Show Hosts

Eric Hardiman, Co-Host

Eric Hardiman, Ph.D. is the new co-host (alongside Alyssa Lotmore) for The Social Workers Radio Talk Show

He is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Welfare and has also extensive radio experience.  He teaches clinical practice and research classes in the MSW program.  Eric conducts research on peer-delivered support interventions across a range of populations and service domains, including those addressing mental health, homelessness, disaster relief, urban violence, and Veterans’ communities.  He has also studied mental health responses and disaster relief in New York City following September 11, 2001 and in Indonesia as part of a response to the 2004 tsunami.  He recently completed an evaluation of the Albany SNUG program, an outreach-based intervention designed to prevent gun violence using a public health model perspective.  He is currently conducting a program evaluation of a statewide initiative to deliver peer support services for Veterans facing post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and other challenges in eleven counties.

Alyssa Lotmore, Co-Host

Alyssa Lotmore has been co-hosting The Social Workers Radio Talk Show since 2013. She created and instructs the course Media Savvy Social Work, which allows students hands-on practice in using the medium of radio for advocacy. Alyssa also presented with Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson and radio host alumni, Kathryn Zox, at the 2014 National Association of Social Workers National Conference in Washington, DC about the importance of social workers being media savvy and how to incorporate these skills into the classroom. Alyssa also serves as the Assistant Director and Coordinator of Baccalaureate Field Education. She is an alumni of both the BSW and MSW program.

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Kathryn Zox, former Host

Kathryn Zox MSW is Your Social Worker with a Microphone®.

She is the creator and host of The Social Workers Radio Talk Show at the University at Albany airing live Thursdays 9:00-10 am et on WCDB FM 90.9 Albany, NY. Kathryn produces and hosts The Kathryn Zox Show on the VoiceAmerica/World Talk Radio Network which has aired on WSDE AM Albany NY and WMET AM Washington DC.

Kathryn has interviewed thousands of guest celebrities, best-selling authors and life experts. Recent guests have included CNN anchor Don Lemon, CBS This Morning Erica Hill, Al Roker, Judy Vrendenburgh President & CEO Girl’s Inc., and Integrative Medicine guru Dr. Andrew Weil.

Kathryn has a Master's Degree in Social Work from UAlbany, a BA in Psychology, an MEd in Counseling Psychology from Boston University and is a graduate of Phillips Academy at Andover and the New School of Radio and Television. She joined the University at Albany School of Social Welfare faculty as a Professor of Public Service.

She founded The Kathryn Zox Scholarship at UAlbany School of Social Welfare and is the recipient of the 2008 UAlbany Alumni Association Excellence Award in Public Service for her distinguished professional career and personal commitment to public service.

Kathryn supports The Human Rights Campaign, WMHT Public Television, Planned Parenthood, The New York State School Music Association, and University Art Museum at the University at Albany among others. She is a recipient of the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council Special Recognition Award for Volunteer Service and is a member of the 2012 Joshua Dunning Powell Scholarship Committee for LGBT Youth.

“A Conversation with The Red Tent author Anita Diamant with Kathryn Zox” launched the Women’s Philanthropy Major Gifts 2012 NENY Jewish Federation/Israel Campaign event. Kathryn co-authored Child Welfare, the Media and Capacity Building published in the Journal of Public Child Welfare. She has been a judge for the American Women in Radio and Television Association's Gracie Awards.

Outside of academia, her broadcast career and community work, Kathryn, mother of 3 boys has traveled with her boyfriend to Cuba, Mongolia, Korea, Iceland, Turkey and most recently The Arctic Circle for life changing experiences. She has also appeared on the Sopranos, Law and Order and modeled for AARP.

Hillary Closs, former Co-Host

A graduate student here at the University at Albany, MSW student Hillary Closs joined the radio show in September of 2011. Initially offering promotional and outreach support for The Social Workers Radio Talk Show, Closs quickly began to take on a larger role in the show doing her own event segment and co-hosting the show in 2012. Her passion for knowledge and the field of social welfare is without question, and Closs provides a strong student perspective that complements Zox’s view as a professional social worker.

Closs earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University at Albany in 2011, and will complete her Master’s Degree advanced-standing program in May 2012 with a MACRO concentration. Her new experience combining radio broadcasting and social welfare has sparked her interest in telecommunications work, giving her a unique ability to integrate the two areas in her future career.

Andrew White, former Board Operator

Andrew is a graduate of the University of Albany. He works for Eschatone Records and enjoys radio and music. Andrew has been with the show since it’s creation in Spring 2011, and helps to keep Hillary and Kathryn in line!