NYU Silver School of Social Work welcomed three new faculty members at the start of the 2022-23 academic year.
Clinical Assistant Professor Katherine Compitus focuses her research on trauma studies, specifically within the human-animal bond, with a focus on the disproportionate systemic oppression of people of color. This includes an examination of multiple aspects of society, including social policy, mental health services crisis intervention and the social determinants of health. Dr. Compitus is the author of the Zooeyia blog on PsychologyToday.com where she discusses crisis intervention in the human-animal bond and she is the author of The Human-Animal Bond and Clinical Social Work Practice (Springer, 2021).
Assistant Professor Tina Kilaberia is a scholar of gerontological social work, who recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. Her current projects include social isolation among older adults and their caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic and elder family financial exploitation. Dr. Kilaberia is a mentee in the 2022-2023 cohort of the Education Development Center's National Collaboratory to Address Elder Mistreatment Mentorship Program. Her work has been published in leading journals including The Gerontologist, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, Journal of Aging Studies, and Journal of Gerontological Nursing.
Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Professor Prema Filippone recently completed her PhD at Columbia University School of Social Work focusing on how systematic exclusion, stigmatization and racism serve as drivers for racial disparities in health care. Dr. Filippone’s research examines the effects of intersectional stigma and racism on women’s health decisions, engagement in care, and overall health outcomes. She will be mentored during her fellowship by Professor and Associate Dean for Research Marya Gwadz.
“Drs. Compitus, Kilaberia, and Filippone are outstanding additions to the NYU Silver faculty,” said Dean and Paulette Goddard Professor Michael A. Lindsey. “They join a cadre of top clinicians, researchers, and scholars, who are among the best instructors in the profession. I look forward to working with them to advance innovative research that transforms lives and ensure that our students receive the best possible preparation to be high-impact social workers.”