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Diane Grodney
Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work
(212) 998-5918

Areas of Expertise

Diversity and social justice, ethics in clinical practice, HIV/AIDS, bereavement, and substance use, group work, curriculum development.


Dr. Diane Grodney joined the NYU Silver School of Social Work in 1984. She served as associate director of field work for the first 17 years with the School.

For the past 10 years, she has been a clinical associate professor specializing in curriculum development and teaching professional foundation courses, including: Practice I and II; Human Behavior in the Social Environment I and II; Clinical Practice with Groups; and Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege. She has also taught the Integrative Seminar, including an online seminar for several years; the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI); and several other advanced seminars to field instructors. In 2013, Dr. Grodney will be teaching an advanced SIFI called Beyond 'Cultural Competence:' Engaging With Students Toward Developing Critical and Anti-Oppressive Practice. Dr. Grodney is also an advisor for advanced concentration students.

Dr. Grodney is the coordinator of the Clinical Practice with Groups course and, along with Dr. Robert Hawkins, leads the Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege course. She is currently co-chair of the Social Justice and Diversity Committee and serves on the Executive Committee of the Faculty, Curriculum Committee, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning Program Committee, and Academic Review Committee.

In 2009, Dr. Grodney presented at the Council on Social Work Education's Annual Program Meeting on “A New Experiential Method for Teaching Group Work Practice.”

Dr. Grodney's dissertation was on ethics in clinical practice, which remains a strong area of interest. She has an extensive work history in working with people affected by HIV/AIDS, bereavement, and substance abusers, and maintains a private practice in Manhattan and New Jersey. Her practice includes clients from a wide range of backgrounds who are facing multiple life challenges.