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Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Jakubowicz is the Founding Executive Director for the the Center for Human Development (A licensure qualifying psychoanalytic institute) Private Practice.
She works with individuals, couples and children and has supervision and therapy groups in private practice. Supervises, teaches, lectures and does training.
Modern Group, "The Use of Disturbing Countertransference Feelings in Working with AIDS Groups", Vol 1(1), 1996.
Modern Psychonalysis, “Enriching the Experience of Teaching Through Understanding and Using Countertransference Feelings”, 1998, Vol 24(2), 1999.
Education: MSW, PhD, LCSW
Humanitarian Award, 2008, Heed University, College of Psychoanalysis
NAAP Certified Psychoanalyst
Certified Group Psychotherapist-International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists
Ms. Jenefsky holds a Masters in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute and a certificate in Child and Family Therapy from NYU. She is co-founder and clinical director of NY Creative Arts Therapists, PLLC, a private group practice with three locations in NYC and the Hudson Valley. She has worked in juvenile justice and inpatient psychiatry. Ms. Jenefsky is a collaborator on "Just Do You", a SSSW research project designed to increase young adult engagement in mental health treatment. She co-authored “Feeling Connected and Understood: The Role of Creative Arts in Engaging Young Adults in Their Mental Health Services.” (Cole, Andrea, et al., Social Work with Groups, vol. 41, no. 1/2, Jan.-Jun 2018, pp. 6-20). She is a guest instructor at a Masters-level expressive therapies training program in Geneva, Switzerland, affiliated with the European Graduate School, and is on the teaching staff of Pratt Institute’s Art Therapy department.
Madhuri Jha, MPH, LCSW (she/hers) is a nationally recognized clinical social work and public health professional with experience providing thought leadership, training/education, consultation and direct clinical practice to programs focused on health equity, behavioral health systems strengthening, trauma and resiliency, mental health epidemiology and community capacity building. She currently serves as the Vice President of Science, Equity, and Integration at ETR, an 40 year old organization focused on identifying science-based solutions to achieving health equity for children, families and communities. Ms. Jha is also practicing psychotherapist in private practice with specific expertise in trauma and stressor-related disorders, psychosis, acute symptom management, cognitive behavioral therapy, and risk assessment and de-escalation. Prior to joining ETR, she was the Director of the Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity, an entity of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where she led national discourse, programming and research focused on advancing equity in policies and services that reach people living with or at risk for adverse behavioral health outcomes. She gained national recognition for her scientific and policy leadership on embedding equity into 9-8-8, the national mental health crisis emergency line that launched in July 2022.
Ms. Jha joined Morehouse School of Medicine after over a decade of clinical and social service in New York City and Washington, DC. Her experiences as a direct service provider have informed her foundational understanding and framing on health equity, including being the Director of a New York City mobile behavioral health unit during the peak of COVID-19. She has worked locally, nationally and internationally as a leader of donor-funded health programs reaching vulnerable and high-risk communities. Her work history spans a diverse breadth of on the ground experience in inpatient, outpatient, school-based, community-based and mobile psychiatric treatment settings. In addition to these titles, she is a professor of mental health policy at New York University and has lectured at many Universities across the United States. She completed both a Master of Public Health (MPH) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from New York University and received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, where she was also a Division 1 NCAA scholarship athlete. Ms. Jha is a 2022 National Minority Quality Forum 40 Under 40 Leader in Minority Health Awardee.
Calla C. Jo sees people for psychoanalytic psychotherapy in private practice as well as at a clinic which serves Medicaid patients. She has worked running groups for APICHA Community Health Center and is on the faculty of the NYS licensure qualifying psychoanalytic institute Center for Human Development.
Areas of interest include: history of psychology and psychoanalysis, representations of the mentally ill in the media and literature, human development including current neurological research, and social justice issues around race and poverty.
Self financed BA from Yale College in 1988 in English. Graduated from New York University School of Social Work in 2000. Received degree from psychoanalytic institute, Center for Human Development in 2013. A prize winning ballet dancer, Calla taught at the Merce Cunningham Studio in the 1990's, danced with many choreographers and produced her own work as well.
Graduate Student Adjunct
Danielle is a third year PhD student at New York University, pursuing a doctorate in social work with a focus in pediatric palliative care. Prior, Danielle was a pediatric palliative care social worker on the Comfort and Palliative Care Team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where she served as a clinical social worker and bereavement coordinator, facilitating bereavement support groups for both parents and siblings. Danielle is a graduate of the Harvard Interprofessional Palliative Care Fellowship, specializing in pediatric palliative care and earned her MSW from Indiana University. Danielle is passionate about bereavement support for siblings and families, communication around medical decision-making and staff support/moral distress.
Billye J. Jones, LCSW is an experienced clinician, supervisor, practicum instructor, administrator, program developer, and relationship builder. Billye incorporates her passion of child sexual abuse treatment, prevention and developing trauma informed programs in her multiple roles. She has performed extensive work with sexually abused children and adults as well as sexually reactive and aggressive youth.
In addition, Billye has trained therapists, students, parents, teachers, child welfare staff, attorneys, social workers and many others about issues relating to child sexual abuse. She was involved in all activities related to child sexual abuse prevention, which included panels, newspaper, radio, and television and even appeared in a documentary.
Billye has a Master of Social Work degree from New York University. She attained a Post Master’s Certificate in Clinical Practice from NYU, an Advanced Certificate Program in Non- profit management from New York Medical College/Fordham University.
Jayson Jones is the Assistant Director of Clinical Education and Innovation at the McSilver Institute. He develops and disseminates clinical initiatives and trainings throughout the State of New York, and serves as the Manager of the CTAC-MCTAC Self-Learning Center. Within this role, he oversees the development of all self-paced learning initiatives offered by the Community Technical Assistance Center of New York. He also served as the creator and inaugural host of the Black Boys and Men: Changing the Narrative Podcast Series and as a coordinator and school-lead for the Step Up program. Prior to joining the McSilver Institute, he served as a City Year Corps Member and with a number of New York based non-profit agencies addressing the academic and mental health needs of children, young adults, and senior citizens. Jayson holds a BS in Human Development from Cornell University and an MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work.
Adjunct Associate Professor
David Kamnitzer has spent most of his professional career working in community based organizations. He has held several senior executive positions and has served on city and state wide committees focused on mental health advocacy. His professional focus has been on mental health recovery, trauma informed care, young adult resilience and social determinants of health.
David has been a consultant for a large accrediting organization for many years that focuses on excellence in behavioral health. After spending the past 18 years at a large non-for profit, David recently left that position to work for The New York State Office of Mental Health. He just celebrated his 25th anniversary as an Adjunct Professor with Silver.
Jillian Kaufman, DSW, LCSW is a relatable clinical social worker, advocate, and human being. She received her doctoral degree in Social Welfare in Clinical Social Work from New York University and Master of Social Work with a certificate of studies in Violence Against Women and Children and Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from Rutgers University. Jillian is the founder and lead therapist of Wavelength Psychotherapy, LLC which provides holistic mental healthcare to individuals through a humanistic and trauma-informed lens in New York, New Jersey, and Florida. Her clinical specialties include anxiety, men’s mental health, trauma and working with survivors of sexual violence. Over the course of the last decade, Jillian has led many outreach, prevention, and direct service programs to end sexual violence in all its forms. She's partnered with multiple nonprofit agencies to expand movements to end Sexual Violence, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of youth. Jillian facilitates professional and youth-oriented workshops on topics such as, men and masculinity, somatic psychotherapy, sexual violence, consent, human trafficking, and compassion fatigue with many schools, universities, and professional agencies across the tristate area. When not in lecture or a session, Jill can be found drinking coffee, traveling with her husband, or walking the aisles at Target.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Lori Greifer Kaufman currently has a private practice in Irvington, New York. She is also a teacher and mentor at the Silver School of Social Work.
Her areas of expertise are in Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD and other school related issues, differential diagnosis, crises intervention, parent education, child abuse, all issues related to pregnancy, including bereavement following perinatal loss and termination.
She earned her BSW in 1982 and her MSW in 1983 from New York University's Silver School of Social Work. She also has an Advanced Certificate in the Treatment of Children and Adolescents.
Judith Kellner, LCSW, is a couples’ and individual’s psychotherapist in Private Practice in New York City. She is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) and Supervisor and is training and supervising therapists internationally in the EFT model. Judith is one of the founding members of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NYCEFT). She has presented internationally on cross cultural couples, trauma and its transmission, and EFT.
Judith is published in the Clinical Social Work Journal. Her article titled “Gender Perspective in Cross-Cultural Couples”, and “Interfaith Couples and EFT – A Case Example of Getting to the Heart of the Matter” published in ICEEFT fall 2013 Newsletter and at EFTA (European Family Therapy Association journal).
She graduated from the NYU Silver School for Social Work, the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and the International Trauma Studies Program at NYU. She is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) and Supervisor.
Bruce Knotts was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, worked for Raytheon in Saudi Arabia (1976-80) and on a World Bank contract in Somalia (1982-4), before he joined the Department of State as a U.S. diplomat in 1984. Bruce had diplomatic assignments in Greece, Zambia, India, Pakistan, Kenya, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire and The Gambia, where he served as Deputy Chief of Mission. While in Cote d’Ivoire, Bruce served as the U.S. Government’s Regional Refugee Coordinator for West Africa. Bruce worked closely with several United Nations Special Representatives and observed UN peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone from 2000-2003. Bruce retired from the Foreign Service in 2007 and began directing the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations (UU@UN) in 2008. Bruce founded faith-based advocacy for sexual orientation/gender identity human rights at the United Nations and continues to advocate for the rights of women, indigenous peoples and for sustainable development in moral terms of faith and values. Bruce is frequently invited to speak on various topics at venues around the world including recently in the United States, Canada, Mexico, China, Republic of Korea, Ghana, The Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam. Bruce is co-chair of the NGO Committee on Human Rights at the United Nations, the chair of the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, a member of the NGO Security Council Working Group, serves on the Board of the NGO Committee on Sustainable Development and he chaired the NGO/DPI Executive Committee (2015-19) representing 1,400 DPI affiliated NGOs at the United Nations. Bruce is a trustee of the Parliament of the World’s Religions and a Commissioner for the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation. In 2006, Bruce and Isaac Humphrie were wed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Isaac works internationally as a venue manager for New York Fashion Week, event environmentalist, photographer and social media consultant.
Adjunct Associate Professor
I have taught courses on neuropsychopharmacology, DSM, psychotic disorders from DNA to Neighborhood, and affective and social neuroscience in various graduate and doctoral departments at NYU, Columbia University and CUNY and have numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and books. I am an Associate Editor of the quarterly international journal Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. I served on the Honorary Scientific Committee revising the 2nd edition of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (PDM-2) on the section of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. I have served as a scientific advisor/reviewer for the journal Schizophrenia Bulletin when it was published by our NIMH. I served as a reviewer for many peer-reviewed journals and books, e.g., the International Journal of Psychoanalysis, Columbia University Press, etc. I am a NYS licensed psychologist and began my clinical work at Elmhurst Hospital/Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Queens NY, on an inpatient child psychiatry unit in the mid 1970s.Since then I have worked in various hospitals, clinics and private practice. In the late 1970s, I had begun my research on the effects of chronic stress in Diabetes Mellitus Type I, teaching stress reduction skills to patients to lower their hemoglobin A1C levels. Then I began studying the effects of chronic stress, early life stress and various kinds of complex traumas on the brain, body and person of people diagnosed with psychotic disorders or PTSD/complexPTSD. I came to view many of the DSM diagnoses to be significantly caused or shaped by complex traumatic stress, social defeat, social isolation, including social stigma and social exclusion. I have been working over 40 years as a clinician, having done a nine year postdoc at NYU in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic supervision, as well as having CBT training, especially in psychotic disorders as I participated in an international CBT group for psychosis, a group of researchers and clinicians led by Aaron Beck, founder of cognitive therapy.While working in the NYS Office of Mental Health and Rockland Psychiatric Center, I received the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award in the 1990s for my advocacy work with a BIPOC population. I have travelled extensively to other countries, studying their mental health systems with ISPS, an affiliate of the World Psychiatric Association, e.g, the Finnish Open Dialogue approach. The human rights of patients have become a central concern for me. I have been centrally involved in an international movement to have the WHO and APA drop and replace the scientifically challenged and stigmatizing term “schizophrenia,” along with groups of persons with lived experience, e.g., in the Netherlands, as well as clinicians and family members.
I am currently the Director of Art Therapy at St. Thomas Aquinas College; in private practice in Orangeburg, NY; professor for the Greater Capital Region Teacher Center, teaching Therapeutic Art Activities for Children who have Experienced Trauma. My main areas of research have been: the impact of migration on children; trauma treatment; developing student learning outcomes for undergraduate art therapy programs. I recently published: Instructional Content in Undergraduate Art Therapy Education (Schwartz, St. John, Pate, Lagstein, & Denning, 2022) in Art Therapy: Journal of the AATA! DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2022.2131356. It is online and will appear in the next printed journal of 2023. I am also an artist and my art was recently was selected for a juried show at Blue Hill Cultural Center. I have an MSW from Columbia University; an MPS from Pratt Institute; post graduate education at the Ackerman Institute; the Institute for Mental Health Education; and the Institute for Expressive Analysis.
She is a licensed clinical social worker, with about 10 years of experience in clinical practice. Earned her BS in Psychology from Fordham University, MSW from NYU, and currently a doctoral student at Fordham University. Currently is a clinical supervisor at Bellevue Hospital’s Psychiatry Department. Experience working in a community PROS program, public and private hospitals, in a variety of psychiatric settings, from adult/child/adolescent psychiatric emergency room, inpatient & outpatient programs, collaborative care programs, and medical detox. Extensive experience with group facilitation, with persons with mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorders, and survivors of domestic violence; group curriculum design, and staff development and trainings. Her academic and research areas of interest include, evidence based mental health practice, treatment engagement approaches, and care transitions among those with serious and persistent mental illness.
Joseph, A. M., Manseau, M. W., Lalane, M., Rajparia, A., Fuller Lewis, C. (2017). Characteristics associated with synthetic cannabinoid use among patients treated in a public psychiatric emergency setting. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 43(1), 117-122.
Tuchman, E. & Lalane, M. (2011). Evidence based practice: Integrating classroom curriculum and field education. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 31(3), 329-340.
Earned an MSW from NYU in 1996. Worked in adult learning, employee assistance and substance abuse tx. Particular interests include world of work and short term/solution focused therapy. Began working at NYU Silver in 2006, assisting the Practicum Education Department with NYC placements. Currently placing all NJ and Rockland county students and doing 2nd year advisement.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Lefkowitz has over twenty-five years of experience in healthcare, specializing in mental health. She has worked with individuals with serious mental illness and chronic medical illness. Dr. Lefkowitz has experience with individuals of all ages, from childhood and adolescence through late life. She was the program director of a clinic serving those with serious mental illness, many of whom were living with disabling medical comorbidities. She trained at The Child and Adolescent Clinic at The Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic as well as the adult inpatient services at Payne Whitney where she led groups for individuals with substance use and depression and late life adults with depression. She has conducted research in identity development and maintenance in chronic illness. Currently, she serves as an administrator at a mental health clinic, at which she is also a psychotherapist.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Leifman is an international recognized expert in the area of human development. He currently advises and consults with corporate clients, consulting firms, not-for-profits and individuals specifically on: career development, executive coaching, change management, counseling, psychotherapy, human resources, out-placement, training, recruiting and staffing and time management. He has been in Private Practice for over 20 years. He has a Masters in Communications Management from Syracuse University, A Masters In Social Work from New York University and a Ph. D. also from New York University. His dissertation is on, "Family of origin roles and adult work roles in relation to employee adjustment, satisfaction, and success." He has guest lectured at Harvard, MIT, NYU, CUNY, Stanford and the College of Aeronautics. He has worked and lived internationally.
Dr. Tiffany Llewellyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker employed as a senior clinician at New York University’s Student Health Center and Adjunct Instructor at NYU Silver School of Social Work.
She earned her Associate degree in Psychology and Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree at Medgar Evers College; Master’s degree at Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College; and Doctor of Social Work degree at the University of Southern California with a research focus on racial trauma.
Tiffany has extensive experience working towards establishing equity in mental healthcare through training and consulting, and is passionate about destigmatizing Black mental health, amplifying racial trauma, and social justice advocacy.
She is the Owner & Clinical Director of her private practice- Llewellyn Wellness and Consulting and the President and Founder of nonprofit organization, Adventists for Social Justice, a movement focused on developing justice oriented churches in marginalized communities. ASJ's goal is to equip, educate and empower.
Her favorite quote is “I am human, let nothing human be alien to me."
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Professor LoGiudice is the Director of Disability Access and Compliance at The City College of New York. His focus of practice/research is in disability, LGBTQ, sexuality studies, intersectionality, organizational theories.
LoGiudice, J. (2016. Restructure, Reframe DS Offices by Implementing Disability Studies Concepts, Disability Compliance for Higher Education 22 (6), 1, 4
Education: Master of Social Work, NYU, 2008
Cheryl Lopez, LCSW, DSW is a Sanctuary train the trainer who earned her Masters Degree from Columbia University and her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work at NYU Silver. Her aim is to advance trauma-informed clinical practices and sensitive multicultural approaches for Latinx communities. Her career has focused on providing trauma-informed clinical care to diverse populations and ages. She has focused on child development, complex trauma, and the benefits of evidence-based interventions such as Art/Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Cheryl has established school-based mental health programs in an inner-city school and village districts and has adapted DBT to meet the emotional needs of Latinx families. She is passionate about teaching and learning by helping individuals and their families overcoming barriers impeding their recovery. Her work has been providing therapy, supervision, and teaching to students, clients, and administrators.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Kelsey Louie is the Chief Executive Officer of The Door and Broome Street Academy, one of NYC’s leading youth development organizations and charter high schools. Between 2014 and 2021, he was the CEO of Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization. Prior to that, Kelsey served as the Chief Operating Officer of Harlem United Community AIDS Center.
Kelsey’s rigorous, data-driven management style, sophisticated evaluation processes, and commitment to staff development have brought concrete, measurable results to the lives of clients and staff throughout his career in social services at such as New York Foundling, Veritas Therapeutic Community, and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services as well. His areas of expertise include HIV and AIDS prevention and care, behavioral health, addiction services, homelessness, LGBTQ+ issues, and family and children’s services.
Kelsey holds an MSW from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Dr. Antoine Lovell is an Assistant Professor at Morgan State University, School of Social Work. Dr. Lovell is a social policy researcher studying how race and racism impact public policymaking and administration —through a social justice lens. His program of research focuses on understanding how to improve the use of scientific evidence to inform government action surrounding homelessness among children and young adults.
Dr. Lovell’s research has been funded by the William T. Grant Foundation to review federal and state housing policies and also by Trinity Church Wall Street Philanthropies to investigate risk factors among homeless emerging/young adults.
Dr. Lovell holds a Bachelor of Arts from the City University of New York, Hunter College; Master of Public Administration from Long Island University; Master of Social Work from New York University, Silver School of Social Work; and a Doctorate in Social Policy from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. In addition, Dr. Lovell completed his research residency at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice.
Graduate Student Adjunct
Rachel Ludeke is a PhD candidate at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She has worked in the child welfare field as an administrator for transitioning foster youth programs in New Jersey and has also served as a program coordinator for various programs related to homelessness, disaster relief, and nonprofit management and governance. Her research examines educational and employment disparities of child welfare involved youth through the use of social network analysis. Currently, Rachel is a research assistant for an ongoing R21 parenting project under Dr. Darcey Merritt. She holds a BA in English and History/Political Science from Rutgers University and a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers School of Social Work.
Merritt, D.H. & Ludeke, R.L. (2020). Post-adoption services: Needs and Type. In Wrobel, G.M., Helder, E., & Marr, E. (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Adoption, (pp.483-492). Routledge.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Karolina Lukasiewicz is migration and public policy researcher at the Centre of Migration Research and a lecturer at Silver School of Social Work at the New York University. Her research published in journals such as International Migration or City&Community is focused on immigrant communities and poverty policies in urban contexts. She has been studying these topics for the last 15 years in European and American cities using quantitative and quantitative research methods. Additionally to her academic engagement, Karolina is an evaluation consultant for organizations directly serving immigrant communities, including the NYU Center for New Immigrant Education. Prior to joining CMR and Silver School, Karolina was a researcher at the Centre for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies. She received her postdoctoral training at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU, PhD in Sociology at the Jagiellonian University and M.A.s in European Political Sociology at Dalarna University and at the Jagiellonian University.