Faculty Experts

Collage of 24 Silver faculty expert headshots in three rows

Scholars, researchers and subject matter experts at the NYU Silver School of Social Work are available for media interviews. Please contact us at silver.communications@nyu.edu with any media inquiries for the faculty members listed below, and view our News page to see how their insights are being covered.

Briana Barocas headshotBriana Barocas, PhD, MS, BS

Research Professor; Senior Director of Research and Scholarship, Center on Violence and Recovery

Areas of Expertise: Trauma, resiliency, and recovery; gender relations; occupational health and safety; restorative justice; world of work; work-family balance

Briana Barocas is a Research Professor at NYU Silver and serves as the Senior Director of Research and Scholarship at the Center on Violence and Recovery.  Dr. Barocas has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the Stern School of Business and the Silver School. Her interests in trauma, resiliency, and recovery have led to research on first responders, individuals and families affected by domestic violence, and survivors of 9/11. Additional research interests include gender relations and the world of work. She has two decades of experience in restorative justice applications to domestic violence crimes in communities across the United States and currently serves as a member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice’s Working Group on Gender-Based Violence and Restorative Justice.

Learn more about Dr. Barocas

Journal of Family Violence
A Call for a New Paradigm: Perspectives of Court Personnel and Clinicians on Court-Mandated Treatment Approaches for Domestic Violence Crimes
December 2022

Journal of Family Issues
The Role of Food and Food Behaviors in Intimate Partner Violence
December 2021

Partner Abuse
Restorative Justice Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence: A Review of Interventions
July 2020

NYU News
New Treatment for People Convicted of Domestic Violence Reduced Subsequent Arrests For All Types of Crimes, Study Finds
September 24, 2019

Mohamad Adam Brooks headshotMohamad Adam Brooks, PhD, MSW, BS

Provost’s Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow/Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise: Refugee and immigrant populations, social determinants of mental health, violence and trauma, gender and mental health, stigma

Mohamad Adam Brooks is a Provost’s Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow/Assistant Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. His research aims to reduce mental health disparities among migrant populations in the U.S. and in global settings. This includes identifying risk factors and protective factors associated with mental health, and expanding access to safe and culturally appropriate treatment and psychosocial interventions

Learn more about Dr. Brooks

Aggression and Violent Behavior
Systematic review of interventions to address suicidal behaviors among people with a history of intimate partner violence: Promises and gaps across the globe.
July 26, 2023

Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
Secondary traumatic stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms among service providers working with Syrian refugees in Istanbul, Turkey.
February 25, 2022

BMC Women's Health
Mental health of clinic-attending Syrian refugee women in Jordan: associations between social ecological risks factors and mental health symptoms.
January 8, 2022

Frontiers in Public Health

Refugee mental health, global health policy, and the Syrian crisis.
August 3, 2021

Annual Review of Public Health
Mental Health of Refugee Children and Youth: Epidemiology, Interventions, and Future Directions.
April 1, 2020

Doris F. Chang headshotDoris F. Chang, PhD, MA, BA

Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise: Improving well-being of racial and ethnic minorities; Asian American mental health; mindfulness and other contemplative approaches to the development of critical consciousness in clinical and educational settings

Doris Chang is an Associate Professor at NYU Silver and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research seeks to improve the well-being of racial and ethnic minorities by a) clarifying the role of race, ethnicity, language and culture in shaping mental health and quality of care; b) identifying strategies for improving interracial processes and outcomes; and c) developing inclusive, culturally-grounded interventions for clinical and educational contexts that integrate mindfulness and other contemplative traditions. She has particular expertise in interracial dynamics and Asian American mental health and is a Co-Investigator at the Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence, New York State Psychiatric Institute. With grant support from the Mind and Life Institute, she recently developed and evaluated a mindfulness-based critical consciousness training program for K-5 teachers in New York City. Much of her work has centered on issues facing Asian American communities, most recently examining Asian Americans’ experiences of discrimination since the Covid-19 pandemic, and the role that critical consciousness, solidarity and allyship with other BIPOC communities may play in promoting more resilient coping. Her research has been profiled on ABC News, CNN, 20/20, NPR, and the New York Times.

Learn more about Dr. Chang

Mass shootings leave Americans feeling helpless
February 14, 2023

The New York Times
Hate Crimes and Pandemic Lead More Asian Americans to Seek Therapy
Oct. 15, 2021

LI Asians say they fear for their safety after attacks nationwide
March 12, 2021

Attacks against Asian Americans are on the rise. Here’s what you can do
March 05, 2021

NYU News
Pandemic Era Sparks Both Anxiety and Activism for Asian Americans
February 26, 2021


'It Just Stays With You': The Corrosive Health Effects Of Decades Of Anti-Asian Violence
April 09, 2021

ABC News
The power of language: How verbal abuse led to violence
March 20, 2021

ABC News
More than a third of Asian Americans have been victims of verbal abuse amid pandemic
March 4, 2021

Katherine Compitus headshotKatherine Compitus, DSW, LCSW-R

Clinical Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise: Trauma, human-animal bond, health equity

Katherine Compitus is a Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is a Colombian-American doctor of clinical social work, licensed bilingual clinical social worker, and biopsychologist. Her research focuses on trauma studies, specifically within the human-animal bond, with a focus on the disproportionate systemic oppression of people of color. This includes an examination of multiple aspects of society, including social policy, mental health services, crisis intervention and the social determinants of health. Dr. Compitus is the author of the Zooeyia blog on PsychologyToday.com where she discusses crisis intervention in the human-animal bond and she is the author of The Human-Animal Bond and Clinical Social Work Practice (Springer, 2021).

Learn more about Dr. Compitus

Psychology Today
Animal Emotions Social Work Stresses Companionship in the Human-Animal Bond
December 3, 2021

The Unshakeable Interspecies Bond of Pet Moms
May 6, 2021

Zooeyia Blog
Exploring the benefits of the human-animal bond

The Rover Reporter
Psychology of Animal Hoarding
August 11, 2023

Yahoo! News
Have You Heard of Cow Cuddling? Therapy Bulls Magnus and Callum Offer Snuggle Sessions for Trauma Survivors
July 21, 2021

The Lisa Show - BYU Radio
Why People Need Pets
May 28, 2021

Dogs Unknown Podcast
Dr. Katherine Compitus - Animal Assisted Therapy
June 1, 2020

Dog Talk (And Kitties Too!) Podcast
Pets are “Vehicles of Redemption” for Unsheltered People
February 27, 2022

Susan Gerbino headshotSusan B. Gerbino, PhD, MSW; Certificate in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities

Clinical Professor; Director, Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Areas of Expertise: Palliative and end-of-life care; bereavement; bioethics; mentorship in social work; relational pedagogy; narrative medicine

Susan Gerbino is a Clinical Professor at NYU Silver and is the Director of the School’s Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, which encompasses a range of initiatives designed to develop and mentor PELC social work leaders at all stages of their careers in the areas of clinical practice, education, research, publication, and administration. Dr. Gerbino teaches in the MSW program as well as in the Zelda Foster Studies Program. She has a private practice specializing in work with people with chronic or life-threatening illnesses and complicated bereavement.

Learn more about Dr. Gerbino

Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care
Mentoring the Next Generation of Social Workers in Palliative and End-of-Life Care: The Zelda Foster Studies Program
April 3, 2015

Social Work in Health Care
Chronic Cancer: Bringing Palliative Care Into the Conversation
January 2, 2014

Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care
Clinical Social Work Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care: Relational Approaches for Advanced Practitioners
November 20, 2006

NYU Silver News
Zelda Foster Studies Program Receives Grant to Provide Bereavement Training to NYC Social Workers
February 22, 2021

NYU Silver News
Dr. Susan Gerbino Advances Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Singapore
Jan 13, 2020

Ernest Gonzales headshotErnest Gonzales, PhD, MSSW

James Weldon Johnson Professor; Associate Professor of Social Work; Director of the MSW Program and The Center for Health and Aging Innovation

Areas of Expertise: Gerontology and productive aging: employment, volunteering, and caregiving; health equity; discrimination and prejudice; intergenerational research; cross-national aging research; social policy

Ernest Gonzales is the James Weldon Johnson Professor of Social Work, Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of the MSW Program at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and Director of The Center for Health and Aging Innovation. He is a scholar in the areas of productive aging (employment, volunteering, and caregiving), equity, discrimination, intergenerational scholarship, and social policy. His research advances our understanding on how to live a long, healthy, and meaningful life.

Learn more about Dr. Gonzales

New York Amsterdam News
U.N. discusses increasing protections for elders during international #OlderPersonsDay
October 10, 2023

Senate committee examines economic barriers facing older Americans
April 20, 2023

Stanford Social Innovation Review
Building University Capacity for Intergenerational Home-Sharing
May 24, 2021

Social Work Advocates
Aging in America: Staying Active and Involved is Key to Productive Aging
December 2019/January 2020

The New York Times
Fostering Connections Between Young and Old
June 5, 2018

NPR’s Here & Now
This student pays $300 in rent to live by the beach. Her secret? Home sharing with an older adult
November 22, 2022
(start at 6:34)

MIT AgeLab Aging & Equity Series: Ending Ageism Isn’t Enough
Applying an Intersectional Lens on Health and Work

Mar 24, 2022
(start at 7:10)

KUCI-FM: Get the Funk Out!
June 13, 2021

Neil B. Guterman headshotNeil B. Guterman, PhD, MSW

Paulette Goddard Professor and Dean Emeritus

Areas of Expertise: Services targeting children and violence; prevention of child abuse and neglect; children’s exposure to violence more broadly

Neil Guterman is Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work and Dean Emeritus at NYU Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Guterman’s scholarly interests relate to services targeting children and violence, with special interest in child abuse and neglect prevention, as well as children's exposure to violence outside the home. Dr. Guterman has published numerous peer reviewed scholarly articles on these topics, and is the author of Stopping Child Maltreatment Before it Starts: Emerging Horizons in Early Home Visitation Services (Sage, 2001).

Learn more about Dr. Guterman

Prevention Science
The Effect of Dads Matter–HV on Father Engagement in Home Visiting Services
November 2022

Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research
Strategies to enhance father engagement in home visiting: Results from a qualitative study of Dads Matter-HV
March 2022

New Research on Parenting Programs for Low-Income Fathers
Chapter: Engaging Fathers in Perinatal Home Visiting Bellamy
April 2021

International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

The Roles of Family and Teacher Support in Moderating and Mediating Externalized and Internalized Outcomes of Exposure to Community Violence Among Arab and Jewish Adolescents in Israel
October 2018

Child Abuse and Neglect
Promoting father involvement in early home visiting services for vulnerable families: Findings from a pilot study of “Dads matter” February 2018

Marya Gwadz headshotMarya Gwadz, PhD, MA, BA

Associate Dean for Research; Professor; Director, Intervention Innovations Team Lab (IIT-Lab)

Areas of Expertise: Culturally and structurally salient social/behavioral interventions; the multiphase optimization strategy (MOST); optimizing interventions using factorial designs; adaptive interventions; peer-driven intervention; adolescents, emerging adults, and adults living with HIV; African American/Black and Hispanic persons living with HIV poorly engaged along the HIV care continuum; methods to support sustained medication adherence; sexual and gender minority populations; substance use; harm reduction; mental health; stigma; barriers to COVID-19 testing; barriers to COVID-19 vaccination; health equity; health disparities; poverty; behavioral economics; anti-racist/social justice-oriented research methods; PhotoVoice; ecological momentary assessment; mixed methods research; grant writing

Marya Gwadz is Associate Dean for Research, Professor, and Director of the Intervention Innovations Team Lab (IIT-Lab) at NYU Silver. She also serves as an Associate Director in the Transdisciplinary Research Methods Core in the NIDA-funded Center for Drug Use and HIV Research (CDUHR) at NYU School of Global Public Health. The main focus of Dr. Gwadz's research is the development and evaluation of potent, innovative, and culturally salient social/behavioral interventions to address racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and gender inequity in health. Her work with vulnerable adolescent and adult populations spans three decades and focuses on populations such as persons with substance use problems, sexual and gender minorities, heterosexuals in high-risk contexts, populations with high rates of criminal justice involvement, runaway/homeless youth, and people of color living with HIV from low socioeconomic status backgrounds. Dr. Gwadz's program of research has been continually funded by the NIH since 2000.

Learn more about Dr. Gwadz

Social Work Today
Technology Trends: Keep a Wary Eye on Artificial Intelligence
Winter 2022

National HIV/AIDS Strategy Could Be a Model for COVID-19 Response
April 20, 2021

Medical News Today
Black and Latinx people with HIV: Resilience during COVID-19
March 6, 2021

Infectious Disease Advisor
Why Patients Discontinue ART— and What You Can Do to Stop It
September 30, 2017

NYU News
Lowering Barriers to Health for the Most Marginalized Persons Living with HIV
March 9, 2023

NYU Silver News
Dr. Marya Gwadz Awarded NIH Grant to Support COVID-19 Testing in Underserved and Vulnerable Populations
January 4, 2022

NYU Silver News
Dr. Marya Gwadz’ IIT-Lab Examines COVID’s Impact on Black and Latino Long-Term Survivors of HIV
Nov 2, 2020

NYU Silver News
Dr. Marya Gwadz' NIDA-Funded HIV Intervention Optimization Study Finds New Home at NYU Silver
September 27, 2018

Wen-Jui Han headshotWen-Jui Han, PhD, MSW


Areas of Expertise: Social welfare policy, with an emphasis on children and families; effects of parental employment and child care on children's cognitive and social and emotional outcomes; impact of welfare policies and child care subsidies on families; precarious parental work, parental work schedules, and child well-being; cognitive and socio-emotional outcomes of children; immigrants and immigration; quantitative research methods; use of large-scale longitudinal data

Wen-Jui Han is a Professor at NYU Silver. She has extensive knowledge and skills from multidisciplinary training in sociology, developmental psychology, economics, and public policy. The ultimate goal of Dr. Han’s research is to advance our understanding of factors that will improve the well-being of children and their families. To this end, Dr. Han has investigated relationships between parental behaviors and child health and development as well as the effects of policies on parental behaviors and child outcomes. Specifically, Dr. Han has studied the determinants of parental employment, parental leave, and child care, and the impact that these factors have on child and adolescent development. Recently, Dr. Han investigates the roles of precarious employment as a social determinant of health to the well-being of the workers and their families from both the prevention and intervention perspectives in the hopes of (re)shaping our conversations about the critical roles of work in shaing our daily experience and thus our health and well-being. In addition, she has examined the roles of family, school, and neighborhood influences in shaping the academic and socioemotional outcomes of children of immigrants.

Learn more about Dr. Han

Almost half of U.S. families with young children face high risk of poverty due to insecure employment, research shows
December 3, 2021

The Conversation
Our 24/7 economy and the wealth of nations
May 17, 2017

The New York Times
The Perils of Ever-Changing Work Schedules Extend to Children’s Well-Being
August 12, 2015

Study: Kids' weight increases when mom works more
February 4, 2011

NYU Silver News
Study Identifies Five NYU Silver Professors Among the Most Influential Scientists Worldwide
March 7, 2022

NYU Silver News
Dr. Wen-Jui Han and Jake Hart, MSW ’20, Study Impact of Precarious Parental Employment Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
February 3, 2022

NYU News
Precarious Parental Employment Is Increasing the Likelihood of Childhood Poverty, NYU Study Finds
Nov 30, 2021

NYU Silver News
Dr. Wen-Jui Han Appointed Co-Editor-In-Chief of International Journal of Social Welfare
September 5, 2019

Gary Holden headshotGary Holden, DSW, MS


Areas of Expertise: Knowledge dissemination; higher education outcomes assessment

Gary Holden is a Professor at NYU Silver. He is a former faculty member in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Community Medicine where he was a co-investigator on the National Inner City Asthma Study and the Minorities Risk Factors and Stroke Study. Dr. Holden was a member of the Health Summit Working Group that developed the IEEE-USA endorsed criteria for the assessment of the quality of health information on the Internet. Since coming to NYU he completed the third randomized controlled clinical trial of Starbright World, the award-winning computer network for hospitalized children and a meta-analysis of the set of RCCTs that examined this intervention. In addition, his team has continued development of educational outcome measures based on the Social Cognitive Theory construct self-efficacy. Dr. Holden also developed and is the current editor of Information for Practice (and its Twitter outlet - @Info4Practice), the international news and new scholarship aggregation site for social work professionals.

Learn more about Dr. Holden

Social Work in the Frame of a Professional Competencies Approach
The Evaluation Self-Efficacy scale – III
First published online October 25, 2022

Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work
Should social workers be engaged in these practices?
First published online January 5, 2018

Research on Social Work Practice
Self-Efficacy Regarding Social Work Competencies
First published online June 15, 2015

The Evaluation Self-Efficacy scale - II: A replication and extension.
First published online August 31, 2017

NYU Silver News
Study Finds Professor Gary Holden Among Top Contributors to Social Work Journal Scholarship
December 5, 2022

NYU Silver News
Study Identifies Five NYU Silver Professors Among the Most Influential Scientists Worldwide
March 7, 2022

NYU Silver News
Information for Practice Marks 25th Year as Repository of Social Work Knowledge
February 6, 2018

Sireen Irsheid headshotSireen Irsheid, PhD, MSW, BA

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise: Mental health; K-12 education; school mental health; school-prison nexus; race/ethnicity; structural racism; structural trauma.

Dr. Sireen Irsheid is an Assistant Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She was previously a postdoctoral fellow for Juvenile Justice, Education, and Mental Health at NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development. Dr. Irsheid is a clinician and critical race scholar whose research and practice focus on the complex interplay between race, education, mental health, and structural violence.

Learn more about Dr. Irsheid

Bronx News 12
Former pro basketball players run sports mental health clinic for Elmont students
Feb 25, 2023 

Youth & Society
The implications of executive functioning on community adversity and violence and mental health outcomes.
March 2023

Journal of Adolescent Research
The cultural ethos youth of color engage and rely on to persevere and navigate racial stressors in the U.S. public education system. 
January 2021

Ethnicity & Disease
Building the Transdisciplinary Resistance Collective for Research and Policy: Implications for Dismantling Structural Racism as a Determinant of Health Inequity.
Summer 2020

Kirk Kirk “Jae” James, DSW, MSW, BA, AA

Clinical Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise: Oppression; anti-oppressive practice; mass incarceration and the intersection of race, class, power, privilege, immigration and critical pedagogy; trauma and healing modalities for impacted people; human rights and social justice frameworks

Dr. Kirk “Jae” James is an immigrant, formerly incarcerated Black man committed to creating a world in which everyone can self-actualize. In 2013, Jae completed a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Practice titled: The Invisible Epidemic: Educating Social Work Students towards Holistic Practice in a Period of Mass Incarceration. Jae has utilized the content from his research and his lived experience to consult, coach, and develop educational content for The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, City College, Fordham University, York College, and Columbia University, to name a few.

Learn more about Dr. James

City & State NY
For people in New York’s carceral system, a struggle to access the ballot
November 7, 2022

MLK Day to Draw Divisions as Politicians Misuse His Words
January 17, 2022

NYU - Alumni Network
5 Questions with Dr. Kirk James
March 25, 2022

Society for Social Work and Research
The Road to Abolition: Slavery, Mass Incarceration, and Social Work in 2020
Mar 17, 2020

University of Oklahoma Carceral Studies Conversations Podcast
Episode 2: Dr. Kirk “Jae” James
December 1, 2020

Lance Keene headshotLance Keene, PhD, MSW, BA

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise: Intersections of race, gender, and sexuality; sexual minority men; urban LGBTQ youth and young adult development; culturally congruent interventions; and HIV prevention and treatment

Lance Keene is an Assistant Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Keene’s research and teaching focus on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. Dr. Keene’s primary research interest includes the sexual and behavioral health of adolescent and young adult sexual minority men of color. Additionally, his research investigates the impact of inequality on this population and seeks to improve their life opportunities. Dr. Keene’s long-term career objective is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based interventions to reduce sexual risk behavior, substance misuse, and improve life chances of racial and sexual minority youth and young adults.

Learn more about Dr. Keene

Journal of Adolescent Health
The Role of School and Community Involvement in the Psychosocial Health Outcomes of Black and Latinx LGBTQ Youth
January 3, 2023

Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
Disclosure of Sexual Identities Across Social-Relational Contexts: Findings from a National Sample of Black Sexual Minority Men
February 2022

Culture, Health & Sexuality
#PrEP4Love: Success and Stigma Following Release of the First Sex-Positive PrEP Public Health Campaign
March 4, 2021

International Journal of Environmental Research
Ending the Epidemic: Assessing Sexual Health Communication, Personal Agency, and HIV Stigma among Black and Latino Youth in the U.S.
June 11, 2021

NYU News
NYU Silver School Launches Fentanyl-involved Overdose Prevention Initiative in the Bronx
June 14, 2022

NYU Silver News
NYU Silver Partners with South Bronx Community to Promote Youth Health and Well-Being
December 9, 2021

NYU Silver News
Drs. Lance Keene and Vincent Guilamo-Ramos Awarded W.T. Grant Foundation Mentoring Grant
Jun 30, 2020

Michael A. Lindsey headshotMichael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH

Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work

Areas of Expertise: Child and adolescent mental health services research; adolescent depression; adolescent suicide; school mental health; adolescent risk behaviors; Black mental health

Dr. Michael A. Lindsey is a noted scholar in the fields of child and adolescent mental health, as well as a leader in the search for knowledge and solutions to generational poverty and inequality. He is the Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor of Social Work at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow. Additionally, Dr. Lindsey led the working group of experts supporting the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health, which created the report Ring the Alarm: The Crisis of Black Youth Suicide in America. He is the President of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Social Work.  He was also appointed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) and to the New York City Board of Health.

Learn more about Dr. Lindsey

The Trace
Gun Violence Affects Suicide Risk Among Black People, Study Finds
February 15, 2024

City and State New York
The 2024 Health Care Power 100
January 16, 2024

NBC News
Online racism is linked to PTSD symptoms in Black youth, study finds
January 05, 2024

Now This
More Than a Year After Its Launch, the 988 Suicide Prevention Hotline Is Facing a Number of Challenges
December 04, 2023

CNN Health
Millions use 988 mental health crisis line, but more training, resources could better reach people in need, researchers say
November 13, 2023

Everyday Health
How to Talk to Kids About Suicide
September 1, 2023

The Takeaway
Combating Rising Suicide Rates in Black and Latino Communities
December 22, 2022

The Cross Connection | MSNBC
Breaking The Stigma Around Black Men And Mental Health
September 24, 2022

Black Teenagers With Mental Health Issues May Be Reluctant To Seek Help
December 15, 2020

CBS News
Police brutality negatively impacts Black mental health, suicides rise
April 20, 2021

NBC News
Black youth suicide attempt rate increasing at alarming rate
June 22, 2020

Dale Dagar Maglalang headshotDale Dagar Maglalang, PhD, MA, MSW, MPH, BA, BS

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise: Social work; social determinants of health; smoking; substance use; discrimination; racism; race and ethnicity; sexual and gender minorities; immigration and immigrant health.

Dale Dagar Maglalang (he/they) is an Assistant Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. He was previously a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at the Brown University School of Public Health and a T32 NIH/NHLBI Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Maglalang’s research examines social, cultural, and structural determinants of health, specifically how racism and other forms of oppression influence Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) populations. He has a particular focus on substance use and the intersection of BIPOC with their gender, sexual orientation, and immigrant identities.

Learn more about Dr. Maglalang

The Demand for Greater Representation of Filipinx in Health and Social Work Research
May 11, 2023

Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Model Minority Mutiny: addressing anti-Asian racism during the COVID-19 pandemic in social work.
September 3, 2023

Journal of Cancer Survivorship
Correlates of smoking during COVID-19 in the LGBTQI+ cancer survivor population.
April 2023

American Journal of Health Behavior

Social Influence of E-cigarette Use among Asian Americans in California.
February 28, 2023

Ethnicity & Disease

The Role of Financial Strain and Educational Attainment on Smoking Abstinence of African Americans and Whites Who Smoke.
July 21, 2022

Kiara Moore headshotKiara L. Moore, PhD, MSW, BA

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise: Mental health treatment disparities among adolescents and young adults of color and among LGBTQ+ youth, mental health services research

Kiara Moore is an Assistant Professor at NYU Silver. Dr. Moore's areas of specialization are mental health services and marginalized youth during the transition to adulthood. Dr. Moore's work examines major barriers to treatment, such as access, stigma, and health decision-making among youth of color, youth from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and LGBTQ youth. In 2018, Dr. Moore was awarded funding by the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct a multi-site study of the role of ethnic identity in mental health service use among young people with serious mental illnesses in New York City. Her research aims to develop an in-depth understanding of the complicated processes by which young people's identities shape their participation in mental health care and to apply those insights to improving service use through a culturally-responsive intervention.

Learn more about Dr. Moore

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal
Ethnic Identity, Stress, and Personal Recovery Outcomes Among Young Adults With Serious Mental Health Conditions
April 2022

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
A Mixed-Methods Study of Social Identities in Mental Health Care Among LGBTQ Young Adults of Color

Psychiatric Services
A Qualitative Investigation of Engagement in Mental Health Services Among Black and Hispanic LGB Young Adults
June 2020

Tune in to hear Dr. Kiara Moore on Health Equity Now on Sirius XM
February 9, 2023

NYU Silver News
Dr. Kiara L. Moore Awarded NIMH Diversity Research Supplement
September 7, 2018

NYU Silver News
NYU Faculty Present at Nation's Premier Mental Health Services Research Conference
August 3, 2018

Michelle Munson headshotMichelle R. Munson, PhD, LMSW, BA


Areas of Expertise: Mental health services and interventions research; mood, anxiety, trauma and stress-related disorders; influence of social relationships; social isolation; service use decisions; developmental transition from adolescence to adulthood

Michelle R. Munson is a Professor at NYU Silver. She has professional interests in mental health services research and intervention development and testing, and her work centers on adolescents and young adults. Dr. Munson’s research seeks to understand how society’s structural conditions and social relationships, through both verbal and non-verbal communication, shape young adults’ decisions to seek (or not seek) professional mental health services. Her research and scholarship also seeks to develop, refine, adapt, and test engagement and treatment interventions for adolescents and young adults with serious mental health conditions.

Learn more about Dr. Munson

The New York Times
Simple Steps for Managing Holiday Loneliness
December 20, 2022

The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring
An Interview with Dr. Michelle Munson
October 22, 2022

Foster Teens Feel Unready to Manage Mental Health
April 21, 2020

Deborah Padgett headshotDeborah K. Padgett, PhD, MPH, MA, BA

Professor; McSilver Faculty Fellow; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Anthropology and College of Global Public Health

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

Deborah Padgett is a Professor at NYU Silver. She is first author of Housing First: Ending Homelessness, Transforming Systems and Changing Lives (2016, Oxford University Press) and has published extensively on mental health needs and service use of homeless adults and other underserved populations. She is also internationally known for her mentorship and advocacy of qualitative and mixed methods in research. Among many other honors, she is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) and a Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).

Learn more about Dr. Padgett

The Washington Post
Last days at the Cortina: Homeless left adrift as covid-era housing ends
July 7, 2023

The Guardian
Will America’s first ‘right to sleep outside’ actually help unhoused people?
May 25, 2023

Migrants in NYC: ‘Right-to-shelter’ Showing Stress Cracks
September 30, 2022

Christian Science Monitor
Helping Homeless Moms ‘Get Their Shot’ at Opportunity and Education
April 22, 2022

Opinion: Outrage and Fear About Homelessness Never Seem to Lead to the Obvious Choice
April 11, 2022

Rohini Pahwa headshotRohini Pahwa, PhD, MSW, MA, BA

Associate Professor; Director of the PhD Program

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; qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods

Rohini Pahwa is an Associate Professor and Director of the PhD Program at NYU Silver. Dr. Pahwa’s areas of specialization are severe mental illness and cross-cultural and cross-national research, and her work is rooted in her research, practice, and teaching experience in India and the United States. As a mental health researcher, Dr. Pahwa examines the process of community integration and the influences of individual and systemic factors on social networks, community integration and mental health outcomes for individuals with severe mental illnesses through qualitative, quantitative, and social network methodologies. Dr. Pahwa’s research aim is to develop an in-depth understanding of the process of community integration in India and in the United States to develop and target specific intervention components to increase community integration of individuals with serious mental illness.

Research on Social Work Practice
Is It Safe? Community Integration for Individuals With Serious Mental Illnesses
October 2022

Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research
A Social–Ecological Model for Navigating Safety Across Time: The Experience of Black Adults With Serious Mental Illnesses
June 2022

Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research
Cross-Ethnic Invariance of BSI-18 in Individuals With Serious Mental Illness: New Perspectives on Measurement
December 2021

Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Definitions of Community for Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses: Implications for Community Integration and Recovery
January 2021

Community Mental Health Journal
Social Networks, Community Integration and Recovery for Individuals with Severe Mental Illnesses in India and the U.S: A Comparative Study
August 2020

Qualitative Health Research
The Ties That Bind and Unbound Ties: Experiences of Formerly Homeless Individuals in Recovery From Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use
July 2019

Ramesh Raghavan headshotRamesh Raghavan, PhD, MD, MBBS


Areas of Expertise: Access to health services, quality of care, Medicaid policy, implementation science, child well-being.

Ramesh Raghavan is a Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Raghavan conducts mental health services research on the needs of vulnerable children. His works spans studies of access to mental health services, quality of care, economic evaluation of implementation strategies, and child well-being. He served as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Commissioner, US Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama Administration, is the former chair of the National Institute of Mental Health's Mental Health Services Research review committee, and currently serves on the editorial board of Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

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The New York Times
Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School
October 9, 2012

The New York Times
Drugs Used for Psychotics Go to Youths in Foster Care
November 20, 2011


Psychiatric Services
Methodologies to Advance a “Science of How”: Identifying and Engaging Intervention Targets and Outcomes
September 2022

Psychiatric Services
Maintenance of Training Effects of Two Models for Implementing Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment
December 2021

Implementation Science
Translating economic evaluations into financing strategies for implementing
June 2021

Psychiatric Services
Toward an Experimental Therapeutics Approach in Human Services Research
September 2019

Victoria Stanhope headshotVictoria Stanhope, PhD, MSW, MA, BS

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs; Professor; Director, PhD Program

Areas of Expertise: Mental health services research; recovery; person-centered care; primary and behavioral healthcare integration; mental health policy.

Victoria Stanhope is Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs, Professor, and Director of the PhD Program at NYU Silver. Dr. Stanhope’s professional interests are in mental health services research and policy with a specialization in person-centered care, health information technology, and integrated health care models.

Dr. Stanhope’s research, which has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, has focused on the person-centered care and service engagement within community mental health care. The context for this research has been the mental health recovery movement, which has made service choice, person-centered care, and shared decision a cornerstone of mental health reform. The aim of her research is to promote meaningful partnerships between providers and the people they serve. More recently, Dr. Stanhope has focused on the role that organizational factors play in implementing evidence based practices within complex service settings. She is currently leading a study funded by the Constance and Martin Silver Center on Data Science and Social Equity that is leveraging artificial intelligence techniques to measure person-centered care in behavioral health settings.

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EPIC Education and Programming for Integrated Care
Integrated Health Care by Guest Lecturer Victoria Stanhope, PhD - NYU Silver School of Social Work
Jan 7, 2021

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Panel 7: Care Delivery
August 1, 2018

NYU Silver News
Silver Center on Data Science and Social Equity Awards Inaugural Faculty Research Grants
September 10, 2021

NYU Silver News
Dr. Victoria Stanhope Appointed APMH Associate Editor
August 9, 2021

NYU Silver News
NIMH Funded RCT Finds Comprehensive Training Strategy Yields Significant Improvement in Delivery of Person-Centered Care Planning
June 7, 2021

NYU Silver News
Dr. Victoria Stanhope Spearheads Cross-Institutional Implementation Research Collaboration to Advance Person-Centered Care Planning
June 28, 2017

NYU News
Five-Year Study by Researchers at NYU Silver School Will Explore How Best To Shift to ‘Person-Centered’ Care for People with Mental Illnesses
September 30, 2013

Kathrine Sullivan headshotKathrine Sullivan, PhD, MSW, BA

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise: The impact of trauma on the children and families of military service members

Kathrine Sullivan is an Assistant Professor at NYU Silver. Dr. Sullivan's primary research interest is the impact of trauma and other risk factors on family processes, particularly amongst the families of military service members and veterans. She is currently principal investigator on a National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) funded study entitled “Military Parents’ Stress Exposure Associated with Mental and Behavioral Health Outcomes among Their Young Children.” Her work has been published in leading journals including Child Maltreatment, Family Process, Journal of Family Psychology, JAMA Pediatrics, Children and Youth Services Review, Social Work Research, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Military Veteran and Family Health, and Military Behavioral Health.

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Journal of Child and Family Studies
Feasibility and impact of a community-based intervention to treat maternal PTSD and improve parenting: An open pilot trial of Parenting-STAIR
January 2023

Education and Urban Society
Preliminary Exploration of the Relationship between Veteran Family Membership, School Climate, and Adverse Outcomes among School-Aged Youth
June 2022

Family Relations
Military and nonmilitary stressors associated with mental health outcomes among female military spouses
February 2022

Journal of Military, Veteran, and Family Health
Perceptions of family acceptance into the military community among US LGBT service members: An exploratory mixed methods study
September 2021

NYU Silver News
Dr. Kathrine Sullivan Named Military Family Research Institute Award Finalist
December 5, 2022

NYU Silver News
Dr. Kathrine Sullivan Awarded NICHD Grant to Study Impact of Military Parents’ Stress Exposure on Their Young Children
July 26, 2021

NYU Silver News
Dr. Katherine Sullivan on How We Can Better Serve Veteran-Connected Children and Families
November 9, 2018

Carol Tosone headshotCarol Tosone, PhD, MS


Areas of Expertise: Collective trauma

Dr. Carol Tosone is a professor of social work, Co-Director of the Post-Master’s Certificate Program in Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice, and served as Founding Director of the DSW Program in Clinical Social Work. Dr. Tosone, who joined the NYU Silver School of Social Work faculty in 1993, is a Distinguished Scholar in Social Work in the National Academies of Practice in Washington, DC and a recipient of the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award. She was selected for a Fulbright Senior Specialist Award for teaching and research at the Hanoi University of Education in Vietnam. She also taught as Distinguished Visiting Lydia Rappaport Professor at Smith College for Social Work. Dr. Tosone received her certification in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health, where she was the recipient of the Postgraduate Memorial Award.

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Washington Post
Why ‘trauma-informed’ care is spreading from the therapist’s office to yoga classes and tattoo parlors
February 21, 2022

Psychology Today
Shared Trauma During a Pandemic
April 6, 2020

The Trauma of Waiting for an ICE Raid
July 24, 2019

BeFM > Morning Wave In Busan, South Korea
Interview on Collective Trauma
(starts at 7:49)
November 4, 2022

France 24
On the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Carol Tosone, Professor of Social Work at NYU, reflects on 20 years of collective trauma and our loss of innocence.
September 14, 2021

The Social Work Podcast
Shared Trauma in the COVID19 Pandemic
May 9, 2020

Jerome Wakefield headshotJerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, MSW, MA, BA

University Professor; Professor of Social Work; Professor of the Conceptual Foundations of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine; Associate Faculty, NYU Center for Bioethics, College of Global Public Health; Affiliate Faculty, NYU Center for Ancient Studies; Affiliate Faculty, Department of Philosophy, NYU College of Arts and Sciences; Honorary Faculty, Psychoanalytic Association of New York, affiliated with NYU School of Medicine

Areas of Expertise: Conceptual foundations of clinical theory; philosophy of psychopathology; psychiatric epidemiology of depression; integrative clinical theory; Freud studies

Jerome Wakefield is a Professor at NYU Silver as well as an NYU University Professor with multidisciplinary appointments. His clinical training and experience have been within the mental health field and were integrative, including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, and family training, with work in agencies as well as private practice. He was for many years a licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey.

Dr. Wakefield’s scholarly specialty is the conceptual foundations of clinical theory. He is the author of more than 300 publications appearing in journals and books in psychology, philosophy, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, and social work, dealing with issues at the intersection of philosophy and the mental health professions. Much of his recent work has concerned the concept of mental disorder, especially how normal negative responses to a problematic social environment can be distinguished from mental disorder and how DSM diagnostic criteria fail to adequately draw this distinction.

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Undark Magazine
Opinion: The Hidden Dangers of Pathologizing Grief
July 21, 2022

Fast Company
Prolonged Grief Disorder: Helpful Diagnosis or Harmful Stigma?
May 18, 2022

What Does It Mean to Have a ‘Weird’ Brain in the Age of Neurodiversity?
March 29, 2022

The New York Times
How Long Should It Take to Grieve? Psychiatry Has Come Up With an Answer
March 18, 2022

Qingwen Xu headshotQingwen Xu, PhD, LLM, LLB

Professor; Coordinator, MSW Program at Shanghai and New York

Areas of Expertise: Aging, elder care in the U.S. and China, global social work, ethnic minority groups of people, migrants, and older adults

Qingwen Xu is a Professor and Coordinator of NYU Silver’s MSW Program at Shanghai and New York. Dr. Xu’s research is situated at the intersection of globalization, community development, and social welfare. With a better understanding of the community perception and behavior among vulnerable groups of people, including ethnic minorities and/or migrant groups of people in the US and abroad, she has been researching innovative community practices and initiatives to improve the health and mental health of vulnerable groups of people.

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Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology
Aging in Chinatowns: the Meaning of Place and Aging Experience for Older Immigrants
December 2022

The International Journal of Human Resource Management 
A Sino-U.S. comparison on workplace flexibility: evidence from multinational firms
February 4, 2022 

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs
Reorienting Policies for Aging Societies: Policies of Integrating Healthcare and Elderly Care in the United States and China
July 8, 2021

Revisiting Globalization: From a Borderless to a Gated Globe
Globalization and migration: is there a borderless world?
June 26, 2018