Teaching Faculty

Jane Abrams, DSW, LCSW

Dr. Abrams received her BA in Social Work from Antioch University, her Masters in Social Work from Simmons College and her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work at SP2.  Since earning her DSW in 2010, Dr. Abrams has been teaching Social Work Practice and Trauma and Psychodynamic Theory and Clinical Social Work Practice in the MSW program at SP2. She has maintained a private psychotherapy practice in Philadelphia for 25 years.  Her clinical specialties include treating adult trauma survivors and couples and providing clinical supervision. Prior to establishing her practice in Philadelphia she worked as a Senior Clinical Social Worker in Healthcare Associates, an outpatient multidisciplinary practice at Beth Israel Hospital (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center) in Boston, MA. As a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, she provided clinical supervision for the MSW staff in the Outpatient Psychiatry Department at Beth Israel. She has recently published articles in Psychoanalytic Social Work and The Clinical Social Work Journal. In 2014 she was chosen to participate in the Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Teachers’ Academy of the American Psychoanalytic Association and is on the faculty of the newly established Undergraduate Minor in Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Leslie Alexander, MSS, PhD

Visiting faculty

Dr. Leslie Alexander, a graduate of Wellesley College, holds MSS and PhD degrees from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, where she is currently a member of the standing faculty. Dr. Alexander has performed empirical research on the therapeutic alliance with adults with severe mental illness and their case managers, caregivers and case workers in in-home services in child welfare, and children with chronic physical disorders, their parent/guardian, and health care professionals. Over the past ten years, she has received research funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health, the William Penn Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the State of Pennsylvania, and most recently, from the Office of Research Integrity, Department of Health and Human Services. She currently serves on the Board of the Eastern Evaluation Research Society and the Editorial Board of Child and Adolescent Social Work, and is a frequent reviewer for other scholarly journals.

Dana Becker, MSS, PhD

Dr. Dana Becker is Research Professor Emerita at the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR), where she taught clinical practice, psychopathology, family therapy, and personality theory. She received an MSS degree from GSSWSR and a PhD in developmental psychology from Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Becker has been a practicing psychotherapist and clinical supervisor for over thirty years. She has trained psychologists and social workers in Multidimensional Family Therapy on a variety of federally-funded research projects and currently offers clinical supervision to therapists at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia. She has authored three books: Through the Looking Glass: Women and Borderline Personality Disorder; The Myth of Empowerment: Women and the Therapeutic Culture in America; and One Nation under Stress: The Trouble with Stress as an Idea. These books and much of Dr. Becker’s other published research is in the domain of critical psychology, with subjects ranging from gender and psychodiagnosis to critiques of positive psychology. Dr. Becker’s dissertation was awarded the Annual Student Research Prize by the Association of Women in Psychology of the American Psychological Association. In 2003 she was awarded the Women and Psychotherapy award by Division 35 of the American Psychological Association for her paper “The Myth of Empowerment: Women, Psychotherapy and the Legacy of Individualism.”

 

Sandra L. Bloom, MD

Visiting faculty

Dr. Bloom is a psychiatrist and the President and CEO of Community Works, a systems consulting firm. Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs from 1980-2001, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related disorders. She is a Past-President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and in 1998 received the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence from the ISTSS. She is the Past-President of the Philadelphia chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility and during her tenure helped to develop award winning domestic violence training programs for health care settings. She is the author of Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies, and co-author of Bearing Witness: Violence and Collective Responsibility.

Joretha Bourjolly, MSW, PhD

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Dr. Bourjolly is Associate Professor/Clinical Educator and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice. Her research agenda involves the examination of: Personal, social, and cultural factors that impact coping process and social functioning of women with breast cancer; Access to and utilization of health care services by vulnerable populations; The development of cultural competency among behavioral health practitioners; Family relations and religious change in African American families; and Interdisciplinary approaches to geriatric health care research.

 

 

Darla Spence Coffey, MSW, PhD

Darla Spence Coffey is the president and chief executive officer of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Prior to her appointment at CSWE, Dr. Coffey was a professor of social work and the associate provost and dean of graduate studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. In that capacity Dr. Coffee provided leadership for academic program development at the graduate and undergraduate levels, curriculum and academic policies, assessment of student learning, transfer articulation, accreditation, and faculty development. Preceding this administrative role Dr. Coffey taught in the baccalaureate and graduate social work programs at West Chester University.

Christine A. Courtois, PhD

Visiting faculty

Dr. Christine A. Courtois is a Psychologist in independent practice (Christine A. Courtois, PhD & Associates, PLC) in Washington, DC. She is Co-Founder and past Clinical and Training Director of The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. She received her PhD from the University of Maryland in College Park, in 1979. Dr. Courtois has authored three books, Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines (1999), Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse: A Workshop Model (1993), and Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy (1988) and is currently co-editing a book on complex trauma treatment; she has also published numerous articles and chapters on related topics. Dr. Courtois has received the following professional awards: the 2007 University of Maryland College of Education Alumni Outstanding Professional Award; the 2007 Outstanding Contributions to Professional Practice Award from Division 56 (Psychological Trauma), American Psychological Association; the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, the 2005 Distinguished Contribution to the Psychology of Women Award from the Committee on the Psychology of Women, American Psychological Association; the 2003 Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; the 2001 Cornelia Wilbur Award, International Society for the Study of Dissociation; and the 1996 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology As A Professional Practice, American Psychological Association. She routinely conducts professional training locally, nationally, and internationally on topics related to traumatic stress. Currently, Dr. Courtois is Co-Director of the Maryland Psychological Association’s Post-Doctoral Institute on Psychological Trauma (2007-2008).

Autumn Fiester, PhD

Autumn Fiester, PhD is the Director of Education and faculty in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of the Penn Clinical Ethics Mediation Program, which promotes clinical ethics mediation as a conflict-resolution method in both formal clinical ethics consultations and ethics conflicts at the bedside. Dr. Fiester is a consultant and mediator for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Ethics Service, and she conducts workshops in mediation around the country.

Zvi Gellis, MSW, PhD

Dr. Gellis is an Associate Professor at the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice. He was most recently at the University of Albany, where he served as Director of the Center for Mental Health and Aging. In 2002, he was selected as a Hartford Foundation Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar. He is a Research Fellow of the National Institute on Aging. In 2005, he was awarded a National Institute of Mental Health, 5-Year research grant to develop and evaluate mental health screening and cognitive behavioral treatment services for depressed and medically ill older home care patients. As an established gerontologist, Dr. Gellis has over 18 years of clinical and management experience in community mental health programs. His current research interests are in depression and anxiety assessment, and treatment for community-dwelling older adults. He provides leadership to the New York State Evidence-Based Mental Health Training program. Dr. Gellis has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters and has delivered papers and workshops at over 170 conferences nationally and internationally.

Toorjo (TJ) Ghose, MSW, PhD

Dr Ghose received his MSW degree from The Ohio State University and his PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. Ghose’s work focuses on substance abuse treatment and HIV interventions. He is studying the effects of organizational factors on substance abuse treatment outcomes in the U.S. Dr. Ghose is also involved in research on community-level HIV interventions with sex workers in Calcutta, India. He was formerly at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale University where he is involved in efforts to design and test intervention strategies with high-risk populations in India.

Lina Hartocollis, PhD, LCSW

Dr. Hartocollis is the founding Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Social Work (DSW) Program at the School of Social Policy & Practice. She has been at Penn since 1997, where in addition to her administrative responsibilities she has taught courses on foundation social work practice, advanced clinical social work practice, social work practice with children and adolescents, and mental health diagnosis. Before coming to Penn, Dr. Hartocollis taught in the Masters of Social Work programs at Smith College and Bryn Mawr College. Dr. Hartocollis maintains a private practice in clinical social work, and she specializes in psychotherapy with adolescents, adults and couples. Her scholarly and practice interests include doctoral education, mental health diagnosis, psychological trauma and dissociative disorders.

John L. Jackson, Jr., PhD

Dr. John L. Jackson, Jr. is Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. He also is the Richard Perry University Professor of Communication, Africana Studies, and Anthropology. He is a Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, holding faculty positions in Annenberg, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Social Policy & Practice.

Dr. Jackson’s scholarship uses ethnographic research methods to extend and expand Critical Race Theory as an analytical and explanatory framework for understanding contemporary social conflicts. His work critically explores how film and other non-traditional or multi-modal formats can be most effectively utilized in specifically scholarly research projects, and he is one of the founding members of CAMRA (www.camrapenn.org) and PIVPE, two Penn-based initiatives organized around creating visual and performative research projects—and producing rigorous criteria for assessing them.

Dr. Jackson’s work also examines how contemporary urban religions are being mobilized to improve health literacy and health outcomes in poor and underserved communities around Philadelphia and all across the world.

 

Judith Jordan, PhD

Visiting faculty

Dr. Judith V. Jordan is the Director of the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She has been a founding scholar and is one of the creators for the nationally recognized psychological theory known as Relational-Cultural Theory. In addition to her position at WCW, Dr. Jordan is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. After graduating phi beta kappa and magna cum laude from Brown University, she earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Harvard University where she received commendation for outstanding academic performance. She was the director of Psychology Training as well as the director of the Women’s Studies program at McLean Hospital. For the past 20 years she has worked with her colleagues, the late Jean Baker Miller, the late Irene Stiver, and Jan Surrey on the development of what has come to be known as the relational-cultural model of development. Dr. Jordan is the recipient of the 2010 Distinguished Psychologist Award from the American Psychological Association “in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments and significant lifetime contributions to the field of psychotherapy,” as well as the Massachusetts Psychology Association’s Career Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Psychology as a Science and a Profession.

Kate Ledwith, DSW, LSW

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Kate Ledwith, DSW, LCSW is a graduate of both the Masters of Social Work and the Doctorate of Social Work programs at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice. She completed her undergraduate work in sociology at Tulane University. Her area of expertise is social work and mental health. Dr. Ledwith has extensive experience working at PENN Behavioral Health as the employee assistance program psychotherapist, providing psychotherapy and case management services using a brief treatment model. Additionally, she performed duties related to crisis management, quality assurance, and program development. Dr. Ledwith played a key role in integrating the Mental Health Parity Act into the current policies and service provisions at Penn Behavioral Health. She also has community mental health experience in Philadelphia. Currently Dr. Ledwith is in private practice, where she sees outpatient clients for both brief treatment and ongoing psychotherapy. She is a Lecturer at SP2 and teaches Advanced Clinical Practice and clinical electives. Her areas of interest include attachment, termination, and the role of social workers in the therapeutic relationship.

Deborah Anna Luepnitz, PhD

Dr. Deborah Anna Luepnitz practices psychoanalysis in Philadelphia and is a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. She is the author of The Family Interpreted: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Family Therapy (l988) and Schopenhauer’s Porcupines (2002). She is also a contributing author to The Cambridge Companion to Lacan. In 2005, Dr. Luepnitz launched I.F.A.(Insight For All) a project that connects psychoanalysts willing to work pro bono with homeless adults and children.

Marcia Martin MSW, PhD

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Dr. Marcia Martin is Dean Emeritus at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research (GSSWSR) where she has taught clinical practice, assessment and psychopathology, and multiculturalism for over thirty-five years. She earned her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD from Bryn Mawr’s GSSWSR, and received an advanced certificate in the practice of family therapy from the Family Institute of Philadelphia. For many years she was a practicing psychotherapist, working with children and families. Prior to serving as associate dean and dean, Dr. Martin directed field instruction at Bryn Mawr and published and presented extensively on administering field education programs, safety in the field, effective use of supervision, and skill-based training and transfer of learning. She currently holds an appointment as Adjunct Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, where she facilitates a workshop on dissertation proposal development and serves as a dissertation advisor for students in the DSW program. In addition, she is a curriculum consultant at the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center, focusing on the development of child welfare competencies, supervisor training, and child advocacy studies.

Nancy McWilliams, PhD

Visiting faculty

Dr. Nancy McWilliams teaches at Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology and has a private practice in Flemington, NJ. She is author of Psychoanalytic Diagnosis: Understanding Personality Structure in the Clinical Process (1994), Psychoanalytic Case Formulation (1999), and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy: A Practitioner’s Guide (2004), all with Guilford Press, and is Associate Editor of the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual (2006).She is Past President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association, and on the editorial board of Psychoanalytic Psychology. Dr. McWilliams’s books have been translated into thirteen languages, and she has lectured widely both nationally and internationally.Her book on case formulation received the Gradiva Award for best psychoanalytic clinical book of 1999; in 2004 she was given the Rosalee Weiss Award for contributions to practice by the Division of Independent Practitioners of the American Psychological Association; in 2006 she was made an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, and in 2007 she was awarded the Robert S. Wallerstein Visiting Lectureship in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.A graduate of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis, she is also affiliated with the Center for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy of New Jersey and the National Training Program of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies in New York City.

Lani Nelson-Zlupko, MSW, PhD

Dr. Nelson-Zlupko received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School. She currently holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania, where she serves as a dissertation mentor for students in the Clinical DSW program. Dr. Nelson-Zlupko has over twenty years of professional experience as a clinician, consultant, researcher and educator, specializing in women’s issues and transition management. She is the founder of LNZ Consulting, where she provides therapeutic and consulting services to individuals, groups and organizations. She has developed treatment strategies for women and children that have become a training model for mental health professionals across the country. Her research has been published in several leading psychiatric and social work journals.

Sabitha Pillai-Friedman, MSS, PhD

Dr. Pillai-Friedman is an Associate Professor in Widener University’s Human Sexuality Program and a practicing sex therapist. After earning her MSS and PhD in Social Work from Bryn Mawr College, Dr. Pillai-Friedman trained as a couples and sex therapist at the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. A recognized expert in sex therapy and human sexuality, she is an AASECT certified sex therapist and has consulted, presented and published widely in the areas of sex therapy and human sexuality.

Roberta G. Sands, MSW, PhD

Emerita faculty

Dr. Sands is known for her contributions to clinical social work practice in mental health, postmodern feminism, and qualitative research.  She was a member of the standing faculty of the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania from 1990 until her retirement in 2011 and continues to hold the title of Professor.  Her teaching areas include clinical social work theory and practice, qualitative research, and women’s issues. Dr. Sands is the author of three editions of a textbook on social work practice in mental health—most recently Clinical Social Work Practice in Behavioral Mental Health:  Toward Evidence-Based Practice, 3rd edition (2012, with Z. Gellis); and co-author of Interprofessional and Family Discourses: Voices, Knowledge, and Practice (2002, with M. McClelland); and the author of over 90 other publications. Her research has been in the areas of gender, culture, and religion as they relate to family functioning and mental health.  She has conducted research on mothers with serious mental illness, families coping with a daughter’s religious change, spiritual transformation, and grandparents raising their grandchildren. In addition, she has engaged in evaluation research on the development of cultural competence by mental health providers.

Lawrence Shulman, MSW, EdD

Visiting Faculty

Dr. Shulman, M.S.W., Ed.D is a Professor and former Dean at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. He has been a social work practice educator for over forty years. He maintains a practice, leading at least one social work group each year, often with single parents, married couple’s and more recently, Persons with AIDS in recovery from substance abuse. He has done extensive research on the core helping skills in social work practice, supervision, and child welfare. Dr. Shulman has been a consultant on direct practice, school social work, family work, group work, supervision, field instruction, classroom teaching, administration, residential treatment and the skills of working with other professionals. He has published numerous articles and monographs on direct practice and is the author or co-editor of seven books. These include: The Skills of Helping Individuals, Families, Groups and Communities, 6th Edition, 2009, Wadsworth Publishers; Mutual Aid Groups, Vulnerable and Resilient Populations and the Life Cycle, 2005 (co-edited with Dr. Alex Gitterman), Columbia University Press; and Teaching the Helping Skills — A Field Instructor’s Guide, 2nd Edition, 1993, Council on Social Work Education.

Phyllis Solomon, PhD

Dr. Solomon received her BA from Russell Sage College, and her MA and PhD from Case Western Reserve University. She is a member of the standing faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. Dr. Solomon is internationally known for her research on clinical services and service system issues related to adults with severe mental illness and their families. Her research has specifically focused on family interventions, consumer provided services, and the intersection of criminal justice and mental health services. Dr. Solomon’s expertise is in mental health service delivery issues, psychiatric rehabilitation, and research methods. Her research has been recognized by such diverse organizations as American Association of Community Psychiatrists, US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, and Society for Social Work and Research.

Howard Stevenson, PhD

Dr. Stevenson is an associate professor and director of the Professional Counseling and Psychology Program (PCAP) in the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. From 1994 to 2002, he was Faculty Master of the W. E. B. DuBois College House at Penn. In 1993, Dr. Stevenson received the W. T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholar Award, a national research award given to only five researchers per year which funds five years of research. In 1994, Dr. Stevenson was a Presidential Fellow at the Salzburg Seminar in American Studies, where he participated with 35 other community activists and researchers from 30 countries to present their community health intervention projects. In 1995, Dr. Stevenson served as a member of a 12-member academic panel to consult on the development of a National Strategic Action Plan for African-American Males, sponsored by the National Drug Control Policy Office in the Office of the President. Dr. Stevenson has 20 years of experience as a clinical supervisor and therapist in family and child psychotherapy. For three years, he served as an administrator, a clinical supervisor, and a family therapy trainer in residential treatment centers for emotionally disturbed adolescents in the State of Delaware’s Division of Child Mental Health. Currently, he consults with various community-based mental health and social work agencies.

Jacqueline Russo Strait, MSW, DSW, LCSW

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Jackie Russo Strait is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist. She studied psychology and sociology at Georgetown University and obtained her MSW and DSW degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice. Dr. Strait has been in clinical practice for over ten years providing individual and group psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. She has worked in intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs as well as college counseling and outpatient settings. Dr. Strait has special expertise providing psychotherapy to victims and survivors of rape, sexual assault and chronic interpersonal trauma. Most recently, Dr. Strait served as the assistant coordinator in the Sexual Assault Counseling and Education Unit at Temple University and currently maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Philadelphia.

Dr. Strait’s areas of scholarly interest include relational and psychoanalytic theory, complex trauma, and the dissociative disorders. Most recently, she has published her research on episodes of dissociation in the psychotherapy dyad from a relational and neurobiological perspective.

Allison Werner-Lin, PhD, MA, EdM

Allison Werner-Lin is Assistant Professor at the School of Social Policy and Practice. Her research addresses the intersection of genomic discovery and family life. Dr. Werner-Lin’s research seeks to broaden social work’s guiding ‘person-in-environment’ framework to include genetic variation as a core feature of assessment, one in constant interaction with developmental, sociocultural, and environmental contexts.

Her work is among the first to explore the challenges unique to women and men of reproductive age who carry a genetic mutation (BRCA1/2), which exposes carriers to elevated risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Werner-Lin’s present work examines health literacy, genetic diversity, and life cycle growth into adulthood. She is currently pursuing a research agenda that seeks to identify how best the rapidly evolving knowledge base of genomics may be translated into community education and outreach programs for adolescents and young adults, given the social, cognitive, and cultural contexts within which they acquire health knowledge and behaviors. Recently, she began work with the Personal Genomics Education Project at Harvard Medical School to evaluate high school bioethics and science curricula designed to increase adolescent genomic literacy and health communication.

Dr. Werner-Lin has practiced in community-based organizations providing individual, family, and group counseling and psychotherapy to families affected by cancer, and she maintains a small private practice. She conducts workshops on direct practice with parentally bereaved children and provides supervision to professional groups.

Irene Wong, PhD

Dr. Irene Wong is an Associate Professor at School of Social Policy & Practice. She also holds a secondary appointment as an Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Wong has thirty years of experience as a social work practitioner, educator and researcher, with an interdisciplinary focus that spans the fields of community development, housing and homelessness, and psychiatric rehabilitation. Dr. Wong has been principal investigator and co-investigator of numerous research projects in the areas of mental health, homelessness, housing, and community integration. Dr. Wong’s areas of teaching include research in social work and social policy, social statistics, mental health and homelessness. She is currently Director of International Programs at School of Social Policy & Practice.