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Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Theresa Aiello MS, MSW, PhD |
Retired Associate Professor of Social Work

Since retiring from her tenured position, Dr. Theresa Aiello has assumed directing the Post-Master’s Certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice for the continuing education program at NYU Silver.

In conjunction with NYU Silver, Dr. Aiello has continued her research and scholarly trajectory with social work and the arts with children. She has conducted observation of the effects of gardening in an East Harlem school involved with roof top gardening for grammar school children. Dr. Aiello plans to replicate this work in community gardens in the East Village section of Manhattan. She has also observed the effects of learning music on school-age children via the Phil Ramone Orchestra, sponsored by the Salvation Army, and will continue to replicate this study in other children's orchestras. These projects continue her interest in children's narratives of aesthetic development.

Dr. Aiello's interests include the intellectual history of psychoanalysis and clinical social work. Her other interests and areas of focus include: attachment theory and contemporary issues of child and adolescent treatment; psychoanalytic theories; the history of psychoanalytic theory and practice; oral history; social theory; feminist theory; and infant research. In 2000-2001, Dr. Aiello participated in a study group on infant research with Dr. Beatrice Beebe. Dr. Aiello is a participating member of the Oral History Seminar at Columbia University. She was recently elected to the National Academy of Social Work Practitioners and Scholars. In 2011, she was elected to The National Academies of Practice in Social Work as a distinguished practitioner and researcher.

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



Kate Barrow LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kate Barrow is currently the director of alternatives to incarceration at the Red Hook Community Justice Center, a demonstration project of the Center for Court Innovation. She has held multiple roles since joining the Center in 2009. Ms. Barrow is also a founding organizer of the RISE Collective, which facilitated radical social work trainings and conferences in NYC from 2009-2013. She has worked in court and community-based social services for over a decade.

Kate Barrow’s work draws from anti-oppressive & liberation practices, mindfulness techniques, transformational group work, and relational approaches. Her professional areas of expertise include creating and implementing clinical programs for marginalized people, including homeless queer youth, trauma-survivors, trans* sex workers, youth with serious mental illnesses, and systems-involved youth, families, and adults. She has extensive experience with group facilitation, curriculum design, staff development/training, and building anti-oppressive, trauma-informed workplaces. She is the lead clinician developing a new evidence-based brief group intervention for medium and high risk misdemeanant clients at the Center.

Ms. Barrow completed her undergraduate studies at Naropa University in Contemplative Psychology and received her MSW from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU.

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.

Gwen Butler LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Gwen Butler LCSW is a Solution-Focused Psychotherapist specializing in Individual Counseling and Psychotherapy. Passionate about the mental, and sexual health issues of People of Color and Women, Gwen offers the healing and guidance that can only come from the empowerment of personal process.

As an Adjunct Lecturer at New York University Silver School of Social Work as well as Adelphi University on Long Island, Gwen Butler has taken on the ever-important role of teaching the professionals of the future. Gwen further services the Adelphi University community by offering her time in the Student Counseling Center, as well as serving on the Undergraduate Curriculums Committee.

Gwen Butler obtained both her BA in Psychology and a Masters in Social Work at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Currently, she is pursuing a certificate in Sex Therapy and Sexuality Education at the University of Michigan. More info at

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.

Claire Cammarata LCSW, PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Cammarata has worked for the New York City Fire Department’s Counseling Services Unit since 1995. In 2001, following September 11th, Dr. Cammarata was promoted to Clinical Director of CSU

Dr. Cammarata received her M.S.W. from Fordham University in 1994.  She acquired her PhD in Clinical Social Work from New York University (NYU) in 2008.  Her dissertation is titled: “September 11th, 2001 and The Fire Department City of New York (FDNY): A Search for Growth.”  Based on her work, Dr. Cammarata was named a Fahs-Beck Scholar in 2006 and received the NYU Greenstein Award in 2007.

In addition to her position at the FDNY and NYU, Dr. Cammarata has a private practice in Manhattan that serves adults and adolescents.  Dr. Cammarata has provided numerous professional presentations focused on mental health issues among the emergency service population and has several journal publications on this topic. 

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 Ph.D., LCSW |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Dr. Katherine Charlap earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D. at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is an Adjunct Professor at New York University's School of Social Work where she teaches in the School’s Masters Degree and Advanced Certificate Programs in the areas of domestic and family violence practice and policy. In addition to her work at the School, she maintains a full-time private practice. 
In her previous position, as Director of Clinical Services in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Dr. Charlap developed and implemented a comprehensive social service program designed to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sex crimes, and child abuse whose perpetrators were being prosecuted by the agency’s legal staff. She personally wrote and was awarded more than 4 million dollars in federal and state grant monies for the D.A.’s Office Counseling Unit, and she participated as a member of the multidisciplinary team which established the first Felony Domestic Violence Court in the State of New York. 
She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Dissertation Support Grant, as well as a Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Support grant. In addition, she has been awarded the Diane Greenstein memorial fellowship from New York University Silver School of Social Work, and an Influencing State Policy Grant in recognition of her dissertation entitled "Counseling and Advocacy Services for Intimate Abuse Victims: A Study of Recidivism in a Mandatory Prosecution Jurisdiction."

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.

Evelyne Chemouny LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
Evelyne Chemouny

Evelyne currently maintains a Gestalt therapy private practice, started in 2008, after completing a three year program at the Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training. She has fourteen years experience in the field of aging. As a geriatric social worker, she provided intensive case management and counseling to older adults; and later, as Director of Social Services at Greenwich House, she coordinated programs, managed grants, and supervised and trained staff. She was also was Field Instructor to graduate social work student interns from New York University, Columbia and Hunter College from 2004 to 2015. 

Evelyne is interested in the global field of aging and mental health. She earned  her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work (now Silberman) in 2001.

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, Panama, Peru, and Brazil as well as on contract to UNICEF and USAID. She has served on numerous grant review panels for the Maternal and Child Health Branch of the US Department of Health Services. She was in (bilingual) private practice for several years treating individuals and families that had experienced infertility, perinatal loss, or faced other perinatal challenges. She has taught as an Adjunct at several metropolitan area colleges and was a assistant professor at the medical schools of the University of California at Irvine and at San Francisco.

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

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

Cardacia Davis MSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Cardacia M.Davis is the field education coordinator for Social work students at Ramapo College. She also works with Intellectually disable adults, supporting them to have a self directing s/ Person Centered Model. She facilitates learning journeys to help inform agencies, families and individuals both nationally and internationally about the persons Centered approach used by Neighbours Inc. She facilitates groups with adolescents and their families.

Cardacia's area of expertise in is supporting individuals with Intellectually Disabilities as well as family and group work. She received her MSW from New York University in 2012.


Ms. Kalima De Suze |
Adjunct Lecturer
Kara Marie Dean-Assael LMSW |
Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist

Kara has been working with children and families for the past 16 years. She is passionate about helping to create and disseminate programs and practices to improve family mental health. She has worked for the past several years on creating and testing a model to help children and families with behavioral difficulties, called the 4 Rs and 2 Ss for Strengthening Families. She has trained clinicians and supervisors on how to utilize this model with children and families in their clinic settings. She currently works for the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research where she is the Co-Director of the Clinical Education and Innovation Department and the Clinical Leader for the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC). As an innovator, she creates, coordinates, manages, and facilitates various clinical projects both locally and nationally. Two years ago, Kara also co-founded a 501c3 called Fareground Community Cafe, which is a collaborative project with the community of Beacon, NY, where children and families from the entire community can gather to enjoy a healthy meal that functions on a ‘pay what you can’ model.

Her interests are in family mental health, best practices in child outpatient mental health settings, food insecurity in the U.S., and community mental health.

She earned her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2001. She has participated in many trainings and courses to further her education.


Gopalan, G., Franco, L., Dean-Assael, K., McGuire-Schwartz, M., Chacko, A., and McKay, M. (2014). “Statewide Implementation of the 4 Rs and 2 Ss for Strengthening Families”. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work. 11(1-2): 84-96. 
Mercado, M., Beharie, N., and Dean-Assael, K. (2014). “Examining the Association Between Food Insecurity and Children's Educational Outcomes”. Accepted Abstract for Society of Social Work and Research Annual Program Meeting, January 2014, San Antonio, Tx. 
Gopalan, G., Bannon, W., Dean-Assael, K, Fuss, A, Gardner, L, LaBarbera, B., and McKay, M. (2011). “Multiple Family Groups: An Engaging Intervention for Child Welfare Involved Families”. Child Welfare. 90(4): 135–156.


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 is co-founder and the Director of Programs and Adult Services at New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC, a group practice specializing in the integration of creative arts therapies with best practice and evidence-based psychotherapy treatment.

Her area of expertise is in the use of art therapy with high-functioning adults in individual and group psychotherapy and corporate environments. She also specializes in educating social workers and other helping professionals on burnout and vicarious trauma through on-site workshops for community based organizations and on-going therapy groups. She has extensive experience developing and implementing social work-informed art therapy programs in foster care, juvenile justice, and other agency settings. She has received post-graduate training in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and trauma-focused CBT.

Drena received a BA from the University of Florida, an MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in creativity development and art therapy at the Pratt Institute in 2001, and an MSW from NYU in 2006. She is a nationally board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC).

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

Donna Demetri Friedman, LCSW, MA, Ph.D. adjunct Associate Professor is an adult, child, and mother-infant therapist. She is the Deputy Executive Director of RMHA.  She completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Beebe at NYSPI at Columbia University.  Dr. Friedman has taught at the Silver School since 1999 and currently teaches Theories of Attachment and Early Childhood, Practice with Children and Groups.  She is a therapist in the Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001:  A Primary Prevention Project.  Dr. Friedman co-edited a special issue on attachment for The Journal of Clinical Social Work as well as a book entitled Attachment-based Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents. She is on the editorial board of JCSW.  She received the Outstanding Alumna Award for her work in infant mental health in 2009.   Dr. Friedman will complete the three-year Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program, of the Contemporary Freudian and IPTAR analytic institutes, this spring.

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 LCSW, 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 Assistant Professor, Academic Advisor

Dr. Gottlieb is the founder of Talking Changes, an anti-oppression training and bias-awareness consultancy that seeks to create safe learning environments in which maximal knowledge, self-awareness, and insight can be cultivated. Workshops are largely targeted toward clinicians and social service professionals and address issues ranging from self-care to cultural competence. More information can be found at

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's areas of scholarly interest are the role of self-compassion in social work pedagogy and practice; the optimal methods for teaching cultural competence in social work education; structural racism and historical trauma and the role of white-Europeans in reparations to these injustices; and on the construction and validation of a social identity-informed cultural competence scale.  

Dr. Gottlieb earned her MSW from NYU in 1997 and her BA from Brown University in 1993.

Joan Greenberg |
Adjunct Lecturer
Rick Greenberg |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Ronnie Greenberg |
Adjunct Lecturer
Kenneth Griffin |
Adjunct Lecturer
Mariam Habib LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Mariam I. Habib is a clinical social worker, educator, and trainer practicing in New York City. Since 2006, she has worked at the Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, providing trauma therapy and coordinating their internship program. Her practice is focused on working with survivors of sexual abuse and intimate partner violence, with a particular commitment to serving queer, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals. Ms. Habib also has a private practice providing psychotherapy and supervision, and conducts workshops and trainings for service providers and professionals from multiple disciplines.

Mariam has extensive experience working in trauma recovery, secondary stress/trauma stewardship, LGBT concerns, and gender identity and sexuality. Areas of interest include intersectionality, spirituality, immigration experience, and identity development.

Ms. Habib received her MSW from the New York University School of Social Work, and her BA from Barnard College.


Katherine Hammer LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Katherine Hammer is Vice President of Treatment and Recovery Services at ICL, a non-profit organization that provides health care, mental health care, family support, residential assistance, and treatment to almost 10,000 adults, families, and children throughout New York City and Montgomery County, PA. Services are recovery focused and trauma informed. Katherine spent the first 12 years of her career working in the field of domestic and sexual violence. Katherine is committed to training, educating, and providing clinical support to her staff and students interested in trauma and its impact on individuals and the communities in which we live and serve.


Bachelor in Social Work 1991 from University of Texas at Austin 

Masters in Social Work 1995 from Our Lady of the Lake, San Antonio, Texas

Doctoral education from Smith College School of Social Work - degree not completed.

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 14 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector, including senior management, program planning and evaluation, fundraising and development, and direct service. David currently works as the Senior Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Learning at Covenant House International, where he leads strategic efforts to achieve positive outcomes for and with homeless youth by building a federation-wide organizational culture that embraces and implements rigorous performance measurement, continual quality improvement, and program excellence.

Prior to his work at Covenant House, David was the Director of Research and Innovation at The Doe Fund, one of New York's largest homeless service agencies. and a researcher at the UCLA Center for Civil Society, where he co-authored numerous reports on the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. He recently co-authored a book chapter about the respective nonprofit sectors in New York and Los Angeles in: Halle, D. & Beveridge, A. (2013). New York and Los Angeles: An Uncertain Future. New York: Oxford University Press. David has presented research findings to diverse audiences, from San Francisco to Istanbul, among other local and international geographies.

David earned his PhD in Social Welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he also earned his MSW.

Jairo Hoyos |
Adjunct Lecturer

Andrés Hoyos works currently as psychotherapist in private practice, consultant and trainer. Mr. Hoyos has taught as a lecturer professor and faculty advisor at New York University, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City. He currently teaches as an Adjunct Lecturer at New York University in New York City. Mr. Hoyos has provided consulting services for New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - DOHMH, Metropolitan Center for Mental Health, Aldea Counselling Services, New York Pathways and The Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender Community Center among other agencies in NYC.

Andrés Hoyos, has over 25 years of experience in the provision of mental health and social services, with expertise in diverse populations and topics such as LGBT identities/communities, substance abuse, immigration (Psychosocial evaluations for asylum seekers and expert witness in court hearings) trauma/Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Grief & Bereavement and HIV/AIDS among other issues/populations.

Andrés Hoyos earned a Master in Clinical Psychology in his native Medellin, Colombia, and a Master in Social Work from New York University. In 2009, he was one of 21 inaugural candidates of the The 21st Century Fellow Program, selected to participate in a year-long program for people of color managers who worked in LGBT national and international human rights services and advocacy organizations that held grants in the Arcus Foundation, the Gill Foundation and the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund; and was awarded with the Emerging Leader Award by the NASW-NYC chapter in 2011.

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

Dr. Jakubowicz is the Founding Executive Director for the the Center for Human Development (A licensure qualifying psychoanalytic institute) Private Practice.

She works with individuals, couples and children and has supervision and therapy groups in private practice. Supervises, teaches, lectures and does training.


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


Humanitarian Award, 2008, Heed University, College of Psychoanalysis 
NAAP Certified Psychoanalyst 
Certified Group Psychotherapist-International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists 

Candice Jarvis |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Julia Jean-Francois |
Adjunct Lecturer
Calla Cumi Jo LP, LCSW, NCPsyA |
Adjunct Professor
Calla Jo

Calla C. Jo sees people for psychoanalytic psychotherapy in private practice as well as at a clinic which serves Medicaid patients. She has worked running groups for APICHA Community Health Center and is on the faculty of the NYS licensure qualifying psychoanalytic institute Center for Human Development.

Areas of interest include: history of psychology and psychoanalysis, representations of the mentally ill in the media and literature, human development including current neurological research, and social justice issues around race and poverty.

Self financed BA from Yale College in 1988 in English. Graduated from New York University School of Social Work in 2000. Received degree from psychoanalytic institute, Center for Human Development in 2013. A prize winning ballet dancer, Calla taught at the Merce Cunningham Studio in the 1990's, danced with many choreographers and produced her own work as well.


Kevin Todd Kalikow |
Adjunct Lecturer
David Kamnitzer LCSW-R |
Adjunct Associate Professor

David Kamnitzer is a Senior Vice President at ICL, a large behavioral health organization serving adults and children throughout the five boroughs. David oversees programs and residential services aimed towards assisting individuals with serious mental illness reintegrate back into the community. He has been involved in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery for the past twenty five years.

David's areas of interest include working with Young Adults with Mental Illness, Individuals being released from long term incarceration and Staff Wellness. David is very active in a number of committees throughout NYC such as the DOHMH Criminogenic Task Force and serves on the Mayor's HASA Advisory Board.

He earned his MSW from NYU in 1991 and attended the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Association.

Implementation of a Cognitive Rehabilitation Program in an IPRT Setting, Winter 2001, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills

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 couples’ and individual’s psychotherapist in Private Practice in New York City. She is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) and Supervisor and is training and supervising therapists internationally in the EFT model. Judith is one of the founding members of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NYCEFT).

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

Judith is published in the Clinical Social Work Journal. Her article titled “Gender Perspective in Cross-Cultural Couples”, and “Interfaith Couples and EFT – A Case Example of Getting to the Heart of the Matter” published in ICEEFT fall 2013 Newsletter and at EFTA (European Family Therapy Association journal).

She graduated from the NYU Silver School for Social Work, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and the International Trauma Studies Program at NYU. She is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) and Supervisor

Sharmeen Khan 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
Bruce Knotts |
Adjunct Faculty

Bruce Knotts is the Director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, Chair of the UN NGO/DPI Executive Committee, and the UN NGO Committee on Disarmament, the Peace and Security, as well as the Co-Chair UN NGO Committee on Human Rights.

His areas of interest are in Human Rights, especially sexual orientation/gender identity human rights, refugee and migration issues. 


B.A History, Pepperdine University; M.A. Education/TESOL Monterey Institute of International Studies; several courses at the Foreign Service Institute in area studies and diplomatic tradecraft. 

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.

Jacqueline Lefkowitz PhD, MA, MSW, LCSW-R, ACSW |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Over twenty years of experience in health care specializing in chronic illness, particularly hemophilia/hematology-oncology, caregiver issues, bereavement and behavioral health. Child and Adolescent Clinic at Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic. Led groups for substance use and depression, elderly with depression (Payne Whitney Adult Units) and various groups for chronically ill over period of twenty years (NYP-Cornell Medical Center). Research in identity development and maintenance in chronic illness. Worked extensively with children, adults, the elderly and their caregivers.

Lefkowitz, J.M. & McGuinn, C. Disclosure in individuals with hemophilia A and B and other bleeding disorders. (In progress.)    

DiMichele, D.M., Gibb, C.B., Lefkowitz, J.M.; Ni, Q.; Gerber, L.M. & Ganguly (2014). Severe and moderate hemophilia A and B in U.S. females. Haemophilia. 20 (2), e136–e143 
DiMichele, D.M., Gibb, C.B., Lefkowitz, J.M., Ni,Q., Kouides, P.A. & Gerber, L.M. (2007) Females with severe or moderate hemophilia A or B: A US study. Blood. 110 (11), 2146 
Lefkowitz, J.M. (1998). Ensuring educational access for children with hemophilia. (1998). HemAware: A Publication of the National Hemophilia Foundation. 4 (1): 46-50


PhD (2012), MA (Sociology, University Fellowship), BA, (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), New York University 
MSW (1994), Hunter College School of Social Work 
Post Master’s Certificate in Aging and Mental Health (1996), Brookdale Center on Aging, Hunter College School of Social Work


Justin Lerner LICSW, MPA |
PhD Candidate
Justin Lerner

Justin Lerner is a PhD candidate at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.  He has taught social welfare policy with MSW students as well as diversity, racism, oppression, and privilege with BSW students.  He co-facilitated an 8 week intergroup dialogue course focused on gender with undergraduate students.  His research concentrates on health care utilization among transgender people.   He also works as a Residence Hall Assistant Director in the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services at New York University.  He previously served as the LGBTQ Outreach and Engagement Program Director at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center as well as a part-time therapist at So Others Might Eat (SOME).  He was also a Maryland Governor's Policy Fellow in the Maryland Department of Budget and Management.  He is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington, DC.  He holds a BA in Psychology and an MSW from Washington University in Saint Louis as well as an MPA from New York University.

Allen Levine |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Joseph LoGiudice LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
Joseph A. LoGiudice

Joseph A. LoGiudice is Director of The AccessAbility Center/Student Disability Services at The City College of The City University of New York (CUNY). 

His interests and passion are in understanding and advocating for individuals who are marginalized, vulnerable, and stigmatized, while utilizing perspectives from disability studies and intersectionality.

Joseph received his Master of Social Work from NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2008 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Columbia University in 2004. 


LoGiudice, J. (Ed.) (2014). The emerging intersection of sexuality and disability in the profession of social work. Forthcoming special theme issue for the Journal of Sexuality and Disability. 
LoGiudice, J., & Carosone, M. (Eds.) (2013). Our naked lives: Essays from Gay Italian-American men. New York, NY: Bordighera Press.

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 MSW, MBA |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Kelsey Louie is the Chief Executive Officer of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the nation's leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy. He was recently appointed to Governor Cuomo’s Taskforce to End the AIDS Epidemic in NYS by 2020. 
Kelsey previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc., overseeing the agency’s $42M dollar budget and managing operations, administration, finance, development, programs, and healthcare services. 
Kelsey’s rigorous, data-driven management style, sophisticated evaluation processes and commitment to staff development have brought concrete, measurable results to the lives of clients and staff throughout his fourteen-year career in social services at such as New York Foundling, Veritas Therapeutic Community Inc. and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

Kelsey holds an MSW from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Estelle Lumer |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Viktor Lushin |
Adjunct Lecturer
Joseph Madonia LCSW-R, CASAC |
Adjunct Professor

Professor Madonia is currently the Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court where he is responsible for the implementation of policy and planning, oversight of clinical operations, management of federal grants and supervision of staff. He hosts numerous site visits to the court by international dignitaries and local and national visitors. In this role, he also developed and implemented the Brooklyn Diversion, Veterans and DWI courts. Mr. Madonia is currently the chairperson for Brooklyn Treatment Court’s Clinical Advisory Board and the Brooklyn Veterans Stakeholder Board. He also holds several committee memberships including the New York City Drug Treatment Court Regional Work Group and committees for Best Practices on Young Adults and Veterans. In September of 2009 Mr. Madonia was appointed by Governor David Patterson to sit on the New York State Board for Medical Misconduct.

Mr. Madonia is the co-developer of the Brooklyn Treatment Court Training Academy. He has conducted training for drug court practitioners through the New York State Unified Court System and the Center for Court Innovation. He has also conducted numerous workshops at the State and National levels. Mr. Madonia served on the curriculum development team for implementing veteran’s treatment courts in New York State. He is presently a certified facilitator in Moral Reconation Therapy. Mr. Madonia is a lecturer on trauma informed care for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. In addition, he serves as a trainer for the National Drug Court Institute, the National Development and Research Institutes and American University.

He also maintains a part-time private psychotherapy practice in New York City, where he treats adolescents and young adults with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Mr. Madonia has over 25 years’ experience working with the Forensic and Co-Occurring Disorders populations.

Mr. Madonia is a graduate of New York University (NYU), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor.

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
Brenda Bio photo

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 Assistant Professor

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, ABD, PhD Candidate |
Adjunct Faculty

Olivia Mora is dedicated to social justice and working with marginalized populations. Her clinical work has focused on treating trauma in adult Latin American immigrants, those with severe mental illness, substance abuse, and children and youth in residential. Previously, she worked at Valle del Sol (outpatient mental health clinic) and Chrysalis Domestic Violence Shelter in Phoenix, AZ. Since moving to NYC, she has worked for nonprofits providing clinical consultation in the Bronx, as well as clinical services to immigrants, refugees, and gender non-conforming populations. 

Her research interest areas include: mental health of Latin American immigrants, gender based violence, vicarious trauma, children and families, human rights, and social justice. 

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


Prince, J. D., Ansbrow, J., Bennedict, A., DiCostanzo, J., Mora, O., (2016). Making connections: severe mental illness and closeness with other people. Social Work in Mental Health, doi: 10.1080/15332985.2016.1148095 
Probst, B., Harris, D., Pehm, J., Lindquist, R., Mora, O., Hallas, V., & Sandoval, S. (2015). In our voices: A collaborative reflection on teaching and being taught. Qualitative Social Work, doi: 1473325015618772. 

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.


Adjunct Lecturer
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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-R |
Adjunct Lecturer
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Brian Mundy is a therapist in private practice, a clinical trainer and consultant, and an adjunct lecturer at NYU. He is the co-founder of Sound Behavioral Health, whose mission is to support clinicians and service providers with making evidence based practices live and breathe in their work with clients. He is the recipient of the 2012 National Association of Social Workers - NYC Emerging Leader award in recognition of his clinical work with children, adults, and families. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU, is a New York state certified Motivational Interviewing instructor, and has had advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multi-Systems Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. He has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and his co-authored book "Therapy in the Real World" was released to wide acclaim on Guilford Press in July 2013.


Boone, Matthew S., Mundy, Brian, Morrissey-Stahl, Kate, & Genrich, Bethany E. (2015). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Contextualism, and Clinical Social Work. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. (ahead of print), 1-14. 

Boyd-Franklin, N., Cleek, E.N., Wofsy, M., Mundy, B. Therapy in the Real World. (2013). New York: Guilford Press

Elizabeth Murdoch MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Elizabeth Murdoch is the Director of Behavioral Health at Family & Children's Agency in Norwalk, CT., and maintains a private psychotherapy practice for individuals and families, also in Norwalk.

Areas of interest are attachment, trauma, and particularly family therapy.

Graduated from New York University School of Social Work (then the Ehrenkranz School) in 2004. Recipient of the Eleanor Seevak Award for mature students.


Robin Murray |
Adjunct Lecturer
Jamesetta A. Newland PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, DPNAP |
Adjunct Lecturer

Jamesetta A. Newland is a clinical associate professor in the NYU College of Nursing where she teaches in the master's and doctoral programs. She is also a family nurse practitioner in primary care at the College's nurse-managed faculty practice. Related, she is the American Nurses Association primary advisor to the American Medical Association CPT Health Care Professionals Advisory Committee.

Her area of expertise is nurse practitioner education and practice. She has consulted for programs in Botswana, Japan, and Lithuania. Her most recent appointment is associate professor at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and is the editor-in-chief of The Nurse Practitioner journal with Wolters Kluwer Health.

 She earned her PhD from University of Pennsylvania.

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
Dr. Victoria Osborne Ph.D., MSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Osborne is currently adjunct faculty, and consulting on research projects in her field of substance abuse and behavioral healthcare integration in primary care.

Her field of research and clinical interest is substance misuse, with a particular focus on screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) within primary care settings. For the past six years, she has focused on training social work students, nursing students and medical residents to use the skills of motivational interviewing for health behavior change , integrating SBIRT training into their curricula. She has an interest in understanding how these students then apply their learning to their practices, including the challenges and promoting factors related to implementing SBIRT into healthcare settings.

Osborne, V.A., Benner, K., Sprague, D.J., and Cleveland, I. (2013). Simulating real life: enhancing alcohol screening and brief intervention education for social work students. In press, Journal of Social Work Education.

Osborne, V.A., Benner, K., Sprague, D.J., and Cleveland, I. (2013). Simulating real life: enhancing alcohol screening and brief intervention education for social work students. In press, Journal of Social Work Education. 
Osborne, V.A., Benner, K. (2012). Utilizing Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment in Social Work Education: Teaching Prospective Social Work Practitioners to Assess Substance Use. American Journal of Public Health, 102(7), e37-e38. 
Pollio, D.E., North, C.S., Hudson, A.M., Hong, B., Osborne, V.A., McClendon, J.B. (2012) Psychoeducation responsive to families: two decades of development and translation of a multifamily group model. Psychiatric Annals, 42(6), 228-35.

Dr. Joshua M. Paiz Ph.D. |

Joshua M. Paiz is a language lecturer in NYU Shanghai's writing program.

His research interests include: second language writing, online writing instruction, professional identity in applied linguistics, and LGBT issues in TESOL. His work as appeared in the "Journal of Second Language Writing", "The Journal of Language and Sexuality", and the "Asian EFL Journal". 

He earned his Ph.D. In English - Teaching English as a Second Language from Purdue University in 2015. He also holds an M.A. in English as a Second Language and a Certification in the Teaching of Writing from the University of Toledo, granted in 2011.


Paiz, J.M. (2017, March). Uses of and Attitudes towards OWLs as L2 Writing Support Tools. To appear in the Asian EFL Journal. 

Paiz, J.M. (2015). Over the monochrome rainbow: Heteronormativity in ESL reading texts and textbooks, an exploratory study. Journal of Language and Sexuality, 4(1), 78-102. 
Paiz, J.M. (2014). Review of C. Charlton, et al. (2011). GenAdmin: Theorizing WPA Identities in the 21st Century. Journal of Second Language Writing, 23(1), 93-95. 
Silva, T., & Paiz, J.M. (2012a-2015b). Selected bibliography of recent scholarship in second language writing. Journal of Second Language Writing, 21(3)-29.



Dwight Panozzo MSW, PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

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

He is interested in Countertransferential effects of the therapist sharing their belief system with clients

Dr. Panozzo earned his MSW from Hunter College in 1990, his Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the NJ Center for Modern Psychoanalysis in 2000, and his PhD from New York University in 2011.

Select Publications:

Advocating for an end to reparative therapy: Methodological grounding and blueprint for change. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 25(3):362-377, 2013. 

Child care responsibility in gay male parented families: 
Predictive and correlative factors. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 11:248–277, 2015. 
Lessons from Reparative Therapy Applied to Post Abortion Grief Counseling. Journal of Homosexuality (in press, online now, DOI:10.1080/00918369.2015.1112194).

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.         

Dr. Yeddi Park Ph.D., LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Yeddi Park has been in social work practice for the past 15 years after receiving her MSW from the University of Michigan. She has diverse practice experiences that include working with chronically mentally ill persons, refugees and immigrants, the elderly, and children and adolescents in public schools.

Her research interests include intergenerational issues in immigrant families, adolescent mental health, and health service utilization and access to care among immigrants. She has participated in numerous research projects and community educational programs for Asian American communities in New York and New Jersey.

She received her Ph.D. from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.

Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D.A., Molinari, V., Roh, S., Park, Y., Kwon, S., Cha, H. (2013). Telecounseling for the linguistically isolated: A pilot study with older Korean immigrants. Gerontologist, 54(2), 290-296. 
Park, S., Cho, S., Park, Y., Bernstein, K.S., & Shin, J.K. (2013). Factors Associated with Mental Health Service Utilization Among Korean Americans. Community Mental Health Journal, 49(6), 765-773.

So-Young Park MSW, MPH, PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer
Gary Parker MSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
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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
Allison Ross PhD., LCSW |
Adjunct Professor

Allison R. Ross is the Deputy Clinical Director at Sanctuary for Families, an organization that provides comprehensive services to domestic violence and sex trafficking survivors and their children.

Her area of interest is in intimate partner/domestic violence and its impact on women and children. Also, developing social interventions and prevention programs to benefit survivors of domestic violence.

She earned her MSW degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, and a doctorate degree (PhD) in Social Work from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services.

Ross, A.R., (2012). "Impact of Psychoeducational Advocacy Training as Compared to Psychoeducational Support Group as an Empowering Tool for Female Survivors of Domestic Violence." Fordham University. 
Ross, A. & Barker, K. (March 8, 2002). “Gender, clothing and cell phones: Observers’ first impressions of power in older African Americans.” The 73rd Annual Meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Poster Presentation.


Lauren Rotko |
Adjunct Lecturer
Jodi Rubin ACSW, LCSW, CEDS |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Jodi Rubin

Jodi Rubin has a full-time practice in downtown Manhattan. Her expertise is in eating disorders, women's issues and infertility. Additionally, Jodi serves on the Clinical Advisory Board of Seleni Institute. She is the creator of a curriculum on eating disorders for the Graduate School of Social Work at New York University and has taught this class ever since. Jodi also created the Destructively Fit training, addressing eating disorders within the world of fitness.

Jodi graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from SUNY at New Paltz and earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University.

Meredith Ruden LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Meredith Ruden is a Social Work Program Coordinator at Mt. Sinai Hospital, as part of the Ruttenberg Treatment Center for people with cancer.

Her area of expertise is in hospital social work, specializing in cancer care, cognitive behavioral interventions and palliative care.

She earned her MSW from New York University's Silver School of Social Work in 2009 and was a recipient of the Zelda Foster Palliative and End-Of-Life Care and Memorial Sloan-Kettering fellowships. She is a doctoral candidate in NYU's DSW program.


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

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

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

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

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
Sook Yee Yeung LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Sook Yee Yeung, LCSW has worked at Charles B. Wang Community Health Center (CBWCHC) since 2008. CBWCHC is a non-for-profit, federally funded, community health center aimed at eliminating disparities in health, improve health status, and expand access to the medically under-served with a focus on Asian Americans. Sook Yee has held multiple titles since joining the organization. Her current position is the Clinical Social Work Supervisor at the Mental Health Bridge Program of CBWCHC. Her clinical experience spans from working with children ages 5 and beyond.

Sook Yee's interests include providing psychotherapy and mental health education to people of the Asian immigrant and Asian-American populations. She also enjoys providing supervision to MSW students and newly licensed social workers.

Sook Yee earned her joint BA/MSW from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2007.

Suzanne Zakheim PhD |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Zakheim is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her areas of expertise and interest include domestic violence, Healing Circles using restorative practices, cultural sensitivity training and working with criminal justice system to assist those dealing with domestic violence.

Dr. Zakheim holds a PhD in Social Work from the NYU Silver School of Social Work, Post Masters Degree from Hunter College, MSW from Yeshiva University and a BA in Psychology and Accounting from Brooklyn College.

Michael Zampella |
Adjunct Lecturer
Susan Ziskin |
Adjunct Lecturer