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Student and Alumni Milestones and Accomplishments

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Gitanjali Thadhani, DSW '18

At the NYC Administration for Children's Services' 2018 Distinguished Service Awards, Gita received both the Professional Excellence Award in recognition of her exemplary leadership, creativity, innovation, and problem solving in her role as Director of the Mental Health Coordination Unit, Office of Child and Family Health, as well as a Commissioner's Collaboration Award for her extraordinary teamwork as a member of the agency's Foster Care Task Force.


 


Diana Franco

 

Diana Franco, DSW '18

Diana was selected to receive the César Chávez / Clara Hale Community Outreach Award at the 2018 Nia Awards hosted by the NYU Center for Multicultural Education and Programs to recognize NYU students, faculty, staff and alumni for their efforts to promote social justice at NYU and beyond. The Chávez / Hale award recognizes a student for supporting the local, national and/or international community through service, programming, and/or advocacy.


 


Nancy Murakami

 

Nancy Murakami, DSW '19

Nancy received NYU Silver's 2017-18 Global Social Work Award, which honors members of the student body who reflect the character, values, and ideals of the Global Network University. Awardees demonstrate a commitment to sharing knowledge, information, and understanding across boarders; promoting diversity and social justice; and engaging in international scholarship and practice whether at home or abroad. 


 


Kara Dean-Assael

Kara Dean-Assael, DSW '20

Kara received the Mid-Career Exemplary Leader Award at the National Association of Social Workers New York City Chapter’s (NASW-NYC) 11th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner on December 7, 2017. The event honored outstanding social workers across the generations who have "demonstrated outstanding leadership, expertise and dedication to the profession and to the improvement of social and human conditions in New York City."

 


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Samantha Fuld, DSW '18

Samantha received the Dean's Teaching Award for Fall 2017 from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she is a member of the adjunct faculty. 


 


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Nancy Murakami, DSW '19

The International Association for Social Work with Groups endorsed DSW student Nancy Murakami’s proposed Refugee Transit Camp Psychosocial Support Group project and awarded her funding from its small grant SPARC Program to launch the project at the Nyakabande Transit Camp in Nyakabande, Uganda. Learn more »


 


Jeanine Costley

 

Jeanine Costley, DSW '18

Jeanine has been promoted to Vice President of Transitional Services at ICL where she provides oversight for five programs, including homeless Veterans, at-risk homeless clients, and the single women's shelter. Learn more about ICL »


 


Efrat Fridman

 

Efrat Fridman, DSW '18

Efrat Fridman has contributed to the newest edition of Children in the Urban Environment: Linking Social Policy and Clinical Practice, by N.K. Phillips and Silver School Professor Dr. S. Lala Straussner. Efrat co-authored the chapter titled "Substance Use by Urban Children" with Dr. Straussner.
 

 


Lena Green

LENA GREEN, MSW '01, DSW '18

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) - New York City Chapter has honored Lena Green with its Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work Award for her outstanding leadership, expertise, and dedication to the profession in New York City. Former Silver School Dean and Professor Lynn Videka and Director of the Silver School DSW Program Carol Tosone nominated Ms. Green for this distinction noting, "Ms. Green embodies all of the exceptional qualities associated with NASW leadership recipients. She consistently demonstrates these attributes in professional and academic settings." READ MORE »

Lena Green is currently serving her second term as board member for the New York State NAACP, as a member of the executive board. From 2014-2016 she was chair of their Black History Month Committee, and for the past 3 years she served on the Women's History Committee.
 


David Katzenstein

 


David Katzenstein, DSW '18

David Katzenstein has contributed to the newest edition of the Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, DOI: 10.1080/10538712.2017.1336505, as a co-author of the article "Twice Silenced: The Underreporting of Child Sexual Abuse in Orthodox Jewish Communities" with Lisa Aronson Fontes.



 


Steven Kuchuck

Steven Kuchuck, DSW '18

Steven Kuchuck was appointed President-elect of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP) for the 2017 term, and will become President in January 2018. This is the first time a social worker has been chosen for this position.
 

In addition, for the second straight year in 2016, Steven won a Gradiva Award, this time in the category of Best Edited Book for The Legacy of Sandor Ferenczi: From Ghost to Ancestor, co-edited with Adrienne Harris. Steve also won the 2015 Award for his book Clinical Implications of the Psychoanalyst's Life Experience: When the Personal Becomes Professional.

The Gradiva Awards are presented annually by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NAAP) for the best published, produced, or publicly exhibited works that advance psychoanalysis.

Steve is a member of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies (NIP) Board of Directors; editor in chief of NIP's journal Psychoanalytic Perspectives; co-director of curriculum, supervisor, and adviser for NIP's Adult Training Program in Psychoanalysis & Comprehensive Psychotherapy; and instructor for the National Training Program in Contemporary Psychoanalysis.

Steve also authored an op-ed on Disaster Zone Therapy that appeared in The New York Times Opinionator blog.

 


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Amy Lemen, DSW '19

Amy has been promoted to the faculty of NYU School of Medicine. She is now a Research Assistant Professor of Neurology and Medicine. Learn more about NYU School of Medicine »



 


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Anna Morgan-Mullane, DSW '18

Anna's dedicated work as vice president of mental health services at Children of Promise has been recognized in a BBC article where she was quoted: "Saving Black Children from Suicide" http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30182225 »


 


Meredith Rudin

Meredith Ruden, DSW '18 

Meredith will be teaching at both the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is currently developing a new mini course for NYU Silver on spiritually integrated clinical practice, which will incorporate assessment of spiritual issues to standard intake and propose strategies that address spiritual distress in the context of healthcare setting and coping with physical illness. She will be teaching clinical case evaluation at Columbia in the fall.


 


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Gitanjali  Thadhani, DSW '18

Gita has received a New Writer’s Fellowship from the Family Process Institute. The New Writer’s Fellowship supports the development of new scholars who will advance systemic theory, research, and practice grounded in a commitment to social justice. Ten fellows are selected to participate in a full-day writing workshop taught by Dr. Evan Imber-Black, former editor of Family Process and a well-published author. The purpose of the workshop is to help participants shape a developing manuscript for submission to Family Process or other journals. Participants will receive both individual feedback on their work from Dr. Imber-Black and small group consultation. Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet the Family Process Institute Board of Directors. Learn more about the Family Process Institute »