Dec 09, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 
Graduate Catalog 2012-2013 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Silberman School of Social Work

About the School

The Hunter College School of Social Work, founded in 1956, is the largest and oldest public graduate school of social work in New York City. The School’s mission is to promote excellence in social work practice by preparing knowledgeable, ethical, and highly competent social work leaders for a variety of professional roles and settings.  Our pedagogy, scholarship, and service reflect social work’s historic commitment to human rights, cultural complexity, and social and economic justice. Commensurate with the missions of our host institutions, the School promotes community-engaged and practice-based scholarship that pursues policy and practice solutions to real world problems, thereby reinforcing the strengths of people and the communities in which they live, in New York and other major urban areas.

The School of  Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

The Building and Its Uses

The School is located in a new state-of-the-art building designed specifically to meet its needs in the community of East Harlem. The School was renamed the Lois V. and Samuel J. Silberman School of Social Work in honor of its benefactors, Lois and Samuel Silberman. The new building includes a well resourced and beautiful library, community meeting spaces, four computer labs with extensive software, state-of-the art classrooms and an art gallery. In addition, the building has both an interior courtyard garden and a large terrace. A café will be located in the building as well. The CUNY School of Public Health, Centro, and Brookdale Center on Healthy Aging and Longevity are co-located in the building. In addition to resources in the School of Social Work building, there are extensive resources at the main campus of Hunter College (East 68th St. and Lexington Ave.), the Graduate Center and the other units of the City University of New York (CUNY).

Programs and Courses

Social Work Programs and Courses 

Administration and Faculty

Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
2180 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10035

General Information: (212) 396-7500

Office of the Dean: (212) 396-7600



Admissions Office: (212) 396-7886


Jacqueline B. Mondros

Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Andrea M. Savage

Associate Dean for Scholarship and Research
Dan Herman

Assistant to the Dean
Carmela Piazza

Acting Director of Field Education
Inez Rivera-Pena

Director of Enrollment Management
Nireata Seals

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Glynn Rudich

Doctoral Program Executive Officer
Harriet Goodman


Miriam Abramovitz, Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor; DSW, Columbia; Social Welfare Policy, Women’s Issues, Activism among Low Income Women

Robert Abramovitz, Distinguished Lecturer; MD, Wayne State, PhD, Yale; Child Trauma; Children’s Mental Health and Development

Samuel R. Aymer, Assistant Professor; PhD, NYU; Clinical Practice; Family Violence and Urban Adolescent Males; Intimate Partner Abuse

James A. Blackburn, Professor; PhD, Wisconsin-Madison; Gerontology; Human Development across the Life-Span; Organization Management

Martha Bragin, Associate Professor; PhD, NYU; Psychosocial Re-integration of Populations Affected by Armed Conflict; Disaster and Community Violence; International Social Work, Child Welfare

Stephen Burghardt, Professor; PhD, Michigan; Community Organizing; Community Building & Social Capital Formation; Anti-Oppressive and Restorative Social Work Practice; Models of Transformative Leadership; Child Welfare

Mary M. Cavanaugh, Associate Professor; PhD, Pennsylvania; Intimate Partner Violence; Prevention for Males at Risk for Violence; Mental Health

Irene Chung, Associate Professor; PhD, NYU; Cross Cultural Clinical Practice; Mental Health; Asian Immigrant Mental Health

Elizabeth Ann Danto, Professor; PhD, NYU; Socio-Cultural History, Psychoanalysis; Post-Modern Approaches to Social Work

Anthony DeJesus, Assistant Professor; EdD, Harvard; Immigration, Dominican Families in the United States; School-Based Social Work; Childhood Development Disorders, e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorders

Patricia L. Dempsey, Associate Professor; DSW, International University for Graduate Studies; Child Welfare Policy, Practice and Program Development; Adolescent Sexuality; Clinical Practice with Urban Youth and Families

Sarah-Jane (SJ) Dodd, Associate Professor; PhD, Southern California; Social Welfare Policy; Ethics; LGBT Issues

Ilze Earner, Associate Professor; PhD, Columbia; Child Welfare, Immigrants, Cultural Competency

Irwin Epstein, Helen Rehr Professor of Applied Research; PhD, Columbia; Practice-Research Integration; Clinical Data-Mining; Program Evaluation, Social Work Professionalization

Michael Fabricant, Professor; PhD, Brandeis; Political Economy and Culture of Non-Profit Organizations; Homelessness; Community and Labor Organizing; Urban Public Organization 

Kristin M. Ferguson-Colvin, Associate Professor; PhD, University of Texas at Arlington/Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon; Homeless and Street-living Youths; Vocational Intervention Development with Homeless Youths; Social Enterprises; International Social Work and Social Development;Social Capital 

Daniel S. Gardner, Associate Professor; PhD, Columbia; Families and Older Adults; Practice and Policy in Health and Mental Health; Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Caroline Rosenthal Gelman, Associate Professor; PhD, Smith; Latino Older Adults and Caregivers; Use of Technology in Pedagogy

Nancy Giunta, Assistant Professor; PhD, UC Berkeley; Community Organization; Older Adults

Manny  Gonzalez, Associate Professor; DSW, Adelphi; Clinical Practice; Children’s and Adult Mental Health; Psycho-Social Treatment of Urban Children and Adolescents; Health and Mental Health of Hispanics

Harriet Goodman, Associate Professor; DSW, CUNY; Social Group Work; Evidenced-Based Practice; Criminal Justice; Child Welfare; Teaching through Technology

Bernadette Hadden, Assistant Professor; PhD, Columbia; HIV/AIDS, Cognitive-Behavioral Skills-Building Group-Based HIV Prevention; Health and Mental Health; the Elderly

Dan Herman, Professor and Associate Dean for Scholarship and Research; PdD, Columbia; Mental Health Services Research; Intervention Research; Severe Mental Illness; Homelessness

Paul A. Kurzman, Professor; PhD, NYU; Occupational Social Work Policy and Practice; Professional Ethics and Risk-Management; Licensure; Organizational Theory; Management and Administration

Kenny Kwong, Assistant Professor; PhD, CUNY; Health Disparities; Culture, Immigration, Health and Mental Health Practices in the Asian American Community; Capacity Building, Asset-Mapping and Community Collaboration

Marina Lalayants, Assistant Professor; PhD, CUNY; International Social Work and Social Policy; Organization Management and Leadership; Program Evaluation

Michael A. Lewis, Associate Professor; PhD, CUNY; Social Policy; Quantitative Methods

Annette M. Mahoney, Assistant Professor; DSW, CUNY; Survivors of Trauma; Caribbean Immigrant Adolescents and Families; Incarcerated Women

Gary Mallon, Professor; DSW, CUNY; Child Welfare Policy and Practice; Practice with LGBT Populations; Animal-Assisted Therapy

Terry Mizrahi, Professor; PhD, Virginia Commonwealth; Community Organizing and Development; Health Policy and Services; Collaborations and Coalition-Building

Jacqueline B. Mondros, Professor and Dean; DSW, Pennsylvania; Urban Neighborhoods; Social Work Pedagogy, Social Work Leadership

Carmen Morano, Associate Professor; PhD, Florida International; Alzheimer’s Disease Caregivers; Aging in the Urban Environment; Social Work Interventions for Older Adults with Chronic Health Conditions

George Patterson, Associate Professor; PhD, SUNY-Buffalo; Police Social Work; Criminal Justice; Cognitive and Behavioral Coping Strategies

Ana Paulino, Associate Professor; EdD, Columbia; Clinical Practice; School-Based Social Work; Immigration; Children, Youth and Families; Childhood Developmental Disorders, e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorders

Juan B. Pena, Associate Professor; PhD, Columbia University; Global Health and Mental Health; Adolescent Health and Mental Health; Health and Mental Health of Immigrants; Suicide

Jonathan D. Prince, Assistant Professor; PhD, UC Berkeley; Mental Health; Older Adults

Judith Rosenberger, Professor; PhD, Michigan; Development, Psychopathology, Psychodynamics; Brief Treatment

Anthony Sainz, Associate Professor; DSW, Columbia; Spirituality and Healing; Substance Abuse; Cross-Cultural Practice and Research

Andrea Savage, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs; PhD, Michigan; Human Service Organizations; Substance Abusing Women, Trauma and Co-Occurring Disorders

Roger J. Sherwood, Associate Professor; DSW, Columbia; Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Veterans and PTSD; Addictions and Recovery

Willie F. Tolliver, Associate Professor; DSW, CUNY; Human Diversity and Cultural Competence; Anti-Oppressive and Restorative Practice; Leadership Development; Spirituality

Deborah L. Tolman, Professor; EdD, Harvard; Adolescent Sexuality; Gender Development; Gender Equity; Research Methods 

Roderick J. Watts, Professor PhD, Maryland; Sociopolitical development and activism, manhood development; Psychoeducational interventions; Social identity; Qualitative/action research methodology    

 IMPORTANT: Please check the Hunter College School of Social Work website: and registration materials for up-to-date information on course offerings.