Adjunct Faculty

Phyllis Y. Sachs LCSW (NY) & (NJ) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Professor Sachs is in private practice in New Jersey. She worked for over 30 years in the medical field,helping families cope with illness and disability. She currently specializes in trauma therapy for children and families. She obtained her MSW in Interpersonal Practice and Family Systems Therapy at the University of Michigan, and her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. As a former Peace Corps Volunteer, she is invested in meeting the needs of people from various cultural backgrounds. She obtained post-graduate training in EMDR, Play Therapy, Laughter Therapy, Trauma and Attachment Therapy, and Internal Family Systems Therapy. Professor Sachs has presented at several conferences, including the International Cystic Fibrosis Conference, NASW NJ Association of Health Care Workers, Columbia University Graduate School of Public Health, and the Society for Transplant Social Workers.

Panthea Saidipour |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Jack Salzman PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

I received my Ph.D from NYU in 1965. I have served as Director of Columbia University's Center for American Culture Studies, Distinguished Professor of History at Hunter College, and Fulbright Professor in Japan and Finland. My areas of professional interest include the Holocaust and issues of civil rights in the U.S. For thirty years I was the editor of PROPSECTS; an annual of American Culture Studies.

Milagros Sanchez-Nester LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Milagros Sanchez-Nester has a private practice; Per Diem NYU Counseling and Wellness Services - SHC

Her area of interest is in College Mental; Acculturation/Immigration/Diversity Issues; Trauma; working with borderline clients

She has published the following- Responding to Immigrant Children's Mental Health Needs in the Schools: Project Mi Tierra/My Country, Children and Schools, Vol.23(I), 49-62 and The Effect of Stimulant Medication on Academic performance, in the Context of Multimodal Treatment of Attention Deficit Disorders with Hyperactivity: Two Case Reports, Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology, 4(2).

She earned her MSSW at Columbia University School of Social Work 1976 and received NIMH scholarship BA Lehaman College 1971. She has Training/certification in Advanced Hypnotherapy Training, NYSEPH, 40 hours 2014 NLP Center Hypnotherapy Training 80 hours 2011 Behavioral Tech, LLC DBT Intensive 2007.

Jerry Sander |
Adjunct Lecturer
Xiomara Santos |
Adjunct Lecturer
Dr. Stephanie Elias Sarabia MSW, PhD, LCSW, LCADC (NJ) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Stephanie Elias Sarabia, PhD, LCSW, LCADC is a license clinical social worker and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor with over 20 years experience working in agency and community settings with people in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. She received her PhD from New York University and is currently an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Convener of the Substance Abuse minor and BSW program at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Dr. Sarabia’s scholarship interests include risk and protective factors of substance use among adolescents, the role of parents in marijuana prevention, research informed interventions, and substance use among midlife women. She has also presented nationally and published on the topics of creative and innovative teaching approaches that engage students to becoming lifelong learners. Dr. Sarabia is also trained in Motivational Interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT), and Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT).

Dr. Kim Sarasohn |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ava Schlesinger MSW, LCSW (NY) & (NJ) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Ava Schlesinger is a graduate of NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, a practicing LCSW in NY and NJ, an Ordained Interfaith Minister and a current EMPA student at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Since 1997, Ava’s clinical interest and passion have been concentrated in the arena of complex trauma and dissociation, with a focus on victim/survivors of gender-based violence. Her work combines evidence-based, trauma-specific practices, with integrative mind-body modalities, in an effort to holistically address the long-term sequelae of symptomatology associated with insidious childhood trauma. 
Ava has practiced both privately and in the capacity of clinical director/consultant in the public/private, non-profit sectors. She is currently the Clinical Social Work Supervisor for Legal Services NYC, just recently leaving her position as the Clinical and Program Director at a Domestic Abuse & Sexual Assault Crisis Center. Ava is a founding member of the NJ Coalition against Human Trafficking and a trustee and program co-chair on the board of Roots & Wings, a non-profit organization serving youth aging out of the foster care system. 

Ava’s path is deeply directed toward philanthropy, advocacy and grass-roots service in the fields of nonviolence, poverty prevention, economic justice, and human and reproductive rights.

Michael Schmidt MSW, MA, BSW, LCSW (NY) | MS112@NYU.EDU
Adjunct Associate Professor
Michael Schmidt

Michael Schmidt is the Director of the AJC New York Regional Office. AJC works to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel and to advance human rights and democratic value around the world. It does its work through reaching across divides and building bridges with community and global leaders and engaging influential and opinion makers from across different sectors. Prior to joining AJC, Michael served as the Chief Operating Office at the Council on Accreditation (COA). There he oversaw COA’s accreditation process, including the development of best practices for non-profit administration and delivery of services. Before joining COA, Michael served as the Vice President of New York Foundation for Senior Citizens (NYFSC) he oversaw the service delivery to over 5,000 older and incapacitated adults throughout the five boroughs of New York City. He also was the founding director NYFSC’s award winning 88-bed transitional homeless shelter. 
Michael has served as an adjunct professor at NYU since 1998. There he has taught a variety of courses including on mental health and society, aging and the seminar for field placement. 
Michael is extremely active in the areas of mental health, immigration reform, and diplomatic outreach. He has participated in many task forces and advisory committees relating to the field of aging, mental health and human services. 
Michael holds a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) from Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services, a Masters of Arts (MA) in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

Maryanne Schretzman DSW, R-LCSW (NY) |
Adjunct Professor

Dr. Maryanne Schretzman leads the New York City Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI), a unit of the Mayor’s Office reporting to the Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services. Dr. Schretzman founded CIDI with the goal of harnessing the power of New York City’s Health and Human Service agencies to provide cross-agency data analysis in order to strategically inform policy decisions and foster interagency collaboration in addressing complex social problems. CIDI has undertaken research and policy challenges across various content areas such as: child welfare, juvenile justice, homelessness, poverty, health and aging. Dr. Schretzman holds a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Montana; Master of Social Work from Hunter College; and a Doctorate in Social Welfare from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Benjamin Seaman BFA, LCSW-R |
Adjunct Lecturer

Benjamin Seaman is the founder of Relational Minds, a group psychotherapy practice, and co-founder and Director of Communications of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is a former director of the Rowe Labor Day Retreat for Gay Men and continues to present workshops and retreats on a wide range of topics.

Mr. Seaman's psychotherapy practice covers a wide range of populations from sexual minorities to "third culture" persons living in NYC, to couples and men's mentorship clients. He also provides individual and group supervision in Emotionally Focused Therapy. He is trained in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, Accelerated Dynamic Experiential Psychotherapy and Emotionally Focused Therapy and regardless of population organizes his practice through the lens of Emotional Literacy. 

Approved Supervisor and Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Ottawa, Canada 

Level III Training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, New York 

Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, New York 

Certificate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, New York 

Dr. Evan Senreich MSW, PhD, LCSW, CASAC (NY) |
Adjunct Lecturer

Evan Senreich has been a faculty member in the Lehman College Department of Social Work, City University of New York, since 2008. He obtained his doctorate in social work from NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2007. He previously worked in New York in the fields of mental health and substance misuse programs for over two decades. 

Dr. Senreich has had numerous research articles published regarding the experiences of LGBT clients in substance misuse treatment, the education of social work students to work with substance using clients, the difficulties of adults living with sickle cell disease, and the attitudes of West African immigrants towards substance misuse in the United States. Furthermore, he has had articles published regarding using a Gestalt therapy approach to social work practice and teaching social work students an inclusive definition of spirituality for use in practice. He was the Project Director of a three-year federal SAMHSA grant training social work students and medical residents in the use of SBIRT, a protocol for screening and providing brief interventions to substance using clients according to an integrated health care model.

Dr. Dore Sheppard |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Amira Shouman |
Adjunct Lecturer
Yael Shy |
Adjunct Lecturer
Fran Silverman MSW, NYS LCSW-R |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Fran Silverman, ACSW, LCSW-R, is currently the Director of the Department of Social Work and Home Care Services at Beth Israel Medical Center, having previously served as both Assistant and Associate Director of the Department. 
Since joining Beth Israel in 1987, Ms. Silverman has been a valuable asset to both the Department of Social Work and the entire hospital community. In her current position she is responsible for managing and supervising clinical programs, overseeing a professional and paraprofessional staff of varying disciplines, and developing and directing graduate education programs for hospital interns across all campuses. She is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers – Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW). She is a member of the Louis Armstrong Music and Medicine Center Steering Committee, bridging social work with other clinical disciplines and approaches. 
Further, Ms. Silverman is professor at the Touro College School of Social Work and the NYU Silver Graduate School of Social Work. In addition, Ms. Silverman is an accomplished public speaker, having presented at conferences at the local, national and international level. 
After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the City College of the City University of New York, Ms. Silverman earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Adelphi University School of Social Work. She has spent time as a social worker and team leader at Kingsboro Psychiatric Center, the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Assistant Chief Psychiatric Social Work at Bronx Lebanon Hospital. She is also an adjunct associate professor for New York University’s NYU Silver Graduate School of Social Work. Her work has been published in books such as Questions Patients Need to Ask; Summary of Conference Proceedings: Children and Families in an Era of Rapid Change; and Clinical Social Work with Substance Abusing Clients, among others. 

She has received the Care and Compassion Award, co-sponsored by the Health Care Chaplaincy and the Wonderful World Award presented by the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine. 

Leah Slivko MSW, LICSW (MA), LCSW-N, PsychA (NY) |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Leah Slivko

In Private practice in NYC and Amherst, MA with teens, adults, couples and groups. On the faculty at the NJ Institute for Psychoanalysis, Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis, and Eastern Group Psychotherapy Training Program. Adjunct faculty at Smith College School of Social Work. Interests included how to use dreams in treatment to tap into creative ways of dealing with their struggles, how to incorporate SKYPE into connecting with clients who are unable to come physically into an office setting, and the impact of culture on human development. 

Victor Snyder |
Adjunct Lecturer
Sandy Speier MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Associate Professor

Sandy Speier earned her MSW from Adelphi University, and has worked in a range of academic, field, and management positions throughout her impressive career. After more than 30 years as a social worker in the New York State Office of Mental Health, she "retired" from her position as Associate Director of Social Work & Coordinator of Student Education at New York State Psychiatric Institute to start a new chapter in her career at NYU Silver School of Social Work as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Field Learning and Community Partnerships. She “retired” from this position on September 1, 2016 and has remained as an Adjunct Associate Professor, teaching the Seminar in Field Instruction and Practice with Groups. 

Professor Speier received the Merit Service Award from the National Association of Social Workers Westchester Division on March 21, 2013. 

Professor Speier has presented extensively on aspects of the match between Field Instructor and Intern. She regards her work in teaching and training as the most meaningful parts of her professional life, but she credits her clients as the ones who taught her how to be a Social Worker.

Dr. Elana G. Spira PhD |
Adjunct Lecturer

Elana G. Spira, Ph.D. is the Director of Research and Evaluation for Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS), a large, human service agency in Westchester County.   

Dr. Spira is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor in the department of child and adolescent psychiatry at the Child Study Center at NYU Langone Medical Center.  Dr. Spira was involved in the development and implementation of an evidence-based treatment targeting organizational skills deficits in children with ADHD at the NYU Child Study Center, and co-authored the resulting treatment manual.She has published papers in prominent journals on emergent literacy and behavior problems in early childhood and has presented workshops on behavior management techniques, ADHD, and emergent literacy for teachers, parents and mental health professionals.           

She received her PhD in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University in 2005, where she was a recipient of the Stony Brook Graduate Council Fellowship and Stony Brook Presidential Fellowship.

Select Publications:

Spira, E.G. & Fischel, J.E. (2005).  The impact of preschool inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity on social and academic development:  A review.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46, 755-773.

Spira, E.G., Storch, S.A., & Fischel, J.E. (2005).  Predicting improvement after first grade reading difficulties:  The effects of oral language, emergent literacy, and behavior skills.  Developmental Psychology, 41, 225-234.

Fischel, J. E., Bracken, S. S., Fuchs-Eisenberg, A., Spira, E.G., Katz, S., & Shaller, G. (2007).  Evaluation of Curricular Approaches to Enhance Preschool Early Literacy Skills.  Journal of Literacy Research, 39, 471-501.

Abikoff, H.B., Gallagher, R. & Spira, E.G. (2014). Organizational Skills Training for Children with ADHD: An Empirically Supported Treatment. Guilford Press.

Jennifer Spitz |
Adjunct Lecturer

Jennifer has LOVED being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for almost 30 years and brings her experience to teaching and direct practice. Jennifer approaches her work, whether as a teacher or clinician, with three assumptions: people do what works, people do the best they can, and, small change leads to big change. These beliefs enable Jennifer to start where her students and clients are and collaborate on the development of meaningful and realistic goals. In addition to Silver, Jennifer is a Human Services Faculty Mentor at Empire State College, State University of New York. Jennifer and her husband are the proud parents of three awesome kids! Time with family, the beach, and books are Jennifer’s greatest joys.

Anthony Stiker LCSW |
Adjunct Lecturer

Tony Stiker, LCSW, runs a private psychotherapy practice in the West Village of New York City working with individuals and couples, many of whom have been affected by Out-of-Control Sexual Behavior, often referred to as Sex or Love Addiction. His focus also includes identifying and treating other addictions and compulsions, including “codependence”. Tony augments his psychotherapy practice by teaching various Sexual Health classes at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. He earned his MSW from NYU School of Social Work in 2007, he maintains an affiliation with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).


Susan Dowd Stone MSW, LCSW |
Adjunct Assistant Professor
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Susan Dowd Stone is an author, advocate, educator, and therapist best known for her work in the cognitive therapies and women's reproductive mental health. She was instrumental in the inclusion of legislation protective to women and infants in the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act and has led nonprofit organizations associated with this cause. She is a public reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health and a recipient of numerous awards for clinical work and mental health advocacy. She maintains a private practice in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

Her areas of interest/research include advocating for the use of evidence-based practices in clinical treatment, sound allocation of federal research dollars to mental health issues of greatest need, the cognitive therapies, and women's reproductive mental health.   

Susan earned her MSW from New York University where she was the recipient of a President's Service Award for Community Service.

Select Publications:

Stone, S. & Menken, A. E. (Eds.). (2008). Perinatal and Postpartum Mood Disorders: Perspective and Treatment Guide for the Healthcare Professional.  New York, NY: Springer.

Stone, S. (2006).  Using Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Clinical Practice. In Ronen, T. & Freeman, A. (Eds.), Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Clinical Social Work Practice (147-167).  New York, NY: Springer.

Dr. Michael Swerdlow PhD, FACHE |
Adjunct Lecturer

Michael Swerdlow is director of program and staff development for Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, an organization that provides a wide range of community-based mental health services.

His areas of interest are cultural competency and management education for individuals with clinical backgrounds moving into administrative roles.                   

Dr. Swerdlow earned his PhD in anthropology from the Graduate Faculty for Political and Social Science, New School for Social Research in 1984.