Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Dwight Panozzo MSW, PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer
  Dwight Panozzo

Dwight Panozzo is a psychotherapist in private practice in Bergen County, New Jersey.

He is interested in Countertransferential effects of the therapist sharing their belief system with clients

Dr. Panozzo earned his MSW from Hunter College in 1990, his Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the NJ Center for Modern Psychoanalysis in 2000, and his PhD from New York University in 2011.

Select Publications:

Advocating for an end to reparative therapy: Methodological grounding and blueprint for change. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 25(3):362-377, 2013. 

Child care responsibility in gay male parented families: 
Predictive and correlative factors. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 11:248–277, 2015. 
Lessons from Reparative Therapy Applied to Post Abortion Grief Counseling. Journal of Homosexuality (in press, online now, DOI:10.1080/00918369.2015.1112194).

Giselle Pardo LCSW, MPH |
Adjunct Lecturer

Senior Research Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor, NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research

Giselle Pardo is currently the clinical supervisor for Project Step UP, a school, family, and community based mental health intervention for adolescents. She is also the senior research coordinator for Champ+ Argentina, a community-based mental health intervention for HIV infected youth and caregivers.

Gisselle has 17 years of experience providing mental health services in undeserved communities. Her clinical practice has focused on adolescent mental health; issues of trauma; domestic violence; and chronic illness, specifically HIV/AIDS. Her research interest and experience has focused on HIV/AIDS in international settings and the impact of poverty on children and families.   

Giselle earned her MSW from Fordham University in 1994 and her MPH (Global leadership concentration) from NYU in 2011.

Select Publications:

Alicea, S., Pardo, G, Conover, K., Gopalan, G., & McKay, M. (2012).  Step-up: promoting youth mental health and development in inner-city high schools.  Clinical Social Work Journal, 40 (2), 175-186.         

Dr. Yeddi Park PhD, LMSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
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Yeddi Park has been in social work practice for the past 15 years after receiving her MSW from the University of Michigan. She has diverse practice experiences that include working with chronically mentally ill persons, refugees and immigrants, the elderly, and children and adolescents in public schools.

Her research interests include intergenerational issues in immigrant families, adolescent mental health, and health service utilization and access to care among immigrants. She has participated in numerous research projects and community educational programs for Asian American communities in New York and New Jersey.

She received her Ph.D. from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.

Jang, Y., Chiriboga, D.A., Molinari, V., Roh, S., Park, Y., Kwon, S., Cha, H. (2013). Telecounseling for the linguistically isolated: A pilot study with older Korean immigrants. Gerontologist, 54(2), 290-296. 
Park, S., Cho, S., Park, Y., Bernstein, K.S., & Shin, J.K. (2013). Factors Associated with Mental Health Service Utilization Among Korean Americans. Community Mental Health Journal, 49(6), 765-773.

Dr. Joan Pastore DSW, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Joan Pastore

Joan Pastore is the Executive Director of the AMICO, a community based organization, dedicated to serving the needs of the older population in Brooklyn. Dr. Pastore has been an active leader in the Southern Brooklyn Community for many years. She sits on the Bioethics Committee and Institutional Review Board for research at Maimonides Medical Center. She is also a past member of Community Board 12, where she was the Vice Chair of the Social Service Committee and a member of the Transportation and Legislative Committees. In 2014 Dr. Pastore was appointed as a Commissioner for the Age Friendly Commission. The Commission serves as partnership between Mayor’s Office and, the NYC Council and the New York Academy of Medicine, which works with city government, businesses and the non-profit sector to assure the city is addressing the challenges of an increasing older population.

Most recently Dr. Pastore was awarded the honor of being named as a “Women of Distinction” by the New York State Senate for 2018.

Susan M. Pelosi MSW, LCSW (NY) |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Susan is a psychotherapist and a clinical social worker with over 25 years experience working with individuals, groups, families and communities. Her interests include mindfulness-based approaches to anxiety and depression, adjustment and relationship issues, work with adolescents and young adults, work with the LGBT community, EMDR and work with persons who have experienced recent or developmental trauma. 
Susan has worked as a clinician and/or supervisor at Safe Horizon's Streetwork Project, Gay Men's Health Crisis, Bard College and The Bridge. She has consulted for GLSEN, Children's Aid Society and the Empire State Coalition of Youth and Family Services.  

In addition to NYU Silver, Susan has taught at Columbia University and Adelphi University Schools of Social Work. 
Susan received her Masters degree from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work in 1992 with a concentration in Group Work.

Gliceria Perez MSW, LCSW (NJ) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Gliceria Pérez is a bilingual therapist who is currently in private practice with offices in Highland Park and Montclair, N.J. where she provides individual, family, group and couples therapy. Ms. Pérez has over 25 years of experience working in the social work field with immigrant families, survivors of child abuse and domestic violence. Her clinical practice has focused on working with individuals who have experienced PTSD, childhood trauma, grief/loss issues, domestic violence, child abuse, etc. Ms. Pérez has received certifications in marriage and family therapy, and traumatic stress. She utilizes an array of techniques including but not limited to - EMDR, CBT, Solution Focus, Play Therapy, and Y-CBT, etc. As a clinician and social justice advocate, Ms. Pérez regularly incorporates a multicultural perspective in treatment. Ms. Pérez has done workshops and presentations which include “Beyond 20/20 Vision: Examining Racism Through Trauma Lens”, “Unmasking Race with Interracial Couples,” and “Genograms for Assessment and Intervention with Latino Clients: Theory and Case Presentation (Part 1 & 2).” Ms. Pérez earned her Masters degree in Social Work from Fordham University and received a BA from Rutgers University.

Rafael Perez MSW, LCSWR (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer
Rafael Perez

I am a Bi-lingual psychotherapist in private practice working with a somatic focus on symptoms related to traumatic stress. A Somatic Experience Practitioner (SEP) and EMDR provider, I work with adults (individuals, couples, and groups) and have practice location in Midtown NYC and in New Paltz, NY. A Hunter School of Social Work graduate with over 20 years of clinical social work experience, I am a consultant, trainer, group facilitator, and crisis intervention specialist. I provide clinical supervision for Social Workers pursuing "R" privilege. I am psychodynamic disciplined and draw from CBT, Mindfulness, DBT, EMDR, SE and Somatic Touch Trainings. I am an Assistant Trainer at SE Professional Training for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute. 

I co-founded the Mindful Living Space A DBT based Private practice group, the Hive Event Collective, a cooperative of local artists in the Hudson Valley, and currently affiliated with Wellness Embodied in New Paltz, NY.

David Peters |
Adjunct Lecturer
Cherron Petruzzi |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Leslie Peña-Sullivan MSW, LCSW (NY), Current Doctoral Candidate |
Graduate Employee Adjunct

Leslie Peña-Sullivan, LCSW holds an MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Clinical Practice. She is currently a doctoral candidate in the DSW Program at NYU Silver. She has experience assessing and treating trauma in adolescents and adults. Leslie participated in a Clinical Social Work Fellowship as a Post-graduate Associate at the Yale Child Study Center Outpatient Psychiatric Clinic for Children. She is bilingual (Spanish) and works as a bilingual staff psychotherapist at the Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center. In this capacity, she provides individual, family, and group counseling services to the Spanish-speaking community of Southern Westchester county. Previously, she worked at the Mount Sinai World Trade Center Mental Health Program providing evaluation, psychotherapeutic, and referral services for 9/11 first responders. Her focus of practice is acculturative stress and pre-migration trauma among the undocumented Latinx community.
Select Publications:   
Peña-Sullivan, L. (2019). The “Wrong Kind” of Immigrants: Pre-migration Trauma and Acculturative Stress Among the Undocumented Latinx Community. Clinical Social Work Journal. doi: 10.1007/s10615-019-00741-z

Colette Phipps |
Adjunct Lecturer
Andree Pilaro |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Dr. Sharon Pinsker PhD, MSW, LCSW-R, CASACM (NY) |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Sharon Pinsker

Dr. Sharon Pinsker received her BS from Brooklyn College, her MSW from Hunter College and her PhD from the Silver School of Social Work at NYU. She has worked in the field for approximately thirty years and has taught advanced practice courses and electives at NYU for more than twenty years; she has also been a faculty advisor and SIFI instructor. Dr. Pinsker has worked as a direct service provider, supervisor, and administrator, within the areas of substance abuse and mental health. She has worked extensively with individuals facing life-threatening illnesses, trauma, depression and anxiety, and life stage adjustment issues. In addition to being an educator, Dr. Pinsker provides training seminars and has a private practice in Brooklyn, offering psychotherapy and supervision. She is particularly interested in the well being of social workers, countertransference, resilience, and issues of secondary traumatic stress as well as secondary traumatic growth.


Dr. Dulcinea Pitagora PhD, LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dulcinea Pitagora

Dulcinea/Alex Pitagora holds a Master of Arts in Psychology from the New School for Social Research, a Master of Social Work from New York University, a Master of Education and a Doctorate in Clinical Sexology from Widener University, and is an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist. Pitagora has a practice in New York City that includes individual and relationship therapy. Pitagora's practice is person-centered and strengths-based, focuses on self-determination and empowerment, and is LGBQ, trans, poly, and kink affirmative. Pitagora is an adjunct professor of sexual health at New York University; has published articles in peer-reviewed journals; and presented at conferences on the topics of alternative sexuality and gender diversity. Pitagora conducts research, lectures, and seminars pertaining to these communities; is the founder of, an alternative lifestyle affirmative provider listing; and co-organizer of the AltSex NYC Conference. Pitagora is Kink Doctor in the Web series by the same name. 

Dr. Jessica Platt PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Dr. Platt is a clinical psychologist who earned her master's and doctoral degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck NJ. She has specialized training and experience in child, adolescent, and family services; areas of expertise include family systems perspectives, forensically informed treatment, play therapy, TF-CBT, EMDR, and sand play therapy. She has worked as a clinician, supervisor, and program director for over 20 years in Bergen, Essex, Morris and Sussex counties in New Jersey in various hospital and agency settings specializing in maltreatment and trauma. She is currently in private practice in Sussex County, NJ, and is an adjunct professor at Ramapo College and New York University focusing on instruction in child psychology topics.

Dr. Kristin Pleines LCSW, DSW |
Adjunct Lecturer
Kristin Pleines

Kristin specializes in trauma, attachment, and anxiety. She received her BSW at Providence College and her MSW at the University of Connecticut. She also received a DSW at NYU. She currently works full time at her private practice, Manhattan Play Therapy. She also provides clinical supervision at Tech Kids Unlimited, an agency that teaches technology skills to children and teens with Autism and other learning differences. Kristin is interested in improving clinical services for young people with Autism, and is currently exploring effective ways to disclose an Autism diagnosis to a child/ teen. She is also passionate about serving families impacted by domestic violence. 
Pleines, K. E. (2019). An Attachment-Informed Approach to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Clinical Social Work Journal, 1-10. 

Josey M. Politowicz MSW, LCSW (CT) |
Adjunct Lecturer

I am a PhD student in the NYU Silver School of Social Work program. Additionally, I have worked for the Stonington Institute Starlight Military Program since 2013. The Starlight program is a residential rehab for active duty and veteran military members suffering from addiction and mental health issues. My research interests have focused on substance abuse and social workers' physical health problems. I earned my Masters in Social Work from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven. 

Donna Pope |
Adjunct Associate Professor
Mebane Powell |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Christina Carver Pratt PhD, MSSW, BASW, LMSW (NY), Certified IRB Manager |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dr. Pratt is a research scientist deeply committed to excellence through co-learning, global civic engagement, ethical leadership, and “the right to aspire,” a 21st century fundamental entitlement to grow in capacities to acquire and contribute to knowledge and research for a just global ecosystem. Dr. Pratt teaches ethnographic research methods to incarcerated men and women in long term maximum security confinement. 

Collaborative cross-system research in social policy; law and psychiatry; institutional ethnography; evaluation research include a record of publication of books on intimate partner violence, book chapters on therapeutic jurisprudence, an extensive catalog of peer reviewed scientific publications, professional conference presentations, and grants acquisition for trauma-informed, recovery centered, structurally competent systems of care in mental health, juvenile justice, complex recovery in criminal and family courts, and international empowerment supports to vulnerable women and girls. Dr. Pratt is a founding member of a collective of anti-racism educators, the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar grants (India; Pakistan) and numerous awards for scholarship and international service.

She has earned degrees from:

University of Parma Italy Faculty of Law. Advanced Studies in Human Rights Law and Policy. 

Ph.D . City University of New York. Forensic Psychology. 

M. Phil. City University of New York. Criminal Justice. Certificate: Women's Studies. 

Columbia University. Certificate: Institute for Family Life Development. 

MSSW. Columbia University. 

B.A. Social Work. Fairleigh Dickinson University. 

Research Scientist with the NIH sponsored Center to Study Recovery in Social Contexts at Nathan Kline Institute; Director of the Field School in community based participatory action research methods; Principal Investigator on capabilities for recovery, treatment engagement, and treatment alliance situated in four Mental Health Courts in metropolitan NY; Research Scientist for the NYS Office of Mental Health Center of Excellence in Culturally Competent Mental Health specializing in role of spirituality and religion in recovery and structurally competent networks of care. A demonstrated record of successful project leadership and widely published scholarship in collaboration with service users and advocates, providers and policy makers on innovative strategies for people with co-occurring mental health, criminal justice, family law, child welfare, and substance use problems. Senior Research Consultant: Salaam Bombay Foundation and India Child Fund, Mumbai India. 

Research Scientist: Social Science Research Laboratory, Statistical and Services Research Division. Epidemiology & Health Services Research Laboratory. Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research.

Dr. Carrie Prendergast |
Adjunct Lecturer
Carrie Prendergast

Professor Prendergast is currently working as the Manager for Online Graduate Program Management within the University's Enrollment Management Division. She previously served as the Assistant Director of Enrollment Services for the Silver School of Social Work. In 2016-2017, she presented at the NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference as well as the national NASPA Annual Conference on her dissertation, "Nontraditional Online Students Perceptions of Success Conditions". At NYU, Dr. Prendergast has taught Research I and II on the Graduate level, the MSW elective on Management and Organizational Leadership, as well as undergraduate BSW classes in Research and Advanced Research. 

She received a Masters in School Counseling, and a Masters in Secondary School Administration, and completed her EdD in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in July of 2017.