Adjunct Bios S-U
Panthea Saidipour is an LCSW in private practice near Union Square where she works with young adults in their 20s and 30s, adolescents, and children using a relational and attachment lens. She is an advanced candidate at the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center (PPSC), where she supervises MSW interns and serves on the Diversity Committee. She has taught in PPSC’s Clinical Journeys program. She received her MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work and is a graduate of PPSC’s Child and Adolescent Therapy Program.
I received my Ph.D from NYU in 1965. I have served as Director of Columbia University's Center for American Culture Studies, Distinguished Professor of History at Hunter College, and Fulbright Professor in Japan and Finland. My areas of professional interest include the Holocaust and issues of civil rights in the U.S. For thirty years I was the editor of PROPSECTS; an annual of American Culture Studies.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Milagros Sanchez-Nester has a private practice; Per Diem NYU Counseling and Wellness Services - SHC
Her area of interest is in College Mental; Acculturation/Immigration/Diversity Issues; Trauma; working with borderline clients
She has published the following- Responding to Immigrant Children's Mental Health Needs in the Schools: Project Mi Tierra/My Country, Children and Schools, Vol.23(I), 49-62 and The Effect of Stimulant Medication on Academic performance, in the Context of Multimodal Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorders with Hyperactivity: Two Case Reports, Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 4(2).
She earned her MSSW at Columbia University School of Social Work 1976 and received NIMH scholarship BA Lehaman College 1971. She has Training/certification in Advanced Hypnotherapy Training, NYSEPH, 40 hours 2014 NLP Center Hypnotherapy Training 80 hours 2011 Behavioral Tech, LLC DBT Intensive 2007.
Stephanie Elias Sarabia, PhD, LCSW, LCADC is a license clinical social worker and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor with over 20 years experience working in agency and community settings with people in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. She received her PhD from New York University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Convener of the Substance Abuse minor and BSW program at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Dr. Sarabia’s scholarship interests include risk and protective factors of substance use among adolescents, the role of parents in marijuana prevention, research informed interventions, and substance use among midlife women. She has also presented nationally and published on the topics of creative and innovative teaching approaches that engage students to becoming lifelong learners. Dr. Sarabia is also trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT), and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).
Ava Schlesinger is an LCSW in NY and NJ. She received her BFA from Parsons and her MSW and MPA from NYU; she was ordained as an interfaith/interspiritual minister in 2012. Over the last 25 years, Ava has focused on holistically addressing the short- and long-term symptomatology and human and community cost associated with interpersonal, gender-based violence and trauma. This work informs her depth of commitment to social movement and change. It has been her privilege to work both locally and nationally in the arenas of human trafficking, domestic violence, sex assault/abuse, child protection & gun violence; she has traveled on working tours to Thailand, Cambodia, Liberia, and India in pursuit of how to best serve those most marginalized and compromised. Through her travels, Ava recognized that she need not look further than her own backyard to work toward change, which is where her energies are currently focused.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Michael Schmidt is the Director of the AJC New York Regional Office. AJC works to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and to advance human rights and democratic value around the world. It does its work through reaching across divides and building bridges with community and global leaders and engaging influential and opinion makers from across different sectors. Prior to joining AJC, Michael served as the Chief Operating Office at the Council on Accreditation (COA). There he oversaw COA’s accreditation process, including the development of best practices for non-profit administration and delivery of services. Before joining COA, Michael served as the Vice President of New York Foundation for Senior Citizens (NYFSC) he oversaw the service delivery to over 5,000 older and incapacitated adults throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He also was the founding director NYFSC’s award winning 88-bed transitional homeless shelter.
Michael has served as an adjunct professor at NYU since 1998. There he has taught a variety of courses including on mental health and society, aging and the seminar for field placement.
Michael is extremely active in the areas of mental health, immigration reform, and diplomatic outreach. He has participated in many task forces and advisory committees relating to the field of aging, mental health and human services.
Michael holds a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, a Masters of Arts (MA) in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
Dr. Maryanne Schretzman leads the New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI), a unit of the Mayor’s Office reporting to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. Dr. Schretzman founded CIDI with the goal of harnessing the power of New York City’s Health and Human Service agencies to provide cross-agency data analysis in order to strategically inform policy decisions and foster interagency collaboration in addressing complex social problems. CIDI has undertaken research and policy challenges across various content areas such as: child welfare, juvenile justice, homelessness, poverty, health and aging. Dr. Schretzman holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Montana; Master of Social Work from Hunter College; and a Doctorate in Social Welfare from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Benjamin Seaman is the founder of Relational Minds, a group psychotherapy practice, and co-founder and Director of Communications of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is a former director of the Rowe Labor Day Retreat for Gay Men and continues to present workshops and retreats on a wide range of topics.
Mr. Seaman's psychotherapy practice covers a wide range of populations from sexual minorities to "third culture" persons living in NYC, to couples and men's mentorship clients. He also provides individual and group supervision in Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Accelerated Dynamic Experiential Psychotherapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy and regardless of population organizes his practice through the lens of Emotional Literacy.
Approved Supervisor and Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ottawa, Canada
Level III Training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, New York
Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, New York
Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York
Graduate Student Adjunct
Dayna Sedillo-Hamann Hamann, LMSW, is a Brooklyn native and a licensed social worker. Dayna works as a Community School Director for the Henry Street Settlement, leading a team of social workers and counselors to provide support and resources to middle and high school students at Orchard Collegiate Academy and University Neighborhood Middle School. In this role, Dayna is an integral part of her schools’ leadership teams and is responsible for providing professional development to faculty and staff related to socio-emotional health and more. Previously, Dayna has worked as a social worker in schools, at a family shelter and at a community health center. Prior to pursuing social work, Dayna was a high school Special Education teacher in Oakland, CA.
Dayna received her MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York, NY and is a current doctoral candidate in the DSW program at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Evan Senreich has been a faculty member in the Lehman College Department of Social Work, City University of New York, since 2008. He obtained his doctorate in social work from NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2007. He previously worked in New York in the fields of mental health and substance misuse programs for over two decades.
Dr. Senreich has had numerous research articles published regarding the experiences of LGBT clients in substance misuse treatment, the education of social work students to work with substance using clients, the difficulties of adults living with sickle cell disease, and the attitudes of West African immigrants towards substance misuse in the United States. Furthermore, he has had articles published regarding using a Gestalt therapy approach to social work practice and teaching social work students an inclusive definition of spirituality for use in practice. He was the Project Director of a three-year federal SAMHSA grant training social work students and medical residents in the use of SBIRT, a protocol for screening and providing brief interventions to substance using clients according to an integrated health care model.
Rei Shimizu, LMSW, is a PhD candidate at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She has clinical experience providing trauma-focused therapy for survivors of domestic violence and intimate partner violence at non-profit organizations and private practice in the US and Japan. Her research examines social determinants of health and food behaviors and their effects on dietary disparities by socioeconomic status in young adults. Currently, Rei is a research assistant for the Youth and Young Adult Mental Health Group led by Dr. Michelle Munson. She is also a research assistant for the Center on Violence and Recovery led by Dr. Linda Mills and Dr. Briana Barocas. She holds a BA in Philosophy from Bryn Mawr College and an MSW from Columbia University.
Shimizu, R. (2020) Who deserves to eat well? An analysis of equality and efficiency in US food assistance policy. Journal of Poverty, DOI:10.1080/10875549.2020.1731046
Adjunct Associate Professor
Fran Silverman, ACSW, LCSW-R, is currently the Director of the Department of Social Work and Home Care Services at Beth Israel Medical Center, having previously served as both Assistant and Associate Director of the Department.
Since joining Beth Israel in 1987, Ms. Silverman has been a valuable asset to both the Department of Social Work and the entire hospital community. In her current position she is responsible for managing and supervising clinical programs, overseeing a professional and paraprofessional staff of varying disciplines, and developing and directing graduate education programs for hospital interns across all campuses. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers – Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). She is a member of the Louis Armstrong Music and Medicine Center Steering Committee, bridging social work with other clinical disciplines and approaches.
Further, Ms. Silverman is professor at the Touro College School of Social Work and the NYU Silver Graduate School of Social Work. In addition, Ms. Silverman is an accomplished public speaker, having presented at conferences at the local, national and international level.
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the City College of the City University of New York, Ms. Silverman earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University School of Social Work. She has spent time as a social worker and team leader at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Assistant Chief Psychiatric Social Work at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. She is also an adjunct associate professor for New York University’s NYU Silver Graduate School of Social Work. Her work has been published in books such as Questions Patients Need to Ask; Summary of Conference Proceedings: Children and Families in an Era of Rapid Change; and Clinical Social Work with Substance Abusing Clients, among others.
She has received the Care and Compassion Award, co-sponsored by the Health Care Chaplaincy and the Wonderful World Award presented by the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
In Private practice in NYC and Amherst, MA with teens, adults, couples and groups. On the faculty at the NJ Institute for Psychoanalysis, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Eastern Group Psychotherapy Training Program. Adjunct faculty at Smith College School of Social Work. Interests included how to use dreams in treatment to tap into creative ways of dealing with their struggles, how to incorporate SKYPE into connecting with clients who are unable to come physically into an office setting, and the impact of culture on human development.
Jennifer has LOVED being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for almost 30 years and brings her experience to teaching and direct practice. Jennifer approaches her work, whether as a teacher or clinician, with three assumptions: people do what works, people do the best they can, and, small change leads to big change. These beliefs enable Jennifer to start where her students and clients are and collaborate on the development of meaningful and realistic goals. In addition to Silver, Jennifer is a Human Services Faculty Mentor at Empire State College, State University of New York. Jennifer and her husband are the proud parents of three awesome kids! Time with family, the beach, and books are Jennifer’s greatest joys.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Susan Dowd Stone is an author, advocate, educator, and therapist best known for her work in the cognitive therapies and women's reproductive mental health. She was instrumental in the inclusion of legislation protective to women and infants in the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act and has led nonprofit organizations associated with this cause. She is a public reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health and a recipient of numerous awards for clinical work and mental health advocacy. She maintains a private practice in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Her areas of interest/research include advocating for the use of evidence-based practices in clinical treatment, sound allocation of federal research dollars to mental health issues of greatest need, the cognitive therapies, and women's reproductive mental health.
Susan earned her MSW from New York University where she was the recipient of a President's Service Award for Community Service.
Stone, S. & Menken, A. E. (Eds.). (2008). Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspective and Treatment Guide for the Healthcare Professional. New York, NY: Springer.
Stone, S. (2006). Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice. In Ronen, T. & Freeman, A. (Eds.), Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Clinical Social Work Practice (147-167). New York, NY: Springer.
Christine Tabone is currently an Academic Advisor and Program Administrator in the Undergraduate program at NYU Silver. Ms. Tabone was the Director of Hotlines at Safe Horizon from 2013-2017, where she oversaw all clinical, operational and training aspects of the program. Prior to Safe Horizon, Christine was the Deputy Director at LifeNet (now NYCWell), a multi-lingual crisis intervention hotline offering information, support and referrals to treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. Ms. Tabone also worked on behalf of LifeNet at 211 call centers in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and again in 2008 after Hurricane Ike in Texas. Christine has extensive experience in program development/management and training. Areas of interest include domestic and sexual violence, suicide assessment/intervention, trauma recovery, and disaster relief.
Dr. Thadhani received her DSW and MSW degrees at New York University Silver School of Social Work. She also has an MA and MEd in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Thadhani is an Asian-Indian licensed social worker who has lived in New York City for over three decades. She has worked in non-profit organizations including community-based mental health clinics, on-site school and after-school programs, and city government for 29 years. Dr. Thadhani has clinical and administrative experience in mental health and public child welfare and has presented at international conferences. She is a director at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. In 2018, Dr. Thadhani received both a Professional Excellence Award and a Commissioner’s Collaboration award.
Graduate Student Adjunct
Pa Thor is a Ph.D. student at Silver School of Social Work. Her research interests include gender-based violence, family violence and relationships, community-based interventions, gun violence, and forensic social work. Pa’s current research project seeks to understand Hmong murder-suicides by examining any individual and structural factors associated with these acts of violence. Pa received her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of California, Merced and her master’s in social work from California State University, Stanislaus.
Eric Thurnauer received his BA from Cambridge University, his MSW and DSW from New York University, and completed training in psychoanalysis at the Training Institute for Mental Health, New York. His clinical interests include clinical theory, mindfulness-based interventions, and college mental health. He works at New York University’s Counseling and Wellness Services as a clinician and supervisor, and leads a clinical team focused on mindfulness-based interventions. He maintains a private practice specializing in emerging and early adulthood, and teaches clinical theory in the DSW program at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work.
Saumya Tripathi is a research assistant at Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC), School of Social Work, Rutgers University. Her current research focuses on study to assess the economic empowerment among the south asian immigrant women in New York and New Jersey.
With several years of diverse experience in social work, she worked with United Nations and Women's World Banking in New York City. Her previous experiences include working in corporate social responsibility and with multiple NGOs, government institutions, marginalized communities, informal economy and cancer patients in India.
Saumya’s areas of interest and expertise include women and gender related issues, research methodologies, social policy & planning, informal economy, international development and human rights. She is involved in a number of advocacy and leadership initiatives. She has been panelist and speaker to various events including United nations. She directed a short film on gender issues in India, acclaiming an award and wide media coverage.
A national beauty pageant finalist and model turned social worker, Ms Saumya completed her MSW at College of Social Work Nirmala Niketan Mumbai and received her M.Phil. from Madras school of social work in Chennai where her research focused on Gender sensitivity issue.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Patricia Tucker has taught a mini-course and a summer course on Gestalt psychotherapy as applied to social work practice at NYU since 2007. She has also been teaching the Integrative Practice Seminar since 2007.
Patricia is the former director of training and a current faculty member at Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy,(www.gestaltassociates.org) a four-year postgraduate therapy training program. She is also a former President of The Association for the Advancement of Gestalt Therapy (www.aagt.org). She is a consultant to the Streetwork Project, a drop-in center for homeless teens in upper Manhattan. She also maintains a private practice in Manhattan with individuals, couples, and groups. She has worked extensively in mental health settings since that time, especially in homeless housing and day treatment programs.
Patricia brings to NYU her enthusiasm for Gestalt therapy combined with her love of social work and her commitment to bringing a social justice/anti-oppression focus to her work in every arena.
Patrcia earned her MSSW from Columbia University in 1981, a certificate from Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy in 1985, and a certificate from New York Society for Eriksonian Hypnotherapy and Pscyhotherapy in 1995.
Dr. Tully has taught NYU graduate social work courses for 20 years in individual, group, and social policy practice, including post-graduate courses addressing children/adolescent groups. Dr. Tully has presented lectures internationally in South Africa, Germany, Lithuania, Australia, and Canada. He has published books, journal articles, and content in an international encyclopedia. Clinical expertise is in family/child victimization, women abuse survivors, HIV-AIDS, juvenile probation, and organizational leadership. He has practiced in the Bronx in the VSA Counseling Office, in Manhattan in the HIV-AIDS Center at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and in Queens in Juvenile Probation. He has an NYU PhD, a Hunter MSW, and an NYU B.S. degree (NYU Founders Day Scholar honors graduate; NYU Varsity Captain of Tennis and Platform Tennis teams – U. S. National Platform Tennis Champion.) A tenured Full Professor, he has taught at many universities, and is recent President of a global non-profit promoting group work in 20 countries across 5 continents. Advocacy work focuses on diversity and social justice.