Student Profiles

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The executive-style structure of NYU Silver’s Doctorate of Clinical Social Work (DSW) program has been ideal for DSW Class of 2020 student Katherine “Kathy” Compitus, who maintains a more than full-time work schedule.

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In the years since she earned her MSW at NYU Silver in 2007, Class of 2019 Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) student Amy C. Lemen, MA, LCSW has established herself as an up-and-coming leader in the social work profession.

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Undergraduate student Maria Monica Andia’s journey to social work spans 15 years and two continents. Andia, BS ’14, was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old. Her family settled in a suburb just outside of Washington, DC, where Andia was confronted with the isolating effects of ethnic homogeneity.

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On December 8 and 9, 2014, the Academy of Health and the National Institutes of Health cohosted the 7th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference brought together leading researchers, evaluators, implementers, and stakeholders for an in-depth examination of research findings in the fields of health and medicine. Included in the presentation lineup was NYU Silver School of Social Work PhD student Mimi Choy-Brown who gave a poster presentation titled Unpacking Supervision in Supportive Housing Implementation.

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Madhuri Jha, MSW/MPH ’15, graduated from George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs. Before coming to NYU Silver, she worked in Washington, DC, for Family Health International, which operates AIDS initiatives in the United States and abroad and is funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

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Kandra Knowles, MSW, ’14, has had her career trajectory mapped firmly in her head for years. She always assumed that it would incorporate psychology, which she studied as an undergraduate at Bard College.

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The New York State Society for Clinical Social Work (NYSSCSW) has awarded Sheena Marquis, MSW '13, a Writing Scholarship for an exemplary paper that illustrates an understanding of theory and ethics. The winning paper is her final paper for last year's Practice II course.

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The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has awarded Roopa Raman, MSW '13, the Carl A. Scott Book Scholarship. This award was created in the legacy of Carl Anderson Scott, a social worker and CSWE staff member who was known for obtaining financial resources for minority faculty and students to enter social work programs.

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Although Christina Ramirez, MSW ’14, was born and raised on Long Island, her parents are from the Dominican Republic. She discovered her passion for youth advocacy while still an adolescent herself: at nineteen, she began spending her summers working at a sleep-away camp for at-risk youth.

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The New York Academy of Medicine honored Gabriel Robles, a third-year doctoral student at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, at its Sixth Annual Social Work Student Recognition Night for his ongoing research with the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH). The April 28 event recognized student scholars from each of the social work programs in the New York Metro area.  

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Judy Rosen, MSW '13, decided to go back to school and change careers after many years in the business world. Through her own experience, Rosen was inspired to start a new student organization at the NYU Silver School of Social Work, along with fellow student Liz Filburn, MSW '14, called NextSteppers: Non-Traditional Students Association. NextSteppers aims to provide support and resources to career changers and older students. Clinical Associate Professor Peggy Morton is the group's adviser.

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For Alyx Steadman, BS ’16, the desire to pursue social justice started early. Steadman grew up in a “very homogenous, small town” in Montana. As a high school junior, he began advocating for increased diversity in the local school district, motivated, he said, because “as a gay man, [I noticed] there was a lack of representation there.”