Adjunct Faculty

Dr. William D. Cabin BA, MA, MSW, MPH, PhD, JD, LMSW (NY), LSW (NJ), LSW (PA) |
Adjunct Lecturer

William Cabin is also an assistant professor of Social Work at Temple University and adjuncts at NYU, Columbia, Hunter, and the University of Michigan.

Dr. Cabin’s areas of expertise are gerontology, home health care, hospice, program evaluation and management. He has authored numerous articles and made numerous presentations on the limits of Medicare coverage of Alzheimer's disease patients and the impact of for-profit ownership on home health care quality.        

He earned his JD from NYU Law School in 1972; an MA in sociology from The New School in 1973; an MSW from the University of Michigan in 2004; a PhD in social welfare from CUNY in 2009; and an MPH from Hunter in 2011. 

Dr. Claire Cammarata PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
 Claire Cammarata

Dr. Cammarata has been the Deputy Director of the New York City (NYC) Office of Labor Relations Employee Assistance Program (EAP) since June 2016.  She was the former Clinical Director of the New York City Fire Department’s Counseling Services Unit for over 15 years.

Dr. Cammarata received her M.S.W. from Fordham University in 1994.  She acquired her PhD in Clinical Social Work from New York University (NYU) in 2008.  Her dissertation is titled: “September 11th, 2001 and The Fire Department City of New York (FDNY): A Search for Growth.”  Based on her work, Dr. Cammarata was named a Fahs-Beck Scholar in 2006 and received the NYU Greenstein Award in 2007.

In addition to her position at the NYC EAP and NYU, Dr. Cammarata has a private practice in Manhattan that serves adults and adolescents.  Dr. Cammarata has provided numerous professional presentations focused on mental health issues among the emergency service population and has several journal publications on this topic. 

Stephanie Campbell MA, MS, MSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

After receiving her MA from Columbia University, Stephanie worked as a journalist until she was hired by Powers, Crane & Company. Lobbying led her to the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate, where she honed her policy and legislative skills. While working for a former chairman of the Senate Education Committee, Stephanie pursued her MS in Adolescent Education at the University at Albany to become a high school social studies teacher. After teaching for a few years, she went on to receive her MSW/CASAC-T training at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. It was there that she began working at the macro level on a variety of legislative advocacy issues focused on addiction and recovery. Stephanie joined Friends of Recovery – New York (FOR-NY) in 2015 and worked at the state and national levels to reduce stigma, advocate for changes in public policy, and promote a culture of recovery. In 2018 Stephanie joined the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) as the NYS Behavioral Health Ombudsman Program Director. 

Gabriella Cassandra MSW, LCSW (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Gabriella is Director of Social Services at Mott Haven Academy Elementary School. There she develops and oversees our trauma sensitive approach to education. Gabriella is especially interested in culturally competent social emotional approaches in schools. Gabriella approaches all her work from an attachment based and intersubjective lens. Gabriella graduated from CSSW in 2006 and has been a proud member of the Bronx Social Work community since then.

Robert J. Cautin |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Katherine Charlap PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Katherine Charlap earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D. at NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is an Adjunct Professor at New York University's School of Social Work where she teaches in the School’s Masters Degree and Advanced Certificate Programs in the areas of domestic and family violence practice and policy. In addition to her work at the School, she maintains a full-time private practice. 
In her previous position, as Director of Clinical Services in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, Dr. Charlap developed and implemented a comprehensive social service program designed to meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sex crimes, and child abuse whose perpetrators were being prosecuted by the agency’s legal staff. She personally wrote and was awarded more than 4 million dollars in federal and state grant monies for the D.A.’s Office Counseling Unit, and she participated as a member of the multidisciplinary team which established the first Felony Domestic Violence Court in the State of New York. 
She is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Dissertation Support Grant, as well as a Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation Doctoral Dissertation Support grant. In addition, she has been awarded the Diane Greenstein memorial fellowship from New York University Silver School of Social Work, and an Influencing State Policy Grant in recognition of her dissertation entitled "Counseling and Advocacy Services for Intimate Abuse Victims: A Study of Recidivism in a Mandatory Prosecution Jurisdiction."

Dr. Luc Olivier Charlap |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Benjamin J. Charvat MSSW, PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Benjamin Charvat is research director at the Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services, Office of the Mayor, the City of New York. In this capacity, Dr. Charvat supervises cross-agency research projects to inform citywide policy in the health and human services field. His areas of research interest include child welfare, youth development, youth violence and justice.

In addition, Dr. Charvat’s interests include LGBTQ youth involved in child welfare and justice services. He has held various senior government and nonprofit positions to advance policy and research as well as improve client services.     

Dr. Charvat earned his MSSW from Columbia University in 1988 and his PhD from Columbia University in 1999. Dr. Charvat was a recipient of a fulltime Columbia University Teaching Fellowingship while pursing his doctoral degree.

Select Publications:

Baker, A.J.L., Ashare, C. & Charvat, B.J. (2009). Substance use and dependency disorders in adolescent girls in-group living programs: Prevalence and associations with milieu factors. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, Vol 26, p. 42-57.  

Baker, A.J.L. & Charvat, B. (2008). Research methods in child welfare. New York: Columbia University Press.

Charvat, B. (2002). Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth: A view from management. Focus, 9(4)5-8.

Debra Chatman-Finley MS, LPC (NJ) |
Adjunct Lecturer

I have a private practice in Somerville and Montclair NJ where I provide individual and couples therapy. In addition to my Master's degree from the College of St Elizabeth, I have certifications in marriage and family therapy, traumatic stress, childhood sexual abuse and domestic violence. The focus of my private practice is the therapeutic treatment of the various forms of trauma ranging from abuse and neglect, to the traumatic effects of micro aggressions. While I'm trained in a number of therapeutic techniques including EMDR, they're practiced from a multicultural perspective. In addition to my therapeutic work, I've done numerous presentations on subjects such as "Examining Race Through Trauma Lens," "Unmasking Race With Interracial Couples," and "Understanding Loss Through Family Play Genograms."

Rosa Cho |
Adjunct Lecturer
Andrew Frank Cleek |
Adjunct Lecturer
Orsolya D. Clifford MSW, LMSW, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Orsolya Clifford teaches Human Behavior I and II, Clinical Work with Families, and one-credit intensives on practice with traumatized youth. She is currently a clinician at the Westchester Intensive Day Treatment Program of Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center, a therapeutic program that helps students in emotional crisis transition from hospital to school.

Her area of expertise is in working with traumatized youth and their families. Her previous work includes social work in residential settings, foster care, and at Hackensack University Medical Center. 

Orsolya received her MSW from NYU in 2004 and obtained postgraduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and in CBT for depression and trauma through the Evidence Based Training and Dissemination Center Project at Columbia University. She currently serves as vice president of New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Rockland Chapter, and maintains a private practice in Nyack, New York.

Terrance Coffie BSW, MSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Terrance Coffie is a 2017 graduate of New York University’s Silver School of Social-Work,​ where he earned his BSW and MSW with a focus in criminal justice policy and reform. Terrance is currently employed at The Doe Fund, as the PR Coordinator-RWA America. During his tenure at NYU, Terrance interned at McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research.​ Terrance was named the 2017 NASW-NYC Alex Rosen Student of the Year, the 2016/2017 Excellence in Leadership’s Award Recipient and ​NYU’s 2016 President’s Service Award Recipient for his development of the ​College Pathways Program​, and led to the founding of Educate Don’t Incarcerate, which assists young men of color and the formerly incarcerated in obtaining higher educational opportunities. His work has been highlighted in Chaney, J.R., & Schwartz, J. (with Coffie, T.) (2017). Chpt. 13: Race, Education and Reintegrating Formerly Incarcerated Citizen. NY. Lexington Books. 

Gretchen Cohoon |
Adjunct Lecturer
Valerie Coleman-Palansky LMT, MSEd, MSW, LCSW (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer
Katherine Compitus |
Adjunct Lecturer
Katherine Compitus

Katherine Compitus is a licensed social worker in New York and New Jersey and a doctoral candidate at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. Her research focuses primarily on pediatric mental health, attachment theory, and the human-animal bond. She is especially interested in crisis intervention and working with trauma survivors; she is a Certified Family Trauma Therapist and trained in EMDR. Katherine was a teacher prior to becoming a social worker and has almost 20 years of experience working with children and families.

Katherine currently works in private practice utilizing an integrative approach that combines psychodynamic psychotherapy, DBT, CBT, Animal-Assisted Therapy, EMDR, and Hypnotherapy.  Katherine is the founder and chairman of Surrey Hills Sanctuary, a non-profit organization providing veterinary social work services in New York State.  She also works at Orange Regional Medical Center as a psychiatric social worker in the emergency department where she works with clients with all types of mental illness (primarily those that are psychotic, suicidal or homicidal) and all ages, from pediatric through geriatric.  Katherine has an MSW from NYU and also a BA in Spanish, an MSEd (Education) and an MA (Biopsychology) from Hunter College. Early in her social work career Katherine provided bilingual social work services at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases and was a grief counselor for pet loss at the Animal Medical Center.

Vincenza Corcoran |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Jeanine Costley |
Adjunct Lecturer