Our Faculty

PhD Program Faculty Committee

The NYU Silver PhD Program has a distinguished faculty committee with diverse research programs from developing evidence-informed clinical interventions to addressing poverty and inequality.

Victoria Stanhope, PhD, MSW
Associate Professor of Social Work; Director, PhD Program

Areas of Expertise: Mental health services, recovery, person-centered care, case management, primary and behavioral healthcare integration, and mental health policy


Suzanne England, PhD, MSW
Professor of Social Work

Areas of Expertise: Aging; dementia; memory; policy narrative; social media in social work; and leadership and practical ethics in nonprofits


Marya Gwadz, PhD, MA
Professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for Research

Areas of Expertise: Social/behavioral interventions to improve health equity; culturally appropriate interventions; the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST); adaptive intervention designs; reducing disparities in HIV incidence, prevalence, and health outcomes; poverty


Jennifer Manuel, PhD

Areas of Expertise: Co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, integrated behavioral health systems and services, services and intervention research, and implementation research 


Rohini Pahwa, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Areas of Expertise: Serious mental illness; mental health services; cross-cultural and cross-national research; community integration; stigma; health vulnerabilities in people with serious mental illness; social network analysis; and quantitative and mixed methods


Ramesh Raghavan, PhD

Areas of Expertise: Mental health services research,Medicaid policy, child welfare

S. Lala Straussner, PhD, LCSW
Professor of Social Work; Director, Post-Master’s Certificate Program in the Clinical Approaches to Addictions; Founding Editor, Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

Areas of Expertise: Substance abuse; mass violence and trauma; mental health, international social work; occupational social work/employee assistance programs, women’s issues, family dynamics, and social work education