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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 is a clinical social work and public health professional with experience providing management, consulting services and direct clinical practice within programs focused on integrated behavioral health services, health systems strengthening, trauma and resiliency, sexual and reproductive health and youth development. She currently serves as the Team Leader/Program Director for the Manhattan Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team at the Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services, Inc. (CASES). Ms. Jha is a practicing bilingual psychotherapist with specific expertise in trauma and stressor-related disorders, psychosis, acute symptom management, individual and family-based cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic theory, child and family therapy, risk assessment and deescalation, and medical social work. She has held international and domestic positions in inpatient, outpatient, school-based, community-based and mobile psychiatric environments. She holds 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.
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, field 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 is a Senior Vice President at ICL, a large behavioral health organization serving adults and children throughout the five boroughs. David oversees programs and residential services aimed towards assisting individuals with serious mental illness reintegrate back into the community. He has been involved in the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery for the past twenty five years.
David's areas of interest include working with Young Adults with Mental Illness, Individuals being released from long term incarceration and Staff Wellness. David is very active in a number of committees throughout NYC such as the DOHMH Criminogenic Task Force and serves on the Mayor's HASA Advisory Board.
He earned his MSW from NYU in 1991 and attended the Ackerman Institute for Family Therapy and The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Association.
Implementation of a Cognitive Rehabilitation Program in an IPRT Setting, Winter 2001, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills
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 was Deputy Chief of Mission. While in Cote d’Ivoire, Bruce served as the Regional Refugee Coordinator for West Africa. Bruce worked closely with several UN 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 United Nations Office (UU-UNO) 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 co-chair of the UN NGO Committee on Human Rights, the NGO Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security, member of the NGO UN Security Council Working Group, on the Board of the NGO UN Committee on Sustainable Development and chair of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee.the Foreign Service Institute in area studies and diplomatic tradecraft.
I am the Director of Art Therapy at St. Thomas Aquinas College and I have a private practice where I work with families, couples, and individuals offering psychotherapy, play therapy and art therapy. I am recently retired from my position as a Student Assistance Counselor in the Clarkstown Central School District. My focus of practice is family systems therapy, DBT techniques, traditional psychotherapy, and art therapy. In the past I have traveled with STAC students to St. Petersburg, Russia, to bring art therapy to an orphanage. In May of 2019 I will travel to Beijing to teach a series of 2 courses at the Apollo Institute. I have an MPS from Pratt Institute and an MSW from the Columbia School of Social Work.
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 Field Learning Dept 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.
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 Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), the nation's leading provider of HIV/AIDS care, prevention services, and advocacy. He was recently appointed to Governor Cuomo’s Taskforce to End the AIDS Epidemic in NYS by 2020.
Kelsey previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc., overseeing the agency’s $42M dollar budget and managing operations, administration, finance, development, programs, and healthcare services.
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 fourteen-year career in social services at such as New York Foundling, Veritas Therapeutic Community Inc. and the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.
Kelsey holds an MSW from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University.
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.
Karolina Lukasiewicz is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. Her research is focused on welfare programs addressed to refugees and asylees in the United States. She is also a principal investigator in two projects focused on immigrant communities in NYC. She has been studying the situation of immigrants for over ten years. She received ten various international fellowships and awards for her work with immigrant communities. Her articles have appeared in journals such as International Migration and Journal of Family Issues. Additionally to her academic engagement, Karolina is involved in several clinical initiatives as a case manager, employment trainer and conversation partner in organizations assisting refugees. She is a member of different professional organizations, including Influencing Social Policy and International Association for the Study of Forced Migration. Karolina received her doctoral degree at the Jagiellonian University, the Center for Evaluation and Analysis of Public Policies.