E-mail: jlb191@columbia.edu

Joan L. Bell currently teaches Advanced Clinical Practice-Family and Children’s Services at Columbia University School of Social Work (CUSSW).

Ms. Bell has focused her career on mental health in the areas of direct clinical practice, program development and supervision. Her clinical practice has focused on working with children and families in inpatient and outpatient child psychiatry, pediatric HIV, and treating survivors of trauma. From 1995-2000 she served as the clinical director of the Westbank office of Family Service of Greater New Orleans where she secured funding to develop programs for adult survivors of childhood trauma, conducted suicide risk assessment in juvenile detention facilities, and began a crisis treatment program for sexually abused children at the Child Advocacy Center of Jefferson Parish. From 2000 to present, her work has focused on administration and supervision in outpatient child psychiatry. She has developed programs in conjunction with the New York State Office of Mental Health to bring evidence based treatments to community mental health settings through training and supervision of cognitive behavioral therapy for PTSD and currently, evidence based child CBT and parent management training for treatment of childhood disruptive behavior disorders. Ms. Bell currently works as the Clinical Coordinator of the Outpatient Child Psychiatry service at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Ms. Bell has served as a supervisor of social work students since 1993 and has supervised child psychology and child psychiatry trainees in the areas of evaluation, group treatment, play therapy and family therapy. She received her undergraduate degree from New York University and an MS from CUSSW.