Past Shows


Associate Professor Eric Hardiman PhD and Veteran Joel Abelove
Heroes at Home PFC Joseph Dwyer Veterans Peer Mentoring Network    

Heroes at Home: PFC Joseph Dwyer Peer Support Program is a New York State funded project dedicated to ensuring a healthy and successful reintegration for all members of the military and their loved ones by addressing issues related to post traumatic stress; resiliency, and preventing suicide. Veteran Joel Abelove serves as the Director of Peer Services at the Rensselaer County Heroes at Home program. Dr. Eric Hardiman was awarded a grant from the New York State Office of Mental Health to conduct a mixed methods program evaluation of the Joseph P. Dwyer Peer-to-Peer Veterans Program.


David M. Burns LCSW
Therapeutic Lessons

UAlbany School of Social Welfare alum David M. Burns LCSW explains concepts like mental illness, recovery, wellness, group and individual therapy using his experience in an outpatient treatment facility working with clients who suffer from series and persistent mental illness. Burns explores the "tools of the trade" of counseling and treatment and shares a short wish list of changes he'd like to see in the mental health system.

December 12, 2013

Sociologist Judith Levine PhD
Ain't No Trust: How Bosses, Boyfriends and Bureaucrats Fail Low-Income Mothers and Why It Matters

Sociologist Judith A. Levine interviewed 95 low-income women on the topics of raising children in poverty and trying to make ends meet. In almost every interview, she found that distrust-- at work, around childcare, in their relationships, and with caseworkers--was a major factor in women's choices. Levine argues that we cannot understand life in poverty without attention to the production and consequences of distrust. Levine is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Program on Women's Studies at Temple University and has taught at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

November 21, 2013

Current MSW Student Amanda Bane
School of Social Welfare's New Orleans Louisiana (NOLA) Service Learning Project

For the seventh year in a row, University at Albany School of Social Welfare students will travel to New Orleans, LA to participate in a social policy and disaster recovery service learning project. Amanda Bane, current MSW student, joins the show to share latest fundraising efforts and project plans.

Linda Mertz LCSW-R and SSW Students
School of Social Welfare's Navigator Program

School of Social Welfare's Navigator Program provides health insurance enrollment assistance to individuals and small businesses in New York State through NY's Health Benefit Exchange. Linda Mertz and current social work student navigators will discuss this important program and how the School of Social Welfare is assisting the roll out of New York's Health Exchanges.

November 14, 2013

CEO & Founder Carmen Duncan
Mission Accomplished Transition Services, Inc.

Mission Accomplished Transition Services (MATS), Inc. is committed to coaching and training adolescents to become self-sufficient, responsible adults who prepare for the global economy and make positive life choices. Based out of Albany NY, Mission Accomplished holds events and workshops focused on transition coaching and preparing youth to adjust to changing environments. Carmen Duncan is an alum of the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany.

November 7, 2013

Never-Smoking Survivor Phyllis Goldstein, Caregiver Betsy McPhail, and Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Fabian
Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. To help spread awareness, Lung Cancer Alliance NY and Albany Medical Center have joined forces to sponsor "Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil" in Albany NY. Each guest will describe how lung cancer has changed their lives forever, whether its through diagnosis, support, or a search for prevention.

October 31, 2013

Life Coach and Caregiver Advocate Yosaif August
Coaching for Caregivers: How to Reach Out Before You Burn Out

A recent Johns Hopkins study found that caregiving may help you live longer, discovering that family caregivers had an 18% reduced rate of death compared to noncaregivers. Although caregivers are resilient and patient, life coach and caregiver advocate Yosaif August offers additional help for caregivers in his critically acclaimed new book Coaching for Caregivers. August has been a community organizer, civil rights activist, and an award-winning healthcare innovator.

October 24, 2013

World-renowned Body Expert Dr. Lillian Glass
The Body Language of Liars: From Little White Lies to Pathological Deception

Being fooled or conned can happen to anyone; it doesn't matter how intelligent, old, rich, or famous you are. Dr. Lillian Glass, world-renowned body expert, jury consultant and expert witness,provides the eight reasons adults lie and even offers tips on how to spot liars on the internet, before delving into specifics about facial expressions, voice tone, speech content, lying eyes and more. Dr. Glass analyzes the body language of divorced couples such as Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise, and Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore to help us learn the 'obvious' signs to look for.

October 17, 2013

Licensed Clinical Psychologist Dr. Susan Albers 
Eat.Q: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence

Dr. Susan Albers, a licensed clinical psychologist at the Cleveland Clinic Family Health Center, has discovered that the key to weight loss is not physical exercise, calorie counting, or sheer willpower - its emotional intelligence. A psychologist specializing in emotional eating, Dr. Albers has seen first-hand the link between challenges with expressing and managing feelings and struggles with weight. Dr. Albers has appeared on Dr. Oz and her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Redbook, and CNN Health.

October 10, 2013

Founder of Team Care Medicine LLC Dr. Peter B. Anderson
The Familiar Physician: Saving Your Doctor in the Era of Obamacare

According to a recent article on CNN, Obamacare may lead to doctor shortages and an increased demand for services, thus crashing the healthcare system. Despite growing pressures on primary care providers, Dr. Peter B. Anderson helps to redefine primary care as a more effective delivery system for patients and their doctors. After practicing family medicine for over 30 years, Dr. Anderson founded Team Care Medicine, LLC, a professional medical training and consulting company that coaches healthcare practices on how to efficiently execute the patient visit.

October 3, 2013

Clinical Psychologist Guy Winch PhD
Emotional First Aid: Practical Strategies for Treating Failure, Rejection, Guilt, and Other Everyday Psychological Injuries

Now more than ever, Americans face regular emotional assaults stemming from stresses at work, financial pressures, and relationship or home life problems.  The accumulation of these psychological injuries can interfere with our functioning and cause long term emotional harm, but can we do anything about them? In Emotional First Aid, Winch shows us the strategies he uses with patients in his own practice to help heal psychological wounds so that we can feel better quickly and improve our lives over the long haul. Winch's work has been featured by Publisher's Weekly,, and

May 23, 2013

Authors and Celebrity Psychotherapists Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
THE TOOLS: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity and Willpower - and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion

In their New York Times bestseller The Tools, Stutz and Michels discuss how their unique methods for getting unstuck have worked for the biggest names in Hollywood. 'We avoid doing the things that are the most painful for us but the more you act and face the pain, the more options come your way'. Stutz and Michels have appeared on Dr. Oz, MSNBC, NPR and their work has been featured in Vanity Fair, Time and The Wall Street Journal.

May 16, 2013

Editors and Authors Ann Todd Jealous and Caroline T. Haskell, LCSW
Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism

Former marriage and family therapist Ann Todd Jealous and licensed clinical social worker Caroline T. Haskell join forces to look at how white Americans have been hurt by the very ideology that their ancestors created. Combined Destinies argues that unearned privilege has damaged the psyche of white people as well as their capacity to understand racism. Their work has been featured by the NAACP, the National Coalition Building Institute and The Wall Street Journal.

Executive Director Joseph Fay
Children's Brain Tumor Foundation

May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Every year, approximately 4,200 children in the United States ages 19 and younger are found to have brain and spinal cord tumors. Joseph Fay, Executive Director of the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, will discuss the lifetime effects of brain and spinal cord tumors for these children and how groundbreaking research can help improve the lives of survivors.

May 9, 2013

Clinical Psychologist Dr. Pamela Everett Thompson
Surviving Mama: Overcoming Strained Mother-Daughter Relationships

In Surviving Mama Dr. Thompson gives readers a stirring and thought-provoking self-help book to empower women of all ages to develop healthy relationships with their mothers. Using eight narratives of females sharing their experiences with their mothers' self-absorption, demanding ways, jealousies, and excessive worrying, Dr. Thompson offers clinical and biblical analyses of what's happening in these relationships and how readers can use reflective questions to improve self-awareness.

MSNBC Investigative Journalist Bob Sullivan
The Plateau Effect

In his latest book, New York Times bestselling author Bob Sullivan uses science, psychology, and creativity to reveal how readers can avoid hitting a plateau and accomplish the things they have always wanted to but never could. Sullivan shows readers how to "identify choke points" and :fail fast, not slow" in order to break through obstacles and achieve success. Sullivan is the bestselling author of Stop Getting Ripped Off and Gotcha Capitalism.


May 2, 2013

Journalist Sherry Blackman
Call to Witness: One Woman's Battle with Disability, Discrimination and a Pharmaceutical Powerhouse

Norma Rae, Karen Silkwood, and Lois Jenson, pioneers in fighting for equal rights against major industries, have been joined by a new champion: Jane Gagliardo. In 2002 Gagliardo challenged Big Pharma in a landmark case that forever changed how corporations treat employees with disabilities when she fought her wrongful dismissal due to the challenge of living with multiple sclerosis. CALL TO WITNESS tells how she overcame disability, a violently abusive childhood and intimidation by a major industry to join the ranks of the modern heroines of our time.

April 25, 2013

Columbia University School of Social Work Graduate Student Natalie Milman
Your Story Your Way  

Guided Autobiography Instructor(GAB) and graduate student Natalie Milman combines her passion for writing with her social work skills to help others record their personal histories. Milman's services include guided autobiography and memoir writing, tribute and memorial writing and couples history writing. 'Inspire, transform and rejuvenate your life with Your Story Your Way'.

Extreme Endurance Athlete Marshall Ulrich
Running on Empty

In honor of decades of unprecedented athletic achievements, Marshall Ulrich will be inducted into the Colordo Running Hall of Fame. Ulrich is the only person in the world to have completed the triple crown of extreme sports including climbing the Seven Summits on first attempts. Running on Empty is an ultra marathoner's story of love, loss and a record setting run across America at 57 years old.

April 18, 2013


Psychologist Sherrie Campbell PhD  
Loving Yourself: The Mastery of Being Your Own Person  

With over 19 years of clinical training and experience, Campbell offers tools and tips to help readers learn to love themselves, flaws and all. Campbell uses Humanistic philosophy to encourage her clients to feel comfortable in their own skin, create healthy boundaries, and express themselves with confidence. She is a licensed counselor, psychologist and marriage and family therapist with expertise in grief counseling, sexual abuse, child trauma and relationship issues.

April 11, 2013

Prevention Educator and SSW Alum Christin Guilder LMSW
"Take Back the Night Rally and March to End Sexual Violence" 

April is recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The NY Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center (CVSVC) is hosting the 32nd annual Take Back the Night rally and march to speak out against sexual violence in the Capital Region. UAlbany  School of Social Welfare alum Christin Guilder shares what CVSVC is doing to advocate for the cause.

One World's Top Forty Business Professors Under Forty Adam Grant
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success

Adam Grant is the single highest-rated professor at U Penn's Wharton Business School and one of Business Week's favorite professors. Using groundbreaking research he shows how our interactions with others shape our achievements, demonstrating that effective networking, collaboration and leadership skills all rely on our 'styles of exchanging value' as either a taker, matcher or giver. His work offers powerful scientific evidence that even 'good guys' can finish first.

April 4, 2013

Hospital Chaplain, Consultant and Caregiver Richard Cheu
Living Well with Chronic Illness: A Practical and Spiritual Guide

According to the National Health Council, "incurable and ongoing chronic disease affects approximately 133 million Americans - 45% of the total population". Cheu combines his past 9 years as a caregiver for his chronically ill wife with his experience in neurophysiology, counseling and inpatient care to help readers take control of their lives and strengthen their spirituality. Cheu is an ordained deacon and provides pastoral counseling at several New York City medical facilities, including Bellevue Hospital and the Archdiocese of New York.

March 28, 2013

Housing Solutions USA Chairman and CEO Robert Hess
The Future of Homelessness

There are over 50,000 people in New York City shelters. In his recent address at the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at NYU's Silver School of Social Work, Robert Hess identified policy issues and important community changes that would help large cities across the country make homelessness a priority. Hess is a former Commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services, where he created over 500 community-based safe havens.

March 21, 2013

Iraq War Veteran and Author Mike Liguori
The Sandbox: Stories of Human Spirit and War

It is estimated that more Iraq and Afghanistan veterans have died by suicide than in combat. Once contemplating suicide himself, Iraq War veteran Mike Liguori has now found a new outlook on life that spans beyond war and his subsequent diagnosis of PTSD and includes a new purpose of helping other veterans like himself. Liguori has lobbied on Capital Hill for veterans rights and is the founder of Operation Work Warriors, a non-profit that helps veterans reintegrate back to civilian life through education, counseling, and career guidance.

March 14, 2013

Bestselling Author Raymond Francis
Never Be Sick Again

In 1985, MIT graduate Raymond Francis was diagnosed with a terminal illness and decided to use his knowledge of biochemistry to save his own life. In Never Be Sick Again, Francis outlines a revolutionary teaching tool, the Beyond Health Model, that has caused physicians worldwide to change the way they treat chronic illness. An internationally recognized leader in the field of optimal-health maintenance, Francis has consulted for Fortune 500 companies, the U.S. State Department and the the United Nations.

March 7, 2013

Award-winning Fundraising Specialist Fred Lawrence Feldman
How to Save the World on $5 a Day: A Parable of Personal Philanthropy

Author and nonprofit consultant Fred Lawrence Feldman created "The Charitable Lifeline" to show readers how to take the once thoughtless task of making a donation and turn it into self-improvement, healing, and a sense of purpose. Using "The 10 Benefits of Mindful Giving", Feldman proves that personal philanthropy can be emotionally, mentally, and spiritually rewarding. Feldman has helped raise millions of dollars on behalf of many major charities.

February 28, 2013

Entrepreneur and Motivational Speaker Robert Clancy

A former guest on The Social Workers, author Robert Clancy returns to share with us what's up next for his inspirational "spirit of service" work. Clancy is the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Soul.

Harvard Professor and Guggenhein Fellow Mahzarin R. Banaji
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

In their latest book leading psychologists Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald pioneer a new approach to bias and decision-making that exposes the unconscious origins of our preferences and prejudices. Using the Implicit Association Tests (IATS), readers can measure their own automatic stereotyping of others and themselves. Banaji is an award-winning researcher and professor and is currently a Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

February 20, 2013

Certified Professional Coach Mary Sommerset, M.A.
Letting Go for Fun & Profit: How Advances in Neuroscience Inspire Change

Letting go is not usually associated with fun, but this book provides tools to train your brain into letting go and putting you on the path to move forward and reap the benefits. Sommerset uses her business and marketing background to help clients discover their strengths and make lasting, hard-wired change. She is an author, speaker and Certified Professional Coach.

Radio Personality and Addictions Expert Peter Sacco
Right Now Enough is Enough! Overcoming Addictions and Bad Habits for Good

After spending nearly a decade trying to find out why people have such a tough time saying no, Sacco has developed life-changing tools that encourage readers to overcome a destructive mindset and create success in every area of life. Sacco is a noted psychology professor and former Editor-in-Chief of Vices: The Magazine for Addictions, Habits and Well-Being.

February 14, 2013

Military Reporter, Daughter, Sister, and Wife Tanya Biank
Undaunted: The Real Story of America's Servicewomen in Today's Military

Since September 11, 2011, more than "250,000 women have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan", making up more than 14% of the total active-duty forces. Using her insider perspective, Biank brings to light real issues that service women are facing today, including femininity, veiled discrimination, separation from children, and belonging to an "old boys' club". Biank is a former newspaper reporter covering the military and is the daughter, sister, and wife of Army colonels.

February 7, 2013

Bestselling Satirist and Emmy and Grammy Winning Composer Christopher Cerf
Encyclopedia Paranoiaca

Ever wonder what hidden dangers are in our everyday lives? Cerf and co-author Henry Beard offer a "painstakingly researched and alarmingly thorough look at everything threatening to harm, sicken, debilitate, impoverish, and/or kill you", complete with what (little) you can do to avoid these threats. Nothing is safe - even drinking through straws and wearing skinny jeans can cause wrinkles and nerve conditions. Christopher Cerf has written several bestselling books and is an Emmy and Grammy-winning composer for Sesame Street.

New York Times' "Fertility Goddess" Jill Blakeway
Sex Again: Recharging Your Libido

Americans are having less sex than people in any other country, and one in three women report a lack of interest in sex. In her latest book Blakeway shows women (and men!) how to have a better sex life and understand their libidos by taking personal assessments and committing to the "Sex in Six" program of reclaiming a better-than-ever-before sex life. Blakeway is the founder of New York City's YinOva Center and has appeared on The Early Show, Fox News, and CNN.

January 31, 2013 

Bestselling Author and Career Analyst Daniel Pink
To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others

Although only 1 in 9 of Americans work in traditional sales, Daniel Pink argues that the rest of us practice similar work by trying to move others. Using three basic human qualities and four surprising skills, Pink suggests a new approach to sales that will make selling personal and purposeful. Pink was ranked one of the 50 most influential business thinkers in the world and has offered his expertise on CNN, ABC, CNBC, and NPR.

January 24, 2013

Brene Brown,
Daring Greatly

University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work research professor Dr. Brene Brown challenges everything we know about vulnerability, claiming that "vulnerability is strength and its our clearest path to courage, joy, and connection". Brown's TED talk "The Power of Vulnerability" is one of the top ten TED talks of all time with over 5 million views and 38 language translations.

Harvard-trained Neurologist Richard Isaacson MD
The Alzheimer's Diet: A Step-by-Step Nutritional Approach for Memory Loss Prevention and Treatment

Numerous studies have found that when people eat an early dinner and avoid snacks for the rest of the night, their body produces ketones that improve memory with Alzheimer's disease. Isaacson and his co-author Columbia University trained nutrition expert Christopher Ochner PhD are at the forefront of Alzheimer's nutrition research with their dietary interventions for brain health. Learn more at

January 17, 2013

Founder and Executive Director Deona Hooper MSW

Created on World Social Work Day, March 20 2012, seeks to bring together practitioners and students from helping professions around the world. With users in over 13 countries in its first year of inception, allows individuals and organizations around the globe to collaborate with and support each other. Deona Cooper is currently an adjunct professor at Meredith College.

December 27, 2012

Futurist David Houle
Entering the Shift Age

We have "left the Information Age and have entered the Shift Age: a world where the speed of change is so fast that change itself is the new norm". Futurist David Houle identifies the "forces that have transformed our world" and how these changes will continue to shape it for the next 20 years. Houle has more than 20 years in the entertainment industry helping to launch MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1, and CNN Headline News and was recently named as Speaker of the Year from Vistage International, the leading global organization of CEOs.

December 13, 2012

Friends & Cancer Executive Director Bonnie Draeger
When Cancer Strikes a Friend: What to Say, What to Do, and How to Help

When a friend or loved one is diagnosed with cancer, it isn't just their lives that change forever - friends suddenly become caregivers, listeners, and supporters. Friends & Cancer President and Executive Director Bonnie Draeger created this step-by-step guide based on "wisdom of cancer survivors and professionals to help us help our loved ones in need".

December 6, 2012

Journalist Leslie Brody
The Last Kiss: A True Story of Love, Joy, and Loss

Leslie Brody married the love of her life at age 39 only to lose him to pancreatic cancer, one of the top 5 deadliest cancers in the U.S., eight years later. The Last Kiss shares the story of Brody's love and loss, her family's journey through this diagnosis, and her new path forward. Brody currently writes for The Record in New Jersey and has had her work published in the Associated Press, Fortune Magazine, and The St. Petersburg Times.

November 29, 2012

Executive Director Nancy Chiarella, MSWCARES, Inc.

November is Homelessness Awareness Month and Executive Director Nancy Chiarella shares what CARES, Inc. is doing in the Capital Region to raise awareness about those who are homeless and living with HIV/AIDS.

Author Frank Terrazzano
Life, With Cancer: The Lauren Terrazzano Story

Pulitzer Prize winning social journalist Lauren Terrazzano lost her life to lung cancer, but not without first chronicling her last eight months in her Newsday column. In honor of her legacy her father Frank Terrazzano collected reminiscences by her family, friends, and colleagues in Life, With Cancer: The Lauren Terrazzano Story: An Award-Winning Social Journalist Chronicled Her Illness to Bring Hope and Comfort to Others.

November 15, 2012

Author Jake Dekker
One Kid at a Time: A Single Dad, A Boy in Foster Care, and An Adoption

November is National Adoption Month and half a million American children are in need of a forever home. Jake Dekker shares his story of rescuing his adopted son Danny from the nightmare of foster care. His is a heartwarming story about a single successful man who thought he wanted to raise a child from infancy but was awakened to the possibility of giving a little boy a second change on life. One Kid at a Time was rated #1 in "Fatherhood" on Amazon and #3 in "Adoption" book topics.

November 1, 2012

Journalist Leslie Brody
The Last Kiss: A True Story of Love, Joy, and Loss

Leslie Brody married the love of her life at age 39 only to lose him to pancreatic cancer, one of the top 5 deadliest cancers in the U.S., eight years later. The Last Kiss shares the story of Brody's love and loss, her family's journey through this diagnosis, and her new path forward. Brody currently writes for The Record in New Jersey and has had her work published in the Associated Press, Fortune Magazine, and The St. Petersburg Times.

October 25, 2012

Health Policy Graduate Student Beth Meah
Intimate Partner Violence and Public Health 

Women's health has become an important issue in recent political and social conversations. University at Albany School of Public Health graduate student Beth Meah speaks about her experiences and research on the public health implications of intimate partner violence.

Angel Faces founderLesia Cartelli
An Evening with Angels: Where Wounded Girls Give Thanks for Skills to Take on the World

Angel Faces is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing healing retreats and ongoing support for adolescent girls with burn and trauma injuries. Lesia Cartelli, who survived a serious burn injury that covered over 50% of her face and body, shares her journey to healing and the hope. Angel Faces, recently featured on CNN, is the only program of its kind in the United States.

October 18, 2012

Director Phyllis Goldstein Lung Cancer Alliance of New York
Lung Cancer Victim Family Member Betsy McPhail

November is officially Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Lung Cancer Alliance of New York Director Phyllis Goldstein and Betsy McPhail, whose sister died in her twenties from lung cancer, having never smoked, join forces to discuss their upcoming initiatives to increase lung cancer awareness. Goldstein was recently named to the Lung Cancer Alliance National Advocate Advisory Council.

October 11, 2012

Author Robert Clancy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Soul

Entrepreneur, professional speaker, and author Robert Clancy is an award-winning volunteer who embodies the spirit of service. His recent book, a collection of scenic views of volunteerism, describes the power of community service and the joy of finding a deeper meaning in everyday life. He is co-founder of Spiral Design Studio, one of the largest full service graphic design and web development firms in the Northeast.

October 4, 2012

Bestselling Author Iris Krasnow
The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What it Really Takes to Stay Married

Ever wonder how those happy couples make it look so easy? Krasnow interviews over 200 women married anywhere from 15-70 years to see what it really means to be in a satisfying relationship. The real-life confessions challenge the traditional definition of a happy marriage and shed light on staying together for the long haul.

Social Worker Carlos Andres Gomez
Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood

Today's young men lack positive role models, whether it is from absentee fathers, incarceration, violence, or deployment. Actor, social worker, poet, and teacher Carlos Andres Gomez shares what its like to experience the hyper-masculine and emotionally limiting roles men are taught to play. Man Up provides a refreshing model of manhood that changes how men can act and behave in today's society.

September 27, 2012

Psychologist Dr. Thomas Hall
Secrets Unraveled: Overcoming Munchausen Syndrome

Psychologist Thomas Hall and former patient Andrea Avigal team up to share an inspirational story of conquering Munchausen Syndrome. Together Hall and Avigal demonstrate how constant presence and compassion can help a patient give up a life-threatening compulsion. Dr. Hall is a graduate of Tufts University and earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Fordham University.

Addictive Behaviors Specialist Brian Freidenberg
Alcohol Awareness Week at the University at Albany

Dr. Brian Freidenberg shares information on the annual Alcohol Awareness Week taking place at the University at Albany. Alcohol Awareness Week provides educational and outreach programs for college students explaining the dangers of addictive behaviors and how to be safe on a college campus.

September 20, 2012 Blogger Christelyn Karazin
Swirling: How to Date, Mate and Relate, Mixing Race, Culture, and Creed

Last year a Standford Law professor released findings that 70% of professional black women are unmarried compared to 45% of comparable white women due largely to the fact that black women choose not to date and marry outside their race. Co-author Christelyn Karazin offers the first ever handbook on "navigating the exciting, tricky, and potentially dangerous terrain of interracial relationships with personal anecdotes, historical context, and expert tips".

September 13, 2012

Bestselling Author Amanda Hocking

At 28 years of age author Amanda Hocking has sold millions of her self-published books. In her latest novel Wake Hocking introduces readers to a new Watersong series centered around a trio of modern-day sirens, and recently landed a film deal for her series. She has been profiled in The New York Times, the Star Tribune, and USA Today.

June 28, 2012

Noted Fathers' Rights Attorney Jeffery M. Leving
How to Be a Good Divorced Dad

Drawing upon his experience as a fathers' rights attorney, Leving presents tips and strategies for fathers to navigate the legal system, communicate with their children, and maintain a strong father-child relationship. Leving is considered one of "America's Best Lawyers" by Forbes Radio and has offered advice to President Barack Obama on how to improve our legal system.  

Therapist & Author Bob Livingstone
Unchain the Pain: How to Be Your Own Therapist

Psychotherapist Bob Livingstone uses the "inquire within" approach to therapy and self-discovery in Unchain the Pain. Using this book, readers can "teach themselves the benefits of self-analysis and come away happier and filled with a new perspective". Livingstone is a frequent consultant for Dr. Oz's and Oprah's sites and

June 21, 2012

Author and Sexual Abuse Survivor Lisa Monaco Gonzales

Lisa shares her moving personal story of being sexually abused as a child by the father of a neighborhood friend. It is one of 39 inspiring true stories featured in Unbreakable Spirit: Rising Above the Impossible by bestselling author Lisa Nichols. Gonzales is also the author and illustrator of several children's books, including her latest Jesse's Dream.

June 14, 2012

New York Times Bestselling Author & Psychologist John C. Friel, PhD
The Power and Grace Between Nasty or Nice: Replacing Entitlement, Narcissism, and Incivility with Knowledge, Caring, and Genuine Self-Esteem

Using an ecological-systemic perspective, Psychology John C. Friel explains the role of evolution, biology, and cultural forces in creating a society that is riddled with entitlement, fake self-esteem, and a lack of basic knowledge. Friel and his wife Linda emphasize the importance of caring and humility in their latest book The Power and Grace Between Nasty and Nice. Friel has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and ABC News 20/20.

June 7, 2012

Therapist and Survivor Melissa Cook
The Power of Validation: Arming Your Child Against Bullying, Peer Pressure, Addiction, Self-Harm & Out-of-Control Behavior

Mother, wife and author Melissa Cook has recovered from anorexia, compulsive overeating, compulsive exercising, depression and anxiety. Today she is a therapist specializing in dialectical behavioral therapy using her own parenting experiences and counseling background to explain how The Power of Validation can help you raise emotionally stable, confident and self-reliant children.

May 30, 2012

Renowned Storyteller and Producer Kambri Crews
Burn Down the Ground

In her new memoir Burn Down the Ground, storyteller and author Kambri Crews chronicles her life growing up with deaf parents and how deaf culture is emerging in U.S. society. Crews in currently the comedy booker for 92YTribeca and has performed her comedic storytelling skits across the country.

May 24, 2012

Roy B. Sessions MD
The Cancer Experience: The Doctor, The Patient, The Journey

Navigating the tumultuous waters of cancer treatment, Dr. Sessions deals with a variety of emotion-related and ethical issues that form much of the basis of the world of cancer medicine: the responsibilities of the physician relative to truth, full disclosure, patient autonomy, death and dying, patient and physician assisted suicide. Dr. Sessions has served as a consultant to the NCI and as chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

May 3, 2012

Holding Our Own Board President Sarah Podber

Sarah Podber is currently interning at The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley, and has been involved with The Women's Building and Holding Our Own in Albany, NY. Sarah will summarize her accomplishments with the Women's Caucus at Occupy Albany and her initiatives to organize women in the Capital Region.

Graduation Speaker Jessica Pino

Jessica Pino, voted to speaker at graduation by her fellow social work students, is interning at Hunger Solutions New York. Jessica played a key role in securing over $1 Million in the New York State 2012-2013 budget for hunger awareness and outreach.

Women in Policy Fellow Jamie Dughi

One of nine women participating in the University at Albany Fellowship on Women & Public Policy, Jamie Dughi is an active advocate for children. Jamie is involved with Prevent Child Abuse New York and will be pursuing her law degree in the Fall.

April 26, 2012

Event Chair Beverly Canin
2012 Summer Study Tour to Africa

Beverly Canin is the event chair for "Colors of Africa" Brunch & Silent Auction fundraiser for the U.S.-Africa Partnership for Building Stronger Communities at the School of Social Welfare, University at Albany. Canin will share details about the event, about the partnership, and how students can get involved.

Former Personal Trainer Hedley Turk
Why Intelligent People Are Overweight: A Guide to a Healthier Life

Once a food addict himself, UAlbany alum Hedley Turk breaks down how food addiction has less to do with our intelligence and more to do with the associations we have with food and exercise.

April 19, 2012

"All-Star Among Us" Haley Kilpatrick
The Drama Years: Real Girls Talk About Surviving Middle School - Bullies, Brands, Body Image, and More.

Based on years of experience, Girl Talk founder Haley Kilpatrick provides support for parents who are helping their teenage daughters survive the middle school years. Kilpatrick is named one of People's "All-Star Among Us", Glamour's,"20 young Women Changing the World Now", and The Huffington Post's "Greatest Woman of the Day".

April 12, 2012

Christin Guilder LMSW, Family Advocate

Recent School of Social Welfare graduate Christin Guilder will share informing on Take Back the Night, a rally and march to end sexual violence. Take Back the Night, sponsored by the Albany County Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center, will take place on Thursday, April 26th.

Johns Hopkins University Professor P.M. Forni
The Thinking Life: How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction

In his latest book, P.M. Forni "shows readers how to find the time to think in today's hectic world. He suggests ways to set boundaries, learn to how to say "no", delegate work, schedule daily think time, turn "waiting time" into "thinking time" and use lunch breaks and commuting time to your best advantage. He suggests turning off the internet for three hours a day to attend to tasks at hand and to do some serious reflecting."

April 5, 2012

Lee Gerdes, author of Limitless You: The Infinite Possibilities of a Balanced Brain. He is founder and CEO of Brain State TechnologiesT, a global network that offers Brainwave Optimization, a life-changing, brain balancing modality.

After being beaten in early 1990 by four youths with a baseball bat, Lee's journey to overcome the symptoms of PTSD led him... to discover ways to monitor and change his brain. His eclectic mix of education and his strong personal need to experience more happiness and less stress while being highly functional led him to understand how the brain could be optimized for health and happiness. Today, nearly 34,000 have benefited from this advanced neuro-technology.

March 28, 2012

SEED Program Coordinator Ryan Busch

"In just six months, the University at Albany's Small Enterprise Economic Development (SEED) program has invested $385,000 in the Capital District and created 52 new jobs. This unique job-creation partnership between UAlbany, local banks, and Empire State Development (ESD) is the Capital Region's first character-based microloan program."

Andy Sernovitz
Word of Mouth Marketing: How Smart Companies Get People Talking

If you're looking for practical advice on word of mouth marketing, look no further. This book is filled with valuable case studies and actionable, easy to implement steps (both on and offline) that will help any business earn loyal and vocal customers. Sernovitz is the creater of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association and has taught at Northwestern University and Wharton School of Business.

March 22, 2012

Larry Taunton
The Grace Effect: How the Power of One Life Can Reverse the Corruption of Unbelief

Director of Fixed Point Foundation, Taunton advocates for the expansion of cultural Christianity in America. USA Today published Taunton's piece about football star Tim Tebow, The anti-Tebow bias isn't about football, and he received over 2,000 tweets in response.

Susan Stiffelman
Parenting Without Power Struggles

Internationally respected parent educator Susan Stiffelman shares parent-friendly advice on rasing cooperative, connected, and capable children. Stiffelman has been featured in the Huffington Post, Redbook, The New York Times, and on The Today Show.

March 15, 2012

SSW Professor Ari Lev, Founder and Project Manager of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Project

March 8, 2012

Sophia A. McClennen shares insight on her new book, Colbert's America: Satire and Democracy. Sophia breaks down Stephen Colbert's political show, The Colbert Report, and discusses how political satire can shape the way our nation thinks.

March 1, 2012

Tamar Chansky
Freeing Yourself from Anxiety

Tamar Chansky, clinical psychologist and one of the nation's leading experts on anxiety disorders, about her latest book, "Freeing Yourself from Anxiety: 4 Simple Steps to Overcome Worry and Create the Life You Want". Tamar is the founder and director of the Children's and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety.

Not just for those struggling with anxiety disorders or depression, her book provides solutions for anyone who wishes to learn how to react to moments of anxiety in a more effective manner.

February 23, 2012

Director Chad Putman, MSW, updates The Social Workers on their events. With a focus on increasing health accessibility for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) community members, the Rainbow Access Initiative educates service providers on increasing their culturally-competent awareness of LGBTQ health needs.

Kelly Mills-Dick, MSW, PhD, breaks down social media and the ethical situations this communicative tool can create for social workers. Using the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Code of Ethics as a reference, Mills-Dick encourages social workers to consider the purpose of social media tools and the implications they may have on social work practice. Mills-Dick is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Boston University School of Social Work, and is a consultant in the areas of social work education and program evaluation.

February 16th, 2012

Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood President/CEO Pat McGeown shares her reaction to the Susan G. Komen’s politically-charged funding pull (and eventual restoration).

Certified Financial Planner Carl Richards shares his book The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things With Money. Richards’ book is is designed to help us get clarity with our financial lives by reviewing the mistakes we make and taking a look at the simple (but not easy) ways we can stop making them. A regular on National Public Radio’s “Marketplace Money”, Richards contributes to The New York Times and is a columnist for Morningstar Advisor.

February 9th, 2012

Stephen Oby, current MSW student in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, updates listeners on the happenings of the Social Welfare Student Association (SWSA). Oby is the Vice President of SWSA, a student-run organization designed to advocate for social work students and help foster a connection between students, faculty, and administrators at the School of Social Welfare.

Oby, an intern at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, also describes the challenges of demystifying suicide with students, teachers, and community members across the state. Oby plays an essential role in the advocacy efforts of the Foundation, traveling around upstate New York to educate communities on suicide.

February 2, 2012

Sara Schwebel, PhD and author of Child Sized History: Fictions of the Past in US Classrooms, emphasizes the importance of keeping novels a part of classroom curriculum. Schwebel points out that unlike textbooks subjected to cyclical replacement, historical novels circulate for decades, even as their interpreations of the past diverge from current sensibilities. A Harvard graduate, Schwebel is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina.

January 26, 2012

Behavioral science writer Winifred Gallagher, author of NEW: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change. Gallagher explains "neophillia", the love of new, and argues that we must adapt to new things that have real value and dismiss the rest as distractions.

Pornography expert Michael Leahy discusses the sexualization of our culture and how parents can talk about this issue with their families. Leahy has appeared on The View, ABC's 20/20, and Good Morning America.

January 19, 2012

LSU basketball coach Dale Brown, author of Getting Over the Four Hurdles of Life.

January 12, 2012

Jonathan Gruber, Professor of Economics at MIT and author of the book Health Care Reform. His crucial role in the development of health care reform nationwide has made him the "go-to" person for this topic, and he was ...most recently featured in AARP Magazine! We talked about the impact of health care reform, what it really means, and how social workers will help implement this.

December 15, 2011

Transmedia storyteller Amanda Havard, author of The Survivors

December 8, 2011

Cliff Michaels, author of The 4 Essentials of Enterpreneurial Thinking: What Successful People Didn't Learn in School

December 1, 2011

Author and psychologist Shawn T. Smith, PsyD., Why our Brains Make Us Unhappy, Anxious and Neurotic and What We Can Do About It.

November 16, 2011

Professor and legal scholar Dorothy Roberts explores the effects of race-based science in her new book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century.