Show Hosts

Eric Hardiman, Co-Host

Eric Hardiman, Ph.D. 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, LMSW, is employed at the University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare, where she earned her BSW and MSW degrees. In addition to her main role working with alumni, she has been co-hosting The Social Workers Radio Talk Show on the University’s FM radio station (WCBD 90.9 FM) since 2013. Alyssa created and instructs the course Media Savvy Social Work, which allows students hands-on practice in using the medium of radio for advocacy. She has given multiple presentations on the topic, including at the National Association of Social Workers National Conference in Washington, DC. Through all of her projects, her focus is on seeing the public as client, and using different forms of media to reach individuals who may never has considered seeing or using a social worker. As social work professionals, she believes that we need to be media savvy in sharing our expertise and raising awareness about issues that we care about.


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.