Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Mary Acri PhD, LCSW (CT) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Mary Acri is a Senior Research Scientist atThe McSilver Institute for Poverty, Policy and Research, and Research Assistant Professor at New York University School of Medicine. 

Main professional/research interests: Developing and testing innovative practices to facilitate the detection of mental health problems amongst children and families living in poverty-impacted communities, and connecting them to services; maternal depression; peer-delivered services.  


Acri, M., Bornheimer, L., Jessell, L., Flaherty, H., & McKay, M. (in press) The impact of caregiver treatment satisfaction upon child and parent outcomes. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 
Acri, M. C., Bornheimer, L., O’Brien, K., Sezer, S., Little, V., Cleek, A., & McKay, M. M. (2016). A model of integrated health care in a poverty-impacted community In New York City: Importance of early detection and addressing potential barriers to intervention implementation. Social Work in Health Care, 1-14. 
Acri, M., Hoagwood, K., Morrissey, M., & Zhang, S. (2016). Equine assisted activities and therapies: Enhancing the social workers’ armamentarium. Social Work Education, 1-10. 
Acri, M., Hooley, C.D., Richardson, N., & Moaba, L.B. (in press). Peer models in mental health for caregivers and families. Community Mental Health Journal. 
She received her PhD from New York University.

Dr. Theresa Aiello MS, MSW, PhD |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Since retiring from her tenured position as Associate Professor, Dr Theresa Aiello has continued directing the Post Master's Certificate Program in Advanced Clinical Practice. She also teaches Social Theory and Clinical Practice for the DSW program at NYU Silver. Dr Aiello has continued her scholarly work on narrative, oral history, psychoanalysis and social theory. She recentedly presented her oral history project on Homesteaders of the East Village last summer 2016 at the Psychohistory conference at New York University, at the Narrative Matters Conference in Victoria, B.C. and gave a paper on teaching social theory and oral history at the Oral History Association in London. She has been an invited speaker at the AAPCSW conference scheduled for March 2017.  

Dr Aiello has been consultant to many mental health agencies including the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services. Her interests include the intellectual history of psychoanalysis and clinical social work. Other areas of expertise include: attachment theory, trauma and contemporary issues of child and adolescent treatment. She has also written on child treatment and on children and the arts. Dr Aiello, taught in the PhD program and MSW programs at NYU Silver. She was Chair of Human Behavior and helped to develop the Focused Learning Opportunity program in Child and Adolescent Treatment for the MSW program. Dr Aiello developed many courses including the first course in Object Relations Theory for the MSW program She co directed the Advanced Certificate in Child and Family Therapy for several years. 

Dr Aiello received the New York University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2000. She was elected to the National Academies of Practice in Social Work as distinguished practitioner. She also teaches at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies Psychoanalytic Program.

Dr. Walter Alvarez |
Adjunct Associate Professor


Darren Arthur MSW, LCSW, OSW-C |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Darren Arthur is a bilingual, English/Spanish, practitioner with expertise in oncology, palliative and end-of-life care, mental health, HIV/AIDS and LGBT clinical practice. He presents on these subjects both locally and nationally. Darren currently works as an Oncology Clinical Social Worker at Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Center and as a group facilitator with Gilda’s Club New York City. He has taught in the BSW, MSW and post-graduate programs at NYU SSSW, and is a Certified Field Instructor supervising MSW students. Darren has a Post-Master’s Certificate in Palliative and End-of-Life Care and in 2011 was selected as a Fellow for the NYU Social Work Leadership Fellowship in Palliative and End of Life Care. In 2013 Darren was awarded the Emerging Social Work Leader Award from NASW NYC - recognizing exemplary leadership qualities, dedication, and unique commitment to the social work profession and improvement of social and human conditions. Darren sits on the NYU Silver School of Social Work’s Dean’s Advisory Council.

Denise Arzola |
Adjunct Lecturer
Christine Ascanio-Acosta |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Emily Atwell |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ms. Nicole Avallone MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Nicole Avallone, LCSW, currently serves as Deputy Director of Programs and Policy at the New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, where she previously served as Director of Youth Services from 2011 until 2015. Prior to joining The Center, Ms. Avallone served as program director of the only government-funded psychosocial club specifically geared toward LGBT adults living with mental illness, and worked as a psychotherapist and later program director at a harm reduction and HIV/AIDS service organization in the Bronx. 

With over 20 years of direct practice and management experience, Ms. Avallone’s areas of interest and expertise include LGBT identities and communities, youth work, substance use and harm reduction, HIV/AIDS, intimate partner violence, among others. 
Ms. Avallone completed her Masters in Social Work at New York University in 2004, where she has served as an Adjunct Lecturer, teaching courses including clinical practice and group work, since 2014.