Our part-time faculty are listed below in alphabetical order.
Nafees Alam, LMSW, is a Ph.D. candidate with Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, where he teaches MSW Research I and II. He also teaches MSW Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II, as well as MSW Ethics as a full-time sub-lecturer with the CUNY College of Staten Island, in addition to teaching MSW Research I and II at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work as an adjunct professor. He has over seven years of social work practice experience in the field of child and family welfare as an analyst and administrator. With a pre-social work background in finance and mathematics, his research interests primarily involve quantitative macro practice, and collegiate social work education.
Ted Alter, Ph.D., MSW, Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work is an assistant professor of social work at Stockton University, and a part-time lecturer at the Rutgers School of Social Work. Alter has taught Policy, Practice I, Practice II, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Research Methods, Senior Seminar, Aging Services: A Critical Perspective, and Ethical Dilemmas in Working with Older Adults in the Continuing Education, Advance Certificate Program in Gerontology. Alter has nearly 40 years post-masters experience in the field of social work, most extensively in the area of gerontology. Alter is a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, a member of NASW, and a reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Practice.
Alter, T. (2015). The importance of roles to retarding deterioration of health and well-being in older adults (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (3664469.)
Alter, T. (2012). The growth of institutional deception in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease: The case study of Sadie Cohen. Journal of Social Work Practice, 1, 93-107.
Geraldine Atkins, MSW, ABD, Rutgers University and North Central University, is a part time lecturer with Rutgers University 100% online School of Social Work, where she teaches Diversity & Oppression and Intro to Social Work. Atkins has 6 years experience in clinical social work as well as non-profit public management. She specializes in counseling and supporting aging out foster youth and at-risk youth. She has a non-profit agency named Journey's Resource Center that has been in existence since 2012.
Additionally, she has presented at local college conferences in NJ and PA as well as Chicago and is considered knowledgeable in those areas. Furthermore, she is completing her Ed.D. in order to merge social work and education to meet the needs of this vulnerable group.
David C. Barry, Juris doctorate, (Georgetown) and MSW (Rutgers), teaches Law and Social Work at the MSW level and Diversity and Oppression in both the MSW and BSW programs. In addition to being a licensed social worker, Barry is an attorney and mediator with offices in East Brunswick, New Jersey. He advises and represents social workers and other mental health professionals regarding ethical, legal. and business issues. Barry frequently presents workshops exploring the intersection between law, ethics. and mental health practice at both the state and national levels.
Barry serves as president of NASW-NJ and is chair (emeritus) of NASW’s National Ethics Committee. He has recently served on NASW’s task force that has proposed changes to NASW’s Code of Ethics to better address the ethical challenges facing social workers posed by social media and digital communications.
Jessica Taylor-Bashshar, LCSW, Rutgers University, teaches Generalist Practice I & II, Diversity and Oppression and Professional Development. Taylor-Bashshar is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker employed at the Philadelphia Veteran Affairs Medical Center as a Mental Health Social Worker. She has over 23 years of experience as a mental health provider.
Taylor-Bashshar is an active member of NASW-NJ and has served in the following capacities within the organization: co-chair of Camden-Gloucester-Salem counties, member at large on the executive committee, treasurer-elect, and treasurer. She also served as a member and co-chair of the Diversity and Culture Competence Committee.
Katharine M. Bergacs, MSW, Rutgers University, teaches Social Work Practice I and II. Bergacs has over 15 years of experience working in nonprofits organizations as well as schools. She is a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor (LCADC) and specializes in addiction and trauma, treating both adolescents and adults. Bergacs has a private practice in Flemington, NJ where she and her staff provide services to children, adults, and families. Additionally, she is a provider through Give an Hour, providing free mental health services to military personnel and their families.
Bergacs, K. (2013). Sexual Abuse. In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Sexual Violence & Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery . Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO
Bergacs, K. (2013). Incest. In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Sexual Violence & Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts, and Recovery. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO
Sam Bernstein is a graduate of American University (BA) and Adelphi University (MSW). Bernstein teaches Social Welfare Policy I and Social Work Practice II. He works for the Elizabeth (NJ) Board of Education as a school-based social worker providing crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, and other services. Bernstein has won numerous awards for his professional social work activities including the 2016 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education. Bernstein is President of the NJ Social Work, Education, Research, and Scholarship Corporation, a 501 (c) (3) charitable foundation. He also is co-chairman of the New Jersey Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council and has served on the Board of NASW’s NJ Chapter. Bernstein is a certified trainer for the Olweus Anti-Bullying program and is certified as a Psychological First Aid Crisis Responder. In his spare time, he umpires baseball and softball games in youth leagues around the state.
Lorenzo S. Brown (Zo Brown), MSW, Rutgers University, has taught a professional development semiar and is currently teaching a course called Diverstiy and Oppression. Brown has over 20 years of group and case management experience in Social Work. He is the founder of coaching and consulting agency, Zo Brown Speaks, where he specializes in professional development and economic empowerment. Zo Brown is the creator of the online professional development series, The Class and the professional networking event, Build & Sip.
Brown has spoken at various schools, universities, community agencies and national conferences and is considered an expert in professional development. Outside of Rutgers, Brown teaches several Sociology/Social Work related courses at Union County College and Middlesex County College. In May 2017, Brown was presented an award for Educational Excellence by the Union County Urban League of Young Professionals.
Catherine Buttner, MSW, University of Pennsylvania, is a part-time lecturer at the Rutgers School of Social Work, where she teaches SWPS II and is currently a Doctoral Candidate. Her background in sociology and social work has given her the opportunity to work on a wide array of women’s issues both nationally and internationally leading to her current research focus on womens’ experiences of exclusion through dominant reproductive health narratives in the US. Catherine has been involved with research in the areas of post-colonial social work, sexual exploitation, sex work, gender based violence, and women’s reproductive health for a number of years. Her dissertation research focuses on women's reproductive health across the lifespan. Additionally Catherine teaches within the Honors College and currently works with the Center on Violence Against Women and Children on campus and teaches within the School of Social Work Violence Against Women certificate program.
Melissa Chalker obtained a BSW in 2000 from Alvernia College in Reading, PA and an MSW from Rutgers in 2003. She is a licensed social worker and has a background in medical case management and long term care. In her current position as Deputy Director at the New Jersey Foundation for Aging, Chalker assists with policy and advocacy work such as the Elder Economic Security Index, and oversees the production of NJFA’s online magazine, Renaissance, social media outreach, the planning of NJFA’s annual conference, and the TV program Aging Insights. As a lecturer for Rutgers, she has taught Social Work Practice II and Social Welfare Policy and Services II: Health and Aging in the MSW program. In addition, she has also taught Coping with Functional Loss and Environmental Change for Rutgers Continuing Education as part of the Gerontology certificate program.
Winston Collins, DSW, University of Pennsylvania, teaches Methods of Social Work Research I and II. Collins has over 25 years of clinical experience. He specializes in treating both adolescents and adults with mental health and/or substance abuse challenges. He has a private practice in Philadelphia, PA. Collins is a member of several professional organizations that include NASW and the Philadelphia Bar Association.
Additionally, he has presented at both Pennsylvania State and local conferences, and serves as an expert witness for the Federal Defenders of Eastern Pennsylvania. Collins is a senior clinical evaluator for the Pennsylvania Board of Law Examiners. In addition to his clinical work, he serves as a Trainer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug/Alcohol Programs.
Collins, W. (2014). A Journey from T1 Relationships to Personal Freedom. Create Space Independent Publishing Platform; North Charleston, South Carolina.
Donna M. Dopwell, Ph.D., MSSW, LMSW, Fordham University, teaches Research I and Research II. Dopwell specializes in issues of race, ethnicity, discrimination, and acculturative stress, especially in relation to physical and emotional well-being. Dopwell is a member of several professional organizations, including the NASW, CSWE, and NAPRHSW. Her post-master’s experience has included teaching multiple courses in social work and other disciplines, working as coordinator at a homeless shelter in New York City, and serving on a committee to improve self-sufficiency among participants in a program for low-income single parents.
Bowie, S.L. & Dopwell, D.M. (2013). Metastressors as barriers to self-sufficiency among TANF-reliant African American and Latina Women. Affilia 28(2), 177-193. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177%2F0886109913484693
Dorothy Rains-Dowdell, MHS, has over 17 years of experience in the human services field. She has worked with the Department of Children and Families since 2005 and serves as an Educational Program Development Specialist which includes the development and facilitation of a variety trainings pertaining to Child Welfare Issues. She is a part-time lecturer at the Rutgers, School of Social Work, where she teaches courses on HIV/AIDS, Groups at Risk and Diversity and Oppression. Rains-Dowdell has presented at the National Social Work Conference in 2015, Self-Care is Quality Care. She assisted with the development of the Building Leaders of Color training for the National Minority AIDS Council and the Human Resources Services Administration. Her most exciting endeavors was when she served in South Africa, West Africa and Haiti in a global missions program to help increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, and Economic Development.
Megan Eland, MSW, LCSW teaches Clinical Healthcare Setting and Chronic Illness and Disabilities. Eland is a fellow graduate from Rutgers University Newark Campus and specialized in the VAWC program. She is with expertise in family, individual and group therapy in a variety of settings including outpatient, inpatient and partial care. Eland has been working at the Jersey City Medical Center for over 5 years and presently is the coordinator for the Involuntary Outpatient Commitment program. She also conducts in-home psychotherapeutic services to children/adolescents and families in the community. In addition to her clinical work, Eland also facilitates crisis intervention training to communities’ law enforcement officers in order to provide them with knowledge about mental illnesses, crisis resolution skills and access to community based services. She is also a member of several professional organizations such as NASW and CSWE.
Sara E. Every, LCSW and MSW, teaches Clinical Social Work I and II and Clinical Social Work with Children, Every shares her passion for clinical work and social justice. Every has been engaged in the field for almost twenty years and her professional experience includes community mental health, partial hospital, private practice and education. She is adept in the areas of child and adolescent mental health, program development and curricular design and encourages her students to diversity their skills and professional interests. Every is a member of the NASW.
Phil Feldman, Ph.D., LCSW has taught various clinical topics for the past 21 years. Feldman also has experience working as a psychotherapist, director, and clinical supervisor for 27 years. As a speaker, he has presented over 200 CEU seminars on defense mechanisms, personality disorders, emotional disorders, and psychotherapy models. He completed his BA at Emory University, MSW at Yeshiva University, and Ph.D. at Rutgers University. He also completed advanced training at Ackerman Institute for family therapy.
Feldman is the author of “The Psychotherapy Manual,” "The Co-occurring Disorders Manual" and “Shame Affect- Theory, Research, and Clinical Treatment.” These manuals were recently published on amazon.com.
Gladys S. Fernández
Gladys S. Fernández, DSW, LCSW received her DSW from Rutgers School of Social Work, her MSW from Columbia University’s School of Social Work, and her BSW from Rutgers University-Newark. She teaches Social Work Practice I and II. She specializes in school social work, working with families and children with emotional dysregulation disorders and other developmental disabilities, and providing clinical services to children and adolescents in crisis. In addition to her clinical work she serves as a consultant and clinical supervisor to multiple agencies.
Alexander Figueroa, MSW, teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment II, for the BASW program, and Diversity and Oppression for the MSW program. Figueroa is also the Associate Program Manager for Curriculum at the New Jersey Child Support Institute (NJCSI), Institute for Families (IFF), Rutgers School of Social Work. Figueroa’s social work focus is on adolescents, families, and nonprofit management and leadership.
Figueroa has presented at regional and national conferences for several organizations, including the National Staff Development and Training Association (NSDTA), the National Network for Social Work Managers (NNSWM), and the National Association of Social Workers–New Jersey Chapter (NASW). He is also a member of the Symposium Planning Committee for the National Child Support Enforcement Association (NCSEA).
Raquel Fruchter, MSW and J.D., teaches Law and Social Work. Fruchter has been a part-time lecturer at Rutgers for over 15 years. After graduating from Rutgers University with a dual degree (J.D. and MSW), Fruchter served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Linda Feinberg and worked in private practice as a defense attorney. Fruchter has been Senior Counsel for Chubb Insurance since 2009. Fruchter is admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
Fontaine Fulghum (MSW, Tulane University, PhD, Bryn Mawr College), has served as both a full-time instructor (1999-2007) and a part-time lecturer (1991-1999, 2010-present) at Rutgers School of Social Work. She has also held administrative positions in both public and private sectors. Her positions have included: Director of Policy Planning, Mayor’s Office, City of New Orleans, LA; Associate Director for Planning, Area Agency on Aging, New Orleans; National Director, Policy, Planning, Evaluation, Volunteers of America; Vice President/Chief Operations Officer,Volunteers of America, Delaware Valley, NJ., and CPAC: Community Planning and Advocacy Council, Camden, NJ. She has extensive research experience in program evaluation and conducted a county-wide needs assessment of Camden County. At Rutgers she has taught Women’s Issues, Social Welfare Policy, Aging, and Research I and II, and also teaches a workshop on Finance and Budgeting sponsored by the Office of Continuing Education.
Curran, L., Sanchez Mayers, R., & Fulghum, F.H. (2017). Human Service Administrator Perceptions of Online MSW degree programs. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, In press.
Sanchez Mayers, R., Wiggins, L.L., Fulghum, F.H., and Peterson, N.A. (2012). Tobacco outlets and demographics: a geographically weighted regression analysis. Prevention Science,13 (5), 462-471. DOI 10.1007/s11121-011-0273-y
Ackincigil, A., Sanchez Mayers, R., & Fulghum, F.H. (2011). Emergency Room Use by Undocumented Mexican Immigrants. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 38(4), 33-50.
Fulghum, F.H. (2009). Early retirement among baby boom women: Some losses, some gains. In C. Walter & J. McCoyd (Eds.), Loss Across the Lifespan. New York: Springer Publishing Co.
Sanchez Mayers, R.& Fulghum, F.H. (2008). Investing Strategies for Nonprofit Organizations, pp. 154-164 in L. Ginsburg (Ed.). Management and Leadership in Social Work Practice and Education, Washington, D.C.: CSWE Press.
Katherine Glick is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Clinical Addictions Counselor, Certified and Approved Clinical Supervisor, and is Board-Certified as a Holistic Health Practitioner. She currently holds the position of Director of Quality and Compliance for Talkspace, an online therapy platform, and teaches part-time for the Rutgers School of Social Work, Center for Alcohol Studies, and Undergraduate Health Psychology programs. She is also the Founder of Personal Evolution LLC, a health counseling, coaching, and consulting/training practice.
Alison Grant, LCSW, received her MSW from New York University and has taught Practice I, Clinical Social Work I and II, Direct Practice Theories and Models, Clinical Social Work with Adolescents and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. She has also taught in the Intensive Weekend Program. Grant has over 20 years of clinical experience. She has worked in out-patient substance abuse treatment and employee assistance programs. Currently, she has a private practice in Maplewood, New Jersey and she also practices at the Institute for Personal Growth in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is a member of NASW and has completed the training requirements for sex therapy as a member of AASECT.
Samantha S. Guber, Ed.D, LPC, LCADC, CSW, ACS, Argosy University, teaches Professional Development and Case Management for the ACT Program. Guber has been working in the behavioral health field for 25 years with a focus on addictions, co-occurring disorders and individuals with criminal justice involvement. She is the director of an ambulatory addictions treatment facility in New Jersey, has a private practice and is an adjunct professor for several institutions of higher education, teaching psychology and criminal justice courses.
Guber, S. S. (2013). The Delivery of Psychiatric Services in Addiction Treatment (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). Argosy University, Phoenix, Arizona.
Jeffrey P. Hanna, LCSW, ACSW, received his BA in sociology with a minor in psychology from Widener University and went on to receive his MSW and certificate in gerontology at Rutgers University. He is currently maintaining a full time private practice in Camden County, NJ. He provides services to individuals and couples for mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, complicated grief, and issue related to development of identity. He is currently on the NJ-NASW ethics committee and he is presenting workshops on ethics and therapeutic modalities in treatment of men at the NASW-NJ conference and the National Association of Masculine Studies conference. He has worked throughout many systems of treatment including adult hospitalization, acute partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient programs.
Gena Haranis, MSW, LSW, is a part time lecturer at the Rutgers School of Social Work, of which she is also an alumna, with a specialization in group work. She teaches Social Work Practice I and II, focusing on micro and macro practice, respectively. She has over 40 years of experience in social work, including child protective service work, program planning and development, and management consulting. She is also the senior vice president at Janus Solutions, a NJ based Health and Human Services Consulting Firm, and has served as a consultant to numerous public and private social service agencies in the tri-state area, specializing in strategic planning, and organizational and program development. She has presented at numerous state and federal conferences, including NASW/NJ, the Garden State Employment and Training Association, the NJ Association of Counties, and the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. She also serves a trainer for the NJ Child Welfare Training Academy.
James S. Hart III MSW, LSW, Rutgers University, teaches Psychopathology, Clinical Social Work: Mental Health, and Spirituality in Social Work. He has over 18 years of clinical experience working with adults, couples, teens, and families. He specializes in working with married and engaged couples. His personal company offers workshops and seminars on relationships, diversity, mental health, and leadership. Additionally, Hart is an ordained reverend and author of the book, The Great Husband’s Playbook: Winning Plays for a Victorious Marriage.
Paul Heffner moved to Philadelphia from Sacramento, CA in order to complete his doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. While in Sacramento, Heffner had a variety of leadership roles including serving on a myriad of community committees, and serving as program director for El Hogar's Regional Support Team, an outpatient mental health facility that provided services to over 1300 consumers. While in Philadelphia, Heffner has had the opportunity to be an adjunct or guest lecturer for the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Rutgers University Camden. In addition, Paul is the Program Coordinator for the adult and youth outpatient and batterers' intervention programs for Joseph James Peterson Institute. In his spare time, Heffner enjoys the company of his family and friends, and running local races.
Heather L. Ilconich, MSW, LCSW, Rutgers University, teaches Clinical Practice: School Settings, Clinical Practice: Solution Focused Therapy and Diversity and Oppression. Ilconich has over eighteen years of clinical experience. She specializes in School Social Work, functional behavior supports and family therapy and adolescents. Ilconich is a member of several professional agencies such as, NJASSW, NJEA and SSWAA.
In addition to her clinical work, she is a board member of the Family Support Organization of Burlington County, an active lead response team member of the Burlington County Traumatic Loss Coalition as well as an active advocate for special education students in the State of New Jersey.
Leslie Ince MSW and current Ph.D. candidate, ABD, at Fordham University, teaches Research I and II, and Generalist Practice I. Ince has over 15 years of experience in the field of social work. She has worked on research projects related to Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) programs and NYC’s Enhanced Senior Centers. Earlier in her career she had the opportunity to lead a pilot program working with the former NYS Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (currently ACCES-VR), to facilitate the seamless transition of high school students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) to vocational training. Ince has also served at a university school of social work writing center as a consultant.
Ince, L. (2009). Co-location of mental health and medical care for adults with serious mental illness: Improving health care service utilization. Unpublished master’s thesis, Fordham University, New York, NY.
Alicia Joel teaches Diversity and Oppression, Clinical Social Work 2 and Clinical Social Work with Adolescents at the Graduate Level. Joel also teaches at the graduate level at two other schools. Her other experience includes consulting for a state program in NJ working with the criminal justice population. Some responsibilities of hers include conducting evaluations, facilitating anger management services, couples counseling and individual and group counseling. Joel’s past work also includes working with domestic violence victims, individual and family work at a mental health agency and experience in school systems. She also has experience working with the psychiatric population as well as within various correctional capacities. Professional credentials include NJ Certified School Social Worker, Play Therapy Certificate, Clinical Social Work Supervision Certificate, and SIFI certificate.
Drew M. Johnson, MSW, University of Pittsburgh, teaches Clinical Social Work 1 and 2, psychopathology, and Social Work Foundations 1. He has 30 years of clinical experience. He specializes in treating children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group modalities. He is very interested in issues related to race, gender, and sexuality. He has a private practice in Maplewood, New Jersey. He is a member of NASW. He conducts parent education workshops with the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Oksana Kazharova Kaczmarczyk
Oksana Kazharova Kaczmarczyk, MSW, LCSW, LCADC, Rutgers University,teaches Clinical Social II, Clinical Social Work MH, and Psychopathology. Kazharova Kaczmarczyk has over 8 years of clinical experience working with adults diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI) and/or addiction. She completed a training course in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) through the Beck Institute and uses CBT as her main treatment modality. She currently works as an assistant director of clinical services and compliance at Pathways to Housing PA.
Donna Kennedy, LCSW, LCADC, received her MSW with a concentration on children and families from Rutgers School of Social Work. She teaches Psychopathology, Integration Seminar, Professional Development Seminar and Clinical Social Work with Adolescents. Kennedy has over 10 years of clinical experience, including outpatient and inpatient substance abuse, mental health, and co-occurring disorders treatment. She has worked as a Supervisor for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Union County, advocating for children in out-of-home placement. She works for the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence, and has a private practice in Westfield, NJ, providing psychotherapy services for individual, couples and families. She is a proud member of the NASW.
Ruth A. Koenick
Ruth Anne Koenick, MA, University of Maryland and George Washington University, teaches Violence and Abuse in Childhood and Women’s Issues. She also teaches an internship seminar and a field experience seminar for the Rutgers Graduate School of Education in the Ed.M College Student Affairs program. Koenick has worked in the field of anti-violence against women and children for over 45 years. She is founder and past director of the Rutgers Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, retiring from there in 2016. She is a recipient of numerous state and national awards and has presented at both national and state conferences. She is an expert on the prevention and intervention of sexual and relationship violence with a focus on college age students.
Koenick, R.A., Sexual Violence: Leading the Culture Change, NASPA Leadership Exchange, 2014.
McMahon, S., Peterson, N.A., Winter, S.C., Palmer, J.E., Postmus, Koenick, R.A., (2015 advanced online publication). Predicting bystander behavior to prevent sexual assault on college campuses: The role of self-efficacy and intent. American Journal of Community Psychology, doi: 10.1007/s10464-015-9740-0
McMahon, S., Winter, S., Palmer, J., Postmus, J.L., Peterson, N.A., Zucker, S., & Koenick, R.A. (2015; advanced online publication). A randomized control trial of a peer education theater bystander program to prevent sexual violence. Health Education Research, doi: 0.1093/her/cyv022.
McMahon, S., Postmus, J., Warrener, C., & Koenick, R.A.,Utilizing Peer Education Theater for the Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence on College Campuses. Journal of College Student Development, January 2014.
McMahon, S., Postmus, J.P., & Koenick, R.A., Conceptualizing the Engaging Bystanders Approach to sexual violence prevention on college campuses. Journal of College Student Development (2011)
Koenick, R.A. Sexual assault recovery. In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Koenick, R.A. Feminism. In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
McMahon, S., Hoffman, M., McMahon, S.M., Zucker, S.& Koenick, R.A. What would you do? Sexual violence bystander intervention strategies for college students. Journal of College and Character, May 2013.
Koivunen received a Ph.D. in Family Studies from the University of Delaware, a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University with a focus in counseling, and a specialization in marriage and family therapy, and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan with a concentration in psychology. She has worked as a counselor and marriage and family therapist with individuals, couples, and families, and holds certification as a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE).
Koivunen’s research interests include gender roles in the family, equality-based relationships, the transition to parenthood, and mental health issues. She has worked on research projects regarding the importance of quality childcare, women’s perspectives on equality in their marriages, children and mental health issues, an edited book on women’s issues worldwide, effective teaching practices with university students, and a grant funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation on family and community support. Her recent work at Rutgers includes serving on the Evaluation Team for a project with International Social Service (ISS-USA), funded by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services [HHS], Administration for Children & Families, Children’s Bureau. Koivunen’s other work at Rutgers has included projects with the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, the New Jersey Coalition for Battered Women, the State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy, the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and The Office on Women’s Policy and Research, Support, Employment, Education and Training in Trenton, New Jersey.
Koivunen has been at Rutgers since 2007, and has served as a faculty member in the School of Social Work, as well as a Research Analyst at the Institute for Families, and the Center on Violence against Women and Children (VAWC). Prior to her work at Rutgers, she taught courses in women’s studies and human development/family studies, and was a faculty member at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
Koivunen, J., Van Alst, D., Ocasio, K., & Allegra, C. (2016). (in press). Understanding engagement in mental health services for preschool children: An analysis of teacher, clinician and parent perspectives. Early Childhood Education Journal.
Ocasio, K., Van Alst, D., Koivunen, J., Huang, C.C. & Allegra, C. (2015). Promoting preschool mental health: Results of a three year primary prevention strategy. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(6), 1800-1808.
Warrener, C. & Koivunen, J. (2014). The complex nature of serving divorced and separated women: A qualitative analysis of needs and service provision. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 95(4), 245-252.
Warrener, C., Koivunen, J. & Postmus, J.L. (2013). Economic self-sufficiency among divorced women: Impact of depression, abuse, and efficacy. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 54, 163-175.
Koivunen, J.M., Rothaupt, J., & Wolfgram, S. (2009). Gender dynamics and role adjustment during the transition to parenthood: Current perspectives. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 17 (4), 323-328.
Koivunen, J.M. (2009). Exploring trends towards globalization. [Review of the book The middle of everywhere: Helping refugees enter the American community]. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, Inc. Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 37, 413-415.
Koivunen, J.M. & Rothaupt, J. (2007). Crash. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 19 (1), 61-75.
Sherif Trask, B. & Koivunen, J. (2007). Trends in marriage and cohabitation (p. 80-99). In B. Sherif Trask & R. Hamon (Eds.). Cultural Diversity and Families: Expanding Perspectives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Aprahamian, S. & Koivunen, J. (2003). Lebanon (p. 239-257). In B. Sherif-Trask (Ed.). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of International Women’s Issues: The Middle East and North Africa. Vol. 4. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.
laisure, K. & Koivunen, J. (2003). Family science faculty members’ experiences with teaching from a feminist perspective. Family Relations, 52(1), 22-32.
Robyn Krugman, MSW, LCSW, Virginia Commonwealth University teaches Clinical I. She has over 10 years of clinical and programmatic experience. Krugman is also the coordinator of Adolescent Services with Jewish Family Service of Metrowest where she provides individual, family, and group psychotherapy to give adolescents the tools they need to become healthy and successful adults. She also collaborates with private and public schools to create and implement psychoeducational programs for students, staff, and parents to address a range of mental health concerns.
Jamie Kynn, MA, MSW, earned her MSW degree from Rutgers. She currently teaches SWPS II: Violence Against Women and Children at the Newark campus. Kynn works in program evaluation and research at a non-profit organization in New York, and has extensive knowledge in policy, research and evaluation. She is interested in how social workers can best advocate for better and more inclusive policies and services, as well as advocate for systemic change. Kynn is passionate about investigating how macro-systems can aid in interpersonal violence prevention and facilitate more effective services for victims and survivors.
Jeffrey J. Lang, MS, LCADC, CCS, CPRP, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, School of Health Related Professions, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, teaches the online class HBSE: Understanding Addictive Disorders. Lang is a licensed clinician, providing substance use disorder recovery services for over 30 years in Southern New Jersey. His past clinical leadership positions include over 20 years as a program director for inpatient dual diagnosis mental health and addictions treatment services. He presently is the program chair of Addiction Counseling Education at Ocean County College and is a frequent National and Statewide trainer and educator (NAADAC, NJPN 2016). He has an esoteric studies doctoral degree in holistic nutrition and is a strong advocate for wellness focused addiction recovery treatment. He has been teaching at the college and University level ongoing since the year 2000. His teaching, both in live classes and online classes are notable for his motivational and interactive manner. He is very dedicated to assisting the next generation of therapists with their understanding of the human condition of addictions and substance use disorders.
Jodi Levinthal, MSW and Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, teaches Advanced Social Policy, Violence & Abuse in Childhood, and Adolescents at-Risk. Levinthal completed her dissertation in social welfare researching the connection between animal abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse. Levinthal has been a licensed social worker in Pennsylvania for almost 10 years. She has clinical experience in child welfare, juvenile justice, drug and alcohol treatment, inpatient psychiatric units and individual and family therapy.
Gloria Lopez-Henriquez, MSW, LCSW is a psychotherapist licensed in New Jersey and New York with over 20 years of experience working with families and couples. She was the director of several school-based programs for children and families in NYC. She was involved in a research project at the Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology Department of the Goryeb Children’s Hospital, Morristown, NJ, exploring the impact of childhood chronic illness in family life. She was a faculty member of the Center for Family, Community, and Social Justice, Inc. She has presented nationally and internationally about these working experiences.
Lopez-Henriquez emigrated from Colombia in her early twenties, an experience that has guided her curiosity to co-create with those she works with new ways to keep loving and significant connections despite differences. She has done extensive clinical work with interracial and intercultural couples, and families challenged by life transitions mainly from childhood to adolescence and from adolescence to adulthood. Currently, Lopez-Henriquez is ending her Doctoral Social Work Program at Rutgers, where she teaches in the school of Social Work. She practices privately in Morristown, and Princeton. She is also involved in the development and implementation of a program for immigrant students in the Princeton Board of Education. Lopez-Henriquez is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and of the American Family Therapy Academy.
Melanie Lowe Hoffman
Melanie Lowe Hoffman, LSW, MSW, MPA, Hoffman is an instructor at the Rutgers School of Social Work. Course taught include: Practice II, HBSE: Violence & Abuse in Adulthood, and SWPS II. Additionally, Hoffman works with Rutgers Social Work online students as a field liaison. Hoffman also works at Corner House a Princeton, NJ non-profit. Hoffman is the Program Facilitator for a leadership development program. This program aims to increase tolerance and understanding among teenagers (and younger students) in the Princeton community. Hoffman’s professional background spans working in the fields of education, youth development and gender based violence. Hoffman received a master’s in Public Administration from NYU Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and is a proud graduate of the Rutgers School of Social Work.
Laura Luciano, MA, The College of New Jersey, teaches Violence and Abuse in Adulthood. Luciano has been working in field of interpersonal violence for almost twenty years. She currently works as the Assistant Director at the Rutgers- New Brunswick Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. Luciano provides direct service to survivors of sexual violence, relationship abuse and stalking. She is also responsible for awareness programming and engaging students in bystander intervention as primary prevention. Luciano is the former Chair of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA) and an appointed member of the New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council Against Sexual Violence. A strong legislative activist, Luciano worked with other advocates and legislators toward the passage of the Sexual Assault Survivors Protection Act of 2015. She is also an instructor for the Department of Continuing Education at Rutgers where she presents several workshops in the Violence against Women certificate program. In 2011, Luciano received the Excellence is Advocacy award from NJCASA for her work with survivors of sexual violence.
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Janine Mariscotti, MSW, LCSW is a social work educator and practitioner in the Philadelphia area with experience working in the areas of behavioral health, medical social work, and juvenile justice. An award-winning teacher, Janine has taught in baccalaureate and masters social work programs in a variety of formats. Having served as a Commissioner for CSWE Commission on Accreditation (COA), Janine now serves the social work educational community as a COA site visitor and member of the Council on Practice Methods and Specializations. Janine’s areas of interest, practice and research include loss and grief, spirituality in social work practice, and student assessment in higher education.
Beverly Mason-Andres, MSW, LCSW, Rutgers University, teaches Psychopathology. Mason-Andres serves as the Group Program Coordinator for Rutgers University CAPS (Counseling, ADAP and Psychiatric Services), overseeing a robust program of over 20 weekly groups ranging from DBT, Mindfulness Meditation, Social Anxiety, Eating Issues and Process Groups for both undergrads and grads. Mason-Andres is also in private practice at the Center for Psychological Services of Somerset County in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Mason-Andres specializes in the young adult population, mood disorders, and issues related to adoption. Mason-Andres is fully trained and maintains ongoing consultation in DBT. She also utilizes CBT, Strengths based and Insight oriented approaches in her individual and group therapies.
Elizabeth B. Matthews, MSW, Columbia University, teaches Clinical Social Work: Mental Health. Matthews has a background in direct clinical practice and program administration, and is presently completing her Ph.D. in Social Work at Rutgers University. Her areas of expertise include integrated health and mental health care, person-centered care, and health information technology. Matthews is a member of several professional organizations, such as NASW and CSWE.
Akincigil, A., Matthews, E.B. (2017) National rates and patterns of depression screening in primary care: Results from 2012 and 2013. Psychiatric Services, Epublished 17 February.
Matthews, E.B. (2015). Integrating the electronic health record into behavioral health encounters: Strategies, barriers, and implications for practice. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, Epublished 25 July.
Angell, B., Matthews, E.B., Stanhope, V., Rowe, M. (2015) Shared decision-making. In P.W. Corrigan (Ed) Person-centered care in mental illness: The evolution of adherence and self- determination (pp. 117-140) Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Angell, B., Matthews, E.B., Barrenger, S., Watson, A.C., Draine, J.(2014) Engagement processes in model programs for community reentry from prison for people with serious mental illness. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry 37, 390-400.
Donna M. McElroy
Donna Marie McElroy, MSW, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, teaches Social Welfare Policy & Services (SWPS) I and II. McElroy has over 20 years of social work experience. She is currently an associate professor of Social Science at Atlantic Cape Community College where she teaches courses in Social Work and Psychology. McElroy is an active member of NASW-NJ.
Loriann McGuffin a MSW and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. McGuffin is a Rutgers University alumna having received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from this University. She has taught a variety of courses over her thirteen year tenure: Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Integrative Seminar-Children and Families, Psychopathology, Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs, Treating Juvenile Sex Offenders, HBSE-Understanding Addictive Behaviors and HBSE -Clinical Addictive Behaviors. McGuffin is also SIFI certified and is a field instructor for Rutgers University and host of other universities.
She has worked for more than twenty year in the field as both an administrator and clinician in the non-profit sector providing behavioral health services to children and adults with various mental disorders, as well as addictive and compulsive behaviors. She is a member of several professional organizations such as the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers national and local chapters, National Council for Behavioral Health – TIC Trauma-Informed Care Practices Learning Community, and Camden County Traumatic Loss Coalition.
McGuffin has also attained several certifications among them Certificate in Clinical Supervision, Certificate in Nurtured Heart Approach, Certificate in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Certificate in working with victims of Human trafficking –MLMC and a Certificate in the Treatment of Juvenile Sexual Offenders. She has presented at NJ Fraternal Order of Police Annual Convention. In addition to her administrative and clinical work, she has served as a consultant to both human service and behavioral health agencies. Presently, she is in the midst of attaining her LCADC
Jennifer Mele, LCSW RYT, is a graduate of Boston University and Rutgers University, currently teaching Clinical Social Work II. Mele has over 15 years of mindfulness based practice and is a self-taught artist and painter. She supports clients, students, educators, and practitioners through retreats workshops, live and online courses, consultation and in her private practice in Lawrenceville, NJ. Through creative healing practices that include expressive arts, paint, movement, and yoga, Mele’s intention is to create a safe space for people to connect with their true self, undo stress and suffering, and lead an inspired life. Her foundational therapeutic approach combines the transformational model of Internal Family Systems with somatic mindfulness and inner child meditation.
Mele’s passion and drive for teaching others is directly related to her own personal and professional journey. Learning how to listen to the wisdom of one’s own inner guidance is the platform for all of her teachings.
Geraldine Moore Manahan
Geraldine “Geri” Moore Manahan received her Master of Social Work with honors from Rutgers, and is a Licensed Social Worker practicing social work in New Jersey and New York and also a member of NASW. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Community Legal Services. Manahan spent 25 years working with clients in the adult, juvenile, and family courts. Manahan works in a private practice that extensively serves individuals who struggle with alcoholism, addictions, co-occurring disorders, recovery challenges, and relationship and family issues. She also devotes one evening a week as a Psychiatric Evaluator within the emergency department of a local hospital. Manahan provides instruction and training to social workers, human services professionals, and students at Rutgers, School of Social Work and the Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) program, Wells College, and the University of Phoenix.
Nancy C. Morris, LCSW, MSW, Rutgers School of Social Work, teaches Clinical Social Work I and II and Clinical Social Work with Families. Morris has over 10 years of clinical experience working with children and families. She has worked as an in-home clinician serving DCP&P involved children and families, a foster care coordinator, a clinician and program coordinator for a school based clinical program, and as a trainer, consultant and coordinator, training and coaching child welfare staff and clinicians who work with child welfare involved youth and families. She is currently a school social worker at an elementary school in Morris County, NJ.
Gillian Murray, MSW, Rutgers, DSW, University of Pennsylvania, teaches Methods of Social Work Research I and II. Murray has over 12 years of experience providing cognitive retraining and vocational rehabilitation to adults after brain injury. She currently works for MossRehab in Philadelphia, PA. She has research experience in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including evaluation of an anger management protocol for adults after traumatic brain injury and a qualitative exploration of compassion fatigue in brain injury rehabilitation professionals.
Murray has presented at national conferences, and is considered an expert on compassion fatigue in brain injury rehabilitation professionals. She is a licensed social worker and a certified brain injury specialist. Murray is a member of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine and the National Association of Social Workers.
Bridget M. Nash, MSW, Rutgers School of Social Work, BA Columbia University, teaches Psychopathology. She brings over 10 years of clinical experience to the classroom, including work as a hospital psychiatric social worker, and now runs a private practice in Bedminster, New Jersey. Additionally, she is enrolled in the doctorate in Social Work degree program at the Rutgers School of Social Work. Nash is a member of the NASW and New Jersey Maternal Child Health Consortium.
Dawn Neglia, MSW, LSW teaches Generalist Practice II. Neglia attended Richard Stockton University, where she earned her BSW and Certificate of Gerontology . She attend Monmouth University for her Master’s degree. She has over 10 years of experience with the geriatric population, mainly focused on sub-acute and long term care issues. She recently completed her certified assisted living training course and examination and is also a member of professional organizations, such as NASW. Neglia is employed with the Springpoint Senior Living organization at Meadow Lakes in Hightstown, where she serves as the director of resident services.
Nicole Oceanak, MSW, LSW (Rutgers University), teaches Violence and Abuse in Adulthood on the New Brunswick campus and online. She also currently works as a Senior Program Coordinator for Online Programs. She primarily supports the Field Education aspects of the 100% Online and Blended Programs at Rutgers School of Social Work. She previously served as the Center Coordinator at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) assisting with community engagement, research, and the VAWC Certificate Program for master’s level social work students. Throughout her career she has sought to find best-practices in social work relevant to her respective roles and has grown her passion for helping victims and survivors of trauma and abuse.
Her interest areas include interpersonal and gender-based violence, using technology efficiently and effectively, innovative education techniques, and trauma-informed practice. Ms. Oceanak is a proud alumna of the Rutgers School of Social Work, Violence Against Women and Children Certificate Program.
Chinaza Okonkwo, LSW, Rutgers University, teaches Diversity and Oppression and is currently pursuing a doctorate of education with a concentration in designing learning environments. Chinaza has over five years of experience working with a variety of Rutgers students in programming, teaching, advising, coaching, and supervising capacities. Chinaza spent three years working with aging out foster youth pursuing post-secondary degrees before starting her current role as an instructional course designer at Rutgers School of Social Work’s Institute for Families. She is committed to equity and diversity in her professional practice and is a champion for marginalized groups, specifically within higher education.
Denalee M. O’Malley
Denalee M. O’Malley, Ph.D. (Rutgers), M.S.W. (Fordham) teaches the Clinical Social Work: Health elective. Dr. O’Malley has nine years post-Masters experience in the field of health social work, most extensively in the area of oncology social work. Dr. O’Malley was an American Cancer Society Oncology Social Work fellow from 2013-2017. Dr. O’Malley is currently the Project Manager for an National Cancer Institute funded clinical trial, “Extended Cancer Education for Longer-Term Cancer Survivors (EXCELS) in Primary Care.” Her research portfolio includes a focus on patient self-management during cancer survivorship; cancer survivorship and multi-morbidity models of care; health disparities among cancer survivors; and behavioral and primary care systems integration of non-traditional populations. She previously worked in the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, where she developed the Center for Cancer Survivorship and managed the Population Science Research Program.
Rubinstein E.B., Miller W.L., Hudson S.V., Howard J., O’Malley D.M., Tsui, J., Lee H.S., Bator A., Crabtree B.F. Cancer Survivorship Care in Advanced Primary Care Practices: A Qualitative Study of Challenges and Opportunities. JAMA Internal Medicine (in press)
O’Malley D.M., Dewan A.A., Ohman-Strickland P.A., Gundersen, D., Miller S.M., & Hudson S.V. (2017) Determinants of patient activation in a community sample of early stage breast and prostate cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology.
Lee S.H. & O’Malley D.M. Client experiences of abstinence-only substance abuse treatment: are you not working the program or is the program not working for you? Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. (in press)
Christian A.C., O’Malley D.M., Barac A., Bandera E., & Hudson S.V. (2017) Cardiovascular risk and communication among early stage breast cancer survivors. Patient Education and Counseling.
Nekhlyodov L., O’Malley D.M., Hudson S.V. Integrating primary care providers in the care of cancer survivors: review of the evidence and future directions. The Lancet Oncology. 18 (1), e30-38.
O’Malley D.M., Hudson S.V., Nekhlyodov L., Howard J., Rubinstein E., Lee H.S., Overholser L.S., Shaw A., Givens S., Burton J.S., Parry C. & Crabtree B.F. (2016) Learning the landscape: implementation challenges of primary care innovators around cancer survivorship care. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 1-11.
Hudson S.V., Ohman-Strickland P.A., Bator A., O’Malley D.M., Gunderson D., Lee H.S. & Crabtree B.F. (2016) Breast and prostate cancer survivors’ experiences of patient centered cancer follow-up care from primary care physicians and oncologists. Journal of Cancer Survivorship 10(5),906-914.
Hudson, S.V., O’Malley, D.M., & Miller, S.M. (2015). Achieving optimal delivery of follow-up care for prostate cancer survivors: improving patient outcomes. Patient Related Outcome Measures, 6, 75-90.
O’Malley, D.M., Hudson, S.V., Ohman-Strickland, P.A., Bator A., Lee, H.S., Gundersen, D.A., & Miller, S.M. (2016). Follow-up care education and information: identifying cancer survivors in need of more guidance. Journal of Cancer Education, 31(1), 63-69.
O’Malley D.M., Dégi C.L., Gilbert B.L., & Munch S. (2014) Addressing the cancer burden in Romania: A critical role for social work practice. Revista de Asistenţă Socială. 8(2), 11-26.
Balasubramanian B.A., Chase S.M., Nutting P.A., Cohen D.J., Strickland P.A., Crosson J.C., Miller W.L., Crabtree B.F., & U.L.T.R.A. Study Team (O’Malley).(2010) Using learning teams for reflective adaptation (U.L.T.R.A.): insights from a team-based change management strategy in primary care. Annals of Family Medicine. 8(5), 425-32.
Ohman Strickland P.A., Orzano J.A., Hudson S.V., Solberg L.I., DiCiccio-Bloom B., O'Malley D.M., Tallia A.F., Balasubramanian B., & Crabtree B.F. (2008) Quality of diabetes care in family medicine practices: influence of nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants. Annuals of Family Medicine, 6 (1), 14-22.
DiCicco-Bloom B., Frederickson K., O’Malley D.M., Shaw E., & Crosson J. (2007) Developing a model of social capital: relationships in primary care. Advances in Nursing Science. 30 (3), E13-E24.
Orzano A.J., Scott J.G., Hudson S.V., O’Malley D.M., Hahn K., Haywood-Harris S., Falco T., Johnson M., & Crabtree B.F. (2007) Strategies for conducting complex clinical trials in diverse community practices. Medical Care, 45(12), 1221-1226.
Scott J.G., Tallia A., Crosson J.C., Orzano A.J., Stroebel C., DiCicco-Bloom B. O'Malley D.M., Shaw E., & Crabtree B.F. (2005) Social network analysis as an analytic tool for interaction patterns in primary care practices. Annals of Family Medicine. 3(5):443-448.
O'Malley D.M., Tsui J., Davis S., Hudson S.V. Disparities in Cancer Survivorship. In: Feuerstein M., Nekhlyudov L., eds. Handbook of Cancer Survivorship, Second Edition. New York, NY: Springer: 2018. (in press)
Abimbola Omisore, MSW, LCSW teaches Social Work Practice I, Adolescents at Risk, and Diversity and Oppression. She holds a bachelor's and master's degree in social work and a post graduate certificate in family therapy from the Multicultural Cultural Family Institute in Highland Park, NJ. Omisore has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in multiple settings; in-home counseling, school based clinical interventions, and outpatient mental health clinics to improve behavior and functioning. Her work with families focuses on family members’ tendency to be reactive and repetitive to solve problems. Omisore has her own practice, The Purpose Project LLC, to develop specialty services for families and communities catered to their unique needs.
Joan Ordille, DSW, LCSW teaches Loss Across the Life Span, Clinical Social Work Families and Clinical Social Work II. She has experience in direct practice, supervision, program development, leadership development and administration and policy. Joan has many years of direct service experience with individuals, groups and families and has spent the last several years in hospice social work. Her engaged scholarship and clinical interests include multiple aspects of end-of-life care, phenomenology, care of the practitioner and expanding holistic approaches to health and wellbeing through a lens that encompasses Eastern and Western philosophic principles and practice modalities. She is active in local community issues related to peace and social justice and is a Certified Hatha yoga teacher and Reiki master.
Ordille, J. (2016). Phenomenology in End-of-Life Care: Implications for Philosophy and Clinical Practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 44(2), 170-178. doi:10.1007/s10615-015-0536-3
Valerie Pheanis, LCSW, MT-BC, CHN has taught Social Work Practice I, Clinical Social Work III, Psychopathology, and is currently teaching Diversity and Oppression. Pheanis graduated with her MSW from the University of South Carolina in 2008 and from SUNY New Paltz with her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Therapy and Piano Performance in 2005. She holds the certification to supervise LSWs and recently received her certification to become a Holistic Nutritionist. Pheanis has over 10 years of clinical experience. She spent seven years working as the Mental Health Clinician in a high school's School Based Youth Services Program and then became the Program Director. During that time, Pheanis opened her private practice, Creative Solutions Therapy, LLC where she now works full-time.
Bonnie Pollak, JD, Brooklyn Law School, MSW and Doctoral Candidate, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, teaches Loss across the Lifespan. Pollak has experience counseling patients at the end-of-life and facilitating bereavement groups. She currently is an adjunct professor at Wurzweiler School of Social Work where she teaches Cultural Diversity. Pollak is a member of NASW and SWHPN, a professional organization for social workers in hospice and palliative care. Prior to becoming a social worker, Pollak lobbied at the United Nations on behalf of an NGO.
Donna G. Pope
Donna G. Pope, MSW, University of Texas Arlington, teaches, on-line, Human Behavior and the Social Environment. Pope has more than 30 years of experience in the field of Social Work. Her experience ranges from being the CEO of three nonprofit organizations in Dallas County to working in higher education for 18 years. Pope’s areas of expertise include intimate partner violence, nonprofit management and mental health.
Phyllis M. Randall, MSW Temple University, teaches Research Methods 1. Randall is the former director/principal investigator of the Philadelphia Outcome Measurement Project (POMP) administered through Temple University School of Social Work. The project conducted research/collected data on abused and neglected children under the auspices of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services for almost two decades. She was an adjunct professor at Temple University for over 20 years teaching undergraduate and graduate students required social work courses. For many years she participated as a certified child welfare trainer through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania/University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work.
She has organized regional and national conferences on outcomes in child welfare as well as presented in Washington, Los Angeles, Iowa, Colorado, Long Beach California, Texas, and Buffalo, New York. Randall is a member of NASW, NABSW, and the Alliance of Black Social Workers.
Randall, Nowak, and White (2006) Bridging the Gap: Building Relationships across Systems. An eighteen hour training curriculum for supervisors and managers in Child Welfare.
Randall, P., Kutzler, P., & Halnon, R. (2004). Administrative and standardized assessment data to measure safety, permanency, and well-being: Experience in Philadelphia. Protecting Children, 18(3), 33-40. California Evidence-Based Clearing House for Child Welfare (CEBC).
Omar Rashed, MSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, teaches Introduction to Social Work. Rashed has over 10 years of political advocacy, public policy, evaluation, and community organizing experience. He specializes in macro social work including poverty abatement policy, community organizing for low-income and/or minority communities, interfaith and religious cooperation and dialogue, minority political organizing and advocacy, discrimination advocacy and outreach, facilitating interpersonal understanding, dialogue, and resolving 732-463 personal, community, and political disputes with words instead of weapons. Rashed is a member of several professional organizations, including Toastmasters International and has earned the Advanced Communicator Bronze. Additionally, he has presented at local, state, and national conferences, and is considered an expert on community collaboration. Rashed is the current full-time community development coordinator for the Islamic Society of Boston in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a founding member and current president of the Board of Directors of People Building Communities, a social justice empowerment organization that was founded in the wake of the Alton Sterling shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and commits to establishing peace through collaborative understanding and meaningful training and work opportunities to build communities. In addition to his macro work, he serves as a consultant to several human rights and advocacy agencies throughout the states of Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Louisiana when called upon. Rashed is a happily married father of three: one princess and two littler princes, and believes educators of the world ought to dedicate and devote their knowledge, wisdom, and craft first and foremost to their family, and share the light with all others they interact with. He strives his best to do so.
Rashed, O. L. (2016). Journey to black belt: Lessons for life. Baton Rouge: Rashed Lights Press. https://www.amazon.com/Journey-Black-Belt-Lessons-Life/dp/1943740097/
Rashed, O. L. (2015). It's been surreal: Over the line. Baton Rouge: Rashed Lights Press. https://www.amazon.com/Its-Been-Surreal-Memoirs-Beautiful/dp/1943740070
Rashed, O. L. (2015). For the love of God: Falling for balance. Baton Rouge: Rashed Lights Press. https://www.amazon.com/Love-God-Falling-Balance/dp/1943740003/
Rashed, O. L. (2014). Growing up: Crisscrossing the line. Baton Rouge: Rashed Lights Press. https://www.amazon.com/Growing-Up-Crisscrossing-Line-Beautiful/dp/1943740046
Rashed, O. L. (2014). A Unique Elegy: Standing up right. Baton Rouge: Rashed Lights Press. https://www.amazon.com/Unique-Elegy-Standing-Up-Right/dp/194374002X
Erik Riverson, MA, Child Advocacy and Policy, Montclair State University, teaches Human Behavior and the Social Environment. Riverson has over 10 years of experience working with youth involved in the child welfare system, as well as those facing behavioral health challenges. He specializes in advocacy, policy development, child welfare, and adolescents with backgrounds of anxiety and trauma. Riverson has developed policy at both the state and county levels, facilitated ongoing professional development seminars, and worked directly with youth as a case worker, behavior modification specialist, housing supervisor, and advocate. In addition to his role as a part time lecturer at Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, Riverson teaches undergraduate courses in psychology and sociology, facilitates professional development through the Child Welfare Training Partnership and the Children's System of Care, works with youth in central New Jersey through his agency, The Superhero in All of Us, and has served on the NJ Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Riverson, E. (2014) The Superhero in All of Us: Achieve Your Fullest Potential.
Julie Roebuck, MSW, LCSW, New York University teaches courses about violence and adulthood and clinical practice with survivors of abuse and trauma. Roebuck has over 20 years of experience in treating children, adolescents and adults who are survivors of trauma. She has a private practice in Hackensack and Madison, New Jersey. In addition to her clinical work, she provides clinical supervision and trauma informed trainings throughout the state of New Jersey.
David Rosen, DBH (ASU), MSW (Rutgers) teaches HBSE I, HBSE: AIDS and HBSE: LGBTQ Issues. Rosen is an LCSW with over 20 years of clinical experience providing behavioral health care to people living with or at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS and members of the LGBTQ community and delivering IOP care to adolescent substance users and their families in individual and group formats. As the clinical director of Hudson Pride Connections Center in Jersey City, he provides HIV and PrEP medication adherence counseling, supervises field placements for BSW/MSW interns and oversees clinical quality management and grant writing activities for the agency. In addition to his clinical work, Rosen also delivers in-service staff trainings at agencies throughout NJ on both HIV and LGBT-affirming behavioral care, chairs the Hudson County HIV/AIDS Services Planning Council’s Provider Education Committee and is a member of the Hudson Unit of NASW-NJ and the Jersey City Mayor’s Community Diversity Advisory Board.
Balano, K., Rosen, D. et al. (Fall, 2008). Developing Regional Approaches to Training Community Pharmacists: An AETC Program Coordinator’s Guide. AETC National Resource Center Training Manual.
Rosen, D., Abedini, B., Youngblood, A., Spooner, L. et al. (2005). Multi-Discipline HIV Longitudinal Training: Utilizing AETC Resources to Build HIV Care Capacity in Minority-Serving Health Centers. Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services. 4(2): 57-77.
Rosen, D. (2006). Generation “Q”: Meeting the Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Youth. New Jersey AIDSLine: Special Edition on LGBT Health. Summer, 2006.
Debra Ruisard, DSW, LCSW, LCADC, teaches Social Work Practice I and II. She is currently the Clinical Director at The Center for Great Expectations, a non-profit agency in Somerset, NJ, that serves homeless pregnant and parenting adults and adolescents with substance use and mental health disorders. Ruisard has extensive clinical experience in simultaneously treating trauma and addiction issues primarily with women involved in the child welfare system. She has a post- graduate certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute and has presented workshops in New Jersey and other states on how to provide trauma-informed care in substance abuse treatment, and with pregnant and parenting women. In her work, she seeks to develop a greater understanding of the relationship between trauma and addiction in order to improve recovery outcomes for her clients.
Ruisard, D. (2015). Transformation through attachment: the power of relationship in clinical social work. Clinical Social Work Journal, 44(3), pp 279-292.
Deepa Sadhwani-Monchak is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over 19 years of experience in areas of clinical social work, program development, child and family advocacy, case management and diversity and social justice education. She is a graduate of New York University with a Master of Social Work and was trained in family therapy with the Ackerman Institute for the Family in NYC. She has extensive training and experience in the areas of cultural competency, issues of race and diversity, leadership and management, human behavior, ethics, clinical supervision and field instruction.
Sadhwani-Monchak has spent much of her career advocating, developing, implementing and administering various social and community-oriented programs. This experience has involved working with culturally and racially diverse families and children, managing staff, organizing and facilitating groups, collaborating with administrative leaders of local agencies and organizations, and community organizing. She also provides workshops and trainings on topics including diversity, oppression and social justice issues, multiculturalism, family dynamics, childhood development, parenting skills, leadership skills and other clinically related topics.
Currently, Sadhwani-Monchak works with the Passaic Board of Education where she has been a child and family social worker for the last 16 years. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at Rutgers University, Graduate School of Social Work. Sadhwani-Monchak also maintains a small private practice in Montclair, NJ specializing in helping individuals and families struggling with the bi-cultural experience and facing intergenerational conflicts through cross-cultural psychotherapy.
Lori A. Sanders, MSW, Columbia University teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work Practice I and II. Sanders has over 25 years of administrative and leadership experience in both the public and nonprofit arenas; specializing in Children and Family Services. Sanders is currently employed full time by the Department of Children and Family Services, Division of Child Protection and Permanency as a Program Manager in the Office of the Assistant Commissioner. She is a Certified Social Work Manager (CSWM), having completed an 18-month leadership development erogram through the Network for Social Work Management. Sanders’ capstone project was in the macro practice area of "Onboarding Public Child Welfare Managers."
Sanders has extensive experience in child welfare reform, policy and planning, program development, strategic planning, interagency collaboration, staff training and workforce development. She is a staunch advocate for addressing disproportionately in the child welfare system, and improving service outcomes for at-risk children and underserved populations in New Jersey.
Beth Sapiro, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker and Ph.D. candidate at the Rutgers School of Social Work. She has a small private practice in New York City and works as a field instructor and part-time lecturer at the Rutgers School of Social Work, teaching Clinical Social Work I and Clinical Social Work II. Sapiro previously worked in New York City school and community-based mental health programs for six years as a clinical social worker, providing individual, group and family therapy with adolescents and adults. Her current research interests focus on the impact of trauma and oppression on adolescent development and the transition to adulthood. She has also been involved in research projects exploring the life experiences of adolescents with histories of foster care involvement; the transition to college for LGBQ students; and the challenges facing students who are juggling school and parenthood. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Society for Research on Adolescence, and the Society for Social Work and Research.
Maria Scali is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who is dedicated to the treatment of individuals with mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and addiction. She has worked with adolescents and adults in group, family, and individual settings with addiction, mental health, and those struggling with both. Her experience with adults and adolescents has been in a variety of treatment milieu's, from residential treatment facilities, intensive day treatment programs, and in outpatient treatment settings. Her approach is specific to meeting the needs of an individual and can range from CBT, DBT, interpersonal therapy, or psychodynamic psychotherapy. She is certified in dialectical behavioral therapy as well as psychodynamic psychotherapy. She completed her bachelors at Rutgers, The State University and obtained her master’s from New York University.
Harry Schiffman, LMSW Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work, teaches Social Welfare Policy and Services, Social Work Practice II with Organizations and Communities and Policy Perspectives on Poverty and Inequality. Schiffman has over 35 years of experience in social work specializing in community organizing and development. He has worked in communities throughout New York City in the areas of government relations, community relations and resource development. Schiffman also is active in political social work and advocacy and has worked for elected officials and on political campaigns in New York City and is a member of the New York City NASW Pace Committee.
Dr. Lori R. Schlosser
Lori R. Schlosser, Ph.D., M.S.W., Rutgers University teaches Social Welfare Policy and Services, II Health and Aging in the Masters Program and Social Welfare Policy and Services II in the BASW program. Schlosser has over 25 years of administrative and policy related experience in the public mental health field. In 2008, she retired from the position of Deputy Assistant Director of the Office of State Hospital Management in the NJ Division of Mental Health Services. During her years in the Division of Mental Health Services, Schlosser was intimately involved in the areas of quality improvement, program evaluation, risk management, supervision and team building. She has a certificate of specialization in gerontology and special expertise in wellness, recovery, self-care, and resilience. She is a Certified Rubenfeld Synergist and a Certified Laughter Leader.
Schlosser developed the curriculum for the Strategic Management module of the DCPP Management Fellows Project. Since 2008, she has developed and conducted continuing education programs for helping professionals in the areas of self-care, change leadership, the neuroscience of optimal well-being, stress management, and mindfulness for a variety of organizations including Rutgers University, Prevent Child Abuse- America, Prevent Child Abuse-NJ, Womanspace, Mental Health Association of NJ-DRCC, Central NJ Family Health Consortium, Catholic Charities, Children’s Home Society, Mercer Street Friends. Beautiful Minds and Children’s Futures.
Amanda M. Stylianou
Amanda M. Stylianou, Ph.D., LCSW, is a social worker who focuses her career on improving services at the intersection of trauma, mental health, and poverty. In her role as Senior Director of Research and Program Development at Safe Horizon, the nation's leading victim services agency, she works with her team to ensure the organization is providing the most effective and efficient services to clients throughout NYC. Her current research focuses on understanding the needs of victims/survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking and on understanding and evaluating practices in the field. In addition to her work at Safe Horizon, Dr. Stylianou teaches in the MSW program at Rutgers University and offers several CEU trainings throughout New Jersey. Dr. Stylianou has published in a variety of journals including Social Work, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence against Women, Affilia, and Children and Youth Services Review.
Hoge, G.L., Stylianou, A.M., Hetling, A., & Postmus, J. (2017). Developing and validating the Scale of Economic Self-Efficacy. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Advanced online publication.
O’Connor, L.A., Weinstein, B., & Stylianou, A.M. (2017). Supporting young men of color as survivors of crime and violence. Social Work, 61, 1, 83-85.
Fisher, L. & Stylianou, A.M. (2016). Measuring economic abuse in the lives of survivors: Revising the scale of economic abuse. Violence against Women, 22, 6, 692-703.
Silva-Martinez, E., Stylianou, A.M., Hoge, G., Plummer, S., McMahon, S. & Postmus, J.L. (2015). Implementing a financial management curriculum with survivors of IPV: Exploring advocates’ experiences. Affilia. Advanced online publication.
Nancy Scotto Rosato
Nancy Scotto Rosato, Ph.D., Rutgers University, M.A. in Psychology, New York University teaches Method of Social Work Research I and II online. Scotto Rosato has over 15 years of research experience and she has conducted both qualitative and quantitative research. She has analyzed a variety of datasets including survey data and administrative data. She has also conducted primary data collection by designing and implementing surveys for evaluation purposes primarily in the area of public health and mental health policy. She works full-time at the New Jersey Department of Health as a Research Scientist and data specialist. Prior to the Department of Health, she held a research position at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IHHCPAR).
Scotto Rosato, N. & Baer, J. (2012). Latent class analysis: A method for capturing heterogeneity. Social Work Research, online at: http://swr.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2012/06/27/swr.svs006.full.
Scotto Rosato, N., Correll, C.U., Pappadopulos, E., Chait, A., Crystal, S., Jensen, P.S., & the TMAY Steering Committee. (2012). Treatment of maladaptive aggression in youth (TMAY): CERTs Guidelines II. Psychosocial interventions, medication treatments, and side effects management. Pediatrics, online at http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2012/05/23/peds.2010-1361
Scotto Rosato, N. & Schmitz, M. (2006). Valued characteristics of children in a changing social environment. Families in Society, 87(2), 277-284
Sue A. Seidenfeld, MS, LCADC, CCS, Hunter College, teaches Biology of Addictions and has taught Case Management. She has over 30 years of experience in substance abuse and mental health prevention and treatment; including hospital based acute care, detoxification and OP/IOP levels of care. She is currently the Executive Director of COPE Center, a community based prevention and outpatient substance abuse and co-occurring treatment program located in Montclair, NJ. Seidenfeld participated in 3 years of family therapy training though the Ackerman Institute in the 1980’s. Seidenfeld has been a longstanding member of NAADAC and has been involved in annual national conference planning for both APHA and NAADAC. She has also presented both locally and nationally in conferences and workshops since 1985.
Stephen Sidorsky, MSW, LCSW, New York University, teaches Clinical Social Work: Aging and Loss Across the Lifespan. In the school’s post-master’s Continuing Education Program, his courses included Counseling and Psychotherapy with Older Adults, Ethical Dilemmas in Working with the Elderly, Ethics for Administrators, and Aging and Economic Policy. He is also a member of the RUSSW Gerontology Consortium. Sidorsky has forty years of clinical, administrative and teaching experience, and is currently director of Outpatient Services at a Middlesex County community mental health center. He has served on the executive board of NASW-NJ and is a past president of the NJ Association of Jewish Communal Professionals. His current areas of interest and expertise are clinical supervision, group methods, and gerontology.
Sidorsky, S. (1984). The Use of Psychodrama in the Treatment of the Borderline Personality. The Journal of the American Society of Group Psychotherapy, 37, 117-125.
Dan Smith, MSW, LCSW, LCADC is an alumni of Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work. He serves as a part-time lecturer in the School’s Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Program, where he teaches ACT Biology of Addictive Behaviors, ACT Clinical Social Work 2, and ACT Professional Development. He has over ten years of experience working with co-occurring disorders in the world of “mandated” treatment participation. He is a proponent of motivational interviewing for the purposes of rapid engagement of the ambivalent or “reluctant” participant. He has served large populations of clients through major organizations such as Drug Court and Work First New Jersey’s Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI).
Lisa J. Smith, MS, DVS, Radford University, teaches Violence and Abuse in Adulthood and Advanced Social Work Policy on Violence against Women and Children (SWPS II). Smith has over 25 years of experience working in the field of interpersonal violence. She currently works as the coordinator for domestic violence services at Rutgers Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance. Smith provides direct service to survivors of domestic/dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. In addition to her full time work and teaching, she has conducted many speaking engagements and training sessions on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, diversity and LGBT issues. Smith serves as a University liaison to the LGBTQ community at Rutgers. Prior to her work at Rutgers, she served as director of outreach services for the YWCA of Eastern Union County New Jersey, Union County’s lead domestic violence agency. Smith is also an instructor for the Department of Continuing Education at Rutgers where she presents several workshops in the Violence against Women certificate program. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the NJ Coalition to End Domestic Violence and is certified as a domestic violence specialist in the state of New Jersey.
Smith, L. Intimate Partner Violence. In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Smith, L. Safety Planning. In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sexual Violence and Abuse. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Renee R. Space, LSW, MSW, Temple University, teaches in the Aging Certificate Program, as well as Human Behavior in the Social Environment. She has over 30 years of clinical and administrative experience in programs with people throughout the life span, currently specializing in older health care population. Space is pursuing her doctorate in Social Work (DSW), researching the home care social workers cultural humility with the older LGBT adult. She is a member of NASW and AGE-SW professional organizations. Furthermore, she has presented at local and national conferences, as well as testified in legislative subcommittees on aging topics. Space has three post-master’s certificates with focus in end of life care, family therapy, and administration of case management services.
Patricia Spencer, LCSW, MSW Rutgers University, teaches Military Culture Life and Issues, Clinical Social Work Mental Health, and has also taught Psychopathology. Spencer has 16+ years clinical experience working in various settings including with veterans, families and children and adults with serious mental illness. She has a private practice in Somerset, NJ. In addition to clinical work, she has presented at various professional conferences and continuing education courses. Spencer is a member of the NASW, and is a trustee on the board of non-profit organization in central New Jersey.
Spencer, P.C., Munch, S. (2003) Client violence toward social workers: The Role of Agency Management in Community Mental Health Programs. Social Work, 48, 532-544.
Adam Staats, MSW, teaches Human Behavior and the Social Environment I and II. Staats joined the Rutgers School of Social Work’s Institute for Families in 2006, and received his MSW from Rutgers University’s School of Social Work in 2011. Staats has worked with young people aging-out of foster care for over 10 years, in a variety of residential, educational, and community-based settings. During his time at Rutgers, Staats has coordinated substance abuse prevention groups, mentoring programs, youth advocacy committees, housing and internship programs, as well as training and non-profit development programs. Staats has also designed case management systems, as well as websites and videos to better inform and serve young people in foster care.
Donald J. Stager
Donald Stager has his doctorate in Pastoral Counseling from Drew University and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Rutgers University. He teaches Clinical Social I and II, and Social work with Immigrants and Refugees. He has been teaching since 2000 in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. He has more than 20 years’ experience providing therapy to individuals, couples, families and groups. His expertise is in clinical counseling, spirituality, and immigration. Stager’s therapeutic approach is eclectic utilizing elements of psychodynamic, cognitive, and spiritual approaches. He has presented on the topic of Immigrant at several NASW Programs and is an expert in the field of immigration having been an authorized immigration counselor for over 15 years. Currently, he is the clinical supervisor for School Based Youth Services, a part of services offered in the New Brunswick School Systems through PRAB and New Brunswick Tomorrow. In addition to his teaching at Rutgers, he serves as an offsite field instructor.
Richard Stagliano is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with more than 40 years of professional social work practice. He has taught practice and policy courses in the Rutgers BASW program and MSW program for over thirty years.Stagliano is the President/CEO of Center for Family Services (CFS), a human service organization serving South Jersey. With a staff of over 800, and an annual operating budget of over $40 million, CFS offers more than 60 programs that support children and families.
Stagliano’s professional interests are focused on the areas of leadership, management, behavioral health, child welfare, family services, victim and trauma services, adolescent concerns, early childhood education and social advocacy issues. Stagliano has been featured in numerous television, news and radio spots, as well as a frequent lecturer, speaker, and trainer on a broad range of social issues affecting children and families.
Randy Stamm, LCSW, MSW, New York University, has taught: Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Adolescents at Risk, School Social Work, and Group Dynamics. Stamm has over 15 years of experience working alongside youth in the public school setting as both a School Social Worker and School Counselor. Additionally, his clinical experience includes working with members of the LGBT and HIV-infected and affected communities, as well as survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and bias crimes.
Stamm is the former professional development chair for the Bergen County School Counselor Association and is an active member of several professional associations, advocating for greater access to higher education for first generation students. Additionally, he has served as a consulting adviser and curriculum developer for social justice education programs in both New Jersey and Virginia.
Kate Stepleton is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social Work at Rutgers. As a part-time lecturer in the MSW program, she teachers Social Welfare and Policy Analysis II and Research Methods II. Prior to coming to Rutgers in 2013, Stepleton worked for the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families within the U.S. Department of Human Services. She also spent three years as an associate with the Center for the Study of Social Policy, a Washington, DC-based think tank focused on child welfare and child maltreatment prevention policy. Currently, she researches child welfare policy, abuse and neglect prevention, and behavioral health services for children involved with child protective services. Stepleton earned her MSW from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in 2005.
McMahon, S., Stepleton, K. (in press). Undergraduate's level of exposure to messages about campus sexual assault and awareness of campus resources. Journal of College Student Development.
McMahon, S., Stepleton, K., O’Connor, J., Cusano, J., McGinty, F., & Gandhi, K. (in press). Beyond sexual assault surveys: A model for comprehensive campus climate assessments. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
Geri Summers, MSW, Florida International University, teaches Social Welfare Policy I and Chronic Illness and Disability. She has been working in the field of HIV for over 20 years. She currently provides technical assistance and training statewide to HIV service agencies through Rutgers HIV Prevention Community Planning and Support Development Initiative. She assists agencies with program development and evaluation as well as provide training to agency staff on behavioral interventions.
Scott Sussman, MSW, LCSW and LCADC, Rutgers University, teaches Clinical Social Work: Mental Health, Clinical Social Work: Addictions I & II and, Clinical Social Work I, and HBSE. Sussman has over 15 years of clinical experience. He specializes in substance use and trauma. He currently works at the Department of Veteran Affairs, is a member of the Social Work Professional Board there as well as liaison to an emergency housing program at Veteran Haven North in Glen Gardner, NJ. Sussman formerly supervised a substance use program at Middlesex County Corrections Center for University Behavioral Health Center.
Edward Tetelman, Esq. has a juris doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He is admitted to the New Jersey, Ohio, and Washington. D.C. Bars. He was a senior deputy public advocate, the assistant commissioner of the NJ Department of Human Services, and the NJ Public Guardian for Elderly Adults. He teaches Law and Social Work and courses in the Continuing Education Program. Tetelman has over forty years of experience in law, health care and human services policy, legislative and administrative process, and government. He has worked closely with social workers throughout his career. He presently mediates and arbitrates for the court and consults with government and nonprofit organizations. He belongs to several professional organizations including the New Jersey State Bar Association. He was awarded the Martin Luther King Commission Academy of Leaders Award and the Prudential Foundation Leadership Award. He developed and implemented the NJ School Based Youth Service Program which won the Ford Foundation/Harvard Kennedy School School of Government Innovations Award. He has testified at federal and state committees concerning issues that effect families, elderly, developmentally disabled, children, youth, and those struggling economically. He continues to advocate for those populations.
Jacquelyn Warr-Williams, MSW, DSW, LCSW
Dr. Warr-Williams has more than 16 years of clinical experience working in a variety of social work settings. She has worked in in-patient and partial hospital settings, medical social work, group homes, psychiatric crisis, and as a manager and Certified Screener. Her work includes adults, children, and families. Her private practice consists primarily of providing in-home clinical services to children and families dealing with trauma, abuse, school issues, major mental illness, autism, foster care/adoption, behavioral issues, adoption, diversity, and acculturation. She has held several elected positions in the NASW and has presented at the annual NASW Conference. She is currently the co-chair for the NASW LGBT special interest group. Warr-Willams has aslo taught at University of Pennsylvania and West Chester University, and also teaches part-time at Temple University.
Sharon K. Webster, MSW, LSW, Temple University, teaches Social Welfare Policy I and II, Professional Development Seminar, and Practice. Webster has over 20 years of clinical and management experience, field education, social welfare policy, institutional racism, leadership and management development. Webster is a member of several professional organizations, such as NASW, NABSW, and the Episcopal Diocese of PA Episcopal Community Women. Additionally, she served on the Board of Directors of many human service agencies and as consultant to human service organizations throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In addition, she serves as program coordinator to a 21st CCLC grantee.
Newman, B. S., Dannenfelser, P. L., Clemmons, V., Webster, S.K.; Working to Learn: Internships for Today’s Social Work Students, Journal of Social Work Education 43.3 Fall 2007
Dr. Gregory A. Whetstone
Dr. Gregory Whetsone is a behavioral health consultant, licensed social worker, educator, and mentor. A native Philadelphian, he has conducted extensive research and published on topics around academic achievement in urban areas. Dr. Whetstone is vigorously committed to research around effective evidence based practices that positively impact the academic lives of urban students. He teaches as a lecturer at the School of Social Work, and as an adjunct professor at the Community College of Philadelphia. He was previously a professor at Temple University and Widener University. At Temple, he was honored with the Field Supervisor of the Year Award for mentoring the first Presidential Management Fellow from the Temple University College of Public Health and Social Work.In addition, Whetstone has worked as a Social Policy Expert for the Social Security Administration where he was part of a national team recruited to update the Social Security Disability Regulations and as a lobbyist for non-profits that advocate for social policy change. Dr. Whetstone has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers for over 20 years and is an editor for the Journal of African American Males in Education (JAAME), and for the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College (JARCC). He holds a BSW and a MSW degree in Social Policy and Social Planning from Temple University and a Doctorate (Ed.D) degree in Education from Wilmington College.
Keva White was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the College at New Paltz where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. White has over 20 years’ experience working in urban communities developing and implementing evidenced based behavioral health services geared toward improving health outcomes for children and families. He is trained through the National Multicultural Institute and is a certified cultural competence trainer that is called upon nationally. White has taught graduate courses at Morgan State University in 2010 and 2011. He is a 2016 graduating fellow of Bryn Mawr College’s Non-profit Executive Leadership Institute (NELI). White received his master degree in social work from Temple University and is a dually licensed social work professional.
Robin C. Wiley, LCSW, teaches Introduction to Human Sexuality, Diversity and Oppression and Integration Seminar. Wiley has over 20 years of clinical experience working with children, families, adults and the elderly. She specializes in working with individuals dealing with issues related to adjustment, anxiety, and depression. She has private practice in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Katie York, Ph.D. (Gerontology), University of Kentucky and MBA, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, teaches Aging Services and Research Methods II. York has over 15 years of experience in the field of aging. She is the director of senior services and lifelong Montclair for the Township of Montclair. In this role, she works to make the community more age-friendly, fulfilling Montclair's designation as a member of the World Health Organization's/AARP's Global Network of Age-friendly Communities. York also assists other communities interested in becoming more age-friendly.
Crystal Zelman, LCSW, CCLS, RPT teaches Clinical Social Work with Children and Clinical Social Work Practice II. She has over 10 years of clinical experience and specializes in treating children and adolescents who are grieving or experiencing anxiety and other adjustment disorders. Zelman also has a private practice in Denville, New Jersey. She is a member of several professional organizations, such as NASW and APT. Additionally, she has presented at state, national, and international conferences and webinars, and is considered an expert in working with children who have a parent with cancer. Crystal has a Post-Master’s Certificate in Clinical Supervision and is a Registered Play Therapist and Certified Child Life Specialist. In addition to her clinical work, she is a Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and Children’s Yoga Teacher. In addition, she volunteers annually at Camp Clover, a children’s bereavement camp, facilitating therapeutic art groups and children’s yoga.
Zelman, C. (2017). Making Sure the Kids Are All Right. Coping with Cancer Magazine, March/April 2017
Sharon Zucker, MPA, University of Colorado at Denver, teaches Advanced HBSE: Violence and Abuse in Adulthood and SWPS II: Violence Against Women and Children. Zucker has a certificate in domestic violence studies, and worked in the anti-violence field at the Rutgers Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance and the Rutgers School of Social Work Center on Violence Against Women and Children. She also conducts a continuing education course on abuse and technology. Zucker currently serves as Dean of Guidance at NJ SEEDS, a nonprofit organization in Newark, NJ that works to further the education of high-achieving students from low-income families in the state of NJ.