Adjunct Faculty

Karen Bagnini MA, MSW, LCAT, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
Karen Bagnini

Ms. Bagnini is a licensed creative arts therapist and clinical social worker who has practiced in schools and out-patient mental health clinics in Boston + NYC for 19 years. She completed her Master of Arts Degree in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University, and obtained her MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College of the City University of New York. She has presented nationally on community-building, anti-oppressive practice, and social and emotional learning in school communities and has held positions in direct service, clinical supervision, and program management. Ms. Bagnini's style of engagement attempts to foster individual strengths and collective understanding of identified problems as well as barriers to continued growth and learning. She embraces a firm commitment to ongoing professional development that includes how self-awareness impacts professional competence. Ms. Bagnini is also a practicing musician (piano, guitar, and voice) and has published scholarly writing about creativity, culture, and the practice of psychotherapy.

Meaghan Baier MSW, LMSW (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer

As the Assistant Director of Strategic Operations at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, Meg is an integral part of the team that manages the ongoing work of the Managed Care Technical Assistant Center (MCTAC) as well as a variety of other projects. As part of the team, Meg helps to oversee the daily operations of MCTAC as well as numerous on-going partnerships and the development of trainings, tools, and resources to support ongoing healthcare transformation work. 

Meg is a graduate of Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work’s Community Organizing, Planning and Development and has been invited to be a guest speaker at various Hunter, NYU, and Columbia's master social work classes. Meg is interested in supporting individuals and communities in implementing sustainable and effective interventions and programs. Prior to her graduate studies, Meg lived in Alaska working as an advocate for survivors of intimate partner violence and as a program coordinator for children who had experienced abuse and neglect. Ms. Baier is passionate about social justice and trauma informed practices and has a background in the development and implementation of community violence presentation plans and working within child welfare reform.

Wendy Bassett MSW, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer
Wendy Bassett

Gwendolyn (Wendy) Bassett, MSW, LCSW-R, is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Midtown Manhattan. She specializes in working with men and women who seek recovery from the aftereffects of trauma. Wendy’s expertise is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); brief, evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies for PTSD with individuals, groups, and couples; and veteran postdeployment mental health.

In addition to her clinical work, Wendy is a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD trainer and consultant. For more than a decade, she worked with veterans with PTSD at VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, CT.  A graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, and an Adjunct Lecturer at NYU Silver School for Social Work.

Gleneara Bates-Pappas |
Adjunct Lecturer
Besa Bauta |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Linda Lee Bederman MSW, LMSWR (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer
Linda Lee Bederman

After obtaining my MSW from Fordham University, most of my career has focused in the field of Mental Health. I have worked in inpatient psychiatry, community based mental health clinics, and forensic mental health clinics in NYC at Rikers Isalnd and with the Department of Juvenile Justice. Within these settings, I have practiced as a clinician, clinical supervisor, field instructor, Unit Chief, Clinic Director, and Mental Health Director. Currently, I am in private practice and for the past eleven years, I have been at NYU as both a Faculty Advisor and Adjunct Professor. My approach to treatment is eclectic, that is using different approaches based on the needs of the client. Some of these approaches include psychodynamic psychotherapy, strengths perspective, cognitive behavioral therapy, and mindfulness with children, adolescents, individuals, families and couples.

Erin Patricia Beischer |
Adjunct Lecturer
Christine Beluk |
Adjunct Lecturer
Jennifer Benetato MSW, R-DMT, LCSW (NY) & (HI), LMT (NY) & (HI) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Jennifer Benetato is an educator, integrative psychotherapist, trauma specialist, and the founder of The AMBIKA Method, an embodied psycho-spiritual approach for enhancing emotional wellbeing.   

Jennifer received her MSW from NYU, where she was the recipient of the Constance McCatherin-Silver Fellowship. Jennifer is also a registered dance/movement therapist, licensed massage therapist, certified yoga therapist, and trained practitioner of EMDR, gestalt therapy, Reiki, meditation, herbal medicine, and CranioSacral therapy. 

Jennifer was a presenter in NYU's first conference on Creative Arts and Social Work in 2015. She has also presented at NASW’s Social Work in the City Conference and NASW’s Addictions Institute Conference. She is a regular lecturer on mind-body-spirit approaches to mental health. 

Jennifer is licensed in New York and Hawaii, and works with individuals, couples, and groups. She is currently in private practice. 

Dr. Robert S. Berger PhD, MSSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Robert S. Berger is in full-time private practice. His area of expertise is outpatient psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and adults.
Dr. Berger earned his MS in social work from Columbia University in 1978 and his PhD in clinical social work from the NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2000. His dissertation explored self-perceptions in latency age children with Familial Dysautonomia.


Karen Bernstein |
Adjunct Lecturer


Barbara Biermann MSW, LCSW, RPT (Registered Play Therapist) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Barbara Biermann is an NYU graduate and has worked with children and families for 25+ years.  Currently employed by the New York Department of Education she serves children, families, teachers and administrators in the PreK 4 All program.  She teaches parent workshops and is a faciliatory of teacher professional learning (Thrive).  Other experiences include Heath and Hospitals Corporation (child psychiatry and pediatrics), preventive service (PPRS/ACS) and Columbia University – Teachers College where she taught a play therapy practicum course in the Clinical Psychology Department for several years.  Professor Biermann continues to supervise MSW interns in the field.

George G. Biglin |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ellen Blaufox LCSW-R (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Ellen Blaufox, LCSW-R is Director of Clinical Services at The Mann Center (The Jewish Board), the largest psychiatric, residential treatment facility for adolescents in New York State. Ellen has been working with adolescents, adults and families, survivors of chronic stress, trauma and mental illness for twenty years. During her time at The Mann Center, Ellen has had the opportunity to participate as a Core Team Member (for JBFCS) in the National Child Traumatic Study Network Learning Collaborative with the founders of TF-CBT. She has been practicing TF-CBT for nearly ten years and has provided consultation and supervision for TF-CBT clinicians. Additionally, Ellen was a Core Team Member of the implementation of the Sanctuary Model on the Westchester Campus of JBFCS. She participated in the adaptation and implementation of the Sanctuary Model from an adult modality to the adolescent population. She is an expert in the field of Trauma and CSEC (youth who are survivors of Commercial, Sexual Exploitation). 

Ms. Blaufox has been an Adjunct Professor at New York University Silver Graduate School of Social Work for six years, where she teaches Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege. She has also taught Trauma and Resilience at Iona College. Ellen is the Founder of True Edge Workshop whose mission is to empower girls and women by challenging their cognitive distortions and increasing their practice of self-compassion. She is a well-respected authority and has been presenting workshops on such topics as white privilege, feminism, self-abuse, trauma and depression for more than ten years. In addition, she is a contributor to Mary Pender Greene’s chapter “Family and Children’s’ Services” in the publication Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups. Ms. Blaufox is in private practice in Westchester County. She is a graduate of Skidmore College, NYU Silver School of Social Work, Circle in the Square Theater Summer School and NYSSA (Julliard).

Mitchell C. Borgida LCSW, QCSW, BCD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Mitchell Borgida earned his MSW from Adelphi University in 1984 and a post-master’s certificate in advanced clinical social work in 1994.

Vicki Breitbart MS, MSW, EdD, LCSW |
Adjunct Associate Professor

An accomplished public-health leader, Dr. Breitbart has dedicated her career, spanning 40 years, to improving health services. Many of the programs, partnerships, and policies that she helped initiate serve as models for other urban centers across the country. She recently served as Director of the Health Advocacy graduate program at Sarah Lawrence. College, Vice President of the Department of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, which she created at Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC), and served as Senior Vice President and Director of the Clinician Training Initiative at PPNYC, as well. She has held positions as Project Director at the Columbia School of Public Health for a national study, funded by the Ford Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and served as Deputy Director of the Office of Women’s Health at the New York City Health and Hospital Corporation. Prior to that, she served as Program Management Officer at the Bureau of Maternal and Child Health at the New York City Department of Health, where she managed the 300-staff initiative to reduce infant mortality in the city. Working with community and government partners, her accomplishments include founding the first Bereavement Program in New York City for families experiencing perinatal loss, establishing the Brooklyn Perinatal Network. In recognition of her work and leadership abilities, she was elected President of the Public Health Association of New York City in 2010 and has served as Chair of the Board of the National Abortion Federation. Dr. Breitbart is presently on the Board of Directors of the Reproductive Health Access Project and the Advisory Board of the Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program at Hampshire College. Dr. Breitbart has taught at CUNY School of Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and New York University. Her publications include books on education and articles on reproductive health and intimate partner violence for peer-reviewed journals.

Douglas Brooks MS, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer
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Mr. Brooks has 30 years of social service experience working in the fields of supportive housing, child welfare, early childhood education and mental health, with last 18 of those years serving in an executive or leadership position. 
As an agency executive, he has managed multi-million programs and services to help strengthen families, to help young people reach their full potential and to help adults with disabilities to lead meaningful productive lives. Mr. Brooks has extensive experience working in the private non-profit, government and academic sectors. He also has experience with the provision of social services at the direct practice, policy and executive level and is able to develop and integrate effective programs, services and systems to serve our most vulnerable populations. Currently, Mr. Brooks has founded and operates the Brooks Counseling and Consultation Group, providing mental health, mentoring and executive coaching to people in need. 
Mr. Brooks earned his MS of Social Work from Columbia University in 1994. Mr. Brooks also completed Columbia University's Non-Profit Management Program and Harvard University's Executive Leadership Program.