Adjunct Lecturer

Karina Rodriguez

Karina Rodriguez is Clinical Social Worker at Pediatric Partners helping address the mental and behavioral health needs of children and adolescents. She provides a wide range of psychotherapy therapeutic services that include mindfulness, self-help, depression, anxiety, parenting, and trauma resolution/healing issues.
Karina is a Latina Social Worker with over 17 years of experience, served New York City Department of Education from 2006 and through 2021, as the Director of School Counseling for multiple districts. In this capacity, Karina strived to advance 151 schools serving 121,800+ students by leading professional development initiatives for the school counselors, social workers, and student support personnel who work to positively impact students’ social-emotional development and academic success. Karina specifically focused her efforts on creating and implementing action plans to increase student support while specializing in pupil personnel support, DOE policies, legal mandates, school development, and community services.

Examples of her successful initiatives include Social Emotional Conferences, Attendance Improvement Programs, creating School Crisis Teams, delivery of leadership skills-building opportunities, and facilitating programs for Black and Latino males to help close the achievement gap. Karina is a lecturer at Columbia School of Social Work.

Karina is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Social Work Field Instructor, and School Building Leader. She also holds a Life Space Crisis Intervention and Restorative Trainer certification and is an active member of the National Association of School Social Workers, and Executive Committee member of Columbia University School Social Work Conference.
Karina holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Baruch College, as well as Master’s Degrees in Public Administration and Social Work, both from Columbia University in addition to her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from Long Island University and completing the Diplomacy Program at the Foreign Affairs College of China.