Dr. Yuhwa Eva Lu is an associate professor at the Silver School of Social Work. Her scholarship and research interests are primarily in human diversity and social work practice. She has published articles in the areas of assessment and evaluation of clinical and cultural competency, and has pioneered the use of Objective Structured Clinical Evaluation in the classroom using the standardized SW-OSCE methodology. She has also published articles in the areas of clinical process and outcome research, such as Clinicians’ Personal Styles and Clinical Decisions, Psycho-Social-Cultural Adjustment and Interventions for Asian and Asian American Clients, The Impact of Cultural Factors on Clinical Practice, and various outcome studies with diverse children, adult, and elderly populations. Most recently, Dr. Lu’s course development and research have focused on mindfulness in social work practice, and applying the BMS (Body Mind Spirit) service model to the integration of health and behavioral health prevention/intervention services amongst minority seniors
Gary Parker, LMSW, is the Deputy Director of the McSilver Institute. He has held diverse government and public service positions, including Community Liaison to New York State Assembly Member Deborah Glick, District Manager of Manhattan Community Board 5, and Director of Government and Community Affairs at New York University. As Deputy Director of the McSilver Institute, Gary oversees its communications, policy, operations and organizational development.
Isora Bosch has expertise in organizational assessment, program development and evaluation, customized training programs, and proposal writing. Dr. Bosch’s clinical areas of specialty include facilitating programs on stress and anger management, and individual and group life/wellness coaching.
Linda Lausell Bryant is Academic Director and Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU's Silver School of Social Work. Areas of expertise include child welfare practice, policy and program development, college-going among foster care youth, adolescent development, teen pregnancy prevention, development of parenting competencies in teen parents, conflict resolution and mediation, clinical practice with Latino youth and families, poverty, child well-being, nonprofit management and leadership for social work professionals, and family and macro-systems change.
SheYing Chen is a Professor of Public Policy & Social Research at Pace University. Dr. Chen’s scholarly interests include social policy, aging, health, community care, socioeconomics, international/Asian/China studies, liberal and professional education, academic administration, organization and management, diversity and leadership development, research methodology, qualitative/quantitative reasoning, and unidimensionalized scaling.
Phil Coltoff, a national leader and innovator in the field of social service and youth development, led the Children's Aid Society, one of the largest and oldest social agencies in the United States from 1980 to 2005. He currently is the Katherine W. and Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and executive-in-residence at New York University Silver School of Social Work. Mr. Coltoff is the recipient of numerous leadership awards, including the prestigious William S. White award from the United States Department of Education.
Robert Davies is a psychiatrist in private practice for 27 years in San Pedro, California. He is board certified in General and in Child and Adolescent psychiatry. He is a member of the medical staff at Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital in San Pedro where he attends to patients on the Bridges inpatient psychiatric unit. He also is Medical Director of Providence Little Company of Mary Home Health Care Services which includes psychiatric home health care services. He serves as a board member of The Los Angeles Trust for Children’s Health which has been in the process of establishing Wellness Centers that include provision of mental health services on the campuses of select schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. In September 2015, Dr. Davies was elected by his peers at Providence Little Company of Mary, San Pedro Hospital, to the Board of the Providence Partners for Health, a physician-led and governed organization for clinical integration that is designed to advance excellent care by enabling independent physicians to collaborate with the Providence Health System in Southern California.
Bin Fan is a professor of the School of Social and Public Administration, East China University of Science and Technology. Professor Fan’s research interests include social welfare and social policy, NGO development, and social work theory. Professor Fan is now in charge of a research project of the National Social Science Fund, a project of social science planning of Education Ministry, a program of government agency, and several cross-discipline projects. Teaching areas and courses include social welfare and social policy; frontier sociology research; economic sociology.
Qin Gao is a professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and Research Associate at Columbia University Population Research Center. Her research focuses on cross-national comparative social welfare policies and their impacts on poverty, income inequality, and family economic and subjective well-being. Teaching areas and courses include social policy; policy analysis; program evaluation; impact evaluation; research methods; foundation and advanced statistics.
Diane Grodney is a clinical associate professor specializing in curriculum development and teaching professional foundation courses. Areas of expertise include diversity and social justice, ethics in clinical practice, HIV/AIDS, bereavement, and substance use, group work and curriculum development. Dr. Grodney is the coordinator of the Clinical Practice with Groups course and, along with Dr. Robert Hawkins, leads the Diversity, Racism, Oppression, and Privilege course. She is currently co-chair of the Social Justice and Diversity Committee and serves on the Executive Committee of the Faculty, Curriculum Committee, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning Program Committee, and Academic Review Committee.
Robert L. Hawkins is the McSilver Associate Professor in Poverty Studies at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Hawkins has expertise in poverty and welfare, social capital use and development, race and social policy, community participatory research with mixed methodologies, and social policy analysis. He also has extensive programming, research, and teaching expertise in race and racism, gender studies, diversity, oppression, and privilege.
XueSong He is a professor at the School of Social and Public Administration, East China University of Science and Technology. Dr. He got his doctoral degree at Hong Kong University. His research interests include migration and mental health, social work theory, and sociology theories. Currently, Professor He's research projects are funded by the National Social Science Fund, Ministry of Education, Shanghai Social Science Fund, Shanghai Pujiang Scholarship Program. Teaching areas and courses include social work theories; migration studies; frontier social work theories.
Chuni Li is a change agent and culture architect. She helps organizations build change capacity in order to continuously learn and innovate, and helps foster an open, trusting and highly spiritied organizational culture. Dr. Li's specialties include talent management, learning and development, open space technology, appreciative inquiry, Six Sigma Process Improvement, change management, and project management.
Diane Mirabito, who joined the faculty at the NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2000, is clinical associate professor and director of a Post-Master’s Program in Clinical Practice with Adolescents. Dr. Mirabito’s professional career in social work includes extensive experience in clinical practice; supervision to social work staff and students; and the development of programs and collaborative partnerships within and between school, hospital, and community-based youth development agency settings. She has extensive experience in field education as both a field instructor and advisor and in the development and implementation of social work training programs in school, agency, and hospital settings.
Ada C. Mui is a professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work. She has extensive social work practice experience with older adults in Hong Kong and in the United States. Her gerontological publications have been on cross-cultural gerontology, productive aging, volunteerism, self-care, family caregiving, medical care, long-term care, depression, quality of life, and intergenerational relationships. She is a Faculty Associate at the Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis. In Asia, she has been a Fellow at the Sau Po Centre on Ageing at the University of Hong Kong and at the Social Policy Research Center at the Taiwan University. She is also an Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University, Beijing Youth Politics College, and the University of Hong Kong.
Tony Salerno is a NYS licensed psychologist with over 30 years of public mental health experience in inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Salerno has extensive experience as a clinician, supervisor and administrator of mental health rehabilitation programs. He has extensive experience working closely with families and consumer advocacy organizations; training multi-disciplinary staff in the principles and practices of psychiatric rehabilitation and wellness self-management; and providing organizational and leadership consultation and training services to mental health agencies.
Benjamin R. Sher is currently the Director of the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning at the Silver School of Social Work. Prior to this position, Ben held numerous titles at the Institute for Community Living, Inc. (ICL), a behavioral healthcare agency serving metropolitan New Yorkers with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities. He began his career at ICL as a Program Director overseeing residential services. He served in this role for ten years when he transitioned to Director of Training and Staff Development, overseeing all clinical, regulatory and student development activities at ICL. Ben served in this role for eleven years. In addition to this work, Ben has been an Adjunct Instructor with Metropolitan College of New York and the Silver School of Social Work. He is an active member of NASW-NYC, where he is a committee chair, board member and is a Delegate Assembly member to the national chapter.
QingWen Xu is an associate professor at Tulane School of Social Work. Dr. Xu has over ten years teaching experience and has expertise in the field of social policy, especially its impact on migration, community-based interventions for health and mental health, and program evaluation. Teaching areas and courses include social policy; community organization; program evaluation.
CamBao DeDuong is the president of the Indochina Sina-American Senior Citizens Center and Deputy Director of the Chinatown Manpower Project, Inc. Mr. Duong received the Hundred Year Association of New York’s Isaac Liberman Public Service Award from the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services in 2010.
Chunfeng Gao is an associate professor in the Social Work Department of the School of Humanity and Law of Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, China. Her research interests include social work, sociology, community culture and community management, integration of immigrants, mental health on different groups, and more.
Lijun He is currently an Assistant Professor in Nonprofit Management at Pace University. She earned a doctoral degree in Philanthropic Studies with a minor in Nonprofit Management at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy in 2015.
Jan MeiGuey is the director of Senior Services Department at Henry Street Settlement.
Chris Kam was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the United States in 1986. He studied philosophy and psychology for his undergraduate degree at the City University of New York and received his master's degree in social work from Columbia University School of Social Work.
Wendy Lam received her MSW from NYU and has been a clinician in New York City and Hong Kong for over 15 years. She is a Clinical Associate (Hon) at The University of Hong Kong. Wendy specializes in cross-cultural counseling, creative arts-based therapy and animal-assisted therapy with clients of all ages. She is currently based in New York City and collaborating with P.E.A.R.L Institute on an International Summer Youth development program at NYU.
Huali Liu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, and is a professional supervisor at Shanghai Sunshine Community—Youth Affairs Center.
WeiJing Shi was previously the director of the Brooklyn branch of the Chinese American Planning Council (CPC) and is well known in the Chinese and Sunset Park communities. In addition to her community experience, she has worked in health care as a social worker at Charles B. Wang Health Center (a federally qualified health center in Manhattan's Chinatown) prior to working at CPC. Since 1996, Ms. Shi has been dedicated to cultural, social and clinical work in the Chinese communities both within New York and abroad. Ms. Shi obtained a bachelor's degree in Chinese language and arts in China as well as a bachelor's degree in information systems from Monroe College. She obtained her master's degree from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University.