Alumni in the News

Leah Warwick, MSW '17, Profiled in CNBC Millennial Money Series

Warwick, who makes $70,000 working for the city as a social worker on Rikers Island, spoke about how she earns, spends, saves, and gives away her money, and the values that inform those decisions.

Ruthie Kalai, MSW '03, Addresses Destigmatizing Mental Illness

As part of Thrive Global's Mental Health Champions series, Kalai speaks about her efforts to destigmatize mental illness during her 15 years as a school counselor and now in her private practice with adults in their 20s and 30s.

Laura Stein, MSW '18, Profiled in The Times of Israel

After completing cantorial studies at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion, Stein pursued her MSW at NYU. She explained, "I felt the need to dive in a little deeper to connect with people...I felt a calling a little beyond the synagogue." She is now both a full-time social worker at The Mount Sinai Hospital Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery and a cantor at the Free Synagogue of Flushing.

Lori S. Wiener, MSW '79, PhD '88, Receives NIH Director's Award

Dr. Wiener, who is co-director of the Behavioral Health Core and head of the Psychosocial Support and Research Program at the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the National Cancer Institute, as well as co-founder and trustee of The Children's Inn at NIH, received the 2018 Alan S. Rabson Award for Clinical Care from NIH Director Dr. Ned Sharpless.

Kelsey Louie, MSW '01, Profiled in Crain's New York Business

As CEO of the AIDS services organization GMHC, Louie has overseen the addition of programs, the acquisition of a research organization, and a move to offices that he says will be more accessible to the 13,000 diverse clients the nonprofit serves annually.

Adina Lichtman, BS '16/MSW '17, Named to The New York Jewish Week's 36 Under 36 2018

Lichtman was honored for her work humanizing the homeless through her organization Knock Knock Give A Sock, which she started as a student at NYU Silver.

Damon Scott, MSW '95, Named DeKalb County, GA Director of Human Services

Scott, a human services executive with more than 24 years of experience, will oversee the Human Services department and its 31 employees who address many quality-of-life needs of DeKalb’s more than 700,000 citizens.

Tom Gordon, MSW '15, shares his journey from oil trader to social worker

On the Financial Times' AlphaChat podcast, Tom Gordon, MSW '15, discussed how he went from being a successful trader on the New York Mercantile Exchange to deciding to pursue his MSW at NYU Silver to becoming a counselor working with young people at an addiction treatment center in upstate New York.

Alyssa Petersel, MSW '17, on Five Ways to Keep Your Calm in Entrepreneurship

Alyssa Petersel and Lauren Knapp, both MSW '17, comprised one of 10 teams chosen for NYU Entrepreneurial Institute's 2017 Summer Launchpad Accelerator to help launch their wellbeing venture. More than halfway through the program, Petersel shared self-care advice for fellow entrepreneurs.

Peter M. Cohen, MSW '85, is named Interim President of CUNY Kingsborough Community College

The City University of New York named Peter M. Cohen as interim president of Kingsborough Community College following the recent announcement that Farley Herzek, the president since 2014, is retiring.

Jama Shelton, MSW '04, shares thoughts on AIDS, gender expression

Jama Shelton, MSW '04, was one of eight LGBTQ people across generations asked by the New York Times to reflect on HIV, marriage and other issues affecting the community.

Imani Henry, MSW '13, Launches Campaign against Gentrification in Brooklyn

SAVE your self-ie. A Brooklyn-based activist’s campaign against gentrification has inspired people across the world to post pictures of themselves in their changing neighborhoods.

Jessica Mason, BS '10, Writes about Social Media Offenses for the London School of Economics' Blog

The House of Lords Communications Committee has been hearing oral evidence in its inquiry into social media offenses.

Jacob Berelowitz, MSW '09, Honored as a Queens Rising Star

Just days before the Oscars, Queens was home to its own awards ceremony. Top young professionals from around the borough shined at The Queens Courier’s 2014 Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event.

Connie Silver, BS '78, MSW '79, Featured in the South Florida Sun Sentinel

She's an artist, teacher-therapist and giver who donates all proceeds from the sale of her art to charity. She's the opposite of the "greed-is-good" poison.

Programming under NYC Probation Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi, MSW '83, Highlighted in The New York Times

One recent hot Friday evening, 15 young men and women on probation filed into an unfurnished room in a former school in central Harlem, awaiting some kind of news. Probation officers set up fans and passed out drinks and chips.

Childcare Service Founded by Amanda Raposo, BS '11, is Featured in the New York Post

As the sun sets on a Saturday evening, downtown Manhattanites are just getting started on their plans for the evening — and so are their toddlers.

Read a New York Daily News Column Highlighting the Success of Talk Therapy TV (Founded by Jacob Berelowitz, MSW '09) and Its Need for Funding

By any measure Jacob Berelowitz’s show, “Talk Therapy TV,” is a runaway hit. Begun as a special in late 2009, the show went weekly by the summer of 2010 and is now seen on five local cable systems with a total potential viewership of over 1.6 million households and is in discussions to add a fifth in Albany.

Read about Jacob Berelowitz, MSW '09, and Talk Therapy TV's Newest Initiative to Spread Awareness of Mental Health Issues

A Queens duo is doing their part to make borough shoppers more savvy about mental health issues - one fact at a time. Jacob Berelowitz and Ralph Gonzalez - founders of public TV show "Talk Therapy Television" - have started printing mental health "Quick Facts" on the back of grocery store receipts at 10 grocery stores in Queens and Long Island.

"Talk Therapy Television" Hosts a Behavioral Health Recognition Month Celebration at the Intrepid Museum

"Talk Therapy Television" hosted a celebration of Behavioral Health Recognition Month in October at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. "Talk Therapy Television" was co-founded by Jacob Berelowitz, MSW '09, who serves as the program's host and executive director. Silver School Dean Lynn Videka was featured as one of the speakers at the October 9 event.

"She sees light in health reform tunnel," Hartford Business, May 30, 2011

Jeannette DeJesús, MSW '95, the deputy commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the special advisor to the governor on health care reform, discusses the impact of the new federal health care reform on Connecticut.

Sarah Brokaw, MSW ’98, Discuss Her New Book, Fortytude

Watch her interview on NBC's Today Show and read an article that appeared in USA Today.