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Diane Mirabito
Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work
(212) 992-9732

Areas of Expertise

Social work practice in schools; clinical practice and program development with adolescents, parents, and families; practice with families and groups; crisis intervention and short-term treatment; and supervision/field instruction.


Dr. Diane Mirabito, who joined the faculty at the NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2000, is clinical associate professor and director of a Post-Master’s Program in Clinical Practice with Adolescents. She has a Doctorate in Social Work from the City University of New York, Hunter College School of Social Work, an MA in social work from the University of Chicago, and a BA in social work and psychology from Syracuse University. Dr. Mirabito’s professional career in social work includes extensive experience in clinical practice; supervision to social work staff and students; and the development of programs and collaborative partnerships within and between school, hospital, and community-based youth development agency settings. She has extensive experience in field education as both a field instructor and advisor and in the development and implementation of social work training programs in school, agency, and hospital settings.

Dr. Mirabito’s areas of expertise in practice, teaching, and scholarship include clinical practice and program development with adolescents and their families, social work practice in schools, crisis intervention and short-term treatment, and field instruction. She teaches practice courses to MSW students, the Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) to field instructors, and a seminar on teaching for new adjunct instructors. Practice courses she teaches in the MSW program include: Professional Foundation, Clinical Practice with Groups, Social Work Practice with Adolescents in Schools, Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families, and Crisis Intervention and Short-Term Treatment. In addition to teaching, Dr. Mirabito coordinates a focused learning advisement program (FLO), Social Work Practice with Adolescents in Schools. Dr. Mirabito has participated on University committees, including the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development Partnership for Teacher Excellence Planning Committee and the NYU Health Advisory and Mental Health/Substance Abuse committees. In collaboration with the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development Metro Center and NYU Health Services, she received a grant that supported field-based social work training and the development of training curricula for interdisciplinary practice between social workers and teachers in public schools. She also co-taught a course on social work practice in schools to both social work and education students.  

Her research and publications focus on health and mental health issues of urban adolescents, adolescent treatment termination, practice-based research, and teaching crisis intervention skills to social work students.