Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ziblim Abukari is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at Westfield State University, having joined the faculty in 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.
During the Smith summer program, he teaches Social Work Research Methods.
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.
Adjunct Assistant 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.
Elizabeth Anable is doctoral candidate at Smith College School for Social Work and a clinical supervisor with Clinical & Support Options in Northampton, where she manages a team of practitioners in the crisis department.
Anable is also a certified Somatic Experiencing® practitioner, teaching assistant and training coordinator, and has a background in mindfulness and meditation practices. She specializes in the integrated treatment of trauma and chronic stress, and is interested in body-mind practices as an avenue for supporting activists and disenfranchised communities.
In her research Anable focuses on the integration of body-mind practices and evidenced-based clinical interventions, psychophysiological measurement to improve assessment and treatment of trauma and PTSD, and post-traumatic growth and community resiliency work.
Kareem Ayodeji is a University of Saint Joseph adjunct faculty member, supervising M.S.W. students in a clinical preceptorship. He is also a social worker in the Hartford, Connecticut, public schools, providing group, individual and family counseling, and the former associate dean of student culture at Achievement First, a public charter school.
Ayodeji earned his M.S.W. at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, with a concentration in policy practice. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of Hartford.
Jaycelle Basford-Pequet earned her M.S.W. at the Smith College School for Social Work and currently works in Northampton as the director of the Institute for Emerging Adulthood. This group private practice engages people of color and LGB and trans identified adults within an anti-oppression framework.
Basford-Pequet also teaches B.S.W. courses in the Elms College Social Work Department.
Before joining her current practice, Basford-Pequet was a clinician in California, most recently a psychiatric social worker with South Van Ness Adult Behavioral Health Services. In this position, she worked with LGB and trans identified adults living with HIV/AIDS and/or dealing with issues related to gender, as well as accompanying clients in social transitions and gender-confirming surgery within the public health system.
Autumn Bermea is a doctoral candidate and research fellow in family science and human development at Montclair State University and has taught Field Experience and Introduction to Family Studies in the department. She also earned a master’s in family and child studies at Texas State University.
Bermea’s research interests include intimate partner violence during adolescence, in queer relationships and in pregnant and parenting adolescent relationships; services for queer survivors of intimate partner violence; queer theory; and feminism and gender studies.
In 2017, the Smith College School for Social Work awarded Bermea a Clinical Research Institute grant to study how practitioners at LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations and the queer women receiving intimate partner violence services at the same organizations experience inclusivity in those services.
Katherine Ann Best is the founder of the Encouragement Institute, a counseling center in Sarasota, Florida. She specializes in individual therapy, trauma resolution, performance coaching, depression and anxiety, family therapy, relationships, mediation, pain management, substance abuse and clinical hypnosis. Previously she worked for a practice serving survivors of human trafficking.
Best holds a master’s of public health, an M.S.W., and a doctorate in public health from the University of South Florida. She has taught in the USF School for Social Work as well as at the Simmons College School of Social Work.
Before her career in social work, Best taught ballet in the U.S. and South Korea, ran a training and rehab facility for dancers and athletes, and anchored a news program in Seoul.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Tyler Boudreau is a writer, activist, and instructor. He earned a master’s and doctorate in communication at UMass Amherst, has taught writing, rhetoric and public speaking at UMass and is an associate professor of English literature and rhetoric at King Fahd College in Saudi Arabia. Boudreau’s scholarly interests include critical discourse analysis, performance studies and autoethnography, and their intersections with social justice.
Boudreau has written and presented extensively on war, occupation, military culture and veterans issues (post-traumatic stress, moral injury, social/political identity, etc.). In 2008, he reported from Amman, Jordan on the Iraqi refugee crisis. The following year, he biked from Seattle, Washington, to Northampton, Massachusetts, participating in conversations about the occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan and discussing his recently published book, Packing Inferno: The Unmaking of a Marine, about his experiences in the Marine Corps. He has also participated in the Truth Commission on Conscience in War, a nationwide attempt to critically examine the questions of conscience facing American service members.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Stephen Bradley is a psychotherapist in private practice in Northampton as well as a clinician with the Northampton Center for Couples Therapy.
Bradley earned his M.S.W. at the Smith College School for Social Work and his M.Ed. in counseling at UMass Amherst. He has also trained in family therapy, multi-systemic therapy, adolescent and family DBT, and Gottman Method couples therapy.
Before his current tenure at NCCT, he worked with the Village for Families and Children, and Northampton Center for Children and Families Cutchins Programs, among other agencies.
Bradley has been among the adjunct faculty at the SSW since 2010, teaching Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families, and an elective course integrating wraparound and neuro-developmental approaches to treatment. He has also served as a faculty field adviser.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Suzanne Brown, who earned her M.S.W. at the Smith College School for Social Work, is an assistant professor at the Wayne State University School of Social Work in Detroit, Michigan, and maintains a private practice in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her areas of expertise include mothers with substance use disorders; effects of neighborhood violence and social networks on parenting competence among mothers; neurobiological dimensions of addiction and trauma; and gay and lesbian family formation and adoption.
Before receiving her Ph.D., Brown was the clinical director of the May Institute in Boston, where she was responsible for supervising outpatient mental health services, case management services, and day treatment programs for adults and elders with persistent mental illness.
Brown’s current projects include research on the perceived parenting competence among mother with substance use disorders and on parenting enhancements in substance abuse treatment.
Susan Butler-Staub is an instructor and program chair of the Early Childhood Education program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina. She earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College and went on to earn an M.A. in child development at Tufts University and an M.A. in social policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School.
Butler-Staub also worked for many years coordinating professional development programs for the North Carolina Child Care Resource and Referral Council.
Erin Buzuvis is a professor at the Western New England University School of Law as well as the director of their Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Buzuvis researches and writes about gender and discrimination in sport, including such topics as the interrelation of law and sports culture, intersecting sexual orientation and race discrimination in women's athletics, retaliation against coaches in collegiate women’s sports, the role of interest surveys in Title IX compliance, participation policies for transgender and intersex athletes, and Title IX and competitive cheer. She is also the co-founder of the Title IX Blog, an interdisciplinary resource for news, legal developments, commentary and scholarship about Title IX’s application to athletics and education.
Before joining the WNEU faculty, Buzuvis clerked for Judge Thomas Ambro of the Third Circuit and practiced law at Goodwin Procter in Boston. She has been an adjunct professor at the Smith School for Social Work since 2009 and teaches Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Social Policy.
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.
Kathleen Carrick is on the faculty of the George Washington University LGBT Health Policy & Practice Graduate Certificate Program, where she has helped develop the rural LGBT and lesbian health curriculum, and serves as a field internship supervisor. She earned her doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh and her M.S.W. from the Smith College School for Social Work.
Before earning her Ph.D., Carrick had an extensive career as a mental health practitioner, with experience in community mental health, foster care, inpatient psychiatric, private practice, trauma and hospital administration. She is also a long-time activist for the LGBT community, helping re-establish Pittsburgh’s Pride parade; hosting a lesbian and gay talk radio show; launching the Jonesboro, Arkansas, PFLAG; and serving as faculty advisor for the Arkansas State University Gay Straight Alliance.
Carter J. Carter is a doctoral candidate at the Smith College School for Social Work as well as a social worker in private practice in the Boston area and at the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. Carter’s research interests include interdisciplinary perspectives on social work and psychoanalysis, the philosophy of social work, rhetoric in psychotherapy and social work, psychoanalytic theory and narcissistic personality disorder.
In addition to his practice, Carter serves as a volunteer forensic evaluator with the Physicians for Human Rights Asylum Network and a volunteer mental health clinician with the Massachusetts Medical Reserve Corps.
Johanna Crocetto is an instructor and field coordinator in the B.S.W. program at Cabrini University, in Radnor, Pennsylvania, and a clinical social worker/therapist. Her scholarly focus is trauma and its impact on families, with an emphasis on the experiences of caregivers whose children have been sexually abused. In her practice she serves families who have been impacted by trauma, specializing in working with caregivers of victims of crime.
Crocetto earned a master’s in psychology at Bucknell University, an M.S.W. at Smith College School for Social Work, and is currently finished a doctorate in clinical social work at the University of Pennsylvania. She also completed a graduate certificate in child sexual abuse treatment and is working on certification in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy.
Janet Curley is a social worker with a clinical focus in MBSR, ACT, CBT and CBT-I, and more than 30 years of experience in the field. She is currently an integrated behavioral health clinician at Baystate Medical Practices in Western Massachusetts, where she provides individual, family and group treatment in a primary care setting. Previously, Curley was a program manager in behavioral health at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, where she managed a 22-bed inpatient adult psychiatric unit and partial hospitalization program. She earned her M.S.W. at Simmons College School of Social Work.
Lecturer & Adjunct Instructor
Mamta Dadlani is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Berkeley, California, and a scholar of multicultural concerns in the Division of Psychoanalysis of the American Psychological Association. She earned her doctorate at UMass Amherst and completed a two-year postgraduate fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis–West.
Dadlani’s research and practice interests include psychotherapy process and relational change, countertransference use and management, intergroup dialogue, hip hop and healing, mental health challenges for people of color in higher education, and community partnerships.
In the Smith summer program she teaches courses in socio-cultural concepts, group theory and practice, research methods and community practice. Dadlani is also a Marta Sotomayor Fellow, providing consultation regarding issues of structural oppression and change processes to SSW community.
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 the 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.
Seth Dunn has taught at the Smith College School for Social Work since the summer of 2003, and has been the course coordinator for Family Theory for Clinical Social Work Practice. He has also had a long history supervising and training Smith M.S.W. students during their field education.
In addition to teaching, Dunn is a clinician and director of quality management with ServiceNet in Northampton, and maintains a private practice. His areas of focus include family/marital problems and substance abuse disorders.
For more than twenty years, Dunn served on the New York Council on Accreditation as a team leader and peer reviewer in their accreditation of human service operations. This included several years as the peer reviewer for the United States Marine Corps Counseling & Family Advocacy Programs.
Liz Espinoza is a psychotherapist in private practice with Albany Counseling Services in Albany, New York, working with individual, couples, and families. Before this position, she worked for several years for the New York State Office of Mental Health.
Espinoza has taught Perspectives on Severe Mental Illness in the Social Work Department at Simmons College, and Field Education at the School for Social Welfare at SUNY Albany. She has a masters in Latin American and Caribbean studies and an M.S.W., both from SUNY Albany.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Kristin Evans is currently the associate director of the Counseling Center at Smith College and will complete her doctorate at the Smith College School for Social Work this year.
Evans came to Smith with nearly 15 years experience as a psychotherapist in private practice and mental health agencies. In the M.S.W program, Evans teaches Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families, Clinical Practice with Children, Problems of Biopsychosocial Functioning, and Comparative Theories. She also serves as a course coordinator and academic adviser for the SSW, and mentors Smith doctoral students.
Evans’ current research focuses on social work education, specifically the role of peer mentoring in doctoral student learning.
Emily Fischer-Rodríguez is an independent clinician, with private practice in Northampton, and works as a consultant with Baystate High Street Pediatrics in Springfield, Massachusetts, in an early childhood mental health program. Fischer-Rodríguez is also a clinical supervisor with A Full Circle Adoptions, supporting expectant and adoptive parents. Over the course of her career, she has worked with families in a variety of settings, including preschools, primary care clinics, residential programs and outpatient mental health facilities. Fischer-Rodríguez earned her M.S.W. from the Smith College School for Social Work, and has served as a field faculty advisor.
Nathalie Fischer-Rodríguez earned her M.S.W. from the Smith College School for Social Work, focusing on spiritual practices with end-of-life and palliative care clinicians. As a SSW student, she was a recipient of the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. Fischer-Rodríguez is currently a medical social worker in the oncology/hematology program at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts, supporting patients and families through cancer diagnosis and treatment. Prior to this, she was a behavioral health consultant at Baystate Brightwood Health Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Fischer-Rodríguez’s training included positions at VA hospitals and respite facilities in palliative and end-of-life care. Before pursuing graduate work, Fischer-Rodríguez designed and directed a volunteer program for the Amazon Health Project in Peru. She is also a Hatha yoga teacher and a certified Reiki practitioner.
Edith Fraser has been associated with the Smith College School for Social work since the early nineties as a doctoral student (earning her Ph.D. in 1994) and as an adjunct faculty member.
Fraser has held a number of leadership positions in social work programs, including as director of field education and later professor, chair of social work and director of faculty development and research at Oakwood University in Alabama. She was also a professor and chair of social work and psychology at Alabama A&M University, retiring in 2014.
Fraser continues to maintain a practice as a marriage and family counselor, and she is a senior Fulbright specialist, providing consultation and direction to social work programs internationally.
At the SSW, she has taught Group Theory Practice and Racism in the United States, and served as a Bertha Capen Reynolds Fellow for many years. In 2015, Fraser was inducted into the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame.
Reihonna Frost-Calhoun is pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her research is in adoptive families and child development in the context of adoptive families.
Frost-Calhoun is a co-instructor of Research on Diverse Families and Sexualities at Clark University and a research assistant in the Clark Research in Diverse Families Lab. She is also a Rudd Adoption Research Scholar in the UMass Rudd Adoption Research Program.
Laura Sachiko Fugikawa has spent the past year as a visiting professor in the Study of Women and Gender and English Language and Literature at Smith College. Her work explores how culture impacts history and how history is retold through cultural works, and she teaches courses on United States multiethnic literature and film, gender, sexuality and women of color feminisms.
Fugikawa earned her doctorate in American studies and ethnicity, as well as a certificate in gender studies from the University of Southern California. Her current manuscript, Displacements: The Cultural Politics of Relocation, is a comparative analysis of narratives surrounding mid-20th-century relocation and assimilation campaigns directed at Japanese-American and American-Indian communities.
Fugikawa is also the co-founder and co-director of the Queer Asian American Archives at the University of Illinois Chicago, which includes material culture and oral histories about community organizing in the Midwest.
Mary Gannon is a senior educational equity consultant with the Vermont Partnership for Fairness and Diversity in Brattleboro, Vermont. In this role, she develops training programs, interventions and consultations for institutions and organizations, focusing on multicultural and diversity education, racism, poverty, and school climate. Her clients have included public and private schools, colleges, law enforcement and state and municipal governments.
Gannon earned her doctorate in education at UMass Amherst in the social justice education concentration. She has been an adjunct professor at the Smith School for Social Work since 1997, teaching Racism in the United States: Implications for Social Workers, and Dismantling Institutional Racism: The Challenge for Social Workers.
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.
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 and as 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.
Inés González teaches in the social work schools at Columbia University, NYU and CUNY, College of State Island. Her courses include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege, Clinical Practice with Immigrant Families and Ethics and Human Rights in Social Work. She is also on the staff of the Castle Bridge Elementary School in New York City, providing on-site clinical services and professional development.
González was the founding family center director at Neighbor’s Link, a community center for immigrant families in Mt. Kisco, New York, and has trained agencies, including Planned Parenthood and Good Shepherd Services Training Institute, on strategies for working with Latinx families and youth. She holds a M.S.W from NYU.
Andrew Hoang is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong. Hoang’s research interests include school social work, school counseling, anti-oppressive practice and the philosophy and sociology of education. His approach to research seeks to addresses issues of power, equity and social justice in direct practice, and the transformative possibilities of school-based support services, particularly the school social work profession.
Before entering social work, Hoang worked as a border services officer for the Canadian federal government and also worked in university support services, running programs and advocacy campaigns for ethno-racialized students, LGBT+ students and students with dis/abilities. In 2016, he was a visiting international scholar at the Smith College School for Social Work.
Catherine Hodes, M.S.W., LICSW, was the Director of the Safe Homes Project in Brooklyn, New York, from 1994 to 2017. She is a longtime domestic/intimate partner violence advocate and trainer, and has collaborated with the Brooklyn Family Justice Center, the NYC Domestic Violence Shelter Coalition, the NY State LGBTQ Partner Violence Network, and the NY State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Hodes is the author of “Is it Conflict or Abuse?: Furthering Differential Assessment and Response,” published in Clinical Social Work Journal, Practice Notes, (Spring 2018), and “Abusing Privilege: Broadening the Domestic Violence Paradigm,” published in Family & Intimate Partner Violence Quarterly (Spring 2011).
Hodes currently resides in the Northampton area and provides clinical, supervisory, and organizational consulting, as well as being an adjunct lecturer at Smith College School for Social Work and New York University Silver School of Social Work. Hodes is a certified self-defense instructor, mediator and rape crisis counselor. She has trained in circle keeping practice and is interested in restorative and transformative justice efforts as ways to promote relational and community healing.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Monique Holsey-Hyman is a professor of social work and the curriculum quality coordinator at Shaw University, in Raleigh, North Carolina. She teaches at North Carolina Central University and Simmons College as well. Her research interests include child welfare and aging out children in foster care, student retention and innovative teaching pedagogy.
Holsey-Hyman had an extensive career as a clinician, in social service management and in child welfare before her work in academia. She earned her Ed.D. in administration and leadership at Walden University in Baltimore and her M.S.W. at Columbia University.
Andres Hoyos is a psychotherapist in private practice in New York, and teaches at the schools of social work at NYU and Columbia University. His areas of interest include substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, immigration, political asylum, trauma and work with LGBTQ+ individuals and communities, and he teaches Adult Psychopathology and Pathways to Wellness.
Hoyos also worked for many years in mental health services at the the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York. He holds an M.S. in psychology, a postgraduate certificate in strategic planning from UNIVERSITY EAFIT, Medellín, Colombia, and an M.S.W. from NYU.
Debra Hull is a psychology professor and program coordinator of the mental health sciences concentration at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia, where she’s received many teaching awards. She teaches courses in methods, human sexuality and industrial/organizational psychology, and her research interests include teaching strategies, body image, ambiguous dating situations and attitudes toward health.
During the Smith College School for Social Work summer program, Hull teaches Advanced Research Methods in the M.S.W. program. Hull is also an EMT with her community’s volunteer fire department and frequently travels abroad on service trips.
A professor in the Department of Psychology at Bethany College in West Virginia, John Howard Hull has been part of the Smith College School for Social Work summer program since 2013. At Smith, Hull has taught Statistical Methods for Data Analysis I and II, and he advises doctoral students on research design and conducting cooperative research.
In addition to his long tenure at Bethany College, Hull has taught in Seoul, South Korea, and Christchurch, New Zealand, and has been honored with numerous teaching awards.
Outside of his academic work, Hull often serves as a guest or interim minister, has worked on Habitat for Humanity projects in Romania and Mongolia, and is a certified firefighter and EMT with the Bethany Volunteer Fire Department.
Fran Hutchins has worked for many years at the Equality Federation, first as director of training and organizational development and currently as deputy director. The organization serves as a strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQ people, working on issues such as from advancing workplace fairness and family recognition, to defeating anti-transgender bathroom bans and HIV criminalization laws. She is also an integrated voter engagement coach with the Groundswell Foundation, which advocates for reproductive justice, and a trainer and mentor with the Freedom For All Americans LGBT University training program.
Hutchins' career has focused on developing progressive organizations that change the way we approach poverty, homelessness, education, economic inequality and discrimination. She completed her M.B.A. and Masters of Public Policy and Public Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she focused on strategic and financial planning.
Lecturer & Adjunct Instructor
A national leader in the gay civil rights movement, Cheryl Jacques was the first openly gay state senator in Massachusetts history, serving the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District from 1992 to 2004. She also served as president of the Human Rights Campaign, spearheading their defeat of the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2005. Jacques has taught law at Suffolk University, George Washington University and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, among other institutions. She is currently an administrative judge with the Department of Industrial Accidents, in Springfield, Mass., trying workers’ compensation cases.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Donna Jeffery is on the faculty of the School of Social Work at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia, and served as its acting director from 2015–2107. Her scholarly interests include anti-racist and critical pedagogies, social work education and professional identity, and knowledge production and modes of inquiry.
Jeffery is the co-editor of Unravelling Encounters: Ethics, Knowledge, and Resistance Under Neoliberalism and serves as a consulting editor for Affilia: The Journal of Women and Social Work. At the Smith College School for Social Work, Jeffery has taught Racism in the United States: Implications for Social Work Practice.
Geoffrey Locke earned his M.S.W. and Ph.D. at the Smith School for Social Work and has taught in the school for more than a decade. His courses include Knowing, Not Knowing, and Muddling Through; Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families; Brief Psychodynamic Therapy; and Comparative Psychodynamic Theories for Clinical Social Work Practice. He has also served as a faculty field adviser and as part of the Reaching for Excellence faculty.
Locke is in private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts, specializing in the long-term treatment of adults with complex mental health and addiction related disorders, including compulsive gambling. He is licensed as a Massachusetts Problem Gambling Specialist, a Certified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and a Certified Gambling Specialist.
Carolyn Mak earned her doctorate at the Smith College School for Social Work and her M.S.W. at the University of Toronto. She has more than a decade of experience in direct mental health counseling and case management with children, youth, and adults in family service, children’s mental health agencies and school settings.
Gael McCarthy is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Durham, North Carolina, who earned her doctorate at the Smith College School for Social Work. During the Smith summer program, McCarthy teaches clinical practice, child development and research methods, and also serves SSW as a clinical supervisor.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Patricia McManamy is a psychotherapist with ServiceNet, in Northampton, 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.
Lecturer & Adjunct Instructor
Jesse Metzger is a clinical psychologist and the training director of the Multicultural Psychology Internship Program (MPIP), part of the Behavioral Health Network. The MPIP is a training site based in the School Street Counseling Institute, a community mental health clinic in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Metzger’s clinical and academic interests include psychotherapy process and outcomes, psychoanalytic theory and practice, personality disorders, defense mechanisms, self-disclosure in psychotherapy, attachment theory in the context of psychotherapy, and the nature of clinical education and training. She is also a writing consultant and teacher, working with academic professionals, students and organizations.
Alison Smith Mitchell is a doctoral candidate in the Smith College School for Social Work, and teaches Evidence Based Practice in Clinical Social Work in the M.S.W. program. She also teaches courses in research methods and social welfare policy at the University of Maine. Mitchell is a project manager with the Collaborative Home Alternative Medication Program Clinic, Penobscot Pediatrics, an outpatient clinic for newborns who are undergoing treatment for withdrawal from prenatal opioid exposure, and an outpatient mental health clinician at Acadia Hospital, both in Maine. Mitchell also serves as a guardian ad litem and a peer mentor for fellow guardians ad litem, advocating for the needs and best interests of children in child protection cases. She earned an M.S.W. at the University of Maine and an M.A. in International Studies at the University of Washington.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Arden O’Donnell is an alum of the Smith College School for Social Work M.S.W. program and a doctoral student at Boston University. She 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 currently a research coordinator in cardiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where she’s the co-investigator on a pilot study of focused palliative care intervention with high-risk heart failure patients. She is also the founder and president of Coalition for Courage, a nonprofit based in Zimbabwe that provides educational and psychosocial support for HIV orphans.
At SSW, O’Donnell teaches Introduction to Social Welfare Policy.
Christopher O’Rourke is the director of social work training at the Albert & Jessie Danielsen Institute at Boston University, a mental health clinic and training institute focused on integrating spirituality and psychotherapy. He also maintains a psychotherapy practice in Boston, working with individuals, couples and groups.
O’Rourke earned his M.S.W. at the Smith College School for Social Work as well as a Master’s of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, and has taught in the SSW since 1998. His summer courses include The Role of Religion & Spirituality in Clinical Social Work, and Issues in the Treatment of Mental Illness: Treatment & Social Policy Perspectives. He has also served as a core faculty member of the school’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Certificate Program.
Amelia Ortega is on the faculty of the Columbia School of Social Work, where she has taught Foundations in Social Work Practices, Human Behavior in the Social Environment and an experiential learning lab course focused on anti-oppressive social work practice. She is also an online course facilitator for the University of New England School of Social Work and Simmons School for Social Work. Ortega’s research interests include trauma-informed care and mindfulness meditation within psychotherapy practice, harm reduction-based supervisory strategies, and anti-oppressive social work pedagogy. She maintains a private practice, providing feminist-focused psychotherapy and community wellness programs to individuals and families impacted by systemic oppression and trauma. Her social services background includes counseling in women’s health, mental health and substance use; program development for community-based health organizations; social service system evaluation and community organizing. Ortega earned her M.S.W. at the Columbia University School of Social Work.
Mischa Peck is the founder and CEO of a psychotherapy practice, Q Counseling Services, in Phoenix, Arizona. Her practice and scholarly interests include gender and sexuality, LGBTQ issues, gerontology, survivors of traumatic childhoods, EMDR, social cognition and appraisal, subjective well-being, instructional development and curriculum planning.
Peck earned an M.S.W. from UCLA, a master's in nonprofit management from Hebrew Union College, and a doctorate in social welfare from the University of Washington. She served on the faculty at San José State and Arizona State Universities, where she taught undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of subjects including clinical practice, human development and diversity.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Nnamdi Pole is a professor in the Smith College Department of Psychology. He joined the Smith faculty in 2008, after several years at the University of Michigan.
Pole’s work includes research on trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder, especially among police officers, service members and refugees, ethnic minority mental health and psychotherapy research. He has received numerous teaching awards, including a Smith campus-wide award based on student nominations.
Pole is the chair of the Smith College Institutional Review Board and a member of the Human Subjects Research Committee. Outside of the college, he serves as a diversity consultant for Clinical and Support Options.
Marco Posadas is a doctoral student in the Smith College School for Social Work, focusing on long-term intensive psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with LGBTQ populations and other marginalized communities who have survived trauma.
He is also a mental health counselor and clinical supervisor at the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work; maintains a private practice in Toronto; and has worked in the HIV sector for more than 20 years. Posadas teaches at the Toronto Psychoanalytic Society & Institute and has served as the Vice-President for North America for the International Psychoanalytical Studies Organization.
In 2015, the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration honored Posadas with their Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
Beth Prullage is the director of clinical programming at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital, a 125-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She has worked at Providence for more than 10 years in a number of clinical positions, including as the director of social services, and as the senior clinician on the child and adolescent unit. 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 thesis adviser, and has taught Family Approaches: Narrative Therapy with Youth and Families, Group Theory and Practice, Social Work Practice for Individuals and Families, Family Theory, Dialogic, Feminist and Narrative Family Therapy and Couples Therapy.
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.
Julieann Rapoport is a long-time consultant and trainer in non-profit planning, development, and evaluation. Her work specializes in participatory methods of data collection and analysis to guide organizational and community assessments, planning processes, evaluation protocols, and program design, in the U.S. and abroad.
As an adjunct faculty at the Smith College School for Social Work, Rapoport teaches courses on macro-practice.
Chiedza Rodríguez is the executive director of GARO Consulting, a technical assistance and training company focused on youth development, prevention programming for youth, and professional development for youth serving agencies. Her work includes the facilitation of leadership development trainings and organizational structure designs, as well as board retreats for non-profit organizations such as CT Students for a Dream, Hearing Youth Voices and A Better Way Foundation. Previously, she was director of talent development at Our Piece of the Pie, a youth development nonprofit.
Rodríguez has also taught group dynamics at Capital Community College in Hartford, Connecticut, and helped design the curriculum for their community change studies degree program.
She earned a master’s in human services, organizational management and leadership at Springfield College, and is currently pursuing a law degree at Western New England University School of Law.
Lecturer & Adjunct Instructor
Raymond Rodriguez is the founder and director of Aldea Counseling Service, a community-focused group psychotherapy practice in Harlem and Queens. He is a family therapist with clinical interests in trauma, immigration, diversity, LGBTQ empowerment, spirituality and working with marginalized communities.
Rodriguez’s long history as a clinician includes working with the WTC Building Trades Support Network to provide psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational group therapy for union workers that were part of the cleanup effort after the WTC disaster and for families who lost a member in the disaster, as well as serving as dean of students at the One Spirit Interfaith Seminary.
In addition to teaching at the Smith College School for Social Work, Rodriguez teaches in the Columbia University School of Social Work and the Trauma Studies Center of the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Michael Rogers is a Smith College School for Social Work doctoral candidate who also holds an M.B.A. in nonprofit management. Currently in private practice, he has more than 35 years experience as a social worker, most recently with Student Health & Counseling Services at the University of California, Davis, and at Sacramento State University.
Rogers is also a longtime board member, and former president, of the California Society for Clinical Social Work.
Rebecca Ross is a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in gender identity, sexuality, non-monogamy, depression, anxiety, trauma, family, couples, grief and loss. She is also a member of the faculty at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, teaching Foundations in Family Therapy, and a clinical associate with the Gender & Family Project in New York, which provides gender affirmative services, training and research.
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 has completed post-graduate training in couples and family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and open dialogue at the Institute for Dialogic Practice.
Tracy Ross, an alumna of the Smith College School for Social Work M.S.W. program, is a sociology professor at Holyoke Community College. At HCC, Ross teaches courses on intimate relationships, race and ethnicity, social problems, and substance abuse. During the SSW summer program she teaches History of American Social Welfare and Introduction to Social Problem Analysis.
Before joining the faculty at HCC, Ross had a long tenure as a clinical social worker with social service organizations in Western Massachusetts, including the Pioneer Developmental Services and Early Intervention Program and the New England Learning Center for Women In Transition (NELCWIT).
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Rachel Rybaczuk is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at UMass Amherst and has deep roots in teaching and community organizing. Her research interests include food and farming; queer theory; race, class, gender, and sexuality; and social change and social movements.
She has taught Social Class and its Implications for Social Work and Sociocultural Concepts in the Smith College School for Social Work. Rybaczuk has also taught at Boston University and Hampshire College, and has served as the Coordinator of Faculty Development Programs and the Coordinator of Graduate Student Teaching and Career Support at the Institute for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Development at UMass.
As a community organizer in the Pioneer Valley, Rybaczuk has worked with Springfield No One Leaves, the Commonwealth Center for Change and Classes De Ingles, and she leads college workshops and trainings on recognizing and addressing issues around class and classism.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Beginning in the Fall of 2018, Tim Scott will be an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Central Connecticut State University. He currently teaches Advocacy & Social Justice and Counseling courses at UMass Amherst, and until recently was an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has a Doctorate in Social Justice Education and an Education Specialist Degree (CAGS) from UMass Amherst, and an M.S.W. from the University of Utah.
Until 2017, Scott was the program director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at UMass Amherst, where he also served as clinical supervisor and training director for Smith College School for Social Work interns. Prior to that he practiced as a clinician in youth programs and schools in New York City and Western Massachusetts. He has extensive training and experience in disaster and crisis mental health.
Scott is a first generation college graduate from Ogden, Utah. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at the age of seventeen, serving in the Infantry. He worked as a community organizer for many years. Scott is currently conducting a participatory action research study and a documentary film involving a group of non-Native combat veterans who worked in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe's resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline, and have since been enlisted by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe to live and work on the tribe's reservation to assist in protecting their sovereignty.
Anna May Seaver is a nurse practitioner who has worked in rehabilitation, geriatric care, addiction services, women’s health and community health settings. She is currently a family nurse practitioner at the Brattleboro Retreat, a psychiatric hospital and addiction treatment center in Brattleboro, Vermont, as well as a registered nurse at the Pine Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Seaver is also an assistant professor of nursing at Vermont Technical College. At VTC she teaches Principles and Practice, Introductory and Advanced Pharmacology, Assessment Skills, Mental Health Nursing, and Transition from LPN to RN, and instructs LPNs and RNs in the clinical setting.
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.
She is a family therapist with the Institute for Dialogic Practice in Haydenville, Massachusetts, a training center for the Finnish open dialogue approach, narrative orientations, and other family/community systems approaches to family psychotherapy. She works with differently gendered adolescents, individuals, trans families, and families with alternative family structures. Sennott is also a sex and gender therapist with Northampton Sex Therapy Associates in Florence, Massachusetts, and she works with Gender and Family Project at the Ackerman Institute.
In addition to her practices, Sennott founded and serves as director of education and curriculum development for Translate Gender, an advocacy and education organization addressing concerns specific to access for trans and/or gender nonconforming individuals.
Emily Sherwood has worked in public sector healthcare and human services policy and program development for more than 25 years. She is currently the Director of the Office of Behavioral Health at MassHealth (Massachusetts’ Medicaid agency), which is responsible for developing MassHealth’s behavioral health policies and managing the delivery of the behavioral health benefits to MassHealth members.
Sherwood led the team that drafted the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ version of the landmark 2006 Health Care Access legislation. She also brings to her work extensive experience in the Massachusetts legislature, serving as chief of staff for Rep. David B. Cohen and research director on human services committees.
In 2016, the Parent/Professional Advocacy League honored Sherwood with their Children’s Mental Health Champion Award.
Liat Shklarski is a doctoral candidate in social welfare at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work, focusing on foster care. She earned her M.S.W. at the University of Washington. Shklarski teaches courses in clinical practice, child welfare and human behavior in the social environment at Hunter, and serves as a research assistant on projects supporting foster families. Shklarski has worked as a therapist for the Jewish Board of Family and Children Services in the Bronx, as well as at other mental health facilities, often with children. She currently has a private practice in New York City, working with adolescents, adults, couples and families.
Davey Shlasko is the founder and managing consultant of Think Again Training, an organization that educates students, professionals and community members on social justice topics, including gender diversity, LGB and trans inclusion, class/classism, queer theory, and models of oppression and liberation.
An alum of Smith’s undergraduate program, Shlasko earned a master’s degree from UMass Amherst in social justice education. Shlasko is also a freelance editor specializing in academic writing. Shlasko worked for many years in direct service and supervision for human services, in the areas of health education/risk reduction counseling, workforce development and leadership training.
At the Smith College School for Social Work, Shlasko teaches Sociocultural Concepts and Transgender Studies: Theory, Practice & Advocacy, and is currently serving as a Sotomayor Fellow, providing consultation regarding issues of structural oppression and change processes to SSW community.
Jack Simons has worked with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services for more than a decade, and is currently the director of the Children’s Behavioral Health Interagency Initiatives (CBHI). CBHI is a community-based system of care to serve youth under the age of 21 who have behavioral, emotional and mental health needs. Before this work, Simons had a long tenure at Children’s Friend and Family Services in Salem, Massachusetts. Simons’ clinical expertise is in child development, family therapy, neuropsychology, behavioral medicine, mental health consultation and Wraparound process of care planning. His primary interests include interagency collaboration, organizational effectiveness and program evaluation. Simons also maintains a private psychology practice. He earned his doctorate in clinical and community psychology from Boston University and a masters in education from Harvard University.
Christopher Solomon is a clinical field instructor in the North Carolina Central University’s Department of Social Work. Before his work at NCCU, he was a professor of social work and field placement coordinator at Saint Augustine’s University and an instructor at Shaw University, both in North Carolina. He teaches at Simmons College in Boston as well.
Solomon has more than two decades of experience in child welfare, child mental health, sex abuse, substance abuse, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, medical, aging and developmental disabilities.
He earned his M.S.W. at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a concentration in community practice and management.
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.
Ruth Spencer has been part of the adjunct faculty of the Smith College School for Social Work since 1997, teaching Family Law and Social Justice & the Law. She is currently the associate vice president for human resources at Vassar College, and was the director of human resources at Oberlin College before that.
In addition to her work in human resources, Spencer spent many years working in social services and for mental health organizations. She was the director of human resources of the Cleveland Psychiatric Institute, director of social services of the Cuyahoga County Correctional Center, director of mental health at the J. Glen Smith Health Center in Cleveland, and has worked as a psychiatric social worker and as a parole officer.
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 social policy 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 in residential treatment programs with adolescent girls with severe emotional and behavioral problems, and worked as a group therapist for male batterers, and for women in substance abuse treatment programs.
At the SSW, Sullivan has taught Developmental Deviations in Childhood and Adolescence, Crisis Intervention and Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning, and has served as a thesis adviser.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Christine Tronnier recently completed her Ph.D. at the Smith College School for Social Work. Her research has focused on the use of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) in treating internet gambling addiction, and her scholarly and practice interests include process addiction and substance addition, attachment theory and trauma treatment. At Smith SSW, Tronnier has taught Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning, Theories of Individual Development and Crisis Intervention, and she has served as a doctoral student mentor and as co-president of the Doctoral Student Organization. She is also a teaching fellow with the Teachers’ Academy of the American Psychoanalytic Association and a faculty member at the Psychoanalytic Education Center of the Carolinas. Tronnier worked for many years with Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers in Durham, North Carolina, as a clinical supervisor, research coordinator and clinical counselor. She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Durham.
Melissa Weise is a doctoral candidate in the Smith College School of Social Work and earned her M.S.W. from Boston College. She has a private practice in Ware, Massachusetts, working with various populations, including chronically mentally ill, self harming/suicidal, trauma survivors, neuroatypical autism spectrum and LGBTQA.
Weise is program director of ServiceNet’s PREP, an early intervention program for young adults experiencing early psychosis, and teaches at Holyoke Community College, Elms College and Boston College. She has worked in human services for more than a decade, in outreach and advocacy, child abuse prevention, youth advocacy and education programs.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Kurt White is the director of ambulatory services at the Brattleboro Retreat, a psychiatric hospital and addiction treatment center in Brattleboro, Vermont, where he oversees all outpatient, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs. White is also a therapist at the Brattleboro Retreat Anna Marsh Behavioral Health Care Clinic, seeing adults with mental health and/or addictive disorders. He is president of the Vermont Association of Addiction Professionals and presents widely on issues around substance abuse.
An alum of the Smith College School for Social Work M.S.W. program, White has been part of the faculty since 2006 and teaches Group Psychotherapy Theory and Practice.
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Mark Williams is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His research focuses on same-sex partnerships and the health of LGBT older adults, and he teaches course in social work practices, gerontology and multigenerational policies and services.
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 support services specialist at Providence Hospice of Seattle.
Lecturer & Adjunct Instructor
Nichole Wofford is a Smith College School for Social Work doctoral candidate and has worked in the mental health field for more than 20 years, providing direct services and clinical supervision, as well as program management.
Wofford currently works for the Sacramento City Unified School District, managing the Connect Center, the district’s centralized youth and family resource center. She is also a licensed marriage family therapist in private practice. Her specializations include depression, anxiety disorders, childhood trauma and abuse, effective communication skills, work stress and cultural issues (e.g. racial/ethnic discrimination, LGBT identity issues, divorce, blended-family issues, etc.).
In addition to her practice, Wofford facilitates trainings and workshops in educational settings and to mental health professionals on working with African-American children and families, working clinically with LGBT clients and empowering LGBT students in a learning environment.
In 2015, she was honored for her work, with Sacramento’s Harvey Milk Day Community Award. At the SSW, Wofford teaches Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning.
Kirk Woodring is the chief clinical officer at the Brattleboro Retreat, a psychiatric hospital and addiction treatment center in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has presented and published widely on suicide and substance abuse, and is the co-author of Assessing the Risk: Suicide Assessment in the Hospital Environment of Care.
Woodring earned his M.S.W. at the Smith College School for Social Work in 1995 and has been associated with the college as a clinical supervisor and adjunct faculty for 20 years. At Smith, Woodring teaches courses in group theory and advanced group practice, and coordinates the first year group theory and practice courses.