith Barraclough

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Roberta Schiffer |
Adjunct Lecturer
Mary Schiller |
Adjunct Lecturer
Vincent Schiraldi |
Adjunct Lecturer
Maryanne Schretzman |
Adjunct Professor
Susan Jennifer Scully |
Adjunct Lecturer
Benjamin Seaman BFA, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Benjamin Seaman is the founder of Relational Minds, a group psychotherapy practice, and co-founder and Director of Communications of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. Mr. Seaman is also Co-Director of the Rowe Labor Day Retreat for Gay, Bisexual and Questioning Men.

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 is trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Accelerated Dynamic Experiential Psychotherapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy and regardless of population organizes his practice through the lens of Emotional Literacy.

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

Level III Training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, New York  

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

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


Dr. Evan Senreich |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Jama Shelton |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Dore Sheppard |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Joyce Yong Hee Shim |
Adjunct Lecturer
Latoya Small |
Adjunct Lecturer
Amy Smiley |
Adjunct Lecturer
Victor Snyder |
Adjunct Lecturer
Elana G. Spira PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Elana G. Spira 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 clinical psychologist with advanced training in research and behavior management for children with ADHD. 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 and was a recipient of the Stony Brook Graduate Council Fellowship and Stony Brook Presidential Fellowship.


Select Publications:

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

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

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

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

Anthony Stiker LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Tony Stiker, LCSW, CSAT, runs a private psychotherapy practice in the West Village of New York City working with individuals, couples, and groups of people, 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 Codependence and Addiction Interaction Disorder. Tony augments his psychotherapy practice by teaching various Sexual Health classes at the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the annual NASW Addictions Institute in New York City.

He earned his MSW from NYU School of Social Work in 2007, and he maintains affiliations with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH).


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

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

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

Select Publications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Helle Thorning |
Adjunct Clinical Professor
Emmy Tiderington MSW, LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Emmy Tiderington has taught Social Welfare Programs and Policies. She is an activist, instructor and researcher with extensive experience as a direct service provider and clinical supervisor in housing and case management services for individuals with serious mental illness.

Currently, she is a full-time Research Scientist on a National Institute of Health grant and PhD candidate at NYU Silver School of Social Work studying the provision of housing services for individuals recovering from homelessness, mental illness and substance abuse.

Select Publications:

Tiderington, E., Stanhope, V. & Henwood, B. (2013). A qualitative analysis of case managers’ use of harm reduction in practice. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44(1), 71-7.

Padgett, D.K., Smith, B.T., Henwood, B.F. & Tiderington, E. (2012). Life course adversity in the lives of formerly homeless persons with serious mental illness: Context and meaning. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82(3), 421-430.

She earned a BFA in 2002 and an MSW in 2004 from the University of Michigan. She is a recipient of the New York University Graduate Fellowship and the 2013 Silver School of Social Work Social Justice Award.


Russell Tobe |
Adjunct Lecturer
Nancy M. Tricamo |
Adjunct Lecturer
Patricia Tucker LCSW, MSSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Patricia Tucker has taught a mini-course and a summer course on Gestalt psychotherapy as applied to social work practice since 2007. She has also been teaching the Integrative Practice Seminar since 2007.         

She is the former director of training and a current faculty member at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, a four-year postgraduate therapy training program. She is a consultant to the Streetwork Project, a drop-in center for homeless teens in upper Manhattan. She also maintains a private practice in Manhattan with individuals, couples, and groups. She has worked extensively in mental health settings since that time, especially in homeless housing and day treatment programs.   

Patricia brings to NYU her enthusiasm for Gestalt therapy combined with her love of social work and her commitment to bringing a social justice/anti-oppression focus to her work in every arena.         

Patrcia earned her MSSW from Columbia University in 1981, a certificate from Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in 1985, and a certificate from New York Society for Eriksonian Hypnotherapy and Pscyhotherapy in 1995.

Dr. Elena Vairo |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Nancy Wallace |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Michele Greene Weisman PhD, MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Michele Greene Weisman currently maintains a private practice, is a supervisory consultant, and an adjunct professor.           

Dr. Weisman has been teaching in the practice curriculum at the NYU Silver School of Social Work since 1991. Her practice and administrative experience is in the domain of trauma and abuse, with particular expertise in the area of sex offenses. She has worked in agencies and private practice with both victims and offenders and their families since 1986. Dr. Weisman’s dissertation explored Therapist’s Recognition and Management of Countertransference in Work with Sex Offenders.

Her areas of interest reflect a wide scope of clinical subjects. She has published in the area of chronic illness and has led workshops on secondary traumatization, family therapy, working with adolescents, and clinical supervision. Dr. Weisman’s current interest and research is in the systemic aspects of abuse and the role that early intervention can play in the negation and elimination of abuse. She is also studying the impact of cultural issues in clinical supervision.           

She earned her PhD and MSW from New York University Silver School of Social Work.

Caroline L. Werner JD, LCSW, SWC(c) |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

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 Whipple MFA, MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Scott A. Whipple is the former Director of Mental Health and Social Services at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in Manhattan. Currently, he has a private psychotherapy practice in Chelsea. Mr. Whipple is also a teaching assistant for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute.

Scott A. Whipple working extensively with people with HIV/AIDS during the pandemic. His areas of expertise including working with lesbian, gay and bisexual people and with people of transgender experience. For the past 15 years, Mr. Whipple has specialized in working with survivors of trauma including adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. He has presented at the international Male Survivors Conference.

Scott A. Whipple earned his Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Case Western Reserve University where he received the Darrow Theatre Award and was a member of The Actors' Company. He later received a Master of Social Work from New York University where he received the NASW Award for Outstanding Accomplishment as a Student. Mr. Whipple later completed the Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice at NYU. He is certified in Somatic Experiencing and EMDR - two modalities of working with trauma.

Patricia White |
Adjunct Lecturer
Christine Theuma Wilkins MSW, LCSW, PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Christine Theuma Wilkins is a social work manager in palliative care at New York University Langone Medical Center. She is also the domestic violence coordinator for the hospital.        

Her areas of expertise include clinical social work, intimate partner violence, pediatric oncology, palliative care, hospital social work, social group work, and qualitative research. Her PhD dissertation was a qualitative study that centered on men with a history of abuse towards their female partners and explored their understanding of their behavior.

Dr. Theuma Wilkins earned an MSW from University of Toronto in 1998, making it to the Dean's Honor List, and a PhD in clinical social work from New York University in 2011. She was a recipient of a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship in 2000, a graduate assistantship in social work in 2001, an NYU Medical Center Employee Excellence in Leadership Award in 2004, and a Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Award in 2007.

Keshia Williams |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Jill Winner |
Adjunct Lecturer
Matthew Wofsy |
Adjunct Lecturer
Elisa Wong |
Adjunct Lecturer
Suzanne Zakheim |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Michael Zampella |
Adjunct Lecturer
Susan Ziskin |
Adjunct Lecturer