Two Faculty Members Promoted to Full Professor

July 28, 2017

Two faculty members at the Columbia School of Social Work—Drs. André Ivanoff and Barbara Simon—have been promoted to the rank of Full Professor.

Dr. André Ivanoff is a pioneer of Dialectical Behavior Therapy and an expert on mental health in criminal justice settings. She has had an important impact on clinical social work through her study of self-harm and suicidal behavior in criminal justice settings, and through her work with Professor Marsha Linehan on the development and implementation of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Among her many contributions to curriculum development at the School, Dr. Ivanoff is the founding director of the DBT Training Program—the first and only such plan of study within a School of Social Work.

“Dr. Ivanoff has made significant contributes to clinical social work, and to scholarly literature in social work, criminal justice, and psychology,” said Interim Dean Irwin Garfinkel. “Her impact on the School, the University, and the community is notable.”

Dr. Barbara Levy Simon is a leading scholar of the history of social work. Drawing on her background in activism, she studies social work advocacy, community building, and the history and sociology of human service professions. The author of three books and the recipient of two teaching awards, Dr. Simon has also been instrumental in developing the CSSW Writing Center, and has served as a liaison for students pursuing dual degrees with Union Theological Seminary. She has served on the board of directors for the Columbia’s Human Rights Center, the Women’s Council at the Council on Social Work Education, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and others.

“Dr. Simon is beloved by Masters and Doctoral students, and she has shaped the School in many ways,” said Interim Dean Garfinkel. “Her research is widely cited by peer historians, and her contributions to the profession are unique and important.”

The Columbia School of Social Work congratulates Drs. Ivanoff and Simon on their promotions.