Faculty Experts: Mental Health

Kimberly Asner-Self, Ed.D.

Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Associate Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Areas of Expertise

Group counseling, cross-cultural counseling, counselor education, trauma, and clinical mental health

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Renee Blinder, LCSW

Areas of Expertise

Addiction & Rehabilitation, Counseling, Psychotherapy

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Allison Bobick, LCSW

Director of Student Advancement

Areas of Expertise

Anxiety disorders, bereavement, depression, trauma-related issues, information and treatment for cult involvement

Susan Brot

Susan Brot, LMSW

Associate Director of Field Education and Advisement

Areas of Expertise

Geriatric social work, field work

Carrie DiMatteo

Carrie DiMatteo, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Psychology

Areas of Expertise

Social psychology, social interactions, social media, anxiety, self esteem

Nancy Gallina

Nancy Gallina, Ph.D., LCSW

Interim Dean and Director of MSW Program

Associate Professor

Areas of Expertise

Gangs, parenting, ADHD, childhood disorders, impact of nutrition on childhood disorders, autism, cyberspace, transitioning through divorce (parents and children)

Jeffrey Gardere, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise

Mental Health, Parenting, Psychology

Frank Gardner

Frank Gardner, Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Areas of Expertise

Sport psychology, mindfulness-based interventions, anger and violence research and treatment

Maria Heim

Maria Heim, Ph.D.

Program Chair, School Counseling

Associate Professor, Education & Special Education, School Counseling, Education & Special Education, School Counseling

Areas of Expertise

Multicultural counseling, crisis intervention, child development and education of children with disabilities

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Steven Huberman, Ph.D.

Dean (Academic Sabbatical 2020-2021)

Professor of Social Work Administration

Areas of Expertise

Aging, parenting, changing demographics of New York City, key issues facing Jewish community, management

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Naomi Klapper, M.A., L.M.H.C.

Areas of Expertise

Parenting, Marriage, Dating, Relationships, Stress Management, Addiction, Childhood Disorders, Psychology, Mental Health

Alan Perry

Alan Perry, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise

Forensic Psychology

Steven Pirutinsky

Steven Tzvi Pirutinsky, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Mental health, religion and spirituality, social work practice

Melech Press, Ph.D.

Areas of Expertise

Adolescent Behavioral and Learning Disorders, Judaism and Psychological Issues

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Faye Walkenfeld, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Behavioral Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Associate Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Areas of Expertise

Development, parenting, attachment, memory, cognitive development, Jewish, religious and cultural identity