Donald McVinney taught Direct Practice and Social Work Practice in Alcoholism and Other Chemical Dependency. A beloved member of the CSSW community, he passed away in 2016.

Mr. McVinney received the Columbia University President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student, May 1999 and was named the Student Union Executive Board’s Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1999 for his teaching at the Columbia School of Social Work. Mr. McVinney was a New York State Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor, and had extensive experience in the chemical dependency field. He served as the National Director of Education and Training at the Harm Reduction Coalition in New York City. His research interests included chemical dependency, HIV/AIDS and gay and lesbian health.

Mr. McVinney’s publications include Chemical Dependency Treatment: Innovative Group Approaches (1997) and “Advanced Generalist Practice and Programming,” in The Columbia University School of Social Work. A Centennial Celebration, (Feldman & Kamerman, Editors, 2001). He was named the Alcoholism Counselor of the Year in 1992 by the Academy of Alcohol Studies of the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. Mr. McVinney was a doctoral candidate at CSSW in Advanced Social Work Practice. He held a Master of Science degree from the Columbia School of Social Work, and a Master of Philosophy degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.