Areas of Expertise
Linguistically and culturally competent social work practice and education; mental health services in urban communities; integrated primary and behavioral health; and field education
Aminda Heckman is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Coordinator of NYU Silver's Rockland County campus. Dr. Heckman’s research interests are linguistically and culturally competent social work practice and education; mental health services in urban communities; and integrated primary and behavioral health. Her clinical experience includes inpatient pediatric psychiatry and outpatient adult mental health. Dr. Heckman was a postdoctoral research fellow at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, and served as an adjunct lecturer and field coordinator at the Silver School. Prior to NYU, Dr. Heckman was associate dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Mercy College, where she had previously served as Field Education Coordinator. She also was Assistant Director of Field Education at Lehman College before coming to Mercy. In 2007, she was recognized by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) New York City Chapter with its Emerging Leader in Social Work Award.
She received her PhD and MSW from Fordham University, and her BA from Ball State University. Her dissertation was entitled “Bilingual Social Workers in New York City: A Comparative Study Exploring the Benefits Accrued from Bilingualism and the Challenges Encountered in Their Work.”