Clinical Associate Professor and Coordinator, Rockland County and Westchester County Campuses
Areas of Expertise: Linguistically and culturally competent social work practice and education; mental health services in urban communities; integrated primary and behavioral health; and field education
Aminda Heckman is a Clinical Associate Professor and Coordinator of NYU Silver's Rockland County and Westchester County campuses. Dr. Heckman’s research interests are linguistically and culturally competent social work practice and education; mental health services in urban communities; and integrated primary and behavioral health. Her clinical experience includes inpatient pediatric psychiatry and outpatient adult mental health. Dr. Heckman was a postdoctoral research fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, and served as an adjunct lecturer and field coordinator at the Silver School. Prior to NYU, Dr. Heckman was associate dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College, where she had previously served as Field Education Coordinator. She also was Assistant Director of Field Education at Lehman College before coming to Mercy. In 2007, she was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New York City Chapter with its Emerging Leader in Social Work Award.
She received her PhD and MSW from Fordham University, and her BA from Ball State University. Her dissertation was entitled “Bilingual Social Workers in New York City: A Comparative Study Exploring the Benefits Accrued from Bilingualism and the Challenges Encountered in Their Work.”
Faculty Respond to COVID-19: Reflections-on-Action in Field Education
Dempsey, A., Lanzieri, N., Luce, V., de Leon, C., Malhotra, J. & Heckman, A., Mar 2022, In : Clinical Social Work Journal. 50, 1, p. 11-21 11 p.
South African adult caregivers as “protective shields”: Serving as a buffer between stressful neighborhood conditions and youth risk behaviors.
Small, L., Parchment, T. M., Sensoy Bahar, O., Osuji, H. L., Heckman, A. & Bhana, A., Nov 1 2019, In : Journal of Community Psychology. 47, 8, p. 1850-1864 15 p.
Barriers and facilitators to mental health screening efforts for families in pediatric primary care
Acri, M., Zhang, S., Chomanczuk, A. H., O’Brien, K. H., De Zitella, M. L. M., Scrofani, P. R., Velez, L., Garay, E., Sezer, S., Little, V., Cleek, A. & McKay, M. M., May 27 2018, In : Journal of Family Social Work. 21, 3, p. 191-199 9 p.
Beyond care coordination: Integrated health care settings for youth and their families
Chomanczuk, A. H., Mirabito, D. M. & Siegel, J. P., May 27 2018, In : Journal of Family Social Work. 21, 3, p. 200-213 14 p.
The intersection of extreme poverty and familial mental health in the United States
Acri, M. C., Bornheimer, L. A., Jessell, L., Heckman Chomancuzuk, A., Adler, J. G., Gopalan, G. & McKay, M. M., Nov 2 2017, In : Social Work in Mental Health. 15, 6, p. 677-688 13 p.
Integrated Behavioral Health Care for children and adolescents
Mirabito, D. M., Heckman, A. & Siegel, J. P., 2017. Social Work and Integrated Health Care. Straussner, L. S. & Stanhope, V. (eds.).Oxford University Press
Treading Carefully: Navigating the Minefield of Placing Bachelor of Social Work Students in Substance Abuse Internships
Heckman, A., Apr 2014, In : Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. 14, 2, p. 219-223 5 p.
Heckman Chomanczuk, A. & Forge, N. (January 2018). Do Bilingual Social Workers Experience More Difficulty Passing the Licensing Exam? Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington D.C.
Heckman Chomanczuk, A. (October 2015). Integrated Behavioral Health for Transition-Age Youth: Recommendations for Integrated Classroom and Field Curricula. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.
Heckman, A. (November 2012). Missing or Overlooked: The Asian Male Social Work Student. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Washington DC.
Heckman, A. & Warde, B. (October 2010). The Use of the Cultural Genogram with Social Work Students. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Portland, OR.