Alison Aldrich LCSW-R, ACSW

Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work
(212) 998-9190

Areas of Expertise

Harm reduction strategies, disclosure issues in the LGBT and transgender communities, and substance abuse in individuals with HIV and AIDS


Alison Aldrich joined NYU’s Silver School of Social Work as a clinical assistant professor in September 2007. Prior to receiving her MSW at Columbia University School of Social Work, Professor Aldrich was a fine arts photographer in conjunction with the International Center of Photography/NYU Master of Photography Program.

Professor Aldrich’s practice experience for over a decade has been in the field of HIV and AIDS. In this regard, she has worked as a case manager; social work supervisor; family intervention specialist; program manager; and most recently as the assistant director of clinical services at Bailey House, a community-based housing program that provides supportive housing to homeless HIV-positive individuals and families with mental illness and substance abuse histories.

Professor Aldrich is also involved with the Gender Identity Project at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center having co facilitated numerous cycles of support groups for the transgender community, including those that assist trans-partners, trans-couples, and trans-families.

Professor Aldrich’s work within the Office of Field Learning and Community Partnerships at the Silver School of Social for the past four years include developing and facilitating an LGBTQ Focused Learning Opportunity and Seminar and co-facilitating the Substance Abuse and Co Occurring Mental Health Disorder Focused Learning Opportunity and Seminar. Additionally, Professor Aldrich teaches a Seminar in Field Instruction, serves as a faculty advisor for the newly formed Animal Assisted Therapy in Social Work student group and for Pride in Practice, an LGBTQ student organization. She is a member of the OUT Faculty workgroup at the Silver School of Social Work.

Professor Aldrich’s areas of interest include harm reduction strategies, disclosure issues in the LGBT and transgender communities, and substance abuse issues in marginalized communities. Over the past four years, Professor Aldrich has presented workshops at the Gay and Lesbian Affirmative Psychotherapy Trans Symposium on “An Emergent Model of Trans Family Support,” at the Brattleboro Retreat on “Engaging Clients in the LGBT and Transgender Communities,” at Temple University Harrisburg on “The Development of an Emergent Field Learning Opportunity in Substance Abuse,” at the NYS Social Work Education Association Conference on “The Development and Execution of an Emergent Field Opportunity - Social Work Practice with LGBT Populations,” at the Silver School of Social Work Summer Lecture Series on “A Peer Partnered Model of Group Support in the Trans Community,” and at the NASW Addictions Institute on “Engaging Individuals with Substance Abuse Disorders in Non Treatment Settings.”