Adjunct Assistant Professor

Abe Zubarev

Abe Zubarev, DHSc, DPS, BCD, LCSW is a psychotherapist in private practice and a board certified licensed clinical social worker in New York City. He has many years of experience working with adults and adolescents providing direct clinical services in a range of mental health settings.

Abe has served as Director of Counseling at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and directed Counseling Services at Penn State Brandywine where much of his career has focused on college mental health. He has worked in staff therapist roles at the University of Pennsylvania, as an embedded clinician at The Wharton School, and at Temple University. His clinical interests focus on gay men’s issues and existential concerns, as well as autism, self-esteem, social anxiety, and loneliness among young adults.

Abe earned his BA summa cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa from Brooklyn College CUNY in Art History and Philosophy (2002) and an MSSW from Columbia (2010). He holds doctorates in Bioethics from Albany Medical College and in Health Sciences from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Prior to entering the field he completed masters degrees in art history and education at Cornell and Harvard.

At CSSW, Abe has taught courses such as a graduate seminar on Art Therapy in Social Work Practice and he previously helped to establish the undergraduate art therapy concentration as a lecturer at Rutgers Camden. Abe further supports Columbia students by serving as an external clinical supervisor and advisor in practicum education and enjoys mentoring the next generation of clinicians.