Neena Ajwani is a licensed clinical social worker passionate about community health. She currently practices in the South Bronx and brings with her extensive experience in a variety of settings including outpatient mental health, NYC public schools, residential care, domestic violence shelters, and substance abuse programs. She also has a small private practice in NYC. Neena has worked in school mental health for over five years specializing in treating adolescents and young adults and went on to provide clinical supervision for social workers and consultation to medical and education staff who serve in school settings. She found herself drawn to the unique position to be at the front line of education and mental health where the complex clinical and social circumstances go hand and hand. By focusing on mental health treatment at an individual and structural level and thriving on the strength of the community partnerships, Neena seized opportunities to immerse into global, school based and community based initiatives. Unique projects included piloting a peer mediation program and youth court program, traveling with a group of Bronx high school students to Nepal to help a village build a school, initiating martial arts based after school program which incorporated fundamentals of group therapy, co-leading classroom advisories to support young adults in vocational training with life skills.
She received her MSW from New York University and a BA in Psychology from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She completed a postgraduate fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy through the Institute for Psychoanalytic Education. Neena is currently a doctoral candidate at Smith College School of Social Work.