Susan B. Gerbino

Clinical Professor of Social Work; Coordinator, Westchester Branch Campus; Director, Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care
MSW, PhD; Certificate in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities
(212) 998-5917; (914) 323-6201

Areas of Expertise

Palliative and end-of-life care, bereavement, bioethics, mentorship in social work, relational pedagogy, and narrative medicine


Dr. Susan Gerbino has been with NYU Silver School of Social Work since 1987. She is currently the coordinator of the School’s Westchester Branch Campus; co-director of the dual-degree MSW program in social work and child development with Sarah Lawrence College; and the director of the Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, which includes an MSW student fellowship, a post-master’s certificate for early career social workers, and a leadership fellowship for mid-career social workers.

Dr. Gerbino teaches in the MSW program as well as the Zelda Foster Studies Program. She has a private practice specializing in work with people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and complicated bereavement.

Dr. Gerbino is the co-founder of NASW-Mentorship Program, which provides support and continuing education for recent BSW and MSW graduates. She was the 2005 NASW-NY State Social Worker of the Year for that program and for her work in the wake of September 11.