Adjunct Faculty

Meredith O'Boyle MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Meredith O’Boyle, LCSW is the Vice President of Behavioral Health at the Bailey House Behavioral Health Center, located in Harlem. Bailey House is one of the oldest AIDS services organizations in the country providing housing and support services to infected and affected clients throughout the city and the Behavioral Health Center is a recent addition to the programming offered for both HIV positive and non-HIV positive individuals. 

As the Vice President, Ms. O’Boyle is responsible for the financial and clinical management as well as quality assurance of all clinical services provided by the Behavioral Health Center and to ensure compliance with State regulations. 

Ms. O’Boyle received her Maters degree from New York University School of Social Work in 2003 and she obtained her license in clinical social work in 2007. Ms. O’Boyle has worked as an adjunct lecturer and field advisor at New York University School of Social Work since 2006.

Dr. Helen O'Brien MSW, PhD, LMSW (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Helen G. O'Brien, Ph.D., LMSW, is a trauma focused clinical social worker and an Assistant Professor and Curriculum Chair at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York.
She graduated from Columbia University with a MSW in clinical social work and a Ph.D. from New York University.
Dr. O'Brien has conducted research on parenting including the influences of intergenerational transmission and trauma. Her post graduate training in International Trauma, Family Therapy, TF-CBT and PET inform her commitment to addressing the needs of children and families who have been impacted by trauma.

Joseph O'Callaghan BA, MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
Joseph O'Callaghan

Joseph O'Callaghan, LCSW, is the department chair for social work in the Stamford, Connecticut, Public Schools. He supervises a staff of 30 social workers and provides consultation and support to the school district around children's mental health, family engagement, therapeutic education, and crisis intervention, as well as developing programs to support the social and emotional needs of the students and their families in the school district.  He also maintains a small private practice.

His areas of interest include: school social work, the collaboration between schools and mental health providers, race, ethnicity and power in schools, trauma-informed communities and schools, supervision, and the training of interns.

Joseph is also interested in spirituality and, in particular, how contemplative practice can be a protective factor for victims of violence.

He earned his MSW from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Work in 1991 and also received a diploma of advance studies in educational leadership in 2000.

Elizabeth Libby O'Connor MSW, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Libby is a 1997 Graduate from NYU Silver School of Social Work where she continued work, study and advocacy around trauma, multiple loss and the impact of HIV on communities and their resources.

M Kim O'Connor MSW, LCSW-R (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer
M Kim O'Connor

I am a clinical social worker and mindfulness educator in full-time private practice in Westchester County where I work with youth, adults and families using a variety of therapeutic modalities including psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapies. I also teach mindfulness to individuals and families as well as provide professional development in mindfulness to not for profits and schools. Before focusing on private practice full time, I worked across a variety of settings including hospitals, mental health centers, not-for-profits, and schools. I have a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland and an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Social Work from NYU. I also hold a certificate in Adult Psychotherapy from WCSPP and a certificate in Parent Management Training from Yale Parenting Center and am certified to teach a variety of mindfulness curricula to youth and adults, including Learning 2 Breathe and MBSR-T. I am currently a candidate for certification in mindfulness and psychotherapy from the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.

Dr. Margaret O'Donoghue MSW, PhD, LCSW, |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Margaret O'Donoghue is a behavioral and academic consultant in Newark Public Schools, New Jersey. She provides trainings to school personnel across the district, and in-class consultations on issues affecting students and families in grades Pre-K through 12.

Her research interests include racial and ethnic identity, interracial families, parenting, and school social work.

Dr. O'Donoghue's published work is focused on white mothers of biracial children. She has also presented at numerous conferences and workshops on topics including: The White therapist; Race, power and privilege in the clinical relationship, Social Worker's role in the school setting and White mothers of Interracial children; and Negotiating the borders of race, ethnicity and culture.

Dr. O'Donoghue earned a B.Soc.Sc. from University College Dublin, Ireland, her

MSW from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work (concentration in community organizing) and her PhD in clinical social work from New York University (2000).

Select Publications:

O’Donoghue, M. (2005). White mothers negotiating race and ethnicity in the mothering

of biracial, black-white adolescents. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work. 14 (3&4).

O’Donoghue, M (2004) Racial identity in white mothers of biracial children. Affilia;

Journal of Women and Social Work. 19, (1).

Dr. Denis O'Keefe MSW, PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Denis O’Keefe practices individual and family psychotherapy in Highland Falls, New York, at the Family Resource Center, where he is the clinical director. He is a consultant for the Orange County Department of Mental Health providing forensic mental health evaluations for the Orange County Family Court. He has extensive experience in the fields of child welfare and child mental health within the New York City and surrounding areas.

Dr. O’Keefe regularly teaches in the practice and policy areas at the Silver School of Social Work, including the courses Clinical Practice with Children and Social Welfare Policy and Programs. He has also taught Clinical Practice with Individuals and Families. 

Dr. O’Keefe’s primary research interest is in the use of interdisciplinary approaches to study paradoxical social policy outcomes. His work seeks to integrate theories of individual and group behavior with classical models of social policy analysis to understand latent aspects of policy development, enactment, and implementation across a range of social justice issues.

He is the sitting president of the International Psychohistorical Association and active member in the Psychohistory Forum.

Dr. O’Keefe received his MSW and PhD from the NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Select Publications:

O’Keefe, D. (2019). Can having quality interactions with immigrants decrease anti-Immigrant sentiment? The moderation effects of contact on right wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation and political affiliation. Manuscript submitted for publication. 

O’Keefe, D. (2019). Quality or quantity: A relational re-conceptualization of the contact model and impact of quantity and quality of contact with immigrants on negative attitudes. Journal for the Advancement of Psychoanalytic Empirical Research. 

O’Keefe, D. (2019). The immigrant other: Towards a psychohistorical social policy analysis. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual International Psychohistorical Association Convention, New York University, NY. 

O’Keefe, D. (2018). The use of threat narratives to facilitate the displacement of childhood conflicts on to immigrants and their children. Paper presented at the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture & Society 2018 Annual Conference TRANSFORMATIONS: Disrupting Dystopian Futures, Rutgers University. 

O’Keefe, D. (2018). Perception vs. Reality: Testing the viability of a psychohistorical interpretation of the group threat approach to negative attitudes toward immigrants and the role of ideological and personality traits in perception biases. Journal of Psychohistory, 46(3), 179-206.

Elizabeth Ojakian |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Dr. Olatunde Olusesi PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Olatunde Olusesi teaches Social Welfare Programs and Policies I and II at the Silver School of Social Work. He is an administrative staff analyst with NYC Children’s Services, where he has worked variously in child protection, family preservation, advocacy, child evaluation, and staff training since 1992.  

In addition to his current administrative staff analyst duties, he manages Project Stay, which trains social work interns to provide emotional support, advocacy, psycho-education, and other services to foster youth, especially those who go missing from foster care.

A co-founder of the Nigerian Social Workers Association of USA and a community organizer, Dr. Olusesi has participated in capacity building for social workers in Nigeria and in the NYU Study Abroad Program in Ghana. He also teaches advanced social work micro practice courses at Stony Brook University.

Dr. Olusesi earned a BA (1st Class Honors) in English studies from Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria; an MSW from Stony Brook University; and a PhD in clinical social work from NYU Silver School of Social Work.

Hadiza Ladidi Osuji |
Adjunct Lecturer