Adjunct Bios G-I
Heather Gay has worked at the Ali Forney Center since 2007, providing services to homeless LGBTQ youth, aged 16-24. Heather began at Ali Forney as the Mental Health Specialist, providing direct-care mental health services. Currently, she is the Deputy Executive Director of Programs, overseeing all mental health, drop-in, and housing program services.
Heather received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University in 2007. Additionally, Heather completed a two-year psychotherapy training program at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, and she is an Adjunct Professor in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, as well as NYU.
Ines Gonzalez is a LCSW graduate from NYU Silver School of Social Work and is a Licensed Psychoanalyst graduate from the Harlem Family Psychoanalytic Institute. In her career that spans for more than twenty years, Ms. Gonzalez has worked as a private practitioner, an administrator and a clinical supervisor . She has done extensive trainings and strategic planning for several agencies including Good Shepherd Services Training Institute and Planned Parenthood. In her leadership role for the New York State Chapter of the North American Family Institute, she helped to create evidence-based programming and wraparound services for Westchester County youth previously served in restrictive residential settings. As the founding Family Center Director at Neighbor’s Link, a community center for immigrant families in Mt. Kisco, NY, she oversaw several programs for youth and for families with children of all ages. Currently, Ms. Gonzalez works for the NYC Department of Education and is an adjunct at Columbia University's School of Social Work.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Melissa Goodman, LCSW, serves as the clinical supervisor of the Mount Sinai Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention (SAVI) Program. She also provides short-term psychotherapy at Mount Sinai Queens in Astoria to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and commercial sexual exploitation. A trauma specialist, Melissa earned her Master’s Degree in social work at New York University in 1994. She cut her social work teeth at Elmhurst Hospital in emergency psychiatry by working on a mobile crisis unit before transitioning to SAVI in 2000. She subsequently earned a certificate as a Geriatric Scholar, and one in Executive Leadership in the Not-For-Profit Sector. She received a Declaration of Honor from Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall for “exemplary leadership” in raising awareness and improving services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families in October, 2010. More recently, she was awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year award by The Zonta Club of Greater Queens.
Melissa transitioned to social work after a successful career as a medical writer/editor. She earned her first master’s degree in journalism (science communication) from Boston University. In that career, she traveled around the world covering medical conventions and reporting on developments in medicine. She won the Vincent Downing Award for Excellence in Medical Communications and ended that career as a Vice President and Editorial Director.
As an adjunct assistant professor at the Silver School of Social Work, Melissa teaches “Clinical Practice with Survivors of Intimate Partner violence.”
Susan Goodman, LCSW has worked with children, adolescents and adults for more than 28 years, in private practice, schools, and hospitals. She maintains a private practice in Westport, CT and NYC and is an Adjunct Lecturer in the NYU Silver School of Social Work where she teaches about Parent/Child Work.
Certified in the psychoanalytic treatment of children and adolescents from The Post Graduate Institute and Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies, she has extensive training and expertise in concurrent parent-child psychotherapy, individual work with tweens, teens and young adults, and in trauma-informed play therapy.
Ms. Goodman is most informed by developmental theory, and trained in other modalities that bring about mind/body integration. Areas of clinical focus include trauma, loss, identity development and relationship issues, interplay between culture and identity, perfectionism, and all forms of anxiety and depression.
Ms. Goodman earned her MSW at NYU Graduate School of Social Work and an MSJ at Northwestern’s Graduate School of Journalism. Previously, she served as the middle school counselor at Rye Country Day School and as Senior Consultant to ChildFirst, where she trained and supervised clinical directors and their teams in Trauma-Informed Parent-Child Psychotherapy.
Dr. Lena Green, DSW, LCSW, CLC serves as the Deputy Director in the Office of Substance Use Policy, Planning and Monitoring at the NYC Department of Social Services. As a clinical social worker, psychotherapist and fatherhood practitioner, Dr. Green has over 15 years of direct clinical practice with families.
Her areas of expertise include fatherhood, child-parent psychotherapy, attachment and perinatal mood disorders. Dr. Green is devoted to promoting open dialogue around the destigmitazation of father absence, mental health in men and ensuring that all children have access to both parents in a safe co-parenting environment. Dr. Green’s work explores risk factors for developing perinatal depression, experiences of young fathers and the impact on paternal involvement and family dynamics.
Dr. Green holds a DSW and MSW from NYU, a BA in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and several post-masters certificates from Hunter College, NYU and Columbia University.
Kristen Gurdak is a Ph.D. student at NYU Silver School of Social Work and an adjunct faculty member. Ms. Gurdak graduated with a Master of Social Work from Barry University in Miami, Florida, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida, and intensively trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Ms. Gurdak has several years of experience in clinical social work that has primarily focused on those with mental illness and personality disorders. Ms. Gurdak has previously worked as the Director of Outpatient Services for a mental health clinic and owned a private practice working with adults with mental illness and personality disorders.
Ms. Gurdak has facilitated research with the Columbia Department of Psychiatry, the Pathways Housing First Institute, and NYU faculty to examine social determinants of health, mental health, and community for those with mental illness and who have previously experienced homelessness. Ms. Gurdak’s research focuses on community integration for people with serious mental illness. Her research is primarily qualitative and mixed methods focused. Other areas of interest are global mental health, international social work, and Housing First research.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Mariam I. Habib is a clinical social worker, educator, and trainer practicing in New York City. Since 2006, she has worked at the Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Program (SAVI) at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, providing trauma therapy and coordinating their internship program. Her practice is focused on working with survivors of sexual abuse and intimate partner violence, with a particular commitment to serving queer, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals. Ms. Habib also has a private practice providing psychotherapy and supervision, and conducts workshops and trainings for service providers and professionals from multiple disciplines.
Mariam has extensive experience working in trauma recovery, secondary stress/trauma stewardship, LGBT concerns, and gender identity and sexuality. Areas of interest include intersectionality, spirituality, immigration experience, and identity development.
Ms. Habib received her MSW from the New York University School of Social Work, and her BA from Barnard College.
Dr. Delverlon Hall currently operates a private practice on 53rd in Madison Avenue and currently serves as the Assistant Director for the Couple Therapy program at the Training Institute for Mental Health. Also currently serves as a clinical supervisor consultant for Bailey House. For the last 13 years served as the Assistant Director for the Infectious Disease Department at Harlem Hospital Center. Dr. Hall graduated in 2004 with a MSW degree from New York University, in 2004 was hired as a social worker at Harlem Hospital’s HIV/AIDS clinic. In 2010 she was promoted to Program Administrator and became responsible for managing HIV grants and social work services within HIV Services. In May 2012, she graduated from Columbia University, Teachers college with a doctoral degree in Health Education and Behavior Studies. Dr. Hall has completed 5 years of postgraduate training in Psychoanalytical and Couple Therapy at the Institute for Mental Health. For the last 10 years has served as a Field Instructor for Columbia University, and Hunter School of School of Social Work and City College Sophie Davis biomedical program. For the last 5 years, Dr. Hall has been a teaching Adjunct at Bronx Community College.
Dr. Hall is fully committed to servicing and empowering individuals. As a clinical provider, she has experience working with individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, personality disorders, difficulty forming and maintaining meaningful relationships and life transitions. She also has experience working with individuals challenged by trauma (post-traumatic stress, sexual abuse), and chronic medical illness; she has worked with and trained to do couple therapy. Her work focuses on building a stronger sense of self and confidence in order to improve overall functioning. She utilizes a number of treatment modalities and interventions based upon clients' goals and needs. She believes in an integrative approach and works to provide a safe, and supportive environment as a way to promote insight and opportunity for real change.
She is especially interested in addressing the health disparities that exist among women of color. Her dissertation work focused on African American Women and Condom Negotiation.
Alexandra Haralampoudis is a PhD student at Rutgers School of Social Work and a Presidential Fellow at the Graduate School New Brunswick. Her research focuses broadly on the impact of social policies on families living in poverty, with a particular interest in single-parent families. Previously, Alexandra worked in applied research and program evaluation, as a Research Analyst II at CUNY Office of Research, Evaluation, & Program Support (REPS) and a Research & Evaluation Program Manager at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy & Research at NYU. Alexandra holds an MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work and a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University.
Adjunct Associate Professor
I have been on the NYU faculty for 29 years, with my focus being the teaching of skills necessary for assessment and engagement of clients of diverse ethnicities, sexual and gender orientations, and levels of ability. I maintain a private practice where I work with a range of clients (including those with mood disorders, adjustment challenges, LBGTQ population and couples). I also run supervision groups for social workers in the field. My practice incorporates aspects of relational and psychodynamic theory along with CBT and the newer trauma-based interventions.
I received my MSW from the Smith College SSW, along with Certificates in Family Therapy from JBFCS and Training in Eating Disorders and Compulsions.
I co-authored the chapter, Personality disorders, with a special emphasis on borderline and narcissistic syndromes, in J. Berzoff, L. Flanngan, & P. Hertz, Inside out and outside in: Psychodynamic clinical theory and psychopathology in contemporary multicultural contexts (2016).
Laura M. Hickey, LCSW-R received the MSW degree from New York University. She is in full time psychotherapy practice, working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in Oyster Bay, NY and NYC. She has both provided extensive training and experience in the subjects of suicide, emergency mental health, disaster mental health, trauma, and crisis intervention.
Catherine Hodes, LCSW, LICSW, was the Director of the Safe Homes Project, a program of Good Shepherd Services, from 1994-2017, providing crisis intervention, counseling, safety planning, shelter, and advocacy to survivors of intimate partner violence. Ms. Hodes currently resides in western, Massachusetts, where she is a clinician, organizer, and consultant. Ms. Hodes conducts trainings about violence and conflict assessment, prevention, and education for social service, medical, and mental health providers, as well as for education professionals and community groups.
Ms Hodes is an adjunct lecturer at NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Smith College School for Social Work. She has also served as a field instructor for graduate students from Columbia, Smith, and Hunter’s schools of social work.
Ms. Hodes is the author of “Abusing Privilege: Broadening the Domestic Violence Paradigm,” published in Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly, as well as the co-author of " Is It Conflict or Abuse? A Practice Note for Furthering Differential Assessment and Response," in Clinical Social Work Journal.
Ms. Hodes earned her MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work.
Dory is a social work supervisor in Palliative Care at New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is involved in education of medical students, medical residents, nurses and social workers in palliative care and communication. She recently received award in 2017 from Social Work Hospice Palliative Network for excellence in clinical practice.
David B. Howard teaches advanced policy and practice courses at the Silver School of Social Work. He has more than 14 years of professional experience in the nonprofit sector, including senior management, program planning and evaluation, fundraising and development, and direct service. David currently works as the Senior Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Learning at Covenant House International, where he leads strategic efforts to achieve positive outcomes for and with homeless youth by building a federation-wide organizational culture that embraces and implements rigorous performance measurement, continual quality improvement, and program excellence.
Prior to his work at Covenant House, David was the Director of Research and Innovation at The Doe Fund, one of New York's largest homeless service agencies. and a researcher at the UCLA Center for Civil Society, where he co-authored numerous reports on the nonprofit and philanthropic sector. He recently co-authored a book chapter about the respective nonprofit sectors in New York and Los Angeles in: Halle, D. & Beveridge, A. (2013). New York and Los Angeles: An Uncertain Future. New York: Oxford University Press. David has presented research findings to diverse audiences, from San Francisco to Istanbul, among other local and international geographies.
David earned his PhD in Social Welfare from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he also earned his MSW.
J. Andrés Hoyos brings over two decades of clinical and administrative experience in the fields of mental health and social services working in private, public and non-profit sectors. Their expertise lie in the areas of direct clinical practice, program development, training and supervision through a social justice lens with particular emphasis on trauma, immigration, working with LGBTQI+ communities, psychedelic integration psychotherapy and substance use. Andrés has taught clinical social work practice, social work practice with immigrants and families, DSM 5, working with Spanish speaking immigrants, decolonizing social work and advocacy. They have provided faculty advising for over 10 years and have lectured nationally and internationally on issues of trauma, recovery and resilience, mental health and wellbeing, community organizing and advocacy. Andrés provides integrative psychotherapy in their private practice in NYC and online, and currently provide training, participates in community organizing, and advocacy for diverse communities in Guatemala, Colombia and the US.