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Adjunct Faculty

Drena Fagen MSW, MPS, LCSW, LCAT |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Drena Fagen is co-founder and the Director of Programs and Adult Services at New York Creative Arts Therapists PLLC, a group practice specializing in the integration of creative arts therapies with best practice and evidence-based psychotherapy treatment.

Her area of expertise is in the use of art therapy with high-functioning adults in individual and group psychotherapy and corporate environments. She also specializes in educating social workers and other helping professionals on burnout and vicarious trauma through on-site workshops for community based organizations and on-going therapy groups. She has extensive experience developing and implementing social work-informed art therapy programs in foster care, juvenile justice, and other agency settings. She has received post-graduate training in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and trauma-focused CBT.

Drena received a BA from the University of Florida, an MPS (Master of Professional Studies) in creativity development and art therapy at the Pratt Institute in 2001, and an MSW from NYU in 2006. She is a nationally board-certified art therapist (ATR-BC).

Ilise Fay |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dan Ferris MPA |
Adjunct Lecturer

As the McSilver Institute’s Assistant Director of Policy and External Affairs, Dan plays a leading role in efforts to inform policy through community-led research projects and evaluation efforts, drafts legislative testimony and issue briefs, and supports a wide range of health care policy projects in areas including system transformation and Early Childhood Mental Health. Prior to joining the McSilver Institute, Dan spent over six years in government affairs and community engagement roles focused first on higher education and then public health policy. He received his MPA with a concentration in Public Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He teaches Policy I and II as an adjunct faculty member at Touro College’s Graduate School of Social Work and for the past three years an advanced policy course on legislative advocacy at the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Dr. Christine Fewell, PhD, LCSW, CASAC |
Adjunct Professor

Christine Fewell teaches advanced practice and substance abuse classes at the Silver School of Social Work. She is co-coordinator and faculty advisor of the Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders Focused Learning Opportunity and associate editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She has a private practice providing psychotherapy and supervision.    

Dr. Fewell has extensive experience working with people with substance abuse problems and their families and has published widely in this area. Other areas of interest include mentalization and its application to clinical practice, social work licensing, and ethical social work practice.      

She earned her MSW from the University of Chicago, her PhD at the Silver School of Social Work, and a certificate in psychoanalysis at the Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research.  

Select Publications:

Straussner, S. L., & Fewell, C.H. (Eds.).  (2011).  Children of substance-abusing parents: Dynamics and treatment. New York, NY: Springer Press.

Ruth Forero |
Adjunct Lecturer
Rachel Foster, Esq. J.D. |
Adjunct Lecturer
Rachel Foster,

Rachel Foster is Campaign Director for New Abolitionists, a national multimedia campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking. She is a Founding Co-Chair and Executive Council Member of World Without Exploitation, the national coalition working to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation. She has been an advocate at the Tompkins County Task Force for Battered Women and Sanctuary for Families, a community organizer at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, and a senior staff attorney and Board Officer at Brooklyn Legal Services, and a Board Member of the Citizens Committee for Children, Brooklyn Bridge Animal Welfare Coalition, Arts and Ideas in Motion, and Community Board Two. Rachel received the New Yorkers Who Make a Difference Award from United Neighborhood Houses for her work representing disenfranchised New Yorkers. She is the President of Heights Advisors, a real estate firm, and a Co-Founder of the Brooklyn Cat Cafe, an animal shelter and adoption center. 

Fighting Exploitation-Foster helps coordinate efforts to stop human trafficking

Monroe France M.A. in Higher Education & M.A. in Cultural Studies in Education |
Adjunct Lecturer

Monroe France is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at New York University. Monroe has over 20 years of experience as a professional trainer, educator, faculty member, consultant, strategist, and keynote presenter. His areas of research and courses include, social justice education, intergroup dialogue, race and ethnicity, intersectionality, class, global social justice, and gender and sexaulity. He has implemented, and managed social justice and human rights education programs, nationally and internationally. Monroe’s expertise in anti-oppression and social justice work has led to his appearing on MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show, regular radio interviews and presenting keynote addresses at national conferences and universities across the globe. He is also an adjunct faculty member in the NYU Silver School of Social Work and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Communication. Monroe currently serves on the board of trustees for the OutRight International and has received numerous honors and accolades, including New York University’s 2012 Distinguished Administrator of the Year Award, the 2014 Trailblazer Award from re:gender (formerly National Council for Research on Women) and the 2016 National Association for Student Personal Administrators’ Diversity Achievement Award.

Dina Franchi |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dina Franchi MSW, LCSW-R New York |
Adjunct Lecturer

Social Work Manager of the Institute of Advanced Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. My focus is on health and mental health with an emphasis on infectious diseases, trauma and substance use/abuse. I am also the Project Director of a Harm Reduction Program for people who are HIV positive and currently using substances. Focus of this program is the use of CBT, Evidence Based Interventions, Seeking Safety and Motivational Interviewing. In addition I Coordinate the Social Work Graduate internship program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. I am also certified in Trauma Informed Care. I received my Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University.

Yitzchak Frank |
Adjunct Lecturer
Molly Freyer MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Freyer is currently the Project Director of a research study examining the use of self-protective methods among survivors of intimate partner violence with disabilities. She previously served as Assistant Director of Barrier Free Living’s Non-Residential Domestic Violence Program, and provided counseling and criminal justice advocacy to women with disabilities experiencing domestic violence.

Her research focuses on multiple dimensions of intimate partner violence among women with disabilities. Integrating disability content into social work education is another area of interest.

Professor Freyer holds a BA in Sociology from Cornell University and an MSW with a concentration in Contemporary Social Problems from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She is currently a PhD candidate at NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.


Ballan, M.S., & Freyer, M.B. (2012). Self-defense among women with disabilities: An unexplored domain in domestic violence cases. Violence Against Women, 18(9), 1083-1107. 

Ballan, M.S., Freyer, M.B., Marti, C.N., Perkel, J., Webb, K.A., & Romanelli, M. (in press). Looking beyond prevalence: A demographic profile of survivors of intimate partner violence with disabilities. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Efrat Shoshana Fridman MSW, DSW candidate, LCSW, NYS |
Adjunct Lecturer

Adjunct Lecturer at Lehman College, teaching addictions and gender studies. Clinical Social Work professional with 18 years of experience in clinical and administrative positions, specializing in female addiction, with an emphasis on drug-addicted and dual-diagnosed women and families. Founder of the first single gender Day Center for addicted women, in Israel. Industry workshop leader to Mental Health and Addictions professionals. Current DSW candidate at New York University's Silver School of Social Work.

Presenter at "Lisbon Addictions 2017" conference.

Publications: Straussner, S.L.A. & Fridman, E. S. (in press). Substance use by urban children. In Phillips, N.K. & Straussner, S.L.A. Children in the Urban Environment: Linking Social Policy and Clinical Practice (3rd ed). Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas

Dr. Donna Demetri Friedman LCSW, MA, Ph.D. |
Associate Professor

Donna Demetri Friedman, LCSW, MA, Ph.D. adjunct Associate Professor is an adult, child, and mother-infant therapist. She is the  Executive Director of RMHA.   She completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Beebe at NYSPI at Columbia University.  Dr. Friedman has taught at the Silver School since 1999 and currently teaches Theories of Attachment and Early Childhood, Practice with Children and Groups.  She is a therapist in the Mothers, Infants and Young Children of September 11, 2001:  A Primary Prevention Project.  Dr. Friedman co-edited a special issue on attachment for The Journal of Clinical Social Work as well as a book entitled Attachment-based Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents. She is on the editorial board of JCSW.  She received the Outstanding Alumna Award for her work in infant mental health in 2009.   Dr. Friedman completed the three-year Anni Bergman Parent-Infant Program, of the Contemporary Freudian and IPTAR analytic institutes in October 2015.

Dr. Ellen Friedman MSW, PhD, CASAC, LCSW-New York State |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Ellen Friedman is a teacher, consultant, and has a private practice. Main professional interest are mental health and substance abuse. Recently received the Make a Difference Award from the Commissioner of OASAS.

Education -- MSW- Hunter, Analytic Training, PhD New York University.

Dr. Mathylde Frontus BSW, MSW, M.A., M.T.S., Ph.D., LMSW-NY |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Mathylde Frontus is the Founder and Principal of MKF Ventures, LLC., a social enterprise operating two consultancies that serve non-profit organizations and other neighborhood institutions. Avant-Garde Consulting offers capacity building services and technical support, and Avant-Garde Behavioral Health Resources offers mental health consultation. 
From 2004-2016, Dr. Frontus served as the Founder and Executive Director of Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS), a multi-service agency in southern Brooklyn. During her tenure at UNS she also founded two multi-stakeholder coalitions to reduce the incidents of community violence: the Coney Island Coalition Against Violence and the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative. 
Dr. Frontus earned her BSW and MSW from New York University; her M.A. from the Clinical Psychology program at Teachers College, Columbia University; her M.T.S from Harvard Divinity School; and her PhD from the Columbia School of Social Work.

Samantha Fuld MSW, LCSW-New York |
Adjunct Lecturer

Samantha Fuld, LCSW is a clinical supervisor for YAI: National Institute for People with Disabilities and is concurrently pursuing a DSW in Clinical Social Work at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. Samantha’s area of interest both professionally and academically is mental health in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorders. She is a reviewer for the Clinical Social Work Journal and has held a variety of supervisory, clinical, administrative and consulting positions throughout her career which included working as a mental health clinician for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, serving as director of a recreational program for teens with autism spectrum disorders, and allocating funds in the fields of mental health and disabilities for UJA Federation of New York. Samantha received her MSW from NYU and completed two years of post-graduate clinical training through YAI and the Schema Therapy Institute.

Dr. J. Ryan Fuller |
Adjunct Lecturer

J. Ryan Fuller has a private psychotherapy practice in New York City ( and is Clinical Director of New York Behavioral Health, which provides Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills, and traditional Behavior Therapy to individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Dr. Fuller has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and is a certified supervisor of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). He has conducted research on anger, aggression, happiness, relationships, and positive psychology. He has conducted trainings on addictions, couples therapy, weight loss, and many other topics.

Dr. Fuller has published in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Cognitive Therapy and Research, Journal of Rational Emotive Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Psychiatric Research, Aggressive Behavior, and Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Dr. Fuller earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his Ph.D. from Hofstra University. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at St. John’s University.