Hema Shamnarine is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of New York. Hema has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology with a minor in Human Services from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She went on to earn a Master’s degree in Social Work with a clinical concentration and emphasis in children, youth, and families from Rutgers University School of Social Work.  Additionally, she holds a Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) certification from Columbia University School of Social Work.  

Currently, Hema is a program director of a school-based prevention and intervention program in a Brooklyn high school, where she provides socio-emotional support for students via clinical and advocacy services in collaboration with agency and school staff.  

Prior to managing this school-based program, Hema conducted similar services with aspiring graduates in a transfer high school setting who faced an array of socioeconomic, systemic, environmental, and academic challenges.  Additionally, Hema has developed and facilitated various informational and practical workshops for school staff and parents, including a presentation on emotional intelligence at the 2019 Transfer School Conference. 

Hema is passionate about research and best practices related to parenting and human development, and how this knowledge can support parents and school staff in nurturing and educating children and adolescents.