M.S.W. Adjunct Instructors

Assistant Adjunct Professor

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Ziblim Abukari is an associate professor and B.S.W. program director in the Department of Social Work at Westfield State University, where he has been teaching in the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs since 2011. His research interests include risks and resilience in high-risk youth, academic outcomes of high-risk youth, resilience across cultures, international social development and human security and social protection. Abukari is also a faculty field liaison and field instructor and advises Westfield State’s Social Work Students Association Group and the Social Work Honor Society, Phi Alpha.
During the summer at Smith SSW, he teaches Social Work Research Methods and Child Development.
Before his academic career, Abukari was a community social worker and youth services advocate, and worked as a community organizer and trainer with nonprofits in Ghana on food security, agribusiness development, micro-credit and water and sanitation. He has also worked in after-school programs in Colorado.
 

Adjunct Professor

Rose Marie Äikäs is a professor at CUNY-Queensborough Community College, where she teaches courses in criminal justice and social work. Her current research projects measure college readiness in incarcerated students, and look at the education and internship experiences of human service students who were formerly incarcerated.

Before her academic positions, Äikäs worked in a variety of mental health settings, including in a program providing support for formerly incarcerated people pursuing college degrees, as a senior case manager in halfway houses, as a mental health clinician in prisons and as a counselor in children and family services. In 2016, New York State Corrections and Community Supervision named her Volunteer of the Year.

At the Smith College School for Social Work Äikäs has taught Substance Abuse Policy, Treatment and Services; and Criminal Justice Policies: Implications for Social Work Practice.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Anderson (Andy) is a 2014 graduate of the Smith College SSW M.S.W. program and current Ph.D. of Social Work student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andy is pursuing research on the intersection of climate change, conflict and disease spread. She is also a public educator on Islamophobia and works for North Carolina Area Health Education Centers delivering professional trainings for clinicians, educators and medical professionals on best practices with Muslim populations. She is a recipient of the first Social Work Health Futures Fellowship funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through Portland State University. Al Wazni is committed to research and data visualization methods to help innovate climate change policies that treat global access to safely managed water as a human right. Al Wazni is passionate about teaching policy and hopes to inspire students to pursue research and writing as an extension of their advocacy work.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jonathan Alschech holds a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Toronto, as well as a Ph.D. in history from Tel Aviv University, Israel. Alschech’s research interests and publications include critical quantitative analysis and social work research methodologies, the transformative memorialization of genocide and apartheid, racial, sexual and gender violence and inequality, and unstably-housed men’s experiences of fatherhood and precarious parental involvement. Alschech has practice experience with incarcerated men and Palestinian political prisoners in Israel, young men experiencing racial discrimination and violence in South Africa and street-involved youth and convicted sex offenders in Ontario, Canada.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Leslie A. Anderson is a family scientist, family therapist and assistant professor of child and family sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi. Anderson earned her Ph.D. in human development and family science with an emphasis on marriage and family therapy from the University of Georgia. Her research broadly focuses on Black American familial processes and specifically, their processes of racial socialization. Her scholarship is rooted in a commitment to social justice and undergirded by Critical Race Theory. In her clinical work, she is intentional about practicing as a culturally responsive practitioner with underrepresented and underserved groups. She has 10+ years of experience providing community and home-based behavioral health services to impoverished and rural families in Missouri and Georgia.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Autumn Asher BlackDeer is a queer decolonial scholar from the Southern Cheyenne Nation and serves as an assistant professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. Her scholarship illuminates the impact of structural violence on American Indian and Alaska Native communities. BlackDeer centers Indigenous voices throughout her research by using quantitative approaches and big data as tools for responsible storytelling. BlackDeer is an advocate for fellow survivors of sexual violence and is deeply committed to decolonizing the academy and achieving Indigenous health equity.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Neil Bilotta is a social worker and researcher focusing on two independent and intersecting phenomena: (a) deconstructing racism/white supremacy in social work practice, education, policy, and research and (b) exploring the overt and subtle effects of eurocentrism, colonialism, whiteness, and Othering on refugee resettlement processes. He examines how emancipatory and participatory research and decolonizing epistemologies can shift social work theory/interventions to align with refugees' realities, as opposed to outside, top-down approaches.

Bilotta has taught Anti-Oppression in Social Work Practice, Global Social Problems, and Social Welfare Policy. He has worked as a social worker with “unaccompanied refugee minors” in the U.S. Bilotta's recent work explored eurocentric research practices with refugee young people in Kakuma refugee camp, Kenya. Bilotta has published articles on international social work field placements and deconstructing power and colonialism in research/research methodologies with refugee communities.
 

Adjunct Associate Professor

tyler boudreau is a writer, activist and instructor. He earned a master’s and doctorate in communication at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst, with a concentration in performance studies. His scholarly interests include performance theory, writing and autoethnography, personal narrative and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as they intersect with global human rights and social justice. He has taught courses on research writing, public speaking, communication theory and rhetoric.boudreau has written and presented extensively around the country on war, occupation, military culture and doctrine and other veterans issues.

boudreau's work is based on both academic research and personal experiences from his twelve years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Among his publications is his book, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, an account of America’s occupation of Iraq in 2004. boudreau participated in the 2010 Truth Commission on Conscience in War, a nationwide attempt to critically examine the questions of conscience facing American service members. His current work is focused on the concepts and attitudes surrounding moral injury, its effects on veterans in the aftermath of violent combat operations and performative approaches to recovery.

For more information about boudreau’s activist work and publications, see his website: tylerboudreau.com

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Sara Brackenbury works with adolescents and adults in private practice in Pennsylvania, with offices in Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley. Her practice is informed by psychodynamic, attachment, and intersubjectivity theories. Before coming to Smith, she was adjunct faculty at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Brackenbury earned her M.S.W. at the University of Michigan in 2001. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working in community mental health, college counseling and various outpatient clinics. Brackenbury specializes in the treatment of trauma and is clinically interested in attachment and the intergenerational transmission of trauma. She trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and is currently pursuing psychoanalytic training at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis in Philadelphia.
 

Adjunct Professor 

Stephen Bradley is a fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, who received his M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1992 and his M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work in 2002. He worked for 20 years in non-profit agencies including supervising and directing intensive home-based and residential programs in Massachusetts and Connecticut. He has been on the adjunct faculty at Smith College School for Social Work since 2010, where he has taught First Year Practice, Family Theory and Community Practice with Youth and Families.

He’s been in full time private practice since 2014 where he specializes in work with youth and families struggling with the effects of developmental trauma ,and teaching, training  and consulting around the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. He has a lifelong commitment to weaving social justice and anti-oppression frameworks into all areas of his work.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Chelsey Branham is a Native Chickasaw and lifelong Oklahoman. She has always been drawn to seeking a global perspective and cross-cultural connection. Through her work, she connects diverse communities to bring people together through the sharing of cultures and the building of positive relationships. Drawing on her training in economics and development at Oklahoma University, Branham spent time in Zambia working to create economic opportunities and conducting research on improving humanitarian aid. She returned home to put her experience in program development to use at YWCA and other nonprofits to help Oklahomans struggling with a variety of barriers. As a community educator, she works every day to create opportunities for those that have experienced many of life’s greatest challenges.

She serves on numerous nonprofit boards, such as CommUNITY Alliance, Suited For Success and the Police and Community Trust. In November 2018, she was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in House District 83. She is the first woman and minority representative to ever hold the seat, and she works to create a positive collaborative environment to help move the state forward.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Allison L. Cabana (she/her) is a Ph.D. candidate in the Critical Social Psychology program at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also an adjunct instructor at various CUNY Community Colleges who teaches in psychology and health sciences departments. She is an interdisciplinary researcher committed to participatory ethics in her work. Cabana’s dissertation work is focusing on the myriad of experiences of people of Mexican descent in the US. She is interested in exploring folks’ experiences over time and across different geographic regions – specifically the borderlands of the U.S. Southwest and Northeast.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Natasha Campbell is a clinician at Providence Behavioral Health Mercy Hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts, working with children and adults, individually and in group therapy. She is also a psychotherapist at the CHD Clinic in Easthampton, Massachusetts, providing outpatient clinical therapy to adults and children.

Before her current positions, Campbell was a program manager at the Children’s Study Home in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has also provided trainings and curriculum development to social service professionals such as judges, lawyers, policy makers and social workers who influence child welfare. Campbell earned her M.S.W. at Barry University in Florida.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Associate Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Davis Chandler (they/them) was clinically trained at Smith SSW and graduated in 2011. They have worked in a community mental health setting with children, families and adults; for a small nonprofit working with adults experiencing extreme mind states and major life disruptions and currently maintain a private practice with the Center for Psychotherapy and Social Justice in Northampton. They are the co-director of Translate Gender, an advocacy, education and therapy nonprofit working towards gender justice. Their clinical work exclusively serves erotically marginalized communities with queer, trans, nonbinary, poly and kink identified clients, families and relationships. Their areas of interest include: nonbinary and trans identities, alternative family structures, issues concerning sexuality or sexual practices, queer family building, fertility issues, trauma, grief and loss. The heart of their work is social justice and it is their mission to disrupt and resist white supremacy, patriarchy, cissexism, ableism, heterosexism, fatphobia and all systems of oppression.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Julie Clockston is an LCSW and assistant professor in the department of social work at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, in the B.S.S.W. and M.S.W. programs. Her research interests include individuals and families with developmental and intellectual disabilities, improving coping skills among individuals experiencing depression and anxiety through CBT, poverty awareness groups, improving community readiness among individuals with developmental disabilities, and participatory research with marginalized populations. Clockston is also a faculty field instructor and the current president of the National Association of Social Workers, Colorado Chapter (NASW), The Association for Successful Parenting (TASP), and member of the National Association of Black Social Workers Colorado Chapter (NABSW). During the summer at Smith SSW, she teaches Social Work Child Development. Clockston has been an early childhood educator, therapeutic foster parent, developmental disabilities specialist, group and individual therapist, LCSW candidate supervisor, family assessor, a trainer with nonprofits and solopreneur.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dharma E. Cortés received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and a doctorate degree in sociology from Fordham University. She completed post-doctoral training in medical anthropology at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Social Medicine. Cortés is an instructor and senior scientist at the Health Equity Research Laboratory at Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School. She is also the director of Latino Projects at Environment & Health Group, a research company seeking technology solutions for global health.

Cortés conducts community-based research on health, mental health, obesity prevention and access to healthcare. She has applied her multidisciplinary training in social sciences to conduct qualitative research for the development and implementation of interventions, surveys and social marketing campaigns, among other activities. Cortés has been principal investigator, co-investigator and consultant to numerous studies on the delivery of health care services.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Dominique Courts is a doctoral candidate, adjunct instructor, and research assistant at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and invested in affecting change on an institutional and systems level. She is particularly interested in using a reproductive and healing justice framework to understand the healing process for people who live with intersecting marginalized identities, especially lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer individuals of color. Ultimately, Courts desires to amplify the voices of marginalized populations in her research and use collaborative and empowering research methods and accessible dissemination techniques. Throughout the Connecticut community, Courts also facilitates workshops and groups focused on relationships, LGBTQ+ identities and other topics related to social justice and healing. She centers the lived experiences and needs of the individuals at the intersections of race, sexuality, gender and ability in her research, teaching, clinical and community work and advocacy.
 

Adjunct Associate Professor

Mamta Dadlani, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist whose practice, training and research efforts support the exploration of intersectional identities and the related experiences of oppression and privilege on individual, interpersonal and systemic levels. She recently completed a Fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis-West and is a Scholar of Multicultural Concerns in the Division of Psychoanalysis of the APA. Dadlani's interests include psychotherapy process and relational change; countertransference use and management; intergroup dialogue; hip hop and healing; mental health challenges for PoC in higher education; and community partnerships. Her teaching areas at Smith include socio-cultural concepts, group theory and practice, and research methods. 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jamie Daniels is a licensed independent clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She is a graduate of Smith’s M.S.W. program and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Smith SSW. Daniels’ research interests include the mental health of Black women and other people of color, the social determinants of mental health, environmental and political forces that shape mental health and unionization as a strategy for improving mental health.

Daniels maintains a private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she works primarily with people of color and the LGBTQIA community. She approaches her work from a psychoanalytic, political economy and racial justice perspective. She fluidly addresses race, gender, sexuality, class oppression, identity development and social position in treatment.

At Smith SSW, Daniels has taught Family Theory, Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning, Agency and Community Practice, and Comparative Psychodynamic Theories. She is a former Sotomayor Fellow, and is currently the course coordinator for Agency and Community Practice and a CBARE (Community Based Anti-Racism Experience) advisor.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Meiver De la Cruz teaches critical theory, dance technique and research methods in the areas of gender and sexuality studies, MENA studies, and dance and performance studies. She has M.A.s from Simmons College (gender and cultural Studies), Northwestern (performance studies) and will soon defend her doctoral dissertation in performance studies at Northwestern. For the last two years, she has been a visiting assistant professor of dance and Consortium for Faculty Diversity Fellow at Scripps College, teaching dance studies, feminist and performance theory, and Arab dance technique. She writes about Arab and Arab-American movement practices (social, staged, and ritual dance) as well as performance epistemologies in a global context. As an artist, she creates works addressing the intersections of globalization, racism, and gendered sexual violence.

Adjunct Professor

Maria del Mar Farina earned both her M.S.W. and her doctorate at the Smith College School for Social Work. She is currently an assistant professor in the M.S.W. program at Westfield State University, and the author of the forthcoming book Ethnic Identity and U.S. Immigration Policy Reform: American Citizenship and Belonging amongst Hispanic Immigrants.

At SSW, del Mar Farina teaches courses in social work practice, helped redesign the clinical practice sequence and she has served as the assistant director of field office.

Del Mar Farina also maintains a private practice in Longmeadow and Springfield, Massachusetts, and had a long tenure as a clinician in the Smith College Counseling Center. In addition to her work in social work practice and education, del Mar Farina worked for many years in nonprofit management.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor

James Drisko’s recent work focuses on evidence-based practice, the common factors model, clinical work with children and families including reactive attachment disorder and its treatment, psychotherapy evaluation and qualitative research methods.

Drisko received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Amherst College, his M.S.W. from Smith College School for Social Work and his Ph.D. from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work.

Drisko was elected to the National Academies of Practice in Clinical Social Work in 2008 and was named as an inaugural Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research in 2014.

Adjunct Professor

Seth Dunn has taught courses in family therapy, child development and substance use disorders at the Smith College School for Social Work since the summer of 2003. He was the course coordinator for Family Theory for Clinical Social Work Practice until 2019. He has supervised and trained Smith M.S.W. students during their field education as well as advising them on their theses.

In addition to teaching, Dunn maintains an active outpatient clinical practice and has been a clinical and quality director as well as a grant writer with ServiceNet in Northampton, Massachusetts. His areas of focus include community mental health services, family/couple relationship problems, individual psychotherapy and substance use disorders treatment.

For more than 20 years, Dunn served on the New York Council on Accreditation (COA) as a team leader and peer reviewer in their accreditation of human service operations. This included several years as a COA peer reviewer for the United States Marine Corps Counseling & Family Advocacy Programs.
 

Adjunct Professor

Cindy Dubuque-Gallo is a long-time social justice advocate and political activist.  She has served on numerous boards and commissions including the San Francisco Human Rights Advisory Board, and the Hartford Commission for LGBT Issues. She recently served as a board member on the National Social Worker Voter Mobilization Board (Voting is Social Work). Dubuque-Gallo has worked as a lobbyist and consultant, promoting social welfare policies to increase workers’ wages, to end homelessness, to improve health equity and healthcare, and to address school lunch debt shaming. Her dissertation research is on the devolution of the National School Lunch Program and its impact upon addressing child food insecurity.

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Steve Friedman received his M.S.W. at Smith SSW in 1987. He will be completing his psychoanalytic training at the William Alanson White Institute in New York City in May 2022. He has been a Smith field instructor for four years. He supervises in the CUNY Ph.D. clinical psychology program. After many years working in hospitals with persistent mentally ill adults, and schools with learning-challenged adolescents, he is now in full-time private practice in NYC. His research focuses on cross-racial psychoanalytic dyads and interrogation of whiteness. Clinically, he focuses on a broad range of issues including race and psychoanalysis, LGBTQ and trans-identified persons, trauma and addiction.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Katelyn Gawthrope is the clinical director at Wayside’s MetroWest Community Services (MWCS) program in Framingham. She received her master of social work from Simmons College in 2005 and has worked for Wayside since her internship in 2004.  Since becoming the clinical director at Wayside’s MWCS in 2012, she continues to see clients, provides supervision and ensures the quality and compliance of the work done at the site and leads trainings.  She has a passion for assessment and clinical understanding as well as challenging injustice especially when it comes to children with mental health concerns and access to quality care. 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Associate Professor

John Gill is the chief operating officer of Beats Rhymes and Life in Oakland, California, an organization, developed by Smith College School for Social Work alum Tomás Alvarez III, that uses the process of creating rap music to engage troubled teens in mental health services. He is also dean of the BRL Academy, which is a career pipeline program to train young adults between the ages of 18 and 26 to become social workers and leaders. In this role, he has designed course tracks in clinical practice, clinical theory, social justice, teaching artistry and professional development.

Gill earned his M.S.W. at the SSW in 2007, and spent many years working with youth and families involved in foster care and the juvenile justice system before beginning his work with BRL.

Adjunct Professor

Paul Gitterman has been associated with the Smith College School for Social Work since the early 1990s, first as an M.S.W. student, and then as a clinical instructor an adjunct professor. He also holds a master’s degree in psychoanalytic developmental psychology from the University College London and the Anna Freud Center.

Gitterman works at Williams College Psychological Services, providing psychotherapy, supervision, and outreach services. In addition, he maintains private practices in Williamstown and Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Adjunct Professor

Tanya Greathouse has been part of the Smith College for Social Work adjunct faculty since 1997 when she completed her doctorate at the school. She teaches in the M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs, focusing on field education, clinical practice, supervision and multicultural awareness, and served as the Marta Sotomayor Fellow in 2015 and 2016. Greathouse is also a lecturer in the Social Work Department of Metropolitan State University of Denver, and serves as the co-coordinator of their Social Work Healthcare Education and Leadership Scholars (HEALS) program and the co-faculty adviser of their Building Allies of Diversity Student Group. Outside of academia, Greathouse is a psychotherapist in private practice, and a consultant trainer to organizations on issues around implicit bias.

Adjunct Professor

Martha Hadley is a psychologist in private practice in New York City, and teaches in the M.S.W. program at Touro College in addition to the Smith College School for Social Work. She is also the associate editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality. For most of the last decade, she was the managing director of the Michael Cohen Group in New York, which undertakes research studies and scientific evaluations for a variety of organizations and institutions. At the SSW, Hadley teaches courses in research and clinical theory.

Adjunct Assistant Professor 

Greer Hamilton is a current third year Ph.D. candidate at Boston University School of Social Work. Her work broadly focuses on the intersection of racial equity, the built environment, urbanism and health equity. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Drug Addiction, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Boston University Clinical andTranslational Science Institute. She holds a dual degree bachelor of arts in health and human services and a master of social work from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. When not buried in dissertation work, she is a practicing postpartum doula, enjoys hiking with her dog Birch, and is a board member of the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion (EMA) fund.o

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Natalie Haziza (she/her) is a licensed clinical psychologist in both Massachusetts and Israel. In 2021 she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at Harvard Medical School - Cambridge Health Alliance. She received her Ph.D. from the City University of New York in clinical psychology. Her dissertation examines intergenerational trauma and grief among Yemenite and Mizrahi families of kidnapped children in Israel. She received her B.A. from Sapir Academic College in film and her M.A. in communications and culture studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research interests include race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, intergenerational trauma and issues of immigration.

Adjunct Assistant Professor​

Andrew Hoang is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Hong Kong, where he completed his Ph.D. (2015-19) on the cultural politics and psychosocial construction of school-based support services. His research focuses on the interprofessional provision of social work, counselling, pastoral care, and guidance practices in schools. He studies their connections to street-level bureaucracy, advanced marginality and social mobilities of diverse youth.

Hoang’s teaching is informed by comparative perspectives on social welfare and education from Canada, Hong Kong and Mainland China. He is passionate about guiding students’ learning to develop their own unique forms of critical practice, including anti-oppression sensibilities, and skills of social and cultural analysis for future clinical work.

Before entering the field of social work, Hoang was employed as an officer in the customs and immigration agency of the Canadian Federal Government. He holds an MSW from Wilfrid Laurier University and a BA (Honors) from Western University.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Andrés Hoyos bring over two decades of clinical and administrative experience in the fields of mental health and social services working in private, public and non-profit sectors.  Their expertise lie in the areas of direct clinical practice, program development, training and supervision through a social justice lens with particular emphasis on psychedelic integration psychotherapy, substance use, immigration, political asylum, trauma, and working with transgender, queer, lesbian, bisexual and gay communities. Hoyos have taught clinical social work practice, social work practice with immigrants and families, psychopathology-DSM 5, working with Spanish speaking Latino immigrant families, decolonizing social work and global mental health. They have provided faculty advising for over 10 years and have lectured nationally and internationally on issues of trauma, recovery and resilience, mental health and wellbeing, community organizing and advocacy. Hoyos provide integrative psychotherapy in their private practice in New York City and online, and currently provide training, participates in community organizing, and advocacy for diverse communities in Guatemala, Colombia and the US. 

Adjunct Professor

Debra Hull began teaching research methods at Smith College SSW in the summer of 2013, and has been doing so ever since. During the school year she is professor of psychology at Bethany College in West Virginia where she teaches both clinical and research courses. Prior to Bethany, she served in the same capacity at Wheeling Jesuit University, also in West Virginia. As much as possible, she seeks to work with students on research projects and often presents with student coauthors. She has completed a number of site visits as an external reviewer, is a former EMT and first responder, and enjoys all kinds of crafts.
 

Adjunct Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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 Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Professor

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Adjunct Professor

Hugo Kamya is a licensed clinical social worker. Originally from Uganda, Kamya came to the United States more than thirty years ago. He studied at Harvard University, Boston College and Boston University and began a career in the interrelated fields of social work, psychology, and theology. His work has focused on immigrant and international efforts to assess mental health and social service needs of communities. Over the last 20 years, Kamya has facilitated bilateral cultural and educational exchanges between Uganda and the United States. In 2003, he was awarded the American Family Therapy Academy for Distinguished Contribution to Social and Economic Justice in recognition of his work with trauma and immigrant populations. His interest focuses on qualitative research and the intersection of social justice issues across local/global communities. In 2014, Kamya was accepted and inaugurated into the Fulbright Specialist Roster Program as a Fulbright Scholar. Kamya’s research focuses on the social determinants of health, health disparities (e.g., gender, race, immigrant status, social networks, stress, war, poverty, transactional sex, HIV risk) on the health of youth.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jennifer Khaw (she/her) earned her Ph.D. in clinical social work at Smith College. Her research centers on early-career social worker identity development, intersectionality and the supervisory relationship. Khaw is also interested in LGBTQ+ identity development and has a passion for working with the LGBTQ+ and HIV+ communities in her clinical practice. Khaw is employed at Kaiser Hospital providing evaluation and linkage to care for patients in crisis, and is also an adjunct professor at California State University East Bay. Khaw provides consultation services to nonprofit community mental health agencies, as well as relational and trauma-informed clinical supervision to pre-licensed clinicians.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Alex Kim M.S.W. LICSW (he/him) is a clinical social worker and 2012 M.S.W. graduate from Smith College School for Social Work. His experience includes school counseling, community mental health and college counseling center work. He resides and practices in Western Massachusetts.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Anne Kim earned her M.S.W. at the Smith College School for Social Work in 2008. Her clinical experience includes hospice, community mental health, residential program, middle and high school counseling, college counseling, medical setting and private practice. In addition, she was a director of field education in the social work department of Metropolitan State University of Denver and taught B.S.W. and M.S.W. field seminar courses.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Professor

Gael McCarthy is a clinical social worker in private practice in Durham, North Carolina, serving as a Smith College SSW Ph.D. student clinical supervisor, and has recently taught clinical practice with children, research methods, and child development, as well as a course for doctoral students in clinical supervision.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Professor

Patricia McManamy is a psychotherapist with ServiceNet in Northampton, Massachusetts, working with children, adolescents, families and adults, with a focus on trauma, adoption, child abuse and sexual behavior problems in children, as well as narrative, play and expressive arts therapies.
In addition to her practice, McManamy is the director of the Office of Counseling, Prevention and Victim Services at the Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts, coordinating outreach, advocacy and therapeutic services to victims of clergy abuse. She also serves as an expert witness in child and family evaluations for the Committee for Public Counsel Services.
McManamy earned her M.S.W. at Smith College School for Social Work in 2000, and has taught theories of child development courses in the Human Behavior in the Social Environment Sequence since 2008.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Meurer-Lynn is a licensed clinical social worker and licensed addiction counselor based in Denver, Colorado. He is a graduate of Smith’s M.S.W program, where he was awarded the Outstanding LGBTQ thesis, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Smith SSW. Meurer-Lynn’s research interests include issues affecting the queer community, telehealth psychotherapy and addressing oppressive dynamics in clinical practice.

Meurer-Lynn serves as clinical director and therapist at Umbrella Collective, a group private practice that specializes in work with the queer community located in Boulder, Colorado. At the University of Colorado he provides therapeutic services, clinical supervision and group consultation.

At Smith SSW, Meurer-Lynn is course coordinator and adjunct professor for Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning. He also serves on the Smith SSW Policy and Oversight Committee.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Tamarah Moss is an assistant professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College. Her main research interests are threefold: 1) evaluation in community practice and health service delivery; 2) health equity among pregnant adolescents, LGBTQ+ and HIV positive communities; 3) international social work and social work education. Moss brings experience in culturally responsive and equitable evaluation, qualitative and mixed methodology, and public health social work.

During the Smith College School for Social Work summer program, Moss has experience teaching as an adjunct in Agency and Community Practice and Research Methods.

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Sarah Yang Mumma is a licensed clinical social worker and has been practicing for ten years. Yang Mumma received her masters of science in social work from Columbia University and completed three years of post graduate training at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Smith College School for Social Work and interned for two years at a psychotherapy practice in Philadelphia that focuses on serving the LGBTQ+ populations. Yang Mumma currently works as a counselor at Princeton Theological Seminary and maintains a part-time private practice. Prior to moving to Princeton, Yang Mumma lived in Shanghai China for five years and worked for New York University’s Shanghai campus as a counselor. Yang Mumma's research interests include multiracial identity development, intersections of psychodynamic theory and race/culture and qualitative research methods.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor 

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Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor

Arden O’Donnell is an alum of the Smith College School for Social Work M.S.W. program and a current doctoral student at Boston University. She is a palliative care social worker by training and has more than 15 years’ experience in palliative care both nationally and internationally, beginning with her work with HIV/AIDS patients in the United States and in Africa.

O’Donnell is in the last year of the Ph.D. program; her dissertation focuses on  social work’s role in the cultivation of prognostic awareness in patients with serious life-limiting illnesses. She is also doing research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and looking at the impact of COVID-19 on adults living in public housing. She is the founder of Coalition for Courage, a nonprofit based in Zimbabwe that provides educational and psychosocial support for HIV orphans.

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

An alum of the Smith School for Social Work, Peters graduated from the M.S.W. program in 2015. Her goal has been to integrate her social work experience with her secondary school educator experience. She has served as an English teacher, director of advising, dean of students, school counselor, and had oversight over residential life at a boarding school in the South, where she also developed an advisory and peer mentoring program. She is currently a design team member for the Mastery School of Hawken in Cleveland, Ohio, which is set to open in August 2020. The school will take to scale a new model of education and engage in-depth with purpose and identity development in the educational environment.

Adjunct Professor

Nnamdi Pole is a professor in the Smith College Department of Psychology and licensed clinical psychologist. He has taught in the Smith School for Social Work since 2012.
Pole’s work includes research on trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, especially among police officers and sexual assault survivors. He also has major interests in ethnic minority mental health, psychotherapy research and the psychophysiology of emotion.

Pole is the chair of the Smith College Institutional Review Board. Outside of the college, he serves as an associate editor of Psychological Bulletin and consulting editor of Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. He formerly served on the board of directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the APA Trauma Division Executive Committee. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Malcolm Pradia is a clinical social worker at the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health at his alma mater, the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Prior to joining UMass, Pradia worked as an inpatient social worker at The Brattleboro Retreat, a free standing psychiatric hospital in southern Vermont. Pradia has also worked in a public high school, co-leading a specialized transition program for students returning to school from therapeutic programs and out of district placements. Pradia's approach to individual and group practice is psychodynamic, and he is committed to dismantling systems of oppression in order to minimize suffering and enhance the opportunity for more peace.

Pradia received an M.S.W from the Smith College School for Social Work in 2013.
 

Adjunct Professor

Beth Prullage works at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health as a psychiatric social worker and co-coordinator of the Groups Program. She is also part of the faculty of Re-Authoring Teaching, an online consultation group on narrative therapy, and has served as a bereavement group counselor with the LGBT Aging Project.

Prullage earned her M.S.W. at the Smith College School for Social Work in 2001. She has served as a field faculty adviser and has taught multiple courses, including: Family Therapy:
Narrative Approaches to Social Work, Group Theory and Practice, Social Work Practice for Individuals and Families, Family Theory, Dialogic, Feminist and Narrative Family Therapy and Couples Therapy.
 

 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Alexandra Klein Rafaeli, Psy.D. is the coordinator of short-term, empirically supported treatments for the Psychological Services Division of Tel Aviv University. She is an adjunct instructor for the psychology department at IDC-Herzliya in Israel and does trainings internationally in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT). She has published theoretical articles and case studies of IPT therapy and is currently leading the development of an IPT-based protocol for university counseling centers.

At the SSW, Rafaeli has taught an elective course in Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT).

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Cristian Rangel is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His scholarly interests include medical education, HIV/AIDS prevention, Canada’s gay Latino community and the HIV/AIDS vulnerability of immigrants.

Rangel’s current research looks at how physicians’ humanitarian and advocacy work for refugee care and non-status immigrants influence human rights and political discourse in Canada and Spain. At the University of Toronto, Rangel teaches Introduction to Research Methods, The Sociology of Medicine, Community and Policy and Sociology of Health Care.

Adjunct Associate Professor​

Julieann Rapoport has found her vocation at the cross-section of education, social change and the social sector. For more than 30 years, Rapoport has worked with and learned from communities that have been marginalized, in the U.S. and abroad. She specializes in participatory methods of data collection and analysis to guide organizational and community assessments, planning processes, evaluation protocols and program design. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and sociology from Harvard University, a master's degree in bi-literacy and non-formal education from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a certificate in Evaluation Practice from The Evaluators' Institute at George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. At SSW, Rapoport teaches courses on macro-practice.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Professor

Judith Rosenberger is a professor in the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Her areas of expertise include clinical practice, psychodynamic theories, clinical practice with diverse populations and co-occurring disorders. She is also a training analyst and senior supervisor with the Postgraduate Psychoanalytic Society and psychopathology faculty at the Chinese American Psychoanalytic Alliance. Her published work includes Relational Social Work Practice with Diverse Populations (editor) and Brief Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology (co-author). In addition to teaching, she has maintained a private practice for more than 40 years with a psychodynamic psychotherapy orientation. She is the director of the LMSW Examination Preparation program at Silberman/Hunter College School of Social Work, which provides training for over 600 students per year.  

Adjunct Associate Professor​

Rebecca Ross is a couples, family and relationship therapist in private practice in New York City. She specializes in sexuality and gender identity issues across the continuum of sexual functioning and sexual orientation. She is a graduate and faculty alumni of the Ackerman Institute for the Family and worked for eight years with the Gender & Family Project supporting trans* and gender-expansive youth and families. Ross has presented nationally on providing affirmative clinical services for families of gender nonconforming and transgender children and adolescents. She earned her M.S.W. from the Smith School for Social Work and completed post-graduate training in open dialogue at the Institute for Dialogic Practice. She received a Ph.D. in human sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
 

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor

Kay Saakvitne (Sock-quit-knee) is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1986. She was the clinical director of the Traumatic Stress Institute in South Windsor CT for 13 years where, with Laurie Anne Pearlman, she wrote the two original books on vicarious traumatization: Trauma and the Therapist: Countertransference and Vicarious Traumatization in Psychotherapy with Incest Survivors , and Transforming the Pain: A Workbook on Vicarious Traumatization. She is the lead author of Risking Connection, a training curriculum for working with survivors of childhood trauma and the author of its teaching manual, Relational Teaching, Experiential Learning. She has authored a parenting resource handbook, Support for Survivor Parents: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse One Day at a Time and numerous chapters and journal articles.

She is a Risking Connection faculty trainer and a nationally and internationally recognized expert in psychological trauma who has taught workshops and trainings to mental health professionals and offered clinical consultation to hundreds of clinicians for over 30 years. She has received awards for distinguished contribution to the practice of trauma psychology from both the Connecticut Psychological Association and the Division of Trauma Psychology of the American Psychological Association, in which she is a fellow. She is currently in private practice in Northampton, Massachusetts, offering psychotherapy and clinical consultation and has been on the faculty in the doctoral program at Smith School of Social Work since 2008.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Sonia A. Sánchez is an advanced PhD candidate in the Critical Social Psychology program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Sonia has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at CUNY in Psychology/Gender Studies and Youth Studies. Sonia has conducted research about educational justice, critical civic engagement, and sociopolitical development, but currently focuses on praxes of solidarity. Sonia’s current dissertation research involves oral histories with NYC-based organizers and archival research to uplift and further develop frameworks and praxes for migrant justice that aims toward collective liberation and strengthen affinities and kinships, in particular among (the deeply intertwined) Indigenous and Black liberation struggles and beyond.

At the Smith College School for Social Work, Sonia will be teaching the research elective: “SOCW798: Research toward radical possibility: Learning from radical social movement traditions to interrogate systemic oppression and support transformative change"
 

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Shalini Schaeffer has been working with families and children for the past 22 years of her professional tenure. Her heart beats for this work as she swims in and out of different narratives and navigates the ocean of life that is operating all around us. Presently, she is a program director at Good Shepherd Services in the Red Hook area of Brooklyn, New York, and has been there for the past 10 years. The program serves families where caregivers of a child under the age of 18 are provided family counseling free of charge, insurance, or the expectation of identifying whether they are documented citizens. The landscape of social work is inspiring and she is excited to continue her development as a student of the work wherever she has the opportunity to learn. For this she has infinite gratitude.
 

Adjunct Associate Professor​

Shannon Sennott, a sex educator, gender justice activist, and LGBTQAI+ family therapist, earned her M.S.W. at the Smith College School for Social Work in 2008.

Sennott is the co-founder of Translate Gender, Inc. and the Center for Psychotherapy and Social Justice (CPSJ). She was clinically trained at SSW and the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society in New York City, and is an AASECT certified sex therapist. Sennott maintains a private practice at the CPSJ and utilizes a transfeminist and dialogic therapeutic approach in her work with individuals, adolescents and families. Her specialization extends to working with couples, non-monogamous relationships and groups.

Included in her practice, Sennott offers clinical supervision, clinical training, and therapeutic intensives. She has also contributed numerous articles and chapters for publication and is co-author of the new clinical guide, Sex Therapy with Erotically Marginalized Clients: Nine Principles of Clinical Support published by Routledge Press.

Adjunct Assistant Professor 

Emily Sherwood has worked in healthcare and human services policy and program development for over 35 years. Her most recent role was deputy commissioner for Child, Youth and Family Services for the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. She previously served as director of the Office of Behavioral Health at MassHealth (Medicaid) and the director of the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative (CBHI) where she led the implementation of a statewide system of community-based services in response to the Rosie D. class action lawsuit.

She also has extensive experience in the Massachusetts legislature. As research director for the Health Care Finance Committee, she and her staff drafted the House version of Massachusetts’ landmark 2006 Health Care Reform legislation and staffed the Conference Committee between the House and Senate. Previously, she served as research director of the Joint Committee on Human Services and Elderly Affairs for seven years.

Adjunct Associate Professor

Davey Shlasko is the founder and director of Think Again Training & Consulting, a small consulting group that helps organizations address issues of justice, equity and inclusion through policy and structural interventions as well as professional development training.

An alum of Smith’s undergraduate program, Shlasko earned a master’s degree from UMass Amherst in social justice education. Shlasko worked for many years in direct service and supervision for human services, in the areas of health education, workforce development and leadership training. Publications include Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (4th edition, forthcoming), Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (4th edition), and Trans Allyship Workbook.

At the Smith College School for Social Work, Shlasko teaches Sociocultural Concepts and Transgender Studies: Theory, Practice & Advocacy, and served as a Sotomayor Fellow for three years from 2017 through 2019.
 

Adjunct Associate Professor

LaTasha Smith is a professor in the M.S.W. program at Fairfield University where she teaches social justice, assessment and fieldwork. She has also taught Clinical Case Evaluation (research) and Advanced Clinical Practice as an adjunct at Columbia University School for Social Work, as well as a course on mental health to medical school students at Universal Global Health Equity in Rwanda. Her current research is on internalized racial oppression and mental health from the perspective of African American women clinicians.

Before her academic positions, Smith worked in a variety of clinical settings including outpatient, inpatient and hospital. She also has advanced training in group psychotherapy as a certified group psychotherapist and throughout her career, has consistently worked with survivors of trauma (childhood and adult). She currently has an online private practice in New York and Connecticut.

At Smith College School for Social Work, Smith was a Sotomayor Fellow for two years and currently teaches Clinical Social Work Practice, Evidence Based Practice and Perspectives on Transference and Countertransference.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Rhoda Smith is a doctoral candidate in social policy and social research at Loma Linda University as well as the Smith College School for Social Work’s 2016-2017 Bertha Capen Reynolds Predoctoral Fellow. Her research interests include mental and maternal health and wellbeing for children in the child welfare system, especially foster youth. Before starting the Reynolds fellowship, she was a lecturer in Azusa Pacific University’s M.S.W. program and the coordinator for the University Consortium for Children and Families, a partnership between the LA County DCF and social work schools in Los Angeles. Smith’s career has included extensive experience in the field of child welfare, including work as a social worker and supervisor, recruiter of staff and foster parents, and consultant to group homes for pregnant and parenting teens in foster care.

Adjunct Professor

After graduating from the Smith College School for Social Work M.S.W. program, Stefanie Speanburg went on to earn a doctorate in women’s, gender and sexuality studies at Emory University, focusing on women with borderline personality disorder. She has a private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, working with individuals and couples, as well as therapists and other helping professionals and teaches at Emory University.

Speanburg has served as a research adviser for Smith master’s students since 2005, and has been part of the adjunct faculty since 2015, teaching Comparative Psychodynamic Theories for Social Work Practice and Introduction to Theories of Human Behavior.
 

Adjunct Professor

Ruth Spencer is an adjunct professor with a long history with the School of Social Work. She taught family law for many years and now teaches courses on the law and how it relates to macro and social justice issues in social work practice. Her latest course focuses on the Supreme Court and civil rights. She practices as an individual and family therapist, having worked in community mental health, institutional and private practice settings. She practiced law at Legal Aid doing family law and long term mental health litigation. She is the former AVP for Human Resources at both Vassar College and Oberlin College, specializing in labor and employment law. She earned her B.A. from Oberlin College, M.S.S.A. from Case Western Reserve University, School of Social Work and Doctor of Jurisprudence from CWRU School of Law. Her community service work has focused on board of trustee participation for advocacy and social service organizations on both local and national levels. She is co-author of a 2017 publication in Smith College Studies in Social Work, “Illuminating the Phenomenological Challenges of Cross-Cultural Supervision”. She is currently working on a chapter on the concept of consent for a mental health policy publication.

Adjunct Professor

Rosemary Sullivan completed her doctorate at the Smith College School for Social work in 2009. She is an assistant professor of social work at Westfield State University, primarily teaching in the HBSE sequence and diversity and social justice classes.  


Sullivan’s research and teaching interests include identity development among trans people, mandated treatment of family violence offenders, integrating trauma theory into clinical practice, utilizing forensic evaluation techniques in cases of suspected child abuse and social worker preparation for expert witness testimony in criminal and civil trials.


Before completing her Ph.D. she worked as a victim advocate in residential treatment programs with adolescent girls with severe emotional and behavioral problems, as a group therapist for male batterers and for women in substance abuse treatment programs.


At SSW, Sullivan has taught Developmental Deviations in Childhood and Adolescence, Crisis Intervention and Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning, Child Development and has served as a thesis adviser.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Clio Belle Weisman has wanted to return to Smith as an instructor ever since she graduated from the M.S.W. program in 2004. Since then she has dedicated herself to serving high-risk youth in custodial, home and residential settings. She left direct service for academia in 2012, where her research interests have remained focused on the needs of high-risk youth, with her examination of evidence-based practices to address juvenile delinquency significantly impacting the field. Weisman also examines forms of bias and non-financial conflicts of interest in research and reporting, advocating for increased transparency in the field.

This summer Weisman will be teaching Theories for Clinical Social Work Practice and Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning. She believes in the importance of critical thinking, high quality evidence and scientific rigor, while never forgetting or overlooking clinical expertise and the needs of our clients.

Adjunct Professor

Kurt White is the senior director of Outpatient Programs and Community Initiatives at the Brattleboro Retreat, a non-profit psychiatric hospital Brattleboro, Vermont. He has a clinical practice at Brattleboro Retreat Anna Marsh Clinic, seeing adults, couples, and two ongoing therapy groups. He is a fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

An alum of the Smith College School for Social Work M.S.W. program, White has been part of the faculty since 2006 currently teaches Advanced Group Theory and Practice and Knowing, Not Knowing, and Muddling Through.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Zach Wigham is a clinical social work supervisor employed by the Brattleboro Retreat, a non-profit psychiatric hospital in Brattleboro, Vermont. They act as team lead of the Healthworks Assertive Community Treatment team, a multi-agency community health project embedded within Groundworks Collaborative, a non-profit emergency shelter and supportive services provider in Brattleboro.

Wigham received a dual B.Sc. in adventure therapy and adventure education leadership from Unity College in 2013 prior to obtaining a M.S.W. from the Smith College School for Social Work in 2016. Wigham has completed additional training in psychodynamic supervision in multicultural contexts and supervises first year M.S.W. students from the Smith College SSW. Wigham’s interests include harm reduction practices related to substance use and sex work, group psychotherapy, contemporary psychoanalytic theory, and the supervision of social workers.

Adjunct Associate Professor

Mark Williams is an assistant professor at Fitchburg State University. His research focuses on same-sex partnerships and the health of LGBT+ older adults, and he teaches courses in direct practice skills, gerontology and CBT. Williams also holds a master of divinity and served as a United Methodist pastor in churches in the Seattle area, and worked as a grief counselor at Providence Hospice of Seattle.
 

Adjunct Assistant Professor 

Di Yoong is currently a Ph.D. candidate at The Graduate Center (CUNY). Broadly, they are interested in how identities move beyond just representations, and how they are negotiated through nationalism, transnationalism and diasporic discourses. Currently, they are working on several projects that consider how these relationships are mediated through social media and other online platforms, including in alt-right spaces, K-pop/Hallyu communities, and Boys Love (BL) communities. Thinking through the affordances of online platforms, they investigate how structures of power, such as racism, translates and mutates. They are particularly interested in how queer and trans Asian (Americans) experience these spaces, especially given the rise of Asian American hate crimes. With their interest in digital spaces, they are also invested in the discussions of ethics in computational social science, digital humanities, and public humanities projects, especially as it relates to underserved communities.