Adjunct Bios G-I
Retired from 24 years of service at Rockland County Department of Social Services Main Focus of practice working with Children, Youth and families connected to Child Welfare System. I have embraced various roles from career counselor to caseworker to coordinator for a multigenerational welfare to work program for women with children under the age of 5. I ended my career working with families connected to Rockland County Family Drug Court and youth aging out of foster care. Throughout my work with Rockland County DSS, I provided direct practice services to individuals and designed, implemented and facilitated various groups such as; employment readiness, foster parent training, family meetings and modifying Dialectical Behavior Therapy model to a community based model. On a macro level I participated on many system change initiatives including: Racial Equity Cultural Competency Committee formed to address racial disparity and disproportionality in the child welfare system, the Systems of Care initiative, Professional presentations included involvement in Getting to Equity presentation by Tim Wise and a follow up staff discussion.
I graduated from Columbia University Teachers College in 1990 with Masters in Counseling and Masters in Education; In 2009 from NYU Silver School of Social Work with MSW. I currently teach 2 classes at the Rockland County Campus; Integrated Social Work Practice and Practicum both I and II and I am the faculty advisor for those students, and Clinical Practice with Groups. The focus of my teaching is help students develop into professional social workers by bringing into the classroom examples of the everyday clinical practice working with individuals, groups within an agency setting. I obtained my SIFI in 2015 and have been providing Practicum Instruction to students since then. In the summer of 2020 I joined the NYU Silver Practicum Education team as a part time practicum coordinator and assist the full time faculty members in the practicum placement process for the MSW students.
Chelsea Garbell is the Associate Director for Global Spiritual Life at NYU, and an adjunct lecturer in the Silver School of Social Work, where she teaches courses on spirituality, leadership, and peacebuilding. An educator and policy professional, Chelsea has previously held positions at the New York Southeast Asia Network, the Asia Society Policy Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Religion and Foreign Policy Program, and spent a year teaching English in Samut Sakhon, Thailand. She has over a decade of experience in interfaith activism, and today co-chairs a chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom and is involved in the alumni community of Interfaith Youth Core. Chelsea holds a BSc in Communication and an MPA in International Policy and Management from New York University.
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.
Emily George has twenty years of experience working in schools. Following four years in the classroom, she returned to school to pursue social work. She received her Masters in Education from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y. and her MSW, SIFI, and Post-Master's Certificate in Clinical Practice with Adolescents from New York University's Silver School of Social Work. She recently left her school, after ten years there, to start a practice for clinical supervision, consultation, and support services with a focus on school staff. Her work supports school communities with a culturally responsive and healing-centered lens. She also facilitates the Faboo Listserv which has grown to over 500 NYC area social workers and counselors. It is a space for collaboration, resource sharing, referrals, and more.
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.
Originally from Queens, New York where I worked as a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) for a case management agency for older adults age 65 and older. However, from August 2009 to April 2011, I’ve lived on the island of Dominica located in the West Indies with my husband. During that time I worked with the Behavioral Science and Introduction to Clinical Medicine departments to train third semester students on interviewing and taking bio-psycho-social assessments. Since May 2011, I’ve worked as an instructor, practicum placement advisor, and practicum placement coordinator in the field of social work.
I’ve worked with various populations (i.e. Children and families, LGBTQ youth, adults diagnosed with a mental illness), but find that I enjoy working with elders the most of all. I recognize and appreciate the importance of direct/clinical work, but I have a strong desire to tackle macro level tasks in order to provide the service needs to clients. I have an interest in staff and program development, grant writing, continuing education, and the use of animal assisted therapy with the older adult population. If you have an interest in this area you can follow my Facebook business page.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the State University of New York College at Cortland, a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and a PhD in Human Services with a specialization in Administration and Leadership with Walden University.
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.
Natalie Greenberg is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York State with a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and over a decade of experience in the field.
She is currently an adjunct policy professor in the NYU MSW program, a clinical supervisor at the Mount Sinai Hospital and a psychotherapist in private practice working with adult individuals. Previously, she trained extensively at the Bellevue Hospital Center Psychiatry Department, completed the NYU Post-Masters Advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Certificate Program and is SIFI-Certified.
Her diverse clinical background and critical lens brings a unique perspective and real-world examples to the policy classroom. She looks forward to collaborating alongside her student cohort next semester.
Graduate Student Adjunct
April is currently a candidate in the Silver DSW program. April's research focus is on Black mental health, and the complexity of relationships between African-American, Caribbean and African immigrants, culturally informed interventions as well as training and curriculum development for social workers. April has a broad range of direct practice experience serving the diverse communities of NYC working in a city hospital and both large social service agencies and small, grass roots not-for-profits. She has partnered with prisoner families, children in foster care and immigrants. April is a LCSW, SIFI certified Practicum Instructor and currently works in private psychotherapy practice. April attained her BS from Yale University and her MSW from Columbia University.
Graduate Student Adjunct
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 is a sought after individual and couple therapist, and the Director of the Couple Therapy Program at the Training Institute for Mental Health. Her work is based on understanding that unresolved feelings shape the lens we look through. She used this process to create her own success story. Dr. Hall received her Masters degree at NYU as well as a Doctorate degree from Columbia University. She has five years of clinical training in psychotherapy, couple and psychoanalytical therapy. Dr. Hall has centered her work around sharing what she figured out for herself: that a strong sense of self makes a person invincible.
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 Assistant Professor
Pia Hargrove, LMSW earned a BA in psychology from Boston University and an MSW from New York University as an honors graduate, Lucretia Jett Phillips fellow and Nia Award recipient. Pia received her social work license in the state of New York. Her NYU Social Work Study in Puerto Rico especially equipped her for practice within diverse Spanish speaking communities. Exercising with cultural humility, Pia has deeply engaged children and families through social work practice at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services and the New York City Mission Society. As a community and political activist, Pia ran for NYC Council in 2017 and continued community organizing through leadership in several civic organizations. A champion for literacy with an emphasis on social emotional learning, Pia’s notable children’s book, Celebrate Smiles teaches self-esteem, love and thankfulness. She founded Creating Legacies, a nonprofit organization inspiring community building through nurturing entrepreneurs and offering families diverse social and educational experiences. In the educational sector, Pia served as the 2018-2019 co-chair of the Diversity Committee at the Packer Collegiate Institute in New York City. Her experience as an alumna of the Oliver Scholars Program, allows Pia a unique opportunity to render her service to the Oliver Scholars student and parent body through educating about mental health, particularly during the pandemic. As a speaker, Pia engages diverse global audiences around race and cultural humility, political agency, collective trauma and healing, and the importance of self-care. She continues to share her expertise as a professor of social work at New York University Silver with a particular emphasis on the needs of immigrant communities and those reflective of the African Diaspora.
Dr. Meredith Hemphill is a graduate of NYU Silver who has worked for more than 10 years with people experiencing physical illness and pain, and caregivers of people with serious illnesses. She also specializes in the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). As a Doctor of Social Work and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, she pairs complex issues with a variety of therapeutic approaches in a way that suits her clients individual needs and preferences. Dr. Hemphill is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Intensive Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. She has extensive experience with Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), other exposure approaches, and Narrative Therapy. She is the Clinical Director of City Center Psychotherapy, a private practice specializing in CBT, ERP, and ACT therapies, where she provides counseling in a supportive and collaborative environment.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a masters degree from Fordham University and an undergraduate degree from Mercy College. I currently have my own private practice providing therapy with an emphasis on individuals managing trauma and diagnosis of depression. My focus of practice is working with individuals with mental health issues and serving the Latino community. I have a drive and passion to provide my knowledge to the future social workers as an instructor at NYU.
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 practicum 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.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Lori Hoepner is an environmental exposure scientist with research and faculty teaching experience at Columbia University, NYU, Hofstra University, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Rutgers University, and three CUNYs (BMCC, York College, Lehman College). In addition, Dr. Hoepner has over 20 years of organizational and analytical data management expertise involving complex health assessment and public health research datasets. She is experienced in large-scale digital integration of data from multiple sources, such as collaboration on harmonization of multi-center primary data with environmental monitoring data leading to publications and to the NIH-funded program: Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO). Dr. Hoepner has over 80 peer-reviewed publications extensive and research experience in exposures including BPA, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phthalates, and pesticides, as well as the outcomes of asthma, neurodevelopment, and obesity. Her research efforts include studies of the World Trade Center tragedy, HIV/AIDS behavioral science, disability databases, and cancer databases.
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.
Yuanyuan Hu is a PhD Candidate at New York University Silver School of Social Work and a licensed clinical social worker in New York State. Yuanyuan’s area of interest is related to the implementation of strategies to integrate mental health services and non-mental health settings for underserved older adults, especially older Asian immigrants. Prior to attending the PhD program, Yuanyuan had extensive experience as a clinical social worker providing mental health treatment and social services to older adults. Her professional experiences and research training have helped her develop a deep understanding of the impact of socioeconomic factors on health and mental health issues among Asian American older adults and motivated her to focus on the possibilities to expand health and mental health care access by integrating health and mental health services into social service settings.
Boris Ingberg, LCSW, is a clinical social worker with over 15 year of experience in the field of mental health and substance abuse. Boris Ingberg has worked in positions of direct care in inpatient and outpatient settings and provided clinical and managerial supervision. In his time in the field, he has supervised SW Interns and served as an Advisor. Boris Ingberg currently is working at a Nationally recognised substance abuse treatment agency as a Regional Director of Outpatient Services overseeing all outpatient treatment facilities.
Boris Ingberg has an interest in intersections of immigration and acculturation with mental health and substance abuse.