Abigail Nathanson is a doctoral candidate, published author and part-time faculty at NYU, where her work focuses on clinical practice in serious illness and grief work. She currently serves as the Principal Investigator for a research project spanning 19 states on clinician death anxiety, and has 15 years of clinical and leadership experience in healthcare. She holds advanced designations in Clinical Supervision and in Palliative Care, and has presented nationally on topics relating to caregivers, program development and best practices for medical social workers.
Elana Needle is the Anchor Collaboration Coordinator at Race Forward. As the Anchor Coordinator, Elana brings 9 nationally preeminent racial justice organizations together to work on short and long term collaborative projects to move the needle on racial equity in the US. Previously, she worked in the leadership development field, a childhood obesity intervention, and addressing various women's issues. Elana received her BA in Women’s Studies and an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning both from Tufts University, and her PhD from Stony Brook University, in Social Welfare.
Elana’s research interests are racial, economic and gender inequality in the United States. Past topics included: intersectional analysis of domestic violence survivors, assessment of TANF legislation, middle school factors leading to high school drop out, and the extent to which desegregation in four CIvil Rights Era cities impacted African American residents. Elana’s dissertation applied a Social Determinants of Health theoretical model to childhood obesity, concentrating on the school food environment, race, gender and socioeconomic status.
Anthony teaches courses in peace, social justice, social work, and multifaith leadership. He previously served as Director of NYU’s post-graduate certificate program in Spirituality and Social Work. He has 20 years of counseling, coaching, management, and teaching experience.
Anthony is a Cofounder of MindfulCloud PBC, media and technology for social good. In collaboration with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., MindfulCloud recently produced an award-winning film.
Anthony has worked internationally and domestically in prisons, hospice facilities, inner-city churches and schools, and legal and social service centers. He lived and worked in India with Mother Teresa, and also in Latin America, with community-based organizations and victims of war and violence.
He earned law and social work degrees and is currently pursuing his social work doctorate focused on social justice pedagogy.
Jeanne Nugent is Clinical Associate in Psychiatric Social Work at the Columbia Day Treatment Program. She is also a Psychotherapist in Private Practice and Faculty in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, with experience in individual, couple and group psychotherapy, and specialties in disorders of anxiety, mood, personality, identity, and substance use. Jeanne received her MSW from Hunter College—CUNY, and her MA and PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jeanne has undergone foundational training in DBT through Behavioral Tech-Linehan Institute, SIFI certification at NYU, interpersonal psychotherapy training at the William Alanson White Institute, and modern psychoanalytic training through the Center for Group Studies. She has extensive experience leading groups, including manualized treatment (CBT, DBT, Seeking Safety, symptom-management, relapse-prevention), specialized groups (substance abuse, diverse gender and sexuality, co-occurring disorders, gender-specific), psychoeducation groups (community resources, addictions), and process groups integrating DBT-informed, interpersonal psychotherapy, and modern analytic methods.