Faculty Initiatives

Adaptive Leadership in Human Services Institute

Founded by Master Teacher, Clinical Associate Professor, and Katherine and Howard Aibel Executive-in Residence Linda Lausell Bryant in 2016, the institute enables students, alumni, and human service practitioners to learn and apply the adaptive framework to engage challenges and support social change in their work. This growing community aims to promote connection and collaboration by engaging complex barriers to social justice in the human services field.

Evolving Justice

Established by Clinical Assistant Professor Kirk “Jae” James, Evolving Justice (EJ) is an educational initiative for social workers, advocates, and concerned people that aims to build community; co-create brave space; and facilitate various dialogue(s) towards the emancipatory exploration of JUSTICE in theory and action. EJ further believes that central to the aim of JUSTICE is a reimagination of humanity in which no one is their worst action, disposable, or denied an opportunity to fully actualize!

People talking around a table

Information for Practice

Developed and edited by Dr. Gary Holden, Information for Practice is a unique, international, online resource for social care/social welfare/social work professionals that focuses on aggregating news and new scholarship for professional practice. In addition to editing the constantly updated, free service, hosted at ifp.nyu.edu, Dr. Holden manages the @Info4Practice Twitter feed.

Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Group

Directed by Professor Michelle R. Munson, the Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Group (YYAMH-G) is a group of invested partners dedicated to understanding the transition to adulthood among vulnerable populations of youth and young adults, and learning how to make the transition more successful for more young people. More specifically, the group draws on the expertise of individuals from across the United States to develop knowledge, practice approaches, and implementation strategies. The group utilizes mixed-method research. and all of its work is guided by the YYAMH-G Advisory Group.

Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Directed by Clinical Professor Susan Gerbino, NYU Silver’s Zelda Foster Studies Program in Palliative and End-of-Life Care (PELC) encompasses a range of fellowships and training programs 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. The program’s namesake, Zelda Foster, was a pioneer in the development of the hospice movement in the United States, a leader in the field of PELC, and a teacher at NYU Silver’s Post-Masters Certificate Program in PELC from its inception in 1999 until May 2006. After Zelda died in July of 2006, the School, with the support of Zelda’s family and friends, established this program in her honor.

Dr. Susan Gerbino in a lively conversation with students around a large conference table.