I have been a Full-time Mentor/Assistant Professor at ESC since July, 2016. Before ESC, I was a Senior Education Specialist at the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University for almost 14 years and an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University for 5 years. As a Senior Education Specialist, I facilitated numerous seminars on current policy and practice issues in the field of child welfare and juvenile justice. I worked collaboratively with University Partners (Albany, Hunter, Buffalo) and New York State Office of Children and Families Services for publishing and training statewide curriculums geared towards adolescents and children in foster care and juvenile justice. As an adjunct faculty member at Adelphi University, I taught social work practice courses to Master’s level and advanced Bachelor’s degree students.
- Ph.D in Social Welfare from Stony Brook University - State University of New York
- LMSW in Social Work from Hunter College - City University of New York
- Alternatives For Youth: A Mental Health Perspective. Doctoral Dissertation, May, 2011.
- A Comparison of Juvenile Delinquents and Persons In Need of Supervision (PINS) in Suffolk County Juvenile Court. Doctoral Research Practicum (2004).
- Pregnant and Poor in the Suburb: The Experiences of Economically Disadvantaged Women of Color with Prenatal Services in a Wealthy Suburban County. (Coauthored with Linda E. Francis, Candyce S. Berger, Marianne Giardini, Karina Kim. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, June 2009, Volume XXXVI, Number 2). Doctoral Student Project (2005).
- Published statewide curriculums geared towards adolescents and children in foster care and juvenile justice. Topics including: Understanding Adolescents; Mental Illness and Youth in Care; Helping Youth Bounce Back; Engaging and Motivating Youth in Foster Care; Transition Planning.