Adjunct Faculty

Lekeisha Dawkins MSW, LCSW, CASAC, SAP New York |
Adjunct Lecturer
Lekeisha Dawkins

Professor Dawkins is a LCSW, who has been in the field of human Service for 19 yrs. embraced various, roles from line staff Clinician to managerial. In 2004, she earned a Master degree in the area of Social Work from New York University and BA in Psychology Lehman College in 1998. She has CASAC certification and OASAS NYS Impaired Driving Evaluator. In 2009, she received training at Yeshiva University for SIFI and mentored several Social Workers, CASAC and Mental Health Counselor interns. Mrs. Dawkins completed Post-Graduate coursework in Applied Behavioral Analysis at Mercy College in 2015. Lastly, she has trained at the Williamson Alanson White Institute, Intensive Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis Program in 2016. Currently, Mrs. Dawkins is employed and serves as the Site Director at Montefiore Medical Center, Division of Substance Abuse Opioid Treatment program located in Bronx, New York. She operates in a dual capacity, Administrative and Clinical with hands-on involvement with the staff in providing direct substance treatment and medication assistance for addicted individuals, who manifest a wide range of problems related to the disorder, especially the dually-diagnosed (mental health & substance abuse). Mrs. Dawkins’s experience extends beyond her present role as a Site Director, as she have worked in the areas of mental health, HIV/AIDS, grant-funded programs, Grant Reviewer for SAMHSA, Drug addiction (inpatient & outpatient), teaching, worked with community-based programs for school age children with special needs, quality improvement/assurance auditor, which have all added to her foundation as a Clinician. Mrs. Dawkins thrives on the opportunity to bring the everyday clinical practice work to the classroom setting in order to cultivate students into clinicians.

Awarded: "The wholeness of Life Award" 5/2012- issued by the NYC Health Care Chapliancy from the Pastoral Care Department
Professional affliations: NASW, Pajacam Inc.

Kara Marie Dean-Assael LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Kara has been working with children and families for the past 16 years. She is passionate about helping to create and disseminate programs and practices to improve family mental health. She has worked for the past several years on creating and testing a model to help children and families with behavioral difficulties, called the 4 Rs and 2 Ss for Strengthening Families. She has trained clinicians and supervisors on how to utilize this model with children and families in their clinic settings. She currently works for the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research where she is the Co-Director of the Clinical Education and Innovation Department and the Clinical Leader for the Community Technical Assistance Center (CTAC). As an innovator, she creates, coordinates, manages, and facilitates various clinical projects both locally and nationally. Two years ago, Kara also co-founded a 501c3 called Fareground Community Cafe, which is a collaborative project with the community of Beacon, NY, where children and families from the entire community can gather to enjoy a healthy meal that functions on a ‘pay what you can’ model.

Her interests are in family mental health, best practices in child outpatient mental health settings, food insecurity in the U.S., and community mental health.

She earned her MSW from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2001. She has participated in many trainings and courses to further her education.


Gopalan, G., Franco, L., Dean-Assael, K., McGuire-Schwartz, M., Chacko, A., and McKay, M. (2014). “Statewide Implementation of the 4 Rs and 2 Ss for Strengthening Families”. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work. 11(1-2): 84-96. 
Mercado, M., Beharie, N., and Dean-Assael, K. (2014). “Examining the Association Between Food Insecurity and Children's Educational Outcomes”. Accepted Abstract for Society of Social Work and Research Annual Program Meeting, January 2014, San Antonio, Tx. 
Gopalan, G., Bannon, W., Dean-Assael, K, Fuss, A, Gardner, L, LaBarbera, B., and McKay, M. (2011). “Multiple Family Groups: An Engaging Intervention for Child Welfare Involved Families”. Child Welfare. 90(4): 135–156.


Zoila Del-Villar MS, MA, EdD candidate, CASAC |
Adjunct Lecturer
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Zoila A. Del-Villar is an Ed.D. candidate in the Department of Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Zoila’s research applies social justice education to the area of field practiucm within higher education. Her knowledge and experience with critical race theory counters the dominate narrative in spaces of learning and contributes to the effective use of anti-oppression and anti-racism in social work curricula at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is currently an adjunct professor at New York University and Lehman College.

Dr. Kelly Dennis |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Ralph Depalo PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Professor

Dr. De Palo is the Director of Congregate Care for Archcare Senior Life PACE ( Program All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Program, New York City.

His areas of expertise are in clinical practice with trauma , palliative care, and chronic and terminal illness. His current research is in neurobiology and Social Work Practice with autism spectrums and PTSD, particularly with veterans . He is on the scientific advisory boards of Global Stress Initiative, Stand for the Troops and The Huffington Post.

Dr. DePalo received a certificate in analytic psychotherapy from The Alfred Adler Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City chartered by The New York State Board of Regents.    He received a full two year scholarship for his MSW studies from The National Institute of Mental Health in Gerontological Community Mental Health. He earned a Ph.D from the New York University Silver School of Social Work in 1997 after my scholarship from NIMH.


Fabiola Desmont |
Adjunct Lecturer
Ms. Victoria Dexter |
Adjunct Lecturer
Aida Diallo MSW, LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
Aida Diallo

Aida Diallo is a Social Welfare and Policies professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at the City College of New York and her Masters degree in Social Work at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.

Aida worked in case management in the New York’s foster care system where she successfully handled caseloads related to children’s welfare and participated in various meetings pertaining to the development and improvement of the New York foster care system. 

Aida was also employed by the New York City Department of Homeless Services, as a licensed Master Social Worker, and was constantly in contact with clients in need and learned the deep implications of social welfare policies and its impact on service delivery. 

Aida has taught Introduction to Social Work as well and is a Certified Field Instructor supervising MSW students. She is currently the Supervising Family Case Manager at African Services Committee, a nonprofit organization dedicated in assisting immigrants, refugees, and asylees from across the African Diaspora.

Lily Ann Divino MSSW, MPH, LCSW (NY) LICSW (MA) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Lily Ann M. Divino, LCSW, MPH is an administrator for adolescent health data management and school-based health social work for NYC Health+Hospitals. She is a bilingual/bicultural social worker and public health professional with 23+ years of experience in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, adolescents and families, Asian Pacific Islander health and mental health. She is focused on improving health outcomes and equity for marginalized groups. She co-founded Kalusugan Coalition, Inc. (KC), a Filipino community health organization. Other areas of expertise include: community-participatory based research, coalition development, non-profit management, cultural sensitivity, program and evaluation planning.
She completed post-graduate training in Data and Analysis; Leadership, Management, and Governance; Policy and Programs; and Education and Workforce Development at Boston University School of Public Health. She received her MSSW from Columbia University School of Social Work and MPH from Mailman School of Public Health. Her BA is from the College of the Holy Cross.

Robin Donath MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Robin Donath is a clinical social worker in private practice, specializing in working with children, adolescents, and their parents. She is also a mental health consultant at the JBFCS's Child Development Center. She teaches clinical practice classes at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in addition to teaching at the Silver School of Social Work. Her area of expertise is children and adolescents, with a focus on prevention through working with parents.  
Robin is a graduate of the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She is also a graduate of the National Institute for Psychotherapy's Three-year Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program and the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity's One-year Post-analytic Training Program.

Select Publications:
Straussner, Naegle, Gillespie, Wolkstein, Donath & Azmitia. (2006).  The SATOL project: An interdisciplianary model of technology for research-to-practice in clinical supervision for addiction treatment.  Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 3(3-4),39-54.   

Donath, R. (2010).  When something more is too Much: The case of Paul.  Journal of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychotherapy, 9(4), 141-150.

Lyneisha Dukes |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Stacey Dutil MSW, DSW, LCSW (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer
Stacey Dutil

Dr. Stacey Dutil currently works full time as the Director of Counseling & Wellness at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. She received both her MSW (2012) and DSW (2019) degrees from New York University. Previously, she worked as a school social worker and her area of study during her DSW program included adolescent traumatic and disenfranchised grief and the relationship between trauma and the school-to-prison pipeline from a Critical Race perspective. She is also a consulting editor for Children & Schools (NASW Press).