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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
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Brenda Mamber is the Director of Program Services for VNSNY Hospice.

Karen Manasse MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Karen Manasse teaches second-year practice courses at the Silver School of Social Work.  She also provides clinical supervision to social workers and consultation on program development to administrators at Harlem RBI and East Harlem Tutorial Program.

She also worked at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, where she supervised social work staff, and at Safe Horizon, where she was the director of the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment Services (CATS) program.    

Karen has expertise in working with children who have experienced trauma, and she provides individual supervision, group supervision, and ongoing training to social workers in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also has extensive experience in school social work, both in direct service and supervision of school social workers.

She received her BA in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSW from NYU, where she was the recipient of the Key Pin Award for scholarship and leadership.

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

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

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

Dr. Mathew earned a BSW from Dominican College and an MSW and a PhD from New York University School of Social Work. 

Dr. Mathew is the recipient of the 2004 Greenstein Fellowship Dissertation Award. She also received an Alumni Service Award for her health advocacy writing from the Dominican College Alumni Association in 2012.

Select Publications:

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


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

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

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

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

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

Select Publications:

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

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

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

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

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 such as Wediko Children Services providing clinical consultation and supervision to students and staff in the Bronx and Harlem area.

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

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

Ansbrow, J., Bennedict, A., DiCostanzo, J., Mora, O., Schonebaum, A., Prince, J.D. Making connections: severe mental illness and closeness with other people. Social Work in Mental Health, in press.

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Brian Mundy LCSW-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

Robin Murray |
Adjunct Lecturer