NYU Silver School of Social Work

Two students, one seated on a molded concrete banister and the other standing in a New York University sweatshirt, talking in front of a row of brick townhouses

My NYU education has helped me secure jobs that reward my skills and provide opportunities for growth.

Sally Martir, MSW ’20
Dr. Michael Lindsey seated at a table with an open book talking to two students

Every single professor has been willing to put the extra time into helping me. The support here is amazing.

Daniel Baslock, PhD Student
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In New York City, every block is an opportunity for learning.

Kirk Cooper-Johnson, BS ’17
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Silver's demonstrated commitment to pursuing social justice aligns directly with my experience and efforts.

Solimar Santiago-Warner, DSW ’22

Helping People with Serious Mental Illness Make Meaningful Change

As a clinician in Silver Hill Hospital’s 28-day Transitional Living Program, Jonathan M. Coico provides Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to people with diagnoses ranging from borderline personality disorder to bipolar disorder with co-occurring addiction, who typically arrive in crisis, with their lives in chaos and their relationships derailed due to their unmanaged illness. “I form a quick attachment with them so that they feel secure and anchored in me guiding their therapeutic treatment here,” said Jonathan. “One of the benefits of doing DBT work is that you can actually make some very meaningful changes in a short period of time.”

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Jonathan M. Coico
MSW ’19
Transitional Living Program Clinician, Silver Hill Hospital

Seeking to Expand Mental Health Care in Her Home Country

As an undergraduate psychology student at Nigeria’s Covenant University, Ololade Oketunbi came to see that her fellow citizens accepted mental health professionals little and understood them less. “There is a dearth of mental health professionals in the community, and people don’t trust their work,” she said. With her MSW from NYU Silver under her belt, she is now gaining clinical experience in Washington, DC with the goal of returning to Nigeria with skills and knowledge in mental health care to help bridge the societal divide.

Ololade Oketunbi stands on the sidewalk next to a wrought iron fence bordering a park. She is wearing a long-sleeved light green dress with white polka dots
Ololade Oketunbi
MSW ’22

Facts & Figures

#16
U.S. News & World Report ranking for Best Grad Schools for Social Work
600+
Placement agencies in our network
5
Faculty inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare
93%
MSW grads employed or continuing education six months post-graduation
650K
Hours of service our students provide to vulnerable individuals and families each year
4
Campuses in the U.S. and China
8
Full- and part-time pathways to the MSW
20K+
Alums who have elevated lives

Advancing Social Justice

While earning his degree at Silver, Michael Sanders (front row center), MSW ’19—father, army veteran, and entrepreneur—was the vice president of the NYU Military Alliance, an NYU Social Sector Leadership Diversity Fellow, a Silver Student Leadership Council Fellow, a member of the Students of Color Collective, and one of two students on the School’s Social Justice Praxis Committee. Michael, who is now a Social Service Advocate at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Boston, observed, “Being a social worker means fighting for social justice and never forgetting our responsibility to our clients, to ourselves, and to society as a whole.”

Pioneering Research & Evidence-Based Solutions

The Silver School Faculty is Examining Society’s Pressing Problems.

Optimizing an Intervention to Support COVID-19 Testing in Vulnerable Populations

Among those at highest risk for exposure to COVID-19 is the large population of frontline essential workers in lower status occupations, in which Black and Latino people are overrepresented. These workers, however, experience serious multi-level impediments to COVID-19 testing. As part of the National Institutes of Health’s RADx® initiative, a multidisciplinary research team led by Professor and Associate Dean for Research Marya Gwadz is using an engineering-inspired framework called the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST) to optimize an intervention to increase regular COVID-19 testing for these workers.

Photo of an open COVID-19 self-test on a wooden table with a hand holding the test's swab above the test's solution

Inspiring Young Adults with Mental Health Challenges in to Engage in Care

Professor Michelle R. Munson has made it her mission to help the mental health system better respond to marginalized young adults whose mental health challenges, if left untreated, impede their ability to form relationships, hold jobs, live independently, and function well in society.

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