Priya Seshan, LMSW, MPH teaches Family, Youth, and Children’s Services: Issues, Policies, Research and Programs at Columbia School of Social Work.
Priya comes to CSSW with strong advocacy skills and a passion for working with high-risk, marginalized adolescent populations and their families. She is currently employed as a School Social Worker with the New York City Department of Education and works with District 79’s Pathways to Graduation Program, a high school equivalency program for students ages 17-21 in the alternative district. Prior to this position, Priya worked at New York City’s only public high school for formerly incarcerated and court involved adolescents.
Priya’s work has been in both school settings and nonprofits. She has worked within the fields of pregnancy prevention and sexuality education, in community-based after school programs, and provided play therapy to children in foster care. Her work with clients and their families has focused on the issues of incarceration, gang affiliation/involvement, substance abuse, trauma, abuse and neglect, homelessness, sex work, school interruption, learning issues, foster and kinship care, immigration issues, and bereavement and loss.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Priya received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism and Sociology from Marquette University, and was a program fellow in the college’s Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program/Educational Opportunity Program. She went on to receive her MS in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, where she specialized in Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice in Family, Youth, and Children’s Services. She also obtained an MPH with a concentration in HIV and Infectious Diseases from The City University of New York-Hunter College. She is a member of the CSSW Schools Advisory Committee and has served as a field instructor for MSW students.