Part-Time Faculty

April Allen

Guy Apollon

Kathryn Audette

FOTC1Kathryn “Kate” Audette obtained her Masters in Social Work from Salem State University. Kate is also a graduate of the Suffolk University Initiative for Diversity and Civic Leadership Program (IDCL) and has completed studies at Suffolk in Community Health Management and Advanced Health Care Finance.

Currently, Kate is the Director of State Government Relations at Boston Children’s Hospital where she provides strategic oversight and leadership of the hospital’s state policy advocacy agenda on child health priorities as well as hospital financial and regulatory affairs. Previously, Kate has served as the Senior Policy Analyst at Harbor Health Services, Inc. and as the Government Relations & Political Action Associate at the National Association of Social Worker’s MA Chapter. Kate currently serves as the Second Vice President of the Board of Directors and serves as a Co-Chair of Political Action for Candidate Election or PACE for NASW-MA.

Kate began her teaching career at the Simmons College Graduate School of Social Work and has been teaching with the Boston University Graduate School of Social Work since 2012. Courses taught include online and traditional in classroom teaching in the areas of social welfare policy, advocacy for professional social workers and racism and oppression.

Dennis Balcom, MSW, Clinical Practice

DennisBalcomDennis Balcom, LICSW, received his MSW from SUNY School of Social Work in Buffalo NY, and is in private practice in Cambridge, MA where he treats adults, couples, and families. Mr. Balcom is a clinical member of the AAMFT and the EMDRIA. He has published in the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy, The Journal of Men’s Studies, and the Encyclopedia of Family Health.  He has presented at numerous local and national conferences on marriage and family issues, stress and trauma, and men’s issues. Mr. Balcom currently teaches Clinical Practice with Families.

Antoinette Basualdo-Delmonico, MSW, PhD, Human Behavior in the Social Environment

DelmonicoAntoinette Basualdo-Delmonico MS, PhD, is an alumna of the interdisciplinary doctorate program in social work and sociology at BUSSW. She has been a lecturer in the School of Social Work at Boston University for several years, teaching foundational courses including Human Behavior in the Social Environment and the introductory macro course: “Community and Organizations”. She is involved in youth mentoring research and currently conducting a multi-state mentoring program study. Her research focuses on understanding the role that parents play in the youth mentoring relationship. She has experience working with adolescents and families in schools and community-based organizations.

Daniel Beck, MSW, MBA, Clinical Practice

Deanne Bonnar, PhD, MSW, Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Steven Cadwell, PhD, MSW, Clinical Practice

CadwellSteve Cadwell, LICSW, PhD, received his PhD in clinical Social Work from Smith College. Steve has been in private practice in Boston for over 30 years. He specializes in individual and group therapy.  He has written and taught on countertransference, HIV, care-for-caregiver, shame, gender, sexuality and group therapy. He has taught at BUSSW, Harvard Medical School, Simmons and Smith College. He has just published a book of poems:  poeMEMoir, a companion book to his multimedia performance piece, “Wild and Precious.” His fiber art is shown at PIKNIK Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard.

Deborah Chassler, MSW

Deborah Chassler head shot 12 2011 (2)Deborah Chassler, MSW, received her MSW from Boston University School of Social Work in 1990. She has been working in social work research as a senior academic researcher at BUSSW since 1993. As Associate Director of the Center for Addictions Research and Services at the School, she is responsible for the implementation of federally funded evaluation projects, privately funded research projects, development and management of data collection activities including training materials, data analysis, and supervision of graduate students. She has worked with several BUSSW professors developing data analyses which have resulted in fifteen peer-reviewed journal articles covering a range of subjects including substance abuse treatment and HIV prevention. Before joining the Center, she was responsible for the implementation of several large scale projects funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the National Institute of Aging. Her current research interests include survey research methods with difficult-to-reach populations and health services utilization among drug users. In addition to research, Ms. Chassler teaches graduate level social work courses at BUSSW including “Social Research Methods” and “Racial Justice and Cultural Oppression”.

Alice Cohen, MSW, Clinical Practice, Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Rick Cresta, MSW, Clinical Practice, Ethics and the Social Work Profession

CrestaRick Cresta, LICSW, MPH, received his MSW from Boston University in 1993 and his MPH in 1994. He has over 20 years experience working with adolescents. His areas of interest are substance abuse, trauma and violence prevention. In addition to his clinical work he offers trainings on several topics related to adolescents. He has been a part-time faculty member since 2005.

Marilyn Downs, PhD, MSW, Human Behavior in the Social Environment

MFD photoMarilyn Downs, PhD, LICSW, is director of outreach at the Tufts University Counseling and Mental Health Service and has over twenty five years of clinical experience in college and community mental health settings. Prior to Tufts, she worked at the Stone Center Counseling Service at Wellesley College and at Somerville Mental Health Clinic. She received her MSW from Boston University and her PhD in Social Work from Simmons College. Dr. Downs has published and presented nationally on topics related to suicide prevention and intervention, stigma and help-seeking, clinical supervision, and college mental health practice. She has been adjunct faculty at both Simmons College and Boston University Schools of Social Work since 1993, and has taught courses in both the Human Behavior and Clinical Practice sequences. She truly enjoys teaching and mentoring new clinicians, and strives to create a learning atmosphere that is collaborative, thought-provoking, and constructive.

Gary Eager, MSW, Clinical Practice, Ethics and the Social Work Profession

Reeve Goldhaber

Amy Griffin, MSW

amy-griffin2Amy Griffin, MSW, is currently a PhD Candidate at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation research focuses on dually involved youth in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She is working closely with the Commonwealth on this research topic. She has experience teaching social welfare policy at various Universities.

Anne Fine, MSW, Clinical Practice

Fine-AAnne Fine, LICSW, received her MSW from Smith College. Currently she maintains a private practice and provides consultation services and training in the area of trauma. As of 2013, she has taught classes at BUSSW in the Clinical Practice sequence. Her primary clinical interest is in trauma, particularly sexual and physical abuse, neglect, and attachment-related trauma. From 2004 until 2013, Ms. Fine worked at a community mental health agency in Worcester, MA, where she directed the outpatient trauma services, the group therapy program and the juvenile sexual issues program.

Beth Flanzbaum, MSW, Clinical Practice


Kathleen Flinton, MSW, Clinical Practice

Kathleen Flinton, LICSW, is a Clinical  Social Worker at the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights at Boston Medical Center where she provides therapy to survivors of torture, war and human rights abuses. She holds an MSW from Simmons School Of Social Work and an MA from Yale Divinity School. Kathleen has postgraduate training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and maternal mental health. She teaches Clinical Practice with Adult Trauma.

Sera Godfrey Grantz, MSW, Clinical Practice

Kevin Hepner

Hepner-KevinKevin Hepner became President & CEO of USES in January 2008, after serving as the Vice President at Judge Baker Children’s Center in Boston, for more than five years. Kevin has been an instructor at Boston University’s School of Social Work since 2003 where he teaches Financial Management for Human Service Organizations. He also taught at Boston University’s School of Management for three years and continues to mentor students at the BU Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for the South End Community Health Center and the Massachusetts Bay Self-Insurance Group and is active in many other local and national nonprofits. Kevin received his BSBA in Accounting from Shippensburg University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Heath Hightower, MSW, Clinical Practice

Heath Head ShotHeath Hightower, ACSW, QCSW, DCSW, is a clinical social worker who teaches a variety of clinical practice and human behavior and the social environment courses.  For the last 15 years, he has specialized in addressing the bio-psycho-social concerns of LGBTQI populations. Heath has presented and co-presented at a variety of local, national and international conferences including the True Colors Conference, the World Grief Conference, and the Boston University School of Social Work Professional Education Program.

Myra Hindus, MSW

Hindus-MyraMyra Hindus, MSW, has worked extensively on diversity and on gender issues for her entire career, primarily in higher education and other nonprofit settings. She has served as both a consultant and an administrator in institutions ranging from Harvard University and Princeton University to the University of Massachusetts and the University of Connecticut. From 2006-2010 she served as the first Vice President for Cultural Diversity at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.  She is currently the Principal at Creative Diversity Solutions and consults primarily with universities and non-profits.  Some of her clients since 2011 have included: Tufts University, University of Vermont, University of Denver, Framingham State University and Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation.

Hindus is currently an adjunct faculty member at Boston University’s School of Social Work. Her expertise is in diversity assessment, conflict resolution, strategic planning and gender issues.  She has consulted with numerous colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, state task forces, private hospitals, employers and community groups including: Brown University, Mt. Holyoke College, Smith College, Amherst College, University of Hartford, American International College, Rhode Island Task Force on Sexual Assault, Rhode Island and University of Massachusetts Labor Education Institutes, and many community organizations.

Jessica Johnson

Kathleen Kalill, PhD, Social Research

Bronwyn Keefe, MSW, MPH, Social Welfare Policy

Sook Hyun Kim, PhD, Social Research

Ivy Krull, PhD, Social Research

Faith Little, MSW, Social Research, Social Welfare Policy

Erin McAleer, MSW, Social Welfare Policy

Lorna Mckenzie-Pollock

Celina Miranda, MSW, Macro Practice

Claudia Miranda-Julian

Norah Mulvaney-Day

Michelle Novelle, MSW, Social Research

Marilee Ogren, PhD, Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Joseph Pereira, MSW, Clinical Practice

PereiraJoe Pereira, LICSW, CAS, is a licensed clinical social worker and addictions specialist who has been practicing for over 28 years. Mr. Pereira was a co-founder of Outlook Associates of New England a practice started to assist persons with anger control problems. He is currently in private practice in Arlington and Boston offering individual and group therapy as well as training and consultation with a focus on anger management to adults and adolescents. Mr. Pereira has given numerous trainings locally as well as nationally and internationally on the treatment of anger management problems as well as workplace safety, chemical addictions and stress management. He has been a lecturer at BU Graduate School of Social Work since 2013. He graduated from Boston College School of Social Work. You can learn more about Mr. Pereira at his website

Judith Perlstein, MSW, Human Behavior in the Social Environment

J-PerlsteinJudith Perlstein, MSW, began teaching at the School of Social Work in 1986 as an adjunct assistant professor while working full-time in community mental health as a practitioner, supervisor and administrator. In 1993, she joined the Field Education Department, where she is currently the associate director. She teaches the Integrative Field Seminar and the Seminar for New Field Instructors, as well as the foundation courses in human behavior in the social environment. Her areas of interest are in mental health, substance abuse and family therapy. Ms. Perlstein received her MSW from Smith College School for Social Work in 1974.

Suzanne Plasse, MSW, Clinical Practice

Nancy Poorvu, PhD, MSW, Clinical Practice

Deborah Putnam, MSW, MPH, Macro Practice, Ethics and the Social Work Profession

PutnamFINALDeb Putnam, MSW, MPH, joined the BU SSW administrative team in 2010 first in the Field Education Department to coordinate field education for macro social work students and more recently as Part Time Faculty Coordinator, where she provides overall support to and coordination of part-time faculty across the school’s campuses. She also teaches the introductory macro course and a macro-focused social work ethics course. Prior to her appointment at BU, Putnam was director of program development at hopeFound (now Pine Street Inn) for 10 years. She has many years of experience working in the field of community health in the areas of homelessness, adolescent health, domestic violence, HIV and behavioral health. Putnam has a MSW and MPH from Boston University.

Serena Rajabiun, Research

Serena Rajabiun, MA, MPH, teaches in the Research Department and is a Senior Evaluator at the Health & Disability Working Group at the Boston University School of Public Health. Serena has over fifteen years of international and domestic public health experience in the areas of maternal child health, nutrition and HIV/AIDS. Serena’s current research and work focus on community-based approaches to improving access to and use of health care services and treatment for adults and youth living with HIV. She holds master’s degrees from John Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies and the School of Public Health.

Mojdeh Rohani

Rohani-MMojdeh Rohani, LICSW, is the Associate Clinical Director at Community Legal Services and Counseling Center. She has worked extensively with survivors of torture, war trauma, gender based violence, and human trafficking since 2000. Rohani received her MSW from Boston University and earned a B.A. in Psychology through the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education in Iran. She co-authored a book in 2004 on social work theory and practice with refugee and immigrant youth in the United States. She is the Co-Director of the Building Refugee and Immigrant Degrees for Graduate Education (BRIDGE) Program at BUSSW. Ms. Rohani has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to refugee mental health, treatment of torture, U.S. immigration policies and human rights. Prior to coming to the United States, Rohani worked as a music therapist and a music teacher.

Linda Sacks, MSW, Clinical Practice

Linda Corporate 025 Linda Sacks received her MSW from Boston University in 1980. She subsequently completed a post graduate certification in Couples and Family Therapy from the Cambridge Family Institute in Cambridge Massachusetts. Pursuing her philosophy in providing comprehensive care, Linda obtained a MS in Human Nutrition in 2005. Linda is a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and is certified in CBT as well as having completed training in OCD through the Behavior Therapy Training Institute. She is dedicated to teaching and mentoring people as they develop into clinicians. Linda continues to teach Clinical Practice with Individuals at BUSSW. Linda’s private practice is in Waltham, MA.

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Ukumbwa Sauti

IMG_2724Ukumbwa Sauti has been teaching Cultural Media Studies and Video Production for 14 years.  His educational focus, research and activism has centered around the social implications of televisual, cinematic and advertising narratives, looking deeply into issues of culture (indigenous and modern), race and nation, gender, sexual orientation, politics, the environment and climate change. Ukumbwa has authored and contributed to a number of blogs. He holds a Masters Degree in Education and teaches Racial Justice and Cultural Oppression for the School of Social Work.

Lauren Schiffer

Lauren Schiffer began her career at the Boston University School of Social Work as a student, completing the dual degree program in Social Work and Public Health in 2005. She has been a facilitator for a number of courses in the SSW online program, including clinical practice, human behavior and policy courses. She also co-developed the adult psychopathology course.

Outside of her work with Boston University, Lauren is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) living and working in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has a solo private practice, providing individual, outpatient psychotherapy to young adults. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the human services department at a Bunker Hill Community College. Throughout her career, Lauren had worked mostly with adolescents, college students, and young adults in hospital, community health center, high school, and university settings, with a clinical focus in body image issues and eating disorders.

Rosalie Schofield, PhD, MSW, Social Welfare Policy

Sheila Schwartz, JD, MSW, Social Welfare Policy

Becky Bell Scott, MSW, Clinical Practice

Lauren Shebairo, MSW, MPH, Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Shebairo BU photoLauren Shebairo, LICSW, MPH, is a clinical social worker at Community Legal Services and Counseling Center. She has been working with refugee and immigrant populations since 2002, with a focus on cross-cultural mental health and providing specialized services for survivors of torture, gender-based violence, war trauma, and other types of human rights violations. Ms. Shebairo graduated from the MSW/MPH dual degree program at Boston University and holds a BA in Psychology from Barnard College. She is trained in EMDR and is a certified yoga instructor.

Leah Hart Tennen, MPH, LICSW

leahphotoLeah Hart Tennen, MPH, LICSW, is the clinical coordinator for the Trinity Boston Foundation’s school-based program at the Dever-McCormack School in Dorchester. Prior to that, Ms. Tennen has worked with many girl-serving agencies like Girls’ LEAP and the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston, primarily focusing on group work and work with adolescents around issues like sexual health and empowerment. She is on faculty at both Simmons College and Boston University Schools of Social Work teaching Clinical Practice with Groups and serves on the International and Massachusetts boards of the International Association for Social Work with Groups (IASWG). Ms. Tennen earned her MSW, with a group work certificate, and MPH degrees from Boston University.

Jacquelyn Turpin

Patty Underwood, MSW, MPH, Clinical Practice

Esther Velásquez, MSW, MPH, Social Research

Esther VelasquezEsther Velásquez, MSW, MPH, is a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work and School of Public Health. Currently, she works as a research fellow for the Division of Aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is a doctoral student at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her area of expertise is health disparities research within the field of social epidemiology. On the Charles River Campus, Velásquez teaches the Research II course, a course which introduces social work students to quantitative analyses using secondary data.

Michelle Walsh, PhD, MSW, MDiv, Ethics and the Social Work Profession, Human Behavior in the Social Environment

michelle walshRev. Dr. Michelle Walsh, PHD, LICSW is an alumnus of Boston University’s School of Social Work as well as the School of Theology for her Master of Social Work, Master of Divinity, and most recently her PhD in practical theology. She has been part of the part-time faculty of the BUSSW since 2009 where she taught Clinical Practice with Children and Adolescents in the past and currently teaches Racial Justice and Cultural Oppressions, Ethics, Introduction to Human Behavior, and Spirituality and Social Work. Dr. Walsh has served as the clinic director for two major mental health clinics in the past and currently maintains a small part-time holistic private practice. She also is ordained as clergy in the Unitarian Universalist tradition and integrates her social work and ministry through her focus and activism on social justice in the urban context. Her research has focused on prophetic pastoral care in the aftermath of trauma, particularly violent trauma. She has a particular passion for teaching and mentoring students.

Trudy Zimmerman, EdM, MSSS, Ethics and the Social Work Profession

Trudy-Z 2Trudy Zimmerman, EdM, MSSS, has worked at the School of Social Work since 1980 and has been full-time in the Field Education Department since 1984. She became director of the department in 1987, and assistant dean in 1997. In addition to providing educational and administrative leadership in field education, Zimmerman teaches Introduction to Clinical Practice, Ethics and the Social Work Profession, and the Integrative Field Seminar. In addition, she teaches the Seminar for New Field Instructors and workshops in the Postgraduate Certificate Program in Supervision.

Sharyn Zunz, PhD, MSW

ZunzSharyn J. Zunz, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor Emerita at UNH and an Adjunct Instructor for BU SSW.  Before receiving her PhD from Fordham University, she worked in the child welfare field in NYC as a case manager, supervisor and program director. She received her MSW from NYU. Her research interests have been in child and family resiliency promotion and staff burnout prevention.  Dr. Zunz is involved in legislative child advocacy and is a member of the mental health support group for a national disaster response network. She teaches social policy, supervision, and non-profit management classes.