Elena Vairo has worked for the New York City Department of Education (DOE) since 1998, where, for 15 years, she worked at Passages Academy, a multi-site education program for court-involved youth, as both a clinician and the Director of Counseling. During her years at Passages, Dr. Vairo contributed to policy and practice initiatives, and worked closely with Administration to expand and develop the counseling program. In 2013, Dr. Vairo transferred to the DOE Division of Early Childhood Education, where she currently coaches staff of both DOE and community-based prekindergarten programs on social-emotional teaching practices and family engagement. Her other professional work includes teaching and advising in university MSW programs, Early Intervention social work, Applied Behavior Analysis, and psychotherapy in community and private practice settings.
Dr. Vairo earned her MSW degree at Hunter College. She earned an Advanced Certificate in the Treatment of Alcohol and Drug Abusing Clients and her PhD in Clinical Social Work at New York University.
Senreich, E. & Vairo, E. (2014). Assessment and treatment of lesbian, gay, and bisexual clients with substance use disorders. In S.L.A. Straussner (Ed.), Clinical work with substance-abusing clients (3rd ed.) pp. 466-494). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Vairo, E. (2010). Social worker attitudes toward court-mandated substance-abusing clients. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 10(1): 81-98.
Straussner, S.L.A. & Vairo, E. (2007). The impact of post- master’s substance abuse education on social work and other health professionals. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 27 (1/2): 105-123.
Dr. Vermeulen is the Deputy Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH) and an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department of SUNY New Paltz, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in disaster mental health, grief counseling, and lifespan developmental psychology among other topics. She holds a Masters in Psychology from SUNY New Paltz, a Doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from Fordham, and a Certificate in Mental Health in Complex Emergencies from the Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation. In addition to teaching and research, she has coordinated the development and production of training curricula for the New York State Department of Health and Office of Mental Health, the American Red Cross, the United Nations, United States Agency for International Development West Bank/Gaza, and other organizations. She is co-author of Disaster Mental Health Interventions: Core Principles and Practices (2017) and co-editor of Disaster Mental Health Case Studies” Lessons Learned from Counseling in Chaos (2019), both published by Routledge.