Adjunct Bios M-O
Professor Madonia is currently the Director of the Brooklyn Treatment Court where he is responsible for the implementation of policy and planning, oversight of clinical operations, management of federal grants and supervision of staff. He hosts numerous site visits to the court by international dignitaries and local and national visitors. In this role, he also developed and implemented the Brooklyn Diversion, Veterans and DWI courts. Mr. Madonia is currently the chairperson for Brooklyn Treatment Court’s Clinical Advisory Board and the Brooklyn Veterans Stakeholder Board. He also holds several committee memberships including the New York City Drug Treatment Court Regional Work Group and committees for Best Practices on Young Adults and Veterans. In September of 2009 Mr. Madonia was appointed by Governor David Patterson to sit on the New York State Board for Medical Misconduct.
Mr. Madonia is the co-developer of the Brooklyn Treatment Court Training Academy. He has conducted training for drug court practitioners through the New York State Unified Court System and the Center for Court Innovation. He has also conducted numerous workshops at the State and National levels. Mr. Madonia served on the curriculum development team for implementing veteran’s treatment courts in New York State. He is presently a certified facilitator in Moral Reconation Therapy. Mr. Madonia is a lecturer on trauma informed care for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. In addition, he serves as a trainer for the National Drug Court Institute, the National Development and Research Institutes and American University.
He also maintains a part-time private psychotherapy practice in New York City, where he treats adolescents and young adults with substance abuse and mental health disorders. Mr. Madonia has over 25 years’ experience working with the Forensic and Co-Occurring Disorders populations.
Mr. Madonia is a graduate of New York University (NYU), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor.
Michelle P. Maidenberg is the President/Clinical Director of Westchester Group Works, a Center for Group Therapy in Harrison, NY where she also maintains a private practice. She is also the President and Co-Founder of “Thru My Eyes” a nonprofit 501c3 organization that offers free clinically-guided videotaping to chronically medically ill individuals who want to leave video legacies for their children and loved ones. She created the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Program at Camp Shane and Shane Diet Resorts and directs and supervised the program. Dr. Maidenberg has advanced training in CBT from The Beck Institute and teaches a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy graduate course at New York University (NYU).
She is a consultant and trainer and often presents at conferences and publishes on the topics of childhood obesity, health and weight management, parenting, childhood development, socialization, general health related issues, trauma, assertiveness training, and group treatment.
Dr. Maidenberg completed Cognitive-Behavioral institute training from the Beck Institute in 2009. She earned a Master's in Public Health in 2006 from Hunter College, Urban Public Health - Community Health Education. She earned her Ph.D. in 2001 in Social Work from Yeshiva University, Wurzeiler School Of Social Work. In 1996, Dr. Maidenberg attended the Family Therapy Institute At SUNY Health Science Center At Brooklyn and earned a two-Year Postgraduate Training Certificate in Marital & Family Therapy. She also earned a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Work Administration in 1996 from Hunter College, School Of Social Work. In 1994, Dr. Maidenberg earned her Master's in Social Work from New York University, Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School Of Social Work.
Dr. Mallow is the Director, Social Work for the Montefiore Medical Group, Montefiore Medical Center Bronx NY, an Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine, and adjunct faculty at Adelphi University School of Social Work. Her professional and research interests include treatment of substance using adult survivors of childhood trauma, adult survivors of critical incidents, and provision of collaborative care in primary health care. She has published with colleagues, Blackmore, M.A., Carelton, K.E., Ricketts, S.M., Patel, U.B., Stein, D., Mallow, A., Deluca, J.P, and Chung, H. (in press). Comparison of collaborative care and colocation treatment for patients with clinically significant depression symptoms in primary care. Psychiatric Services; Dr. Mallow is on the Editorial Board of Urban Social Work and a reviewer for Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions.
Marc is a consultant and educator specializing in leadership development. His background is in global health and philanthropy, having served in director roles with an international grantmaking foundation, a medical relief organization, and an NGO preventing child mortality in West Africa. Marc studied adaptive leadership while pursuing his MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School from 2009-2010 and served as a Teaching Assistant to Dr. Dean Williams. He has since facilitated numerous leadership training programs for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. As an Adjunct Lecturer, Marc teaches leadership in graduate courses and co-facilitates NYU Silver’s Adaptive Leadership Fellowship Program where select graduate students learn intensively about the framework and apply it in the context of their fieldwork placements. Marc is also a Lecturer at the University of California, Davis Graduate School of Management. In addition to his MPA, he holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MSW from the University of California, Berkeley.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Karen Manasse teaches second-year practice courses at the Silver School of Social Work. She also provides clinical supervision to social workers and consultation on program development to administrators at Harlem RBI and East Harlem Tutorial Program.
She also worked at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, where she supervised social work staff, and at Safe Horizon, where she was the director of the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment Services (CATS) program.
Karen has expertise in working with children who have experienced trauma, and she provides individual supervision, group supervision, and ongoing training to social workers in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She also has extensive experience in school social work, both in direct service and supervision of school social workers. She received her BA in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania and an MSW from NYU, where she was the recipient of the Key Pin Award for scholarship and leadership.
Shreya Mandal is the Owner of One World Mitigation, a mitigation consulting practice that collaborates with law firms throughout the United States. She has nearly twenty years of combined forensic and clinical experience in capital defense, criminal defense, immigration law, and personal injury law. She has been a qualified expert witness in both federal and state courts since 2005. In addition, she has an evening psychotherapy practice in New York City. Professor Mandal is a Chapter Author in Forensic Social Work: Psychosocial and Legal Issues Across Diverse Populations and Settings, Second Edition. She earned a Master of Social Work degree from Smith College School for Social Work and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School. Professor Mandal is also a graduate of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma, Harvard Medical School, where she received a postgraduate degree in Global Mental Health and Trauma Recovery.
Nelly Marte has worked in both the child welfare system and private practice for over 25 years. She has counseled families that have been impacted by domestic violence, trauma, physical and sexual abuse and socio-cultural issues. In addition, she is EMDR trained to process trauma. She has worked in New York City her entire career serving diverse communities dealing with immigration issues such as acculturation, separation and reunification. Dr. Marte’s dissertation was on ‘The Experience of Early Parental Separation due to Piecemeal Immigration to the United States Among Dominicans.’ For over 20 years, she has supervised social workers on achieving their professional goals including credentials for the LCSW. She has guest lectured at the Fordham University School of Social Work and has taught topics that include: Basic Counseling Techniques, Play Therapy with Sexually Abused Children, Understanding Your Child's Development, Cultural Sensitivity & Treatment Issues with Hispanic Clients, and Recognizing the Signs of Abuse and Neglect.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Porsche L. Martin, LCSW, is currently in private practice specializing in child and adolescent, couples and family therapy integrating clinical practice with mindfulness, nutrition, exercise and sleep foci, and serves as behavioral health consultant to non-profit organizations as the founder of Martin Professional Psychotherapy and Consulting.
Ms. Martin’s research interests include associations between spirituality and mental health, health disparities and oppression, and neuroscience and human behavior. Porsche serves as adjunct lecturer at NYU Silver and Hunter Silberman Schools of Social Work, lecturing in first and second year courses in Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Clinical Practice, and volunteers with the New York City Medical Reserve Corps (NYC MRC). Porsche received the Exemplary Responders Award for her contributions during Hurricane Sandy. She has provided clinical and consulting/management services at Northside Center for Child Development, Mental Health Association, The DOME Project, Safe Horizons and Children’s Aid Society.
Ms. Martin received her MSW and post-graduate training in clinical supervision from NYU's Silver School of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Mary Mastria is a psychotherapist who has been in full-time private practice for 20 years working with adults, adolescents and couples. Practice specialties include eating disorders, trauma, mood disorders and relationship issues. She has conducted, published and co-authored research on ethnicity and eating disorders and eating disorders treatment (Eating disorders changes in the DSM-5: Clinical Implications, 2013). She received NJ state certification in child sexual abuse treatment and has advanced training and a doctorate in clinical social work from New York University.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Reji Mathew is a senior clinical social worker at the Counseling and Wellness division of the New York University Student Health Center. Her interests include health and wellness, health care advocacy, integrative psychotherapy, and coping skills education. She is trained in CBT, DBT, TB-CBT, EMDR, Narrative Thearpy and the Voice Dialogue method.
Dr. Mathew earned a BSW from Dominican College and an MSW and PhD from New York University School of Social Work. Dr. Mathew is the recipient of the 2004 Greenstein Fellowship Dissertation Award. She also received an Alumni Service Award for her health advocacy writing from the Dominican College Alumni Association in 2012.
Dr. Mathew is a freelance health advocacy writer. She publishes a web-site showcasing her articles on wellness. She has interviewed numerous health advocates and experts in various disability and health communities.
She is an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work where she teaches DBT, CBT, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
She is also a member of ASJA - American Society of Journalists & Authors. See her Website for more information - Reji Mathew, PhD - Writer - http://www.rejimathewphd-writer.com/
Professor Amanda Mays has an extensive background in legal advocacy, training, community practice, policy and program development working in multiple service arenas such as psychiatric facilities, criminal justice facilities, immigration institutions and community settings. Her work has intentionally focused on marginalized communities with intersectional identity impact including those in the disability community, foster care youth, immigrant experience and LGBTQ+ individuals. Her clinical practice areas include complex trauma, grief and loss, affirmative identity formation/development, family/community cohesion and belonging.
She currently teaches both introductory and advanced, Social Welfare Policy and Diversity Racism Oppression & Privilege courses, integrating an anti-oppressive practice framework. Additionally, she is an individual and couples psychotherapist with a focus on LGBTQ+ communities of color at Blanton-Peale Counseling Center.
She holds an M.S.W from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work and a B.A. in International Studies from Portland State University.
Dr. Maria Mays is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, as well as Stony Brook University, where she teaches human behavior and research courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She is also the founder of a research and tutoring company (mlmConsulting), which provides assistance and expertise to students and/or human service agencies in research methodology. She often provides online tutoring for doctoral students preparing for their research comprehensives and assistance with the research methodology component of their dissertations. Maria’s previous research has involved program evaluations of ground-breaking community projects, such as an innovative intervention program for substance abusing pregnant women and a novel community policing project, as well working on creative evaluative measures for clinicians working with adolescents in residential treatment centers.
Dr. Mays has been teaching in academia for over twenty years and has received nominations for Outstanding Graduate Professor from Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society (2013) and the Award in Excellence in Teaching from the University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work (2004).
Dr. Mary C. McCluskey, DSW, LCSW, graduated with a doctoral degree in social work from The University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. She earned her masters in social work from Columbia University. She is in private practice in New York City, as well as a senior candidate in training at The American Institute of Psychoanalysis. Dr. McCluskey has taught social work at New York University, The University of Pennsylvania, Fordham University and Simmons College. Dr. McCluskey recently published an article, “The Pregnant Therapist: A Qualitative Examination of the Client Experience” in The Clinical Social Work Journal. She is interested in trauma treatment and prevention and the ways in which psycho-education and therapy can be utilized to prepare pregnant women for the realities of motherhood and to better facilitate healthier bonding and attachment.
Stephen McDonnell, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City. Stephen is a certified psychotherapist and supervisor in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) and Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples (EFT). Stephen is a graduate of Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University, and Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington, NY (M.Div.). Prior to private practice, Stephen was Program Manager for the HIV Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Dept. at Whitman-Walker Clinic, Washington, DC, and Clinical Supervisor and Trauma Trainer for Nassau County Dept. of Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Hempstead NY. Stephen has served as Field Instructor for Adelphi, Fordham, Stony Brook, Hofstra, and Catholic Universities, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Touro College, School of Health Sciences, and C.W. Post, Long Island University.
Joann McEniry, MSW, LSW is a licensed social worker in the state of New Jersey with more than fifteen years of experience working on advocacy and policy initiatives for vulnerable and oppressed populations. She has an extensive background in community organizing, designing and implementing responses to address social injustices faced by the HIV/AIDS, LGBTQI, homeless, mental health and substance use populations. McEniry has worked internationally in the development of culturally competent programming by conducting a community wide needs assessment in Moshi, Tanzania and by aiding in the development of a full scale HIV/AIDS prevention and education initiative in Miragoane, Haiti. In addition, she has a great deal of experience in non-profit development, administration and management and currently holds the position of Chief Operating Officer of New Jersey AIDS Services. Appointed by Senator Cory Booker during his term as Mayor of the City of Newark, McEniry also serves as the Chair of the Comprehensive Planning Committee of the Planning Council of the City of Newark overseeing HIV/AIDS community health planning for five counties in New Jersey.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Lockhart McKelvy has been in private practice in the NYU area for over 20 years. Prior to a commitment to full-time practice, he was involved in a variety of work focusing on HIV/AIDS-related services. In addition to publishing clinical articles in books and journals about his work with clients, he volunteered and worked for the GMHC and marched with ACT UP. While working at The Family Center he wrote the intervention modules used in an NIMH study focusing on the outcomes of permanency planning on children living in families with chronic illnesses.
Lockhart is interested in how the traumatic impact of teasing and childhood stressors can affect adult personality structure. He uses a variety of cognitive and psychoanalytic theories to help patients both manage anxiety and further integrate disparate "self states."
McKelvy, L. (1993). The well children in AIDS families project: A hospital-based program. In C. Levine (Ed), A death in the family: Orphans of the HIV epidemic. (pp. 104-109). New York: United Hospital Fund.
McKelvy, L. (1995). Counseling children who have a parent with AIDS or have lost a parent to AIDS. In W. Odets. & M. Shernoff (Eds.), The second decade in the age of AIDS: A mental health services handbook. New York: Hatherleigh Co. Ltd.
Drainin, B. & Mckelvy, L. (1995). Services for adolescents. In Goldstein, P. (Ed), Mental health services for HIV infected populations in New York City. New York: The Coalition.
Levine C., Draimin B. & McKelvy L. (1995). AIDS and its traumatic effects on families. In Y. Danieli, (Ed), Multigenerational legacies of trauma: An international handbook. New York. Plenum Publishing Corporation.
Draimin, B. & McKelvy, L. (2002). Their second chance: Grandparents raising their grandchildren. In D. Joslin, (Ed), Invisible caregivers: Older adults raising children in the wake of HIV/AIDS. New York: Columbia University Press.
Vera Michaels, Ph.D. Adjunct Professor
Teaching two courses:
- Film, Literature and Mental Health
- Love and Relationships
Have taught on on all three levels: Ph.D. MSW and Undergraduate; Private practice on University Place near NYU - with individuals and couples.
Sarah Mikhail, a licensed social worker, is the Senior Director of Community Support at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center. Sarah brought her background in child welfare to The Center and spent her first three years in her former role working to increase advocacy and education for LGBTQ youth within the child welfare system. In Sarah’s current role, she oversees programming that supports the LGBT community in building and sustaining families, career development, immigration support, HIV prevention, TGNC support and mental health services. Prior to working at The Center, Sarah worked as a social worker in the foster care system working to improve outcomes for youth aging out of care. Sarah is also an adjunct professor at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, where she received her MSW, as well as an adjunct professor at Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Madelyn Miller works with adult survivors of trauma and loss in her psychotherapy practice and community work, teaches and trains on these issues, and provides support for the well-being and resourcefulness of colleagues and programs closely engaged with survivors and their communities. She is Adjunct Associate Professor at NYU Silver School of Social Work, Master's Program and Advanced Clinical Practice Certificate Program. Since 1997 she chairs the Disaster Trauma Committee, NYC-NASW. Her disaster work includes direct response with a variety of disaster-specific organizations, as well as support and training with colleagues and community groups, as well as continuing education.
Broader areas of interest include her consideration of the complexities of clinical work with trauma and loss survivors, inclusion of a community perspective after collective trauma and loss, appreciation of the centrality of relational dimensions in all trauma and loss practice, and attention to the experience of clinicians and others working with survivors, enhancing what can be sustaining for them and supporting their creative efforts toward resourcefulness and resilience.
She received her MSSW from Columbia University, and her PhD from NYU Silver School of Social Work, where she was the recipient of the President's Service Award for Leadership, and the Silver Citizenship Award.
Miller, M. (2014, November/December). Reflections on social work in NYC in the context of Ebola. Currents of the New York City Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, 59, 2, 13-14.
Miller, M. (2013, January/February). What we are learning for the future: In the wake of Super Storm Sandy. Currents of the New York City Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, 57, 3, 6-7.
Miller, M. (2011, September 8) Reflecting on 9/11 after a decade. Blog entry posted on National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter website. http://naswnyc.wordpress.com/2011/09/08/reflecting-on-911-after-a-decade/.
Miller, M. (2010, January 19) Supporting New York City’s Haitian community: A message to social workers. Document posted by National Association of Social Workers, New York City Chapter, to NYC Chapter listserv.
Dr. Morgan-Mullane, LCSW-R serves as Vice President of Mental Health Services for Children of Promise, NYC (CPNYC). Dr. Morgan-Mullane conducts an extensive training program for MSW interns, licensed social workers, psychiatrists, and art therapists on site of CPNCY that allows everyone to gain critical culturally responsive therapeutic skills needed to support children impacted by parental incarceration.
In 2012, Dr. Morgan-Mullane and President and Founder of CPNYC, Sharon Content, successfully established the first outpatient mental health clinic in the United States specifically designed to address the needs of children and adolescents impacted by parental incarceration. Dr. Morgan-Mullane has also developed clinical policies and practice guidelines and launched an evidence-based treatment model which includes the employment of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, complex trauma systems theory, and Mitigation Practices, which are all at the forefront of trauma-informed clinical practices for children of incarcerated parents. With over a decade of clinical practice, Dr. Morgan-Mullane’s work explores the intersection of clinical social work, social policy, and criminal justice. She continues to present her research across the country which focuses on the intergenerational effects of incarceration, the unique psychological factors experienced by children of incarcerated parents, and the causes and effects of mass incarceration. Dr. Morgan-Mullane is also an adjunct lecturer in the NYU Silver School of Social Work where she teaches a course she developed on the intersectionality of criminal justice reform and mental health implications for those impacted by mass incarceration. Dr. Morgan-Mullane recently presented her research at the National NASW conference in Washington D.C., NASW-NYC, third and Fourth Annual CE Conference, and at the Global Prison Conference in South Africa at the University of Johannesburg. Dr. Morgan-Mullane recently published this work in the Clinical Social Work Journal on her research of the efficacy of trauma-informed practice and children of incarcerated parents and started the first Training Institute out of Children of Promise, NYC for licensed practioners to receive CEU clinical hours while participating in the anti-racist training practice employed within the agency’s community-based model.
Yuval Moses is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the treatment of attachment and violence based trauma and in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. He is a clinical supervisor at The Crime Victims Treatment Center Inc. and a consultant to programs building their DBT teams. Yuval also maintains a small private practice and supervises clinicians at different levels of training. Yuval provides individual and group therapy and specializes in both skill groups and processing groups. He is a level III AEDP therapist and has received advanced training in DBT and DBT-PE.
Born and raised in Israel he moved to NYC to get his graduate degree from NYU and speaks both English and Hebrew as native languages.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Brian Mundy is a therapist in private practice, a clinical trainer and consultant, and an adjunct associate professor at NYU. He is the co-founder of Sound Behavioral Health, whose mission is to support clinicians and service providers with making evidence based practices live and breathe in their work with clients. He is the recipient of the 2012 National Association of Social Workers - NYC Emerging Leader award in recognition of his clinical work with children, adults, and families. He received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from NYU, is a New York state certified Motivational Interviewing instructor, and has had advanced training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Multi-Systems Therapy, Functional Family Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy. He has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and his co-authored book Therapy in the Real World was released to wide acclaim on Guilford Press in July 2013.
Mundy, Brian & Wofsy, Matt. (2016). Diverse Couple and Family Forms and Universal Family Processes. In S. Kelly (Ed.) Diversity in Couple and Family Therapy: Ethnicities, Sexualities, and Socioeconomics. New York: Guilford Press.
Boone, Matthew S., Mundy, Brian, Morrissey-Stahl, Kate, & Genrich, Bethany E. (2015). Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Functional Contextualism, and Clinical Social Work. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 1-14.
Robinson, Patricia J. & Mundy, Brian. (2014) In Pursuit of Excellence: Developing Acceptance Commitment Therapy Competencies for Delivery of Brief Interventions. In M. Boone (Ed.) Contextual Behavioral Science and Social Work. Berkeley, CA: New Harbinger Press
Boyd-Franklin, N., Cleek, E.N., Wofsy, M., Mundy, B. Therapy in the Real World. (2013). New York: Guilford Press
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ms. Murakami is Program Manager of a psychosocial support program in Nyakabande Refugee Transit Centre in Kisoro, Uganda, with the community-based organization Friends of Kisoro. She is a DSW student at NYU Silver School of Social Work and Graduate Research Assistant at NYU Silver’s Center on Violence and Recovery. Ms. Murakami conducts live and web-based trainings domestically and internationally on topics including trauma-informed approaches, group work, social work approaches with survivors of persecution and forced displacement, working with interpreters, and provider wellbeing. She is co-editor of a book in the Geisel Series in Global Health and Medicine. She earned an MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work.
Murakami, N. & Thandar Shwe. (2015). Assessments and interventions: Strengths-based approaches in contexts of displacement. In K. Allden & N. Murakami (Eds.), Trauma and recovery on war's border: A guide for global health workers (pp. 49-84). Dartmouth, NH: University Press of New England.
Elizabeth Murdoch is the Director of Behavioral Health at Family & Children's Agency in Norwalk, CT., and maintains a private psychotherapy practice for individuals and families, also in Norwalk.
Areas of interest are attachment, trauma, and particularly family therapy..
Graduated from New York University School of Social Work (then the Ehrenkranz School) in 2004. Recipient of the Eleanor Seevak Award for mature students.
Tracy graduated with her Masters' Degree in Social Work from NYU in 2001. She has worked in outpatient, inpatient and private practice settings. She has certifications in Trauma-Focused CBT, DBT, CBT and MICA Specialist. She currently works as the program manager of Transitions, IOP at Jawonio. She created that program from the ground up. Tracy is passionate about her work and clients and believes in the concepts of neuroplasticity and that everyone has the capacity to learn and grow.
Dr. Nathanson graduated with her MSW and DSW from NYU. Her work focuses on clinical practice in serious illness and grief work, and she has 15 years of clinical and leadership experience in healthcare. She has authored several textbook chapters and she holds advanced designation in Clinical Supervision and board certification in Palliative Care, and has presented nationally on topics relating to caregivers, program development and best practices for medical social workers.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Elana Needle is the Anchor Collaboration Coordinator at Race Forward. As the Anchor Coordinator, Elana brings 9 nationally preeminent racial justice organizations together to work on short and long term collaborative projects to move the needle on racial equity in the US. Previously, she worked in the leadership development field, a childhood obesity intervention, and addressing various women's issues. Elana received her BA in Women’s Studies and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning both from Tufts University, and her PhD from Stony Brook University, in Social Welfare.
Elana’s research interests are racial, economic and gender inequality in the United States. Past topics included: intersectional analysis of domestic violence survivors, assessment of TANF legislation, middle school factors leading to high school drop out, and the extent to which desegregation in four CIvil Rights Era cities impacted African American residents. Elana’s dissertation applied a Social Determinants of Health theoretical model to childhood obesity, concentrating on the school food environment, race, gender and socioeconomic status.
Private Practice/Consultant: Margaret’s work experience and background are in the areas of CPS, HIV/AIDS, Foster Care, DV Services, PCP and international humanitarian services with Doctors Without Borders. She graduated from NYU in 2003 with an MSW and completed postgraduate training in couples and family therapy and a Certification in Couples Mediation from the Ackerman Institute for the Family. She has a post graduate certificate from NYU in Non-Profit Leadership and Management. She is a trauma informed clinician and a social justice advocate, a voice for women’s empowerment, embracing issues of gender and discrimination in the workplace, domestic violence, immigration, mental health and homelessness, poverty and its intersection with justice, race, oppression and privilege. Areas of Expertise:Reflective Supervision and challenging institutional structural racism and having conversations on how it affects patient care within organizations and how to move them towards a race conscious outcome. Recent NPR Interview with Nurith Aizenman.
Anthony teaches courses in peace, social justice, social work, and multifaith leadership. He previously served as Director of NYU’s post-graduate certificate program in Spirituality and Social Work. He has 20 years of counseling, coaching, management, and teaching experience.
Anthony is a Cofounder of MindfulCloud PBC, media and technology for social good. In collaboration with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., MindfulCloud recently produced an award-winning film.
Anthony has worked internationally and domestically in prisons, hospice facilities, inner-city churches and schools, and legal and social service centers. He lived and worked in India with Mother Teresa, and also in Latin America, with community-based organizations and victims of war and violence.
He earned law and social work degrees and is currently pursuing his social work doctorate focused on social justice pedagogy.
Jeanne Nugent is Clinical Associate in Psychiatric Social Work at the Columbia Day Treatment Program. She is also a Psychotherapist in Private Practice and Faculty in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, with experience in individual, couple and group psychotherapy, and specialties in disorders of anxiety, mood, personality, identity, and substance use. Jeanne received her MSW from Hunter College—CUNY, and her MA and PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeanne has undergone foundational training in DBT through Behavioral Tech-Linehan Institute, SIFI certification at NYU, interpersonal psychotherapy training at the William Alanson White Institute, and modern psychoanalytic training through the Center for Group Studies. She has extensive experience leading groups, including manualized treatment (CBT, DBT, Seeking Safety, symptom-management, relapse-prevention), specialized groups (substance abuse, diverse gender and sexuality, co-occurring disorders, gender-specific), psychoeducation groups (community resources, addictions), and process groups integrating DBT-informed, interpersonal psychotherapy, and modern analytic methods.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Meredith O’Boyle, LCSW is the Vice President of Behavioral Health at the Bailey House Behavioral Health Center, located in Harlem. Bailey House is one of the oldest AIDS services organizations in the country providing housing and support services to infected and affected clients throughout the city and the Behavioral Health Center is a recent addition to the programming offered for both HIV positive and non-HIV positive individuals.
As the Vice President, Ms. O’Boyle is responsible for the financial and clinical management as well as quality assurance of all clinical services provided by the Behavioral Health Center and to ensure compliance with State regulations.
Ms. O’Boyle received her Maters degree from New York University School of Social Work in 2003 and she obtained her license in clinical social work in 2007. Ms. O’Boyle has worked as an adjunct lecturer and field advisor at New York University School of Social Work since 2006.
Helen G. O'Brien, Ph.D., LMSW, is a trauma focused clinical social worker and an Assistant Professor and Curriculum Chair at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.
She graduated from Columbia University with a MSW in clinical social work and a Ph.D. from New York University.
Dr. O'Brien has conducted research on parenting including the influences of intergenerational transmission and trauma. Her post graduate training in International Trauma, Family Therapy, TF-CBT and PET inform her commitment to addressing the needs of children and families who have been impacted by trauma.
Joseph O'Callaghan, LCSW, is the department chair for social work in the Stamford, Connecticut, Public Schools. He supervises a staff of 30 social workers and provides consultation and support to the school district around children's mental health, family engagement, therapeutic education, and crisis intervention, as well as developing programs to support the social and emotional needs of the students and their families in the school district. He also maintains a small private practice.
His areas of interest include: school social work, the collaboration between schools and mental health providers, race, ethnicity and power in schools, trauma-informed communities and schools, supervision, and the training of interns.
Joseph is also interested in spirituality and, in particular, how contemplative practice can be a protective factor for victims of violence.
He earned his MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work in 1991 and also received a diploma of advance studies in educational leadership in 2000.
I am a clinical social worker and mindfulness educator in full-time private practice in Westchester County where I work with youth, adults and families using a variety of therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies. I also teach mindfulness to individuals and families as well as provide professional development in mindfulness to not for profits and schools. Before focusing on private practice full time, I worked across a variety of settings including hospitals, mental health centers, not-for-profits, and schools. I have a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Social Work from NYU. I also hold a certificate in Adult Psychotherapy from WCSPP and a certificate in Parent Management Training from Yale Parenting Center and am certified to teach a variety of mindfulness curricula to youth and adults, including Learning 2 Breathe and MBSR-T. I am currently a candidate for certification in mindfulness and psychotherapy from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Denis O’Keefe practices individual and family psychotherapy in Highland Falls, New York, at the Family Resource Center, where he is the clinical director. He is a consultant for the Orange County Department of Mental Health providing forensic mental health evaluations for the Orange County Family Court. He has extensive experience in the fields of child welfare and child mental health within the New York City and surrounding areas.
Dr. O’Keefe regularly teaches in the practice and policy areas at the Silver School of Social Work, including the courses Clinical Practice with Children and Social Welfare Policy and Programs. He has also taught Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families.
Dr. O’Keefe’s primary research interest is in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to study paradoxical social policy outcomes. His work seeks to integrate theories of individual and group behavior with classical models of social policy analysis to understand latent aspects of policy development, enactment, and implementation across a range of social justice issues.
He is the sitting president of the International Psychohistorical Association and active member in the Psychohistory Forum.
Dr. O’Keefe received his MSW and PhD from the NYU Silver School of Social Work.
O’Keefe, D. (2019). Can having quality interactions with immigrants decrease anti-Immigrant sentiment? The moderation effects of contact on right wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation and political affiliation. Manuscript submitted for publication.
O’Keefe, D. (2019). Quality or quantity: A relational re-conceptualization of the contact model and impact of quantity and quality of contact with immigrants on negative attitudes. Journal for the Advancement of Psychoanalytic Empirical Research.
O’Keefe, D. (2019). The immigrant other: Towards a psychohistorical social policy analysis. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, New York University, NY.
O’Keefe, D. (2018). The use of threat narratives to facilitate the displacement of childhood conflicts on to immigrants and their children. Paper presented at the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society 2018 Annual Conference TRANSFORMATIONS: Disrupting Dystopian Futures, Rutgers University.
O’Keefe, D. (2018). Perception vs. Reality: Testing the viability of a psychohistorical interpretation of the group threat approach to negative attitudes toward immigrants and the role of ideological and personality traits in perception biases. Journal of Psychohistory, 46(3), 179-206.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Olatunde Olusesi teaches Social Welfare Programs and Policies I and II at the Silver School of Social Work.
Dr. Olusesi is a program evaluator with NYC's Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), where he has worked in the areas of child protection, family preservation, advocacy, child evaluation, administration, program planning, and staff training since 1992.
In addition to his program evaluator duties at ACS, Dr. Olusesi manages Project Stay, a social work internship program that trains social work students to provide emotional support, advocacy, psycho-education, and other services to foster youth, especially those who go missing from foster care. He has also taught social work courses at Stony Brook University's School of Social Welfare and Lehman College's Department of Social Work.
Keenly interested in international social work, Dr. Olusesi has participated in the NYU Study Abroad Program in Ghana, as well as in a CDC-sponsored capacity building project for social workers in Nigeria, where he has founded an empowerment program that fights urban and rural poverty through social enterprise. A community organizer, Dr. Olusesi is a co-founder of the Nigerian Social Workers Association of USA.
Dr. Olusesi earned a BA (1st Class Honors) in English studies from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; an MSW from Stony Brook University; and a PhD in clinical social work from NYU Silver School of Social Work.