Cherrel Miller Dyce 00 was chosen to participate in the inaugural (national) Inquiry Initiative sponsored by the Association of Teacher Educators.

After years of independent consulting, Judy Lee 01PhD, founded True North Evaluation, Inc., a small woman-owned business specializing in the evaluation of federally funded projects, state agency initiatives, and service planning and delivery by foundations, nonprofits, and philanthropies. The team is skilled in developing logic models, theories of change, and comprehensive evaluation plans that employ mixed methods, leading to meaningful analyses and use of data.

Kerry Doylev ’03 received her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in May, 2022. Her research focused on crisis response and recovery in the aftermath of mass targeted gun violence in schools.

 Eric Ericksonv ’05 recently received a Doctorate of Clinical Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He also has been working as an adjunct professor at Fordham School of Social Service, and is a clinical consultant for Upper Manhattan Mental Health Center.

Danielle Elleman’s 06 podcast, Good Sex @NYU, aims to destigmatize conversations around sex and relationships while providing practical information. If you’re looking for sometimes serious, sometimes funny, always sex-positive discussions, join Danielle Elleman and April Fellers and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. The first two episodes were released in September and more episodes drop every Monday morning.

Kerrie LaRosa ’06 joined the Chesapeake Center for ADHD in Bethesda, Maryland. Kerrie is providing training and individual coaching for parents of children with ADHD. She continues to offer affordable on demand classes through LaRosa Parent Coach as well.

Sarah E. (Betsy) Bledsoe 07 PhD is co-director of the National Initiative for Trauma Education and Workforce Development, a SAMHSA funded Center. This year they launched an evidence-based course in 18 social work schools and will launch an online training for practitioners in 2023. Both are focused on 12 common trauma informed practice elements for providers working with children and families surviving trauma.

The Democracy at Work Institute (DAWI) announced the promotion of senior managing director Vanessa Bransburg ’07 to co-executive director of operations and programs. Bransburg will lead the organization alongside DAWI’s founding executive director.

Antonio Ruberto, Jr. ’07 was appointed chair of the NASW Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs (ATOD) Speciality Practice Section Committee for a two-year term. Specialty Practice Sections (SPS) provide NASW members with the latest trends, treatment strategies, policies, and information on social work issues. As chair, Antonio works with committee members on the publication of two newsletters each year which includes articles relevant to the field written by committee members. 

Julia Schipper 07 is a PSEAH (Protection from sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harrassment) coordinator at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).

Social Work Diva, founded by Dr. La Shawn M. Paul 08, co-sponsored the Black Women’s Mental Health Conference with NYU-Silver. Dr. Paul, along with Ben Sher 94 of NYU, are two of the organizers for the conference. To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/3Nn1C46

Jason Lerner ’08 was recently promoted to senior director of the University of Chicago Health Lab, where he leads the lab’s efforts in research and technical assistance in the domain of 911 and crisis response.

Sujata Ghosh ’09 transitioned into a new role in July, as director for the Office of Health Equity at the MA Department of Public Health (DPH). Two key responsibilities of this role include 1) serving as PI for a $20M CDC Health Disparities Grant that addresses COVID-19 health disparities among populations at high-risk and that are underserved, including racial and ethnic minority populations and rural communities, and 2) lead DPH’s Vaccine Equity Initiative across the Commonwealth and other COVID-related prevention and mitigation efforts with an emphasis on priority populations. Sujata is “thrilled to be working at DPH and leading this important work with a social work policy and practice framework embedded in racial justice and an equity-centered lens.” 

Francis Lora ’09 is offering a seven-month long program for professional working parents of children recently diagnosed with Autism or who are still adjusting. New York State residents who participate may qualify for reimbursement from their out of network insurance benefits. Email TheTravelingTherapistNYC@gmail.com for details.

Dr. Bee Schindler ’09 has been promoted to the inaugural position of assistant director, health sciences, diversity, equity and inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh.

Aditi Shrivistava ’09 was promoted to deputy director for family income support at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.