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. 

Wen-Jui Han, PhD, MSW
Professor of Social Work and Director, PhD Program; Global Public Health Affiliate Faculty

Areas of Expertise: Poverty and inequality; children’s health - cognitive, socioemotional, and well-being; children of immigrants; child and family policy; parental employment; demography; and policy analysis.

Jeane Anastas, PhD, LMSW, ACSW
Professor of Social Work

Areas of Expertise: Women's issues, GLBT rights, epistemology and social work science, social work education, and practice research


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

Deborah K. Padgett, PhD, MPH
Professor of Social Work and Global Public Health; McSilver Faculty Fellow; Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine

Areas of Expertise:Homeless adults with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders; qualitative and mixed methods; mental health services research; and cancer prevention and control

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

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