NYU Silver School of Social Work

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

Sally Martir, MSW ’20
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I am very proud to be a social worker. When we show up, things get better because we know how to work with individuals, families and systems.

Dr. Michael A. Lindsey, Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor
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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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I leave each class knowing that we are well-equipped to go into the world and make a serious impact.

Abiola Brooks, BS ’24
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Silver’s demonstrated commitment to pursuing social justice aligns directly with my experience and efforts.

Solimar Santiago-Warner, DSW ’22
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We remain committed to providing a world-class education that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

Taking His Work With Fellow Veterans Personally

A disappointing experience with a civilian VA social worker when he was just out of the U.S. Marine Corps motivated Mohamed Hassan to pursue his MSW and serve fellow veterans himself. Now he’s a social worker at one of the country’s largest VA medical centers where he helps homeless and housing insecure veterans find and keep permanent housing.

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Mohamed Hassan
MSW ’22
Social Worker, Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Facts & Figures

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

Finding Her Path in Social Work and Fulfilling Her Professional Dream

Cristina Favaro always had a passion for working with children, especially during their early years, but her path to doing so was anything but linear. Fortunately, she found her calling in social work. Now, as an NYU Silver MSW graduate, she is in the inaugural cohort of The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services’ Social Work Residency, where she works with babies, toddlers, and young children with behavioral, developmental, and emotional difficulties.

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Cristina Favaro
MSW ’23
Social Work Resident, Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services

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.

Developing Culturally Specific Interventions to Assist Youth of Color in Crisis

Researchers at NYU Silver were among the first to identify an alarming rise in suicide deaths, attempts and thoughts among Black and Brown young people. Now they are partnering with colleagues across NYU and beyond to unravel the mystery of why suicide is rising among youth of color and to develop effective, culturally specific interventions.

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Leading a Federally Funded Partnership to Prevent Child Maltreatment

Being trauma-informed helps child welfare service providers to better address the consequences of child maltreatment, and with a 5-year, $2.6 million federal grant, NYU Silver Assistant Professor Kathrine Sullivan is spearheading a partnership with the New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services and NYU Grossman School of Medicine that will expand this expertise in NYC. In addition to funding the training of existing child welfare providers, the grant will also enable the establishment of the CHAMP Institute at NYU Silver to provide specialized training to 10 MSW students each year in trauma-informed care in order to prevent child maltreatment.

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Harnessing Virtual Reality & AI to Prepare MSW Students for Clinical Practice

With a grant from our Constance and Martin Silver Center on Data Science and Social Equity, Drs. Nicholas Lanzieri and Anne Dempsey are partnering with colleagues from NYU Tandon School of Engineering and NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development to develop and test an AI-powered, virtual reality simulation template that is designed specifically to enable students to gain and apply social work skills.

Still image from a current virtual reality simulation on which the VR template will improved. It shows a busy Grand Street Subway station with people coming and going from a train to the left of the platform and stairs to the right. A pop up map of Lower Manhattan with a pin on the Grand Street subway stop is on the left and VR directional icons are overlaid on the bottom. Text below reads "A VR template in development will improve upon current simulation-based learning experiences, such as the one shown above."
NYU Silver Professor Michelle Munson is part of a $4.3M federally funded research and training center focused on young adult mental health.
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Silver News
The Abu Dhabi Family Care Authority is partnering with NYU Silver School of Social Work to launch a Case Management Professional Development Program.
Dean Lindsey stands with HE Dr Mugheer Al Khaili and Family Care Authority Director HE Dr. Bushra Al Mulla in front of a step and repeat banner with the NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Silver, and FCA logos. NYU Abu Dhabi Provost Arlie Petters is seated at a table with HE Asma Sulaiman Alazri signing documents
In the Media
A study by NYU Silver’s Dr. Katherine Compitus suggests that cows involved in animal-assisted therapy prefer working with women vs. men.
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