M.S.W. Adjunct Instructors

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 Smith summer program, 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 Assistant Professor

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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) Al Wazni 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. Al Wazni is pursuing research on the intersection of climate change, conflict and disease spread. She is also a public educator on Islamophobia and works for NC AHEC 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

Qui Alexander is a Ph.D. Candidate in education, curriculum and instruction with a focus on culture and teaching at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Their work and scholarship centers queer Black feminist praxis, Black trans studies, transformative justice, abolition and healing justice. Grounded in their experiences as a community organizer, Qui views their scholarship as a place to articulate the cultural work they do in relation to their communities. At the Smith College School for Social Work, they teach Sociocultural Concepts.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Anable holds a doctorate in clinical social work from Smith College School for Social Work and teaches neuroscience, psychophysiology and trauma resilience and evidence-based practice with M.S.W. students at Columbia University and Smith College. Her research focuses on integrating body-mind practices with brief, evidenced-based clinical interventions with the aim of bringing somatic practices to a greater audience. She is a 2020 recipient of the dissertation research publication grant from the American Association of University Women. Anable also works as a trauma therapist and supervises M.S.W. students and licensed therapists and social workers for a community-based clinic in Kingston, NY. Anable is passionate about body-based trauma healing as a path towards the realization of greater coherence and aliveness- both individually and collectively, and holds this work as an opportunity for knowing a more peaceful coexistence with one another and with our planet.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Autumn Asher BlackDeer is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma and is a doctoral candidate in social work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research is focused on interpersonal violence and behavioral health among American Indian, Alaska Native and Indigenous communities. Asher BlackDeer holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Arkansas Tech University and a master of Social Work from the University of Oklahoma – Tulsa. Asher BlackDeer is a strong proponent for American Indian higher education, advocate for survivors of sexual violence and is committed to achieving equity and highlighting resiliency throughout Indian Country. When she isn’t glued to a computer screen, Asher BlackDeer spends time photographing her adventures, learning her traditional language and trying to not be the worst yogini in the Midwest.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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 holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Hartford.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Mari-Anna Yuko Bergeron Doherty is a doctoral candidate at Smith College School for Social Work. Her dissertation research is focused on the intersectional experiences of women of color who had a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit. Bergeron Doherty has experience teaching as an adjunct in Child Development and will teach a research elective-Analyzing Qualitative Data.

Bergeron Doherty has over a decade of experience working as a clinician in healthcare related settings such as Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Her clinical training includes Child Parent Psychotherapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy and parenting groups such as the Incredible Years. Much of her clinical work has been interdisciplinary with a focus on early childhood assessments, early childhood trauma and children who experienced pediatric medical traumatic stress.

Bergeron Doherty also did post M.S.W. clinical fellowships at the Yale Child Study Center with a focus on the outpatient clinic, early childhood development, and autism clinic. She was also a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities fellow at the USC University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities based at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

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.

This 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 Professor 

Stephen Bradley is a fellow of the Child Trauma Academy, who received his M.Ed. in counseling from Umass 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 MA and CT. 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 / 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 OK 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 Associate 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.

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

Denys Candy directs the Jandon Center for Community Engagement at Smith College and lectures in the Community Engagement and Social Change Concentration. Through the Center, students and faculty join community partners in addressing local impacts of social and economic inequalities. His research interest is locally-driven strategies tackling interdependent aspects of community health.

Before coming to Smith in 2016, Candy worked for three decades as a consultant and trainer, guiding impactful solution-focused work in organizations, communities, towns and regions in the United States, parts of Europe (including his native Ireland) and Asia (Singapore).

He convened and lead innovative multi-sector partnerships to tackle complex community challenges, including improving urban schools, expanding alternatives to gangs, generating ecologically sound economic development in under-capitalized neighborhoods, and peacemaking. He designed and facilitated trans-national interdisciplinary dialogue events on Inequalities in Healthcare and Social Inclusion and Mental Health at the University of Pittsburgh. He has also convened university/community partnerships involving Carnegie Mellon and Columbia Universities, University of Edinburgh (UK) and the National University of Ireland.

Adjunct Associate Professor​

Carter Carter is a clinical social worker and psychotherapist in private practice. At Smith, he teaches and coordinates Theories of Clinical Social Work and Problems in Biopsychosocial Functioning, and co-facilitates Pedagogy & Diversity. He is also on the faculty of Lesley University. Carter is president of Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility, and co-chair of the Multicultural Concerns Committee, both at APA Division 39 (Psychoanalysis). His research focuses on understanding Whiteness, and especially White aggression, psychoanalytically. He lives on a farm with his family and entirely too many birds.

Adjunct Associate Professor

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Adjunct Professor

Katya Cerar, Ph.D., LICSW, is an associate director of Field Education at Smith College and has taught and supervised students from various New England schools of Social Work. Most recently she was the director of young adult and adult community services programs and a program for the Prevention and Treatment of Early Psychosis (PREP) in Western MA. An experienced supervisor and trainer, Cerar has supervised teams of staff in day treatment, outreach and residential services, and has practiced in residential, forensic and outpatient settings, and private practice. She has provided consultation to agencies in a number of areas.

Cerar is a BTTG certified DBT clinician and a certified juvenile court clinician. Primary clinical practice areas include adolescents and young adults with histories of trauma and major mental illness. Cerar holds an M.S.W. from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jessica Chavez, Ph.D. (she|they) is a clinical psychologist residing in New Orleans, LA. Jessica is a psychodynamic practitioner specializing in childhood trauma, eating concerns, and identity development. Jessica obtained a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the New School for Social Research and completed an internship and postdoctoral psychology fellowship at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania. Their research has explored experiences of mastectomy for breast cancer, abortion, and psychologists’ attitudes about reproductive issues. All of these projects have been qualitative, interdisciplinary, and focused on intersections of race and social class. Jessica is co-chair of the Education and Training Committee for Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility (Section IX, Division 39 of the APA). Jessica enjoys gardening, kayaking on the bayou, dancing with their three-year-old son, and writing.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Jean Clarke-Mitchell (she/her) earned her M.S.W. and Ph.D. at the Smith College School for Social Work and a BA in psychology from MCLA. She is an adjunct social work professor, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), a psychotherapist in private practice, the Clinical Director at the Elizabeth Freeman Center (EFC), and an Outpatient Clinician and M.S.W. Interns’ Clinical Supervisor at the Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of social work at Westfield State University, Westfield, MA. She served as adjunct faculty at Cambridge College, Psychology Department, Cambridge, MA; and Lady of the Elms College, Social Work Department, Chicopee, MA.

Her research centers on intimate partner violence centering on the effects on children. Her dissertation examined primary caregivers' knowledge about adolescents' exposure to intimate partner violence. She has written on Batterers on their perceptions of the effects of domestic violence on families and children, on healthy relationships for abusive partners and survivors, and on African-American mothers and daughters on self-esteem, coping, and resilience.

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, Dominique desires to amplify the voices of marginalized populations in her research and use collaborative and empowering research methods and accessible dissemination techniques. Throughout the CT community, Dominique 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 Assistant Professor

Jamie 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. Jamie’s research interests include the mental health of Black women and other POC’s, the social determinants of mental health, environmental and political forces that shape mental health, and unionization as a strategy for improving mental health.

Jamie maintains a private practice in Amherst, MA. where she works primarily with POC’s 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 Jamie 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 advisor.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Prof. 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 MAs 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 Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Professor

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.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Professor

Kris Evans is currently the director of the Counseling Center and interim director of the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness at Smith College. Evans has over 20 years experience working as a clinical social worker, program director, community consultant and clinical educator. Evans' clinical work and research interests are informed by contemporary psychodynamic, trauma and critical psychology theories within a social justice frame. Evans has taught a range of theory and and practice courses, but is currently focused on her role as course coordinator of the comparative psychodynamic theory class and her elective on perspectives on transference and countertransference.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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.

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 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.

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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 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.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Carnella Gordon-Brown is a licensed clinical social worker with an independent practice in San Francisco, California working with Traditional Aged Youth and Adults living with symptomatology resultant from profoundly traumatic life experiences. Gordon-Brown is an adjunct professor at California Institute of Integral Studies, School of Community Mental Health (CMH) in San Francisco; and serves as Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility Section Representative, to the Board of Directors, of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology, of the American Psychological Association.

She honors her privilege of attaining her clinical experience within the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s, Community Behavioral Health Service; where for a decade, as a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and clinical manager of a CMH Clinic she received the precious gifts of wisdom and relational work experiences through her work with the riotous, incredibly generous and resilient consumers of community mental health.

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 Assistant Professor

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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

Dr. Hull began teaching research methods at SCSSW 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 WV where she teaches both clinical and research courses. Prior to Bethany, she served in the same capacity at Wheeling Jesuit University, also in WV. 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

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 Associate Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

Carolyn Mak is a Toronto-based social worker with almost 20 years of experience working in community mental health, non-profit and educational settings. She has taught at institutions in Toronto (Humber College, Ryerson University and University of Toronto), as well as at Smith College School for Social Work (2018). Mak has supervised Smith students’ Masters theses, and since 2017, has led an online group for Smith Ph.D. students completing their comprehensive exams.

Mak is currently a school social worker at an elementary school, and her writing and research interests include girls’ social-emotional learning, as well as how racialized faculty teach in social work classrooms. Mak received her M.S.W. from the University of Toronto, and her Ph.D. from Smith College.

Adjunct Professor

Gael McCarthy is a clinical social worker in private practice in Durham, North Carolina, serving as a Smith College 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, 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

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Adjunct Associate Professor

Jesse Metzger is a licensed clinical psychologist and University Psychologist at the University of Rhode Island, where she works as a clinician at the URI Counseling Center and teaches undergraduate courses within the Psychology Department. She has also been an Adjunct Professor at SSW for the past five years, teaching psychoanalytic theory and multiple related courses. She was previously the Director of Training of the APA-accredited Multicultural Psychology Doctoral Internship Program in Springfield, MA. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Columbia University, and B.A. in psychology and art from Williams College. She completed her doctoral internship at Mt. Sinai in Queens, NY, and a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University in Montréal, QC.

Alongside her clinical career, Dr. Metzger has worked for 15+ years as an independent writing consultant for students and academic professionals. She is also an accomplished Lego® artist and builder of large-scale models on commission.

Adjunct Professor

Lujuana Milton is the owner and outpatient clinician at South Shore Child and Family Counseling in Braintree, Massachusetts. In addition to administratively managing her practice, she works with children, adolescents, and adults. She is currently an Adjunct faculty at Fisher College in Boston and Boston College School of Social Work in Chestnut Hill.

Lujuana earned her M.S.W. at Boston College School of Social Work in 2007. She has over 12 years of clinical experience in the field and has worked in a number of settings addressing issues of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, opposition/defiance, and trauma. She has been trained extensively in a number of treatment approaches including traditional talk therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has also provided training and workshops to local school districts as well as local and national organizations.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Alison Smith Mitchell earned her Ph.D. from the Smith College School for Social Work. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine School of Social Work, the Smith College School for Social Work, and the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, and is a mental health practitioner in central Maine. Her research focuses on supporting opioid-exposed children and families, particularly those living in rural areas. Dr. Mitchell combines practical experience with research expertise, measuring the impact of service provision for clients and staff alike, using findings to guide future programming or undertakings for agencies and research partners. She serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA) volunteer guardian ad litem for children in protection cases, and was formerly a K-12 educator and administrator.

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 Associate Professor

AndreAs Neumann Mascis is a clinical psychologist with areas of specialty that include gender variance, trauma, and physical and psychiatric disabilities. Neumann Mascis founded and developed The Meeting Point, a collaboration of independent healthcare providers in Jamaica Plain, MA. The Meeting Point serves intersecting communities including the LGBTQ community, survivors of trauma, and disability communities. The Meeting Point is founded in the knowledge that social justice heal, and is growing to meet the unique strengths and needs of people through community activity, personalized approaches, and physical and mental health care that is responsive to the needs of complex bodies and identities.

Adjunct Assistant 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 the 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 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. At SSW, O’Donnell teaches Social Work and Healthcare: Tools of the TradeO’Donnell is in the last year of the Ph.D. program; her dissertation focuses on the 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 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.

At SSW, O’Donnell teaches Social Work and Healthcare: Tools of the Trade

Adjunct Professor

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.

Adjunct Associate Professor

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.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Associate Professor

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Adjunct Associate Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

An alum of the Smith School for Social Work, Janae 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 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 Smith College School for Social Work in 2013 and teaches Group Theory and Practice.

Adjunct Associate 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 Associate Professor

Lynn Raine, Ph.D., LCSW, received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of California, Irvine, her M.S.W. from California State University, Long Beach and her Ph.D. from Smith College School for Social Work. She has worked in areas of domestic violence, school-based counseling, teen pregnancy, sexual assault, and sexual offenders. She also has experience in policy work, and has provided clinical supervision. She currently serves as full time faculty at Azusa Pacific University. She has taught Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Practice with Individuals, Practice with Groups, Field Practicum Seminar, Child Welfare, Aging, and Human Rights and Social Justice. Her research interests include social work education and clinical issues with diverse populations. She also maintains a private clinical practice specializing in women’s mental health including perinatal/postpartum depression, family of origin, identity work, relationship issues and trauma.

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 Professor

Adjunct Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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.

Adjunct Assistant 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 8 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 is currently completing a Ph.D. in Human Sexuality at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Adunct Assistant Professor
Georgette Saad is a Ph.D. candidate in Social Work at Smith College with a focus on early childhood mental health and dyadic evidence based practice. Her current research centers on adaptations of early childhood evidence-based practices for Spanish-speaking families.

She teaches at Catholic University where she has taught Psychodynamic Theory and Clinical Practice with Adolescents and Young Adults. At Smith College, Saad teaches Social Work Practice with Children.

Saad provides services in Washington, DC both in a community mental health agency, Mary’s Center, and at a private group practice. She serves primarily children and families in both sectors with a specialization in early childhood and providing bilingual services in Spanish. Georgette is certified in several early childhood dyadic evidence-based practices and provides training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. She also facilitates consultation and supervision with a focus on multicultural interactions and evidence-based practices in early childhood.

Adjunct Associate Professor

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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" publish by Routledge Press.

Adjunct Assistant Professor​

Lara Sheehi (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University Professional Psychology program. She works on decolonial struggles as well as power, race, class and gender constructs and dynamics within Psychoanalysis. Lara is the Secretary of the Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Society and is the chair of the Teachers Academy of the American Psychoanalytic Association. She is co-editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality and Counterspace in Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, as well as on the editorial board for the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association. Lara is on the advisory board to the USA-Palestine Mental Health Network and Psychoanalysis for Pride, and a member of the Taskforce for Indigenous Psychology.

Adjunct Assistant Professor​

Liat is an assistant professor at Long Island University School of Social Work and an adjunct professor at Smith College, School of Social Work. Her academic research focuses on interventions for youth transitioning out of foster care and, more recently, on women’s access to mental health and psychiatric services during and after pregnancy. She is a graduate of the Contemporary Freudian Society (CFS) psychodynamic psychotherapy training program. Shklarski is also a licensed clinical social worker with a private psychotherapy practice. She works with individuals, couples, and youth with a history of trauma.

 

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 Assistant 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, 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 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 CWRU, 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 Assistant Professor

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Adjunct Assistant Professor

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 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 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.