Social Welfare Faculty at UAlbany-SUNY
Over the years, School of Social Welfare faculty members have built a significant record of accomplishment: they have written papers for the United Nations, won prestigious awards for research excellence, served as principal investigators on intergenerational studies, conducted research on five continents, led national organizations, published seminal books, and edited the profession's respected journals. Together, their efforts have made UAlbany-SUNY one of the top U.S. schools in research on social welfare policy and practice. Learn more about them here.
Katharine H. Briar-Lawson, Dean & Professor
MSW (1968), Columbia University
Ph.D. (1976), University of California, Berkeley
Telephone: (518) 442-5324
Specialization: Child and family welfare,
poverty and unemployment, community collaboration and
Katharine Briar-Lawson is an experienced academic administrator and national expert on family focused practice and child and family policy. Among her books (co-authored) are Family-Centered Policies & Practices: International Implications (2001), and (co-edited) Innovative Practices with Vulnerable Children and Families (2001), Evaluation Research in Child Welfare (2002), Charting the Impacts of University-Child Welfare Collaboration (2003), Social Work Research (2010), Social Work Practice Research (2010), and Globalization, Social Justice and the Helping Professions (2011), and The Children’s Bureau: Shaping a century of child welfare practices, programs and policies. She co-chairs the Gerontological Task Force for the National Association for Deans and Directors and served as a past president. In addition, she is a Co-PI of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.
Keith T. Chan, Assistant Professor
M.S.W (2006) Boston College
Ph. D. (2013) Boston College
Telephone: (518) 442-2589
Specialization: Acculturation, Immigrant Health and Elderly Asian Americans
Keith Chan is Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare at University at Albany SUNY, a Hartford Geriatric Doctoral Fellow, and an alumnus from the CSWE Minority Fellowship Program. His research examines the racial and ethnic differences in health and mental health for minority populations, in particular older Asian Americans. His recent publications include quantitative studies on the relationship of health outcomes with various individual and structural measures of acculturation for nationally representative samples of Asian American elderly and other minority populations. With changing demographic profiles, intense debates on immigration, and major health care reforms on the horizon, social workers can play a key role in guiding how research, policy and practice can improve health outcomes for the growing diversity of immigrant elderly in the US.
Dr. Chan’s current projects examine discrimination, disability, psychological distress, and chronic health conditions, and builds upon his earlier work in looking at health disparities for elderly Asians, immigrants, and other vulnerable populations.
Nancy Claiborne, Associate Professor, and Director of Evaluation
Social Work Education Consortium
Ph.D. (1999) University of Houston, Houston, TX
M.S.W. (1982) University of Southern California, Los
Telephone: (518) 442-5349
Specialization: Human Service Organizations and NGO design and delivery of service systems that integrate empirical care and build capacity.
Nancy Claiborne is a management specialist whose research interests include human service organizational functioning and change, as well as teambuilding/collaboration and program evaluation. She is specifically interested in service system design and delivery, including the system facilitators and barriers to innovative services that achieve results. Settings she has researched and facilitated change include child welfare organizations and health systems. She is particularly interested in studying models that attempt to integrate empirically based care and outcomes measurement into services. These interests include investigating the impact of organizational factors on the delivery of services, management system functions, and the adoption of innovation and engagement in teams and collaborations. Her experience includes 17 years as a clinician, clinical director, community linkage agent, and senior administrator in inpatient and outpatient health and mental health settings. .
Anne E. Fortune, Associate Dean & Professor
A.M., Social Work (1975) University of Chicago
Ph.D. (1978) University of Chicago
Telephone: (518) 442-5322
Specialization: Short-term Treatment
and Social Work Education
Anne E. Fortune teaches research and social work practice
at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research
is in the areas of task-centered practice, termination
of social work treatment, aging, and field education.
She is editor of Task-Centered Practice with Families
and Groups (1985), and co-author (with William J. Reid)
of Social Work Research (1998). She is past editor of
The Journal of Social Work Education and current
editor of Social Work Research.
Rose Greene, Public Service Professor
Director, Center for Human Services Research
MA (1979), University at Albany
Telephone: (518) 442-5774
Specialization: Children and Family Services, Program Evaluation, Service Integration
Rose is the Co-Director for the Center for Human Services Research, which conducts multi-disciplinary program evaluations and special studies for governmental agencies and other service providers. She has received numerous grants and contracts from federal, state and local agencies for research in the areas of child abuse prevention, children's mental health, legally-exempt child care, and systems integration.
Candi Griffin-Jenkins, LMSW, MA
Assistant Dean, Student Services & Graduate Admissions
M.S.W. (2012) University at Albany
Telephone: (518) 442-3797
Specialization: Youth development and leadership, program development, addictions counseling and trauma informed mental health care.
Candi is the former Director of the Liberty Partnerships Program at the SSW (2001-2011). In this capacity, she was responsible for the management and implementation of a dropout prevention program for at-risk youth who attended school in the city of Albany. In 2010, Candi entered the M.S.W. program to research her interest in trauma informed mental health and addictions care.
Eric R. Hardiman, Associate Professor
M.S.W. (1993) University of Georgia, Athens
Ph.D. (2001) University of California, Berkeley
Telephone: (518) 442-5705
Specialization: Mental Health
Eric Hardiman is interested in mental health peer support,
consumer-provided mental health services, psychiatric
recovery, self-help, mental health service delivery,
homelessness and the history of social welfare institutions.
Julia Hastings, Assistant Professor
M.S.W. (1993) University of Washington
Telephone: SPH Office:
Ph.D. (2000) University of California, Los Angeles
Specialization: Poverty issues among ethnic minority populations; Mental health and welfare participation dynamics; African American health and mental health disparities;
Dr. Julia F. Hastings is assistant professor in the Schools of Public Health and Social Welfare at the University at Albany, SUNY. Globally, her research interests cover health and mental health disparities among ethnic minority populations, African American mental health, welfare participation dynamics, and ethnic minority women’s health issues. Her research projects focus on the interrelationships between race, mental health outcomes, health conditions, risk and protective factors, and poverty. Dr. Hastings has published on culturally competent research methods within African American communities, welfare participation, depression, and body weight. Her research grant portfolio includes funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, NIMH, the Ford Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Heather K. Horton, Associate Professor
M.S. (1991) University of Arizona
A.M. (2000) University of Chicago
Ph.D. (2005) University of Chicago
Telephone: (518) 442-5331
Specialization: Mental health, schizophrenia, deafness.
Heather Horton's research centers on cognition and schizophrenia.
She studies how neurocognitive factors, such as attention
and memory and social-cognitive factors, such as facial
affect processing and theory of mind, influence adaptive
outcomes among people with serious mental illness. She
is also interested in issues related to language and thought
in the context of a dependence on visual-spatial information
and linguistic processing.
Lani V. Jones, Associate
M.S.W. (1992) Boston College
Ph.D. (2000) Boston College
Telephone: (518) 442-5167
Specialization: Mental Health, Black Feminism and Therapy, Evidenced-Based Practice and Group Work
Lani V. Jones is the Principal Investigator on two research projects on health and mental health outcomes among Black women, towards the development of culturally congruent services. Dr. Jones is a nationally recognized speaker on mental health practice interventions with traditionally underserved populations and has served on numerous national, state and local health, human, and social service boards towards the advancement of social justice for Black women and their families. She is also the author and co-author of several articles and book chapters, including but not limited to, Jones, L.V & Warner, L. (2011). Culturally responsive group work with black women. Journal of Research on Social Work Practice, 21, 6, 737 – 746; Jones, L.V. (2009). A group experimental investigation of psychosocial competence among black college women. Social Work Research, 33, 3, 129-192.; Jones, L.V. (2009). Black South African psychiatric recipients: Have they been overlooked under the recent democratization? Journal of Health and Social Policy, 24, 1-2, 76-88.; Jones, L.V. (2008). Preventing depression: Culturally relevant group work with black women, Journal of Research on Social Work Practice, 18, 6, 626-634. Her research grant portfolio includes funding from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, NIDA; Center for Elimination of Minority Health Disparities, University at Albany; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/KnowledgeWorks; and New York State Department of Criminal Justice.
Shirley J. Jones, Distinguished Service
M.A. (1954) New York University
M.S.W. (1964) New York University
Ph.D. (1977) Columbia University
Telephone: (518) 442-5330
Specialization: Planning, Policy,
Group Work, and Community Organization and Development
Shirley Jones' interests include housing policy, rural
social work, minorities, and community organization and development.
She is the editor of Sociocultural and Service Issues Working
with Rural Clients (Rockefeller College Press, 1992),
and co edited with Joan Levy Zlotnik a book on Preparing Helping Professionals to Meet Community Needs: Generalizing from the Rural Experience (Council on Social Work Education, 1998). She has written two papers for the United Nations
on housing policy and several papers on the needs of
rural families and the role of women and minorities
in development. She is presently looking at global, rural, social and economic
development and its implications for social work.
Mansoor Kazi, Assistant Professor
B.Sc. (1974), London School of Economics, United Kingdom
MSW (1988), University of Hull, United Kingdom
Ph.D. (2003), University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Specialization: Evaluation of human services in USA, United Kingdom and Finland
Before moving to University at Albany School of Social Welfare in September 2013, Mansoor Kazi was Research Associate Professor and Director of Program Evaluation Center at the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo (The State University of New York), having moved from the United Kingdom in September 2005 where he held a similar position at the School of Human & Health Sciences at the University of Huddersfield for 14 years. He has extensive experience of evaluation of human services in USA, United Kingdom and in Finland. He is lead evaluator of Chautauqua Tapestry System of Care and received SAMHSA’s Gold Award for Outstanding Local Evaluation in July 2010. His books include ‘Realist Evaluation in Practice’ (2003, Sage) and ‘International Perspectives on Evidence-based Practice in Social Work’ (with Bruce Thyer, 2004, Venture Press). At present, this realist evaluation approach is used in the evaluation of the SAMHSA System of Care Grant in Chautauqua County ($9 million, 2008-2014), and in 24 other New York State counties that have been awarded a System of Care Extension Grant ($4 million, 2012-2016). In all NY counties with the SOC expansion grant to date, he helps agencies to use the data on ALL service users in a realist evaluation, to inform what works and for whom in a system of care. Data from schools, mental health and other services is analyzed quarterly in each county, and data analysis methods drawn from a combination of epidemiology and effectiveness research are used in naturally occurring quasi-experimental designs (e.g. including all school youth) to investigate if the comprehensive array of services and supports are working to provide better outcomes for youth and families.
Lara Kaye, Assistant Research Professor and Research Scientist
M.S.W. (1995) Hunter College
Ph.D. (2001) University at Albany
Post Doctoral Fellow (2006) University of California at San Francisco
Telephone: (518) 591-8615
Specialization: Mental Health, Mindy-Body Connection, Program Evaluation, and Research Methods
Lara completed her M.S.W. at Hunter College, her Ph.D. in Social Welfare at the University at Albany, and a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Services Training Research at University of California, San Francisco. Her research interests span a number of social science disciplines including health, behavioral health, education, public health, social work and psychology. Her research portfolio includes studies on barriers to food stamps, the need for child psychiatric services, depression and gender, depression and physical activity, nutrition and nutritional education, hope and educational achievement, implementation of reading programs, social work field satisfaction, and coping skills and learning. She is skilled at quantitative and qualitative analysis. She has coordinated and facilitated large events, written and received grants, developed and presented trainings, published in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at national and international conferences.
Heather Larkin, Associate Professor
M.S.W. (1994) Boston University
Ph.D. (2006) The Catholic University of America
Telephone: (518) 591-8779
Specialization: Restorative Integral Support (RIS), adverse childhood experiences (ACE), homelessness, leadership skills & staff self-care, policy advocacy, Post-Trauma Wellness.
Heather implements Restorative Integral Support (RIS), applying Integral theory (Wilber, 2000) for a comprehensive, whole person response to “adverse childhood experiences” (ACE) and trauma. This involves integration of evidence-supported and emerging practices within the context of an intentionally developed culture of recovery. Heather co-directs the National Center for Excellence in Homeless Services with John Records, a Public Service Professor, and volunteers as a consultant on research and education for the Center for Post-Trauma Wellness.
Catherine K. Lawrence, Assistant Professor
M.S.W. (1997) University at Albany
Ph.D. (2003) University at Albany
Telephone: (518) 437-3692
Specialization: Social Welfare Policy, Poverty and Disparity, Cultural Competency, Mixed Methods Research Design
Catherine Lawrence is a poverty researcher with a social justice framework for scholarship. She is interested in the distribution of social goods and the causes and consequences of inequitable distribution. Her work has focused on U.S. income maintenance policy and changes to economic support for families with children since passage of the 1996 welfare legislation. This research includes exploration of the family formation and sexual reproduction agenda in the Personal Responsibility Act of 1996 and the subsequent marriage initiatives of the Bush Administration. She currently directs a Children's Bureau Training grant project to develop training for culturally competency family-centered child welfare practice. Dr. Lawrence's research perspective reflects a pragmatic approach to social science. She is committed to exploring useful ways to apply mixed methodologies to research questions when appropriate.
Hal A. Lawson, Professor
M.A. (1967) University of Michigan
Ph.D. (1969) University of Michigan
Telephone: (518) 442-5355 or (518)
Partnerships, Child Welfare, and Interprofessional Collaboration
Hal Lawson works with school-family-community university partnerships in the United States as well as in other nations. This work encompasses school reform and systems reform in child welfare, and it involves interdisciplinary collaboration, action science, and action learning.
For more information click here: http://www.albany.edu/~hlawson
Eunju Lee, Assistant Professor
M.A. (1990) University at Albany
Certificate (1997) Women and Public Policy, University at Albany
Ph.D. (2003) University at Albany
Telephone: (518) 442-5773
Specialization: Child Welfare, Immigration, and Program Evaluation
Eunju Lee received her bachelor’s degree from Ewha Women’s University in Korea and studied issues related to gender equity, family policy, race and ethnicity, and immigrant adaptation in the Sociology department of the University at Albany. Since 1999 Dr. Lee has been conducting evaluations of programs and policies related to child welfare with the Center for Human Services Research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Currently, Dr. Lee’s research focuses primarily on two funded projects: A randomized trial of the effectiveness of a child abuse prevention program and a process and outcome evaluation study of the collocation program to address parental substance abuse in the child welfare system.
Barry Loneck, Associate Professor and
Director, Doctoral Program
M.S.S.A., Social Work (1978), Case Western Reserve University
Ph.D. (1985) Case Western Reserve University
Telephone: (518) 442-5340
Specialization: Alcohol and Drug Dependence
Treatment, Mental Health Treatment
Barry Loneck conducts research on therapeutic process
in alcohol and drug treatment, as well as mental health
treatment, with a primary focus on engaging and retaining
clients in needed services. He has examined the effectiveness
of the Johnson Intervention in outpatient alcohol and
other drug treatment and was a National Association
of State Mental Health Program Directors' (NASMHPD)
Research Fellow from 1991 to 1993. As part of the Fellowship,
he has been studying therapeutic process of dual diagnosed
clients in psychiatric emergency rooms through the New
York State Office of Mental Health. Current plans include
the development and testing of non-linear dynamic modeling (NLDM) methods for therapeutic process data. Before
coming to SUNY-Albany, he served as a clinician for
eight years in a chemical dependency rehabilitation
center in Ohio.
Philip McCallion, Professor
M.S.W. (1981) University at Albany, State University
of New York
Ph.D. (1993) University at Albany, State University
of New York
Telephone: (518) 442-5347
Specialization: Aging and Developmental Disabilities; Evidence-based Health Promotion
Philip McCallion, Ph.D. ACSW is Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and Mentor and is Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness.
Professor McCallion's research began with randomized control trials of psychosocial interventions for people with dementia and their caregivers. Over time his interests moved in a translational research direction and have extended to:
- System design work on creating aging prepared communities and on embedding evidence-based health promotion, care transitions strategies and participant-directed practices in aging services delivery.
- Evaluation of the implementation of non-pharmacological interventions for persons with dementia and of psycho-educational interventions for family caregivers.
- Development of innovative demonstration projects designed to maintain aging persons with intellectual disabilities in the community.
- Increasing the reach of palliative care programs.
As part of these agendas Professor McCallion has a strong emphasis on standing up widespread use of evidence-based interventions, collaboration with state and local agencies, building community capacity and realizing effective, sustainable community-clinical linkages.
Dr. McCallion's research has been supported by grants and awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Aging, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the U.S. Administration on Aging/Administration on Community Living, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Alzheimer's Association, the Agency for Health Quality Research, the Health Research Board of Ireland, the Irish Hospice Foundation and New York State's Department of Health, Office for the Aging, Office for Children and Family Services, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.
Dr. McCallion has over 100 publications on interventions with older adults with chronic conditions, caregivers of frail elderly, persons with Alzheimer's disease, and persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. He is editor of Housing for the Elderly: Policy and Practice Issues; co-editor of Grandparents as Carers of Children with Disabilities: Facing the Challenges, and of Social Work Practice Research for the 21st Century; co-author of Maintaining Communication with Persons with Dementia and has produced videotape and CD-ROM-based training and self-instructional materials on Financial Abuse Prevention, Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia and on End of Life Care for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Dr. McCallion has also written on management issues for the providers of human services. He is co-editor of Total Quality Management in the Social Services: Theory and Practice.
Mary McCarthy, Lecturer,
Director, Social Work Education Consortium and
Assistant Dean for School Advancement
M.S.W. (1982) University at Albany, State University of New York
Ph.D. (2003) Memorial University of Newfoundland
Telephone: (518) 442-5338
Specialization: Child Welfare and
Political Social Work
Mary McCarthy's practice experience as a caseworker
and administrator in child welfare and education frames
her interest in public policy for children, families,
and oppressed groups.
The Social Work Education Consortium is a partnership
between the New York State Deans of Schools of Social
Work, the County Child Welfare systems and the NYS Office
of Children and Family Services. The Consortium is working
on professionalization and stabilization initiatives
for the public sector workforce. This involves funding
to support interagency collaboration, community development
and the education and training of child welfare practitioners.
She was the NASW Northeast Division 1992 Social Worker
of the year.
LuAnn L. McCormick, Senior Research Scientist
M.S.W. (1989) University at Albany
Ph.D. (1998) University at Albany
Telephone: (518) 442-5731
Specialization: Children's Mental Health, Maternal and Child Health, Program Evaluation with Mixed Methods Research Designs
LuAnn McCormick has conducted program evaluations in many areas of the health and human services field, including children's and adult mental health, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, family homelessness, traumatic brain injury, and women's health. Dr. McCormick is Principal Investigator and the Evaluation Team Leader for the Albany County System of Care for Children's Mental Health, part of a national program funded by SAMHSA. Other recent research projects have included an evaluation of a federal Children's Bureau project to train New York State child welfare workers on culturally competent, family centered practice; the implementation of NYS OCFS Integrated County Planning; and an evaluation of NYS Family Resource Centers. Dr. McCormick is dedicated to bringing the authentic voice of families and youth into all aspects of program and policy development and implementation.
Linda K. P. Mertz,
Coordinator, Internships in Aging Project
M.S.W. (1990) Boston College
Telephone: (518) 442-5327
Specialization: Geriatrics, Mental Health, Field Education
Linda Mertz is the Coordinator of the Internships in Aging Project -- one of several model programs in the nation for training of social workers to work with older adults. Her interests include gerontology, especially caregiving, wellness, intergenerational programming, mental health and community building.
Robert L. Miller, Jr.,
M.S.W. (1994) University of Pennsylvania
M.Phil. (1998) Columbia University
Ph.D. (2000) Columbia University
Telephone: (518) 442-5374
Specialization: HIV disease in African
American populations; spirituality and social work practice,
policy and research; faith-based health promotion and
disease prevention collaboration.
Robert L. Miller, Jr., explores the intersection of
spirituality, social welfare and public health. He has
examined the meaning and utility of spirituality in
the lives of African American gay men living with AIDS.
He is currently exploring the decision making process
of African American Clergy in HIV prevention efforts
within their congregations; coping strategies for African
American women over 50 living with AIDS; and health
promotion and disease prevention collaboration efforts
between faith-based institutions and health related
Dr. Miller teaches Micro Practice One and Two; Cultural
Diversity in Social Work; and Spirituality and Social
Dr. Miller is an active participant in the US - Africa
Partnership for Building Stronger Communities.
Toni Naccarato, Assistant Professor
M.S.W. (1994) San Jose State University
Ph.D. (2005) University of California, Berkeley
Telephone: (518) 591-8788
Specialization: Child welfare, economics and
social policy with emphasis on analysis and reform
Toni Naccarato's research focuses on emancipation,
welfare, and human capital accumulation of adolescents;
social and economic policies and reforms; and, research
methods for increasing social and political changes
in the Social Work arena. Dr. Naccarato has direct practice
experiences in California and New York, and applied
research experiences at the policy level in Georgia,
California, New York and Washington, DC. Dr. Naccarato
is currently collaborating with the New York State Office
of Children and Family Services, to better integrate
research and data management emphasizing child welfare
David Pettie, Assistant Coordinator of Field Education
M.S.W. (1983) Adelphi University
Telephone: (518) 437-3686
Specialization: Mental Health
David Pettie is interested in psychiatric rehabilitation
and recovery, the impact of psychiatric disabilities
on identity and roles, issues of aging and loss, clinical
supervision, innovations in treatment and teaching methods.
Recent publication: Illness as Evolution: The Search
for Identity and Meaning in the Recovery Process.
Loretta Pyles, Associate Professor
M.A., Philosophy (1994) University of Kansas
Ph.D. (2005) University of Kansas
Specialization: economic justice, gender-based violence, disaster and social inequality, community organizing
Loretta Pyles is an engaged scholar who is concerned with transformative social change. Her scholarship centers on the ways that individuals, organizations and communities resist and respond to poverty, violence and disasters in a policy context of neoliberal economic globalization and social welfare retrenchment. She draws from critical, social constructionist and feminist traditions to inform her research and utilizes a range of research methods including conceptual, qualitative, participatory action research, and quantitative. She is the author of Progressive Community Organizing: A Critical Approach for a Globalizing World (Routledge, 2009) and more than 30 articles and book chapters. In Progressive Community Organizing (second edition forthcoming in 2013), she introduces the pioneering transformative organizing framework, which affirms critical and compassionate inquiry into self and society. She is also a certified yoga instructor and is interested in ways that spiritual practices can facilitate change.
Blanca Ramos, Associate Professor and
Director, Baccalaureate Program
M.S.W. (1991) University at Albany, State University
of New York
Ph.D. (1997) University at Albany, State University
of New York
Telephone: (518) 442-5365
Specialization: Social Work Practice,
Mental Health, Cultural Diversity, Cross-Culture Social
Work and Immigrants
Blanca Ramos' scholarly interests are centered on health disparities, cross-cultural
social work, gerontology, and domestic violence with
a focus on US Latinos. Dr. Ramos holds an affiliate
appointment in the Department of Latin American and
Caribbean Studies and is Director of the Education Core of the Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparities. She teaches courses on clinical social
work, diversity, immigrants, Hispanic cultures in the
U.S., and research in Latino communities. Her international
work includes partnership building with higher education
institutions and communities and with the national association
of social workers in Peru. Dr. Ramos serves on a variety
of local, regional, and national boards and commissions
and has extensive experience as a practitioner and community
organizer. Blanca Ramos is past First Vice President
of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
and has served in the National Board of the Institute
for the Advancement of Social Work Research. She is
a current member of the editorial board of Social Work
and the NASW National Committee on Inquiry. She is originally
from Piura, Peru.
Barbara Rio-Glick, Assistant Director, Field Education
M.S.W. (1992) Hunter College, School of Social Work
Telephone: (518) 442-3488
Specialization: Domestic Violence
Barbara Rio has extensive experience in the field of
domestic violence in direct practice, administration,
supervision, program evaluation, and training. Her other
interests include international social work, the effectiveness of group
work with different populations and diversity issues.
Kenneth Robin, Assistant Research Professor and Research Scientist
Psy.D. (2005) Rutgers University
Specialization: Early childhood education, assessment, and program evaluation
Ken Robin worked for seven years at the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. His work included co-authorship of the annual State Preschool Yearbook, policy briefs on assessment, program duration, and program cost, and a randomized trial comparing the effects of half- and extended-day preschool. He also participated in several statewide program evaluations. Since joining the Center for Human Services Research in 2006, Ken's research has focused on volunteerism through AmeriCorps State programs, systems of care for children's mental health, and efforts to expand services available in the Albany City public schools.
Crystal Rogers, Assistant Dean for Academic Programs
Ph.D. (2008) University at Albany, SUNY
M.S.W. (1998) University at Albany, SUNY
Telephone: (518) 442-5322
Specialization: Child care, ethnic
development and socialization, resilience.
Crystal Rogers' research interests are in the area of
promotion of quality child care and child care regulations,
childhood resilience, and children's ethnic development
and socialization. She is currently working on research
examining parental practices concerning the socialization
of their children.
Carolyn Smith, Professor
M.S.W. (1973) University of Michigan
M.A. (1986) University at Albany, State University of
Ph.D. (1990) University at Albany, State University
of New York
Telephone: (518) 442-5341
Specialization: Delinquency and high
risk youth; child maltreatment and family violence.
Carolyn Smith's areas of research and publication are in the family etiology of delinquency and other problem behaviors, as well as the consequences of family violence. She is an investigator on the Rochester Youth Development Study, a national longitudinal and intergenerational study of delinquency that is ongoing since 1987. She is currently on the editorial board of Social Work Research. She has had fifteen years international practice experience in child and family mental health and delinquency prevention. Dr. Smith teaches in the areas of child and adolescent problems, social work theories, clinical evaluation, and social work practice with involuntary clients.
Ronald W. Toseland,
and Director, Institute of Gerontology
M.S.W. (1974) Fordham University
Ph.D. (1977) University of Wisconsin, Madison
Telephone: (518) 442-5353
Specialization: Gerontology and Social
Ronald Toseland is interested in applied gerontological research and research on clinical social work practices and group work. He is the author and co-author of a number of books including Maintaining Communication with Persons with Dementia (Springer, 1998); Group Work with Older Adults and Their Family Caregivers (Springer, 1995); Effective Work with Administrative Groups (Haworth Press, 1987); Toseland, R., Haigler, D., & Monahan, D. (Eds.) (2011). Education and support programs for caregivers: Implications for practice, research, and policy. NY: Springer; and An Introduction to Group Work Practice, 7th edition (Allyn & Bacon, 2012). He has published over 100 articles and book chapters, many of which address issues related to developing and leading support groups for family caregivers and interventions for frail and chronically ill older adults.
Lynn Warner, Associate Professor
M.P.P. (1987) Harvard University
M.S.W. (1994) University of Michigan
Ph.D. (1998) University of Michigan
Telephone: (518) 591-8734
Specialization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Lynn Warner's research focuses on understanding the
relationship between substance abuse and mental illness,
and identifying inequities in behavioral health service
delivery to vulnerable populations such as low-income
women and Latinos. Current projects emphasize environmental
influences on the development and treatment of psychosocial
problems, including organizational predictors of psychotropic
medication use for youths, and country-of-origin influences
on the risk for substance abuse among Latinos. She was
a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) post-doctoral
research fellow at the Institute for Health, Health
Care Policy and Aging Research, and her research has
been supported by the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research
Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Dr. Warner
is a member of the editorial board of Social Work and
Estella C. Williamson LCSW-R
Assistant Dean and Director of Field Education
M.S.W. (2000), University at Albany
Telephone: (518) 442-5334
Specialization: Mental and Behavioral Health, Sexuality Issues, HIV, Program Development and Quality Improvement
Estella’s past experience in social work leadership involved managing programs in child welfare, outpatient mental health and addictions, prenatal services and HIV clinical and preventive care. Her management of clinical programming included the development and implementation of services; program monitoring and evaluation; and the procurement and management of State and Federal grants. She has served as a field instructor, adjunct instructor and speaker on social work practice and theory. Estella is also a therapist in private practice.
Starr Wood, Associate Professor
M.S.W. (1990) Smith College
Ph.D. (2000) Smith College
Telephone: (518) 437-3680
Specialization: Mental Health with Traumatic Stress focus, Substance Abuse and HIV
Starr Wood is interested in traumatic stress intervention and, in particular, how traumatic events impact human development along the lifespan in women and children. She has extensive experience and licenses in treating both mental health and addiction problems in the community. She advocates for the integration of dynamic, cognitive/behavioral and humanistic approaches. In addition to teaching in these areas of practice, Dr Wood has researched and published on challenges and innovations for delivering health care services to HIV+ substance abusers. She also assisted with writing the first national standards of care for providing health care and social services to substance abusers living with HIV and AIDS.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (1985) Bryn Mawr College
Research Assistant Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (1989) New York University
Associate Professor Emeritus
M.S.W. (1950) Columbia University
Maureen C. Didier,
Associate Professor Emerita
Ph.D. (1967) Smith College
Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
PhD (1982) University of Minnesota
Director of Community Service Program
M.S.W. (1958) Columbia University
D.S.W. (1965) Columbia University
Associate Professor Emeritus
Ph.D. (1970) University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Dean & Director of Field Education
MSW (1973) The University at Albany
Ph.D. (1967) Bryn Mawr College
Ph.D. (1974) University of California, Berkeley
J.D. (1995) Albany Law School
Ph.D. (1963) University of Chicago