Student and Alumni Milestones and Accomplishments

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Since beginning our DSW program in fall 2018, Stuyvesant High School Social Worker Jessica Chock-Goldman, LCSW, MSW '12, has expanded her expertise in adolescent suicide prevention and intervention and has been invited to presented at some of the field’s most prestigious conferences, including the National Association of School Social Workers conference in March 2020, and the American Association of Suicidology conference in April 2020.


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Dr. Green was awarded the National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter’s Social Work I.M.P.A.C.T. Award chapter’s highest honor, which is presented to a social worker who “exemplifies the commitment to social justice, equity, empowerment, and civil rights, through their work, research, advocacy, practice, embodiment of the social work profession, and their dedication to the communities and individuals they serve.”


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Meredith Ruden, DSW '18 

Upon earning her DSW in May 2018, Dr. Ruden founded The Feather Foundation, which provides online emotional, financial, and practical support for parents with cancer. Dr. Ruden also earned her MSW at NYU Silver in 2009 and was a MSW Fellow in our Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care.


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Gitanjali Thadhani, DSW '18

At the NYC Administration for Children's Services' 2018 Distinguished Service Awards, Dr. Thadhani 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.


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Diana Franco, DSW '18

Dr. Franco 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.


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Nancy Murakami, DSW '19

Dr. Murakami 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. 


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Kara Dean-Assael, DSW '20

Dean-Assael 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

Dr. Fuld 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

In 2017 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

Costley 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.


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

Lemen 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

Morgan-Mullane'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" »


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Gitanjali  Thadhani, DSW '18

Thadani 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 »