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.