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Patrick Bordnick

Patrick Bordnick, PhD

Dean

Jane Parker, PhD, LCSW, MPH

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Institute of Psychosocial Health & Clinical Associate Professor
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    Dr. Parker is a licensed clinical social worker, teacher and administrator whose practice and research interests are in leadership development and effective crisis interventions with individuals, groups and communities. She consults with national and international companies on issues of organization development and programs to boost resiliency in primary responders. In addition to coordinating the Certificate in Disaster Mental Health & Trauma Studies Program at TSSW, Dr. Parker provides community training in supervision and psychosocial health.

Sheila Gold, LCSW, BACS, RPT

Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions & Director of Student Affairs
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    Sheila Gold is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in play therapy and administrator.  Sheila has worked as a clinician in school social work and clinical practice since 1999.  She has presented at multiple conferences both locally and nationally on the topics of child development, play therapy and school counseling. She has contributed articles to NOLA Baby and Family Magazine as well as Parenting for Moral Growth Magazine, and she published a character education curriculum for elementary and middle school counselors in 2012.  Sheila is a proud Tulane alumna receiving her Bachelor's degree from Newcomb College and her MSW from the Tulane School of Social Work.

Cornelle Carney

Cornelle Carney

Department Administrator
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    Cornelle Carney was appointed to the Department Administrator role at the Tulane School of Social Work in December 2016. In this role, Mr. Carney serves as the Dean’s principal administrative support staff. 

    Mr. Carney was born and raised in the Greater New Orleans communities of Algiers and Chalmette. He enlisted into the United States Army after graduating high school in 2008. Mr. Carney served as a Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist. He was responsible for fire mission logistics for a platoon in his firing battery. Mr. Carney deployed to Iraq in 2010 in support of Operations Iraq Freedom and New Dawn. Mr. Carney received an honorable discharge after serving meritoriously for six years. 

    Mr. Carney enjoys spending time with his family and reading books in his spare time. 

Charles R. Figley, PhD

Kurzweg Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and Distinguished Professor
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    Dr. Figley was named the Paul Henry Kurzweg Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University in 2008 when he joined the faculty as its senior professor from Florida State University. At FSU Professor Figley served as the senior professor in the area of trauma and Director of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family. Dr. Figley brought his Traumatology Institute to Tulane which was recognized as the best program of its kind by the University Continuing Education Association in 2000.

    Dr. Figley attained full professor status in 1983 at Purdue University with a joint appointment as professor of psychological sciences. Dr. Figley established the renowned Purdue University Family Research Institute and established two Journals as Founding Editor, the Journal of Psychotherapy and the Journal of Traumatic Stress. In 1995 became Founding Editor of Traumatology, the International Journal. Also Dr. Figley is founding editor several book series (e.g., the Innovations in Psychology book series with Taylor & Francis).

    Currently, Dr. Figley is editor of the oldest book series on trauma (established in 1978), the Psychosocial Stress Book Series. He has published more than 200 scholarly works including 25 books and 130 refereed journal articles. Collectively, his work reports on more than 35 research projects focusing primarily on traumatic stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities. This latest book published in 2013, First Do No Self Harm: Understanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience (Oxford University Press) was highly praised by the American Psychological Association.

    He is an elected fellow of five of the leading national professional associations and received many other honors in recognition for his scholarship.

    Dr. Figley is the recipient of numerous lectureships and other honors throughout the world including Northern Ireland, South Africa, England, Australia, Canada, and universities through the United States. He was awarded a senior Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research in Kuwait in 2004 and follow-up on work that was started in 1992, shortly after the liberation from and end of the occupation by Iraq. In 2004, Dr. Figley was named lifetime Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University, the highest honor awarded to its graduates. Most recently, Figley was honored by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York with an honorary degree in June 2014 in recognition of his career-long achievements in social justice for the traumatized.

Porche Bonds

Porche Bonds, MBA

Director of Financial Services
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    Born and raised in New Orleans, Porche’s areas of financial services expertise include accounting, operation planning and management, inventory, purchasing, and office and risk management. Along with specializing in these fields, she has a passion for keeping up with technology and applying cohesive processes to the workforce.

    Ms. Bonds received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, and Master’s in Business Administration from Herzing University. Porche enjoys participating in various Executive Leadership and Management programs. In her spare time, she is a fitness enthusiast, enjoys spending time with her family, being a stage mom to her active daughter and basking in New Orleans’ ambiance and culture.

Mel'isa Morel

Mel'isa Morel

Executive Assistant to the Dean
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    Born and raised in Canada, Mel’isa has lived in several states before moving to Louisiana in 2009 from California where she spent seven years supporting the head of the behavioral health division of United Health Care.  Upon arriving in Louisiana, Mel’isa joined the Department of Surgery at Tulane, first as the Chairman’s assistant and then as the resident coordinator for nearly two years. She was been with the School of Social Work since December 2016.  Mel’isa lives in Slidell with her husband, JP.

Reggie Ferreira, PhD

Director of DRL Program and Assistant Professor
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    Dr. Ferreira joins the faculty from the University of Louisville, where he completed his dissertation focusing on Louisiana's disaster resilience pre and post Hurricane Katrina. He earned a BSW degree and his masters degree (cum laude) from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Reggie has worked on several international research projects related to disaster risk reduction in Africa, Europe and the United States. His main research focus is on disasters, focusing on social vulnerability and disaster resilience. His other research interests include international social work, evidence-based practice research and pet loss. Dr. Ferreira, is a third generation social worker, and a second generation Ph.D. from South Africa.

Faculty

Richard D. Ager, PhD, LCSW

Director of the Porter-Cason Institute & Associate Professor
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    Dr. Ager's major areas of interest and research expertise are substance abuse, treatment outcome, family practice, and teaching/training counselors and students in evidence-based practices. As Director of the Porter Cason Institute, Ager facilitates the development and provision of training in advanced family practice to students, faculty and community practitioners. As Director of the Center for Life Long Learning, Ager brings in expert speakers to provide workshops to help social workers keep abreast of current practices in the field. Ager's current research interest focuses on adapting an evidence-based practice employed in substance abuse to intimate partner violence. Dr. Ager's teaching background includes clinical and community practice, organizational theory, family practice, human behavior and the social environment, qualitative research, and addictions.

Stephanie Baus, PhD, MSW

Clinical Assistant Professor
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    Dr. Baus has practice experience in clinical social work, clinical supervision, research and administration. She currently teaches in the areas of critical thinking, team building, evidence-based practice, knowledge generation in social work (qualitative and quantitative research methods), data analysis and preparing students to complete the professional project. Her primary research interests are adult cognitive development and learning innovations in social work education, and curriculum development and evaluation.

Patrick Bordnick

Patrick Bordnick, PhD

Dean

Catherine Burnette, PhD

Assistant Professor
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    Dr. Burnette's area of focus is working with indigenous communities on the relationships between historical oppression, family violence, and mental health disparities. She currently is working on projects that critically examine these relationships along with re-envisioning healthy families and bolstering individual, family, and community resilience. In her spare time, the mother of two enjoys listening to live music, yoga, exercising and experiencing the outdoors as well as enjoying all the festivities and fun of New Orleans.

Fred Buttell, PhD

Director of the Doctorate in Social Work Program & Professor
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    Dr. Buttell has extensive experience in providing social work intervention services to clients in community-based correction programs and in evaluating the effectiveness of these social work interventions. He teaches courses in clinical practice, HBSE, and research methods. Buttell's latest research interests focus on improving family functioning through the elimination of domestic violence and his primary research interest is on improving the effectiveness of batterer intervention programs.

Reggie Ferreira, PhD

Director of DRL Program and Assistant Professor
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    Dr. Ferreira joins the faculty from the University of Louisville, where he completed his dissertation focusing on Louisiana's disaster resilience pre and post Hurricane Katrina. He earned a BSW degree and his masters degree (cum laude) from the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. Reggie has worked on several international research projects related to disaster risk reduction in Africa, Europe and the United States. His main research focus is on disasters, focusing on social vulnerability and disaster resilience. His other research interests include international social work, evidence-based practice research and pet loss. Dr. Ferreira, is a third generation social worker, and a second generation Ph.D. from South Africa.

Charles R. Figley, PhD

Kurzweg Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and Distinguished Professor
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    Dr. Figley was named the Paul Henry Kurzweg Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University in 2008 when he joined the faculty as its senior professor from Florida State University. At FSU Professor Figley served as the senior professor in the area of trauma and Director of the PhD Program in Marriage and Family. Dr. Figley brought his Traumatology Institute to Tulane which was recognized as the best program of its kind by the University Continuing Education Association in 2000.

    Dr. Figley attained full professor status in 1983 at Purdue University with a joint appointment as professor of psychological sciences. Dr. Figley established the renowned Purdue University Family Research Institute and established two Journals as Founding Editor, the Journal of Psychotherapy and the Journal of Traumatic Stress. In 1995 became Founding Editor of Traumatology, the International Journal. Also Dr. Figley is founding editor several book series (e.g., the Innovations in Psychology book series with Taylor & Francis).

    Currently, Dr. Figley is editor of the oldest book series on trauma (established in 1978), the Psychosocial Stress Book Series. He has published more than 200 scholarly works including 25 books and 130 refereed journal articles. Collectively, his work reports on more than 35 research projects focusing primarily on traumatic stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities. This latest book published in 2013, First Do No Self Harm: Understanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience (Oxford University Press) was highly praised by the American Psychological Association.

    He is an elected fellow of five of the leading national professional associations and received many other honors in recognition for his scholarship.

    Dr. Figley is the recipient of numerous lectureships and other honors throughout the world including Northern Ireland, South Africa, England, Australia, Canada, and universities through the United States. He was awarded a senior Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research in Kuwait in 2004 and follow-up on work that was started in 1992, shortly after the liberation from and end of the occupation by Iraq. In 2004, Dr. Figley was named lifetime Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University, the highest honor awarded to its graduates. Most recently, Figley was honored by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York with an honorary degree in June 2014 in recognition of his career-long achievements in social justice for the traumatized.

Heather Gillis, PhD, MSSW

Director of Field Education & Clinical Assistant Professor
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    Since 1999, Dr. Gillis has focused her teaching efforts on field education, methods of practice, learning and research for practice, and preparing students to complete the professional project. Dr. Gillis is a licensed clinical social worker and a board-approved clinical supervisor who has worked in direct practice for more than 20 years.

Marva L. Lewis, PhD

Associate Professor
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    Dr. Lewis' program of research focuses on the development of culturally valid research methods and measures of racism-based stress during pregnancy, Colorism in African American families, and parental acceptance or rejection of children. Specifically her basic and applied research includes:

    1. Basic research on racism-based stress as an unrecognized factor in racial disparities in perinatal infant outcomes in African American women.
    2. Applied research using narrative therapy techniques and measures to strengthen African American family intergenerational relationships based on issues of Colorism as a legacy of the historical trauma of slavery.
    3. The prevention and reduction of child abuse and neglect and strengthening parent-child attachment through the use of the hair combing task, and a parent-education curriculum, Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Hair, for use with a community-based parent support group using visualization methods and peer support, infant mental health concepts and techniques.
    4. The development of an evidenced-based tool for use by individuals, organizations, and groups on the topic of Diversity, Privilege and Oppression.

Ronald Marks, PhD, MPH, MSW

Dean Emeritus & Associate Professor
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    Dr. Marks served as dean of the School of Social Work at Tulane University from 2001 to 2016 where he has been a professor for more than 30 years. Prior to becoming dean, he served in various capacities at the School including associate dean and director of the MSW program, director of the doctoral program and director of the gerontology center. Dr. Marks has supervised over 30 master's theses and chaired and served on over 25 doctoral dissertations. Many of his publications are studies of community based social service programs in the areas of adolescent life, homelessness, and family and aging services addressing the stress associated with providing care to frail aging relatives.

    His Ph.D. is in social welfare from the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. He also has an MSW and a masters degree in public health.

    For the past 15 years, Dr. Marks has been working with Tibetan refugees in North India as he teaches a month-long elective on the subject in India.

Jennifer Simmelink McCleary, PhD

Assistant Professor
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    Dr. McCleary earned her Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. She has practice experience in the fields of both addiction treatment and refugee mental health, as well as extensive experience in macro social work practice with refugee communities and related policy development. Her overarching research agenda focuses on community development and the development of culturally and linguistically relevant social supports for groups displaced by conflict. She works with refugee groups in displacement and resettlement settings to develop better understandings of the impact of conflict-related displacement on families and communities, as well as to enhance the re-development of displaced communities. Her work is founded on collaborative partnerships with refugee communities and utilizes participatory research approaches that emphasize swift translation from knowledge to practice. In one current project, Dr. McCleary is working with the Karen refugee community in St. Paul, Minn., to develop holistic and systemic approaches to reducing harmful alcohol use in the community. The multiple interventions emerging from this project aim to incorporate the Karen community's indigenous strategies for problem solving into mainstream approaches to service delivery. Dr. McCleary weaves her research and community practice experience into the courses she teaches at TUSW and is passionate about engaging with new social workers.

Jane Parker, PhD, LCSW, MPH

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of the Institute of Psychosocial Health & Clinical Associate Professor
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    Dr. Parker is a licensed clinical social worker, teacher and administrator whose practice and research interests are in leadership development and effective crisis interventions with individuals, groups and communities. She consults with national and international companies on issues of organization development and programs to boost resiliency in primary responders. In addition to coordinating the Certificate in Disaster Mental Health & Trauma Studies Program at TSSW, Dr. Parker provides community training in supervision and psychosocial health.

Reginald Parquet, PhD, MSW

Clinical Assistant Professor
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    Dr. Parquet joined the Tulane School of Social Work in August 1999. His teaching expertise is in practice, research and field seminar.Dr. Parquet's†primary research interests are in substance abuse intervention and treatment of at-risk, inner city children, families, and communities utilizing a strengths perspective and capacity building. Additionally, he is involved in designing and delivering community-based services and interventions, which draw upon the culture, subjugated knowledge, assets, and wisdom of the indigenous population. His current research examines the effectiveness of service variables on self-sufficiency attainment among residents of public housing.

Heather Storer, PhD

Assistant Professor
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    Dr. Storer is an Assistant Professor at the Tulane School of Social Work. She earned her PhD at the University of Washington School of Social Work. She has worked nationally in the fields of dating and domestic violence prevention, girl's leadership, and positive youth development. Heather's research agenda focuses on exploring strategies to meaningfully engage youth as partners in the primary prevention of adolescent dating violence, sexual assault, and other high-risk behaviors. She is interested in infusing youth empowerment, cumulative adversity and place-based frameworks into the design and implementation of community-level approaches to dating violence prevention and adolescent health promotion.

    Heather's dissertation research explored the representation of dating violence in young adult literature, a media genre marketed directly to adolescent women. Findings underscored how structural and community-level determinants of TDV have been overshadowed in the media's portrayal of dating violence. Her current work is exploring the framing of intimate partner violence on social media sites including Twitter. Heather has published her work in a handful of journals including: Violence Against Women, Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, and Children & Youth Services Review. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health Prevention Training Fellowship, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. In addition to research, Heather has a strong commitment to preparing the next generation of social workers with the skills, competencies, and humility to engage in ethical and socially just practice.

Tonya Renee Thurman, PhD, MPH

Research Associate Professor
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    Dr. Thurman has a Masters of Public Health and PhD in International Health & Development. Dr. Thurman specializes in the areas of program design, evaluation methodologies, operations research and capacity building pertaining to initiatives for highly vulnerable children. She serves as Director of the Center for Research on Highly Vulnerable Children, a multi-disciplinary initiative dedicated to compiling an evidence base for programs serving disadvantaged children. She currently resides in South Africa as Country Director for the Tulane International office while directing several major USAID-funded longitudinal evaluation studies focused on in-country programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Her activities in South Africa extend beyond rigorous evaluations to include participation in the development of individual case studies of OVC program models supported by PEPFAR, with 36 in press to date, along with ongoing technical assistance to community and government OVC stakeholders. Also in sub-Saharan Africa, she led the first and largest U.S. government-funded series of OVC public health evaluations in Kenya and Tanzania, and played a central role in the longitudinal evaluation of a mentoring program for youth-headed households in Rwanda. Her focus on highly vulnerable children is complemented by her prior research on AIDS-related issues, such as a sexual violence study in Lesotho, Priority Local AIDS Control Studies (PLACE) in Lesotho and Malawi, and an evaluation of a case management program for people living with HIV/AIDS in Rwanda. Her experience pertaining to vulnerable children extends beyond Africa to include efforts to strengthen the design, monitoring and evaluation of programs for street children and child prostitutes within Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Closer to home, Dr. Thurman served as an evaluation specialist analyzing the impacts of a school-based psychosocial program for elementary school students affected by Hurricane Katrina. Beyond the methodological rigor of these activities, each of the projects she leads is carefully geared toward improving policy and programming for vulnerable children.

Staff

Verna Aucoin

Verna Aucoin

Director of Development
Porche Bonds

Porche Bonds, MBA

Director of Financial Services
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    Born and raised in New Orleans, Porche’s areas of financial services expertise include accounting, operation planning and management, inventory, purchasing, and office and risk management. Along with specializing in these fields, she has a passion for keeping up with technology and applying cohesive processes to the workforce.

    Ms. Bonds received her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, and Master’s in Business Administration from Herzing University. Porche enjoys participating in various Executive Leadership and Management programs. In her spare time, she is a fitness enthusiast, enjoys spending time with her family, being a stage mom to her active daughter and basking in New Orleans’ ambiance and culture.

Cornelle Carney

Cornelle Carney

Department Administrator
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    Cornelle Carney was appointed to the Department Administrator role at the Tulane School of Social Work in December 2016. In this role, Mr. Carney serves as the Dean’s principal administrative support staff. 

    Mr. Carney was born and raised in the Greater New Orleans communities of Algiers and Chalmette. He enlisted into the United States Army after graduating high school in 2008. Mr. Carney served as a Field Artillery Automated Tactical Data Systems Specialist. He was responsible for fire mission logistics for a platoon in his firing battery. Mr. Carney deployed to Iraq in 2010 in support of Operations Iraq Freedom and New Dawn. Mr. Carney received an honorable discharge after serving meritoriously for six years. 

    Mr. Carney enjoys spending time with his family and reading books in his spare time. 

Chelsea Derricott

Admissions Counselor

Melinda Flynn

Program Manager, Office of Global Programs

Sheila Gold, LCSW, BACS, RPT

Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions & Director of Student Affairs
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    Sheila Gold is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in play therapy and administrator.  Sheila has worked as a clinician in school social work and clinical practice since 1999.  She has presented at multiple conferences both locally and nationally on the topics of child development, play therapy and school counseling. She has contributed articles to NOLA Baby and Family Magazine as well as Parenting for Moral Growth Magazine, and she published a character education curriculum for elementary and middle school counselors in 2012.  Sheila is a proud Tulane alumna receiving her Bachelor's degree from Newcomb College and her MSW from the Tulane School of Social Work.

Bonnie Lister

Internal Registrar
Mel'isa Morel

Mel'isa Morel

Executive Assistant to the Dean
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    Born and raised in Canada, Mel’isa has lived in several states before moving to Louisiana in 2009 from California where she spent seven years supporting the head of the behavioral health division of United Health Care.  Upon arriving in Louisiana, Mel’isa joined the Department of Surgery at Tulane, first as the Chairman’s assistant and then as the resident coordinator for nearly two years. She was been with the School of Social Work since December 2016.  Mel’isa lives in Slidell with her husband, JP.

Johanna Nice

Program Manager, Highly Vulnerable Children Research

Deborah Oliveira

Field Education Program Assistant

Kathy Smith

Executive Secretary

Parker Sternbergh

Assistant Director, Porter-Cason Institute and Center for Life-Long Learning

Dovile Vildaite

Program Manager: Highly Vulnerable Children Research Center

Adjunct Faculty

Taylor Aultman

E. Taylor Aultman, Jr., MSW, LCSW

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    While maintaining a private practice specializing in psychotherapy, Professor Aultman has been an adjunct with TSSW since 1993. He received his MSW from LSU and has been a professional social worker since 1975. He also served on the LCSW Board for six years. Professor Aultman has taught Methods II and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and The DSM-IVR.

Candace Beasley

Candice C. Beasley, MSW, LCSW

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    Professor Candice C. Beasley, LCSW, earned her MSW from the University of Oklahoma at Tulsa in 2011 and has been a social work practitioner for more than 10 years.  She has extensive experience in Child Welfare, Social Work and the Courts, Domestic Violence and Medical Social Work. Candice is a 2017 DSW graduate candidate at TSSW and is currently composing a publication regarding a meta-analysis of Emotion Focused Therapy with Dr. Richard Ager.  Candice lives in New Orleans with her 2-year-old son, Cameron.

Jamey Boudreaux

Jamey Boudreaux, Jr., MSW, M. Div.

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    Professor Boudreaux has served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (formerly the Louisiana Hospice Organization) since 1998. The organization is a non-profit, professional association of hospice agencies seeking to improve hospice and palliative services through research, professional education, public awareness and advocacy. Prior to assuming the challenges of managing a two-state professional organization, he was a hospice social worker for six years. Boudreaux has been an Adjunct Professor at the Tulane School of Social Work (teaching 'Death, Dying & Grieving') since 1998. He received a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of New Orleans, a Master of Divinity from Notre Dame Seminary and received his MSW from TSSW in 1993.

Angela Centanni

Angela Centanni, MSW

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    Angela received her BA in Psychology from Loyola University in 1999 and her master's from TSSW in 2001. She is a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT); received training from The Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy & Research under the supervision of Daniel Beck; and received training in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) during a 7-day retreat format with Jon Kabat-Zinn. Her Metairie psychotherapy practice primarily focuses on shorter term therapy, strengthening cognitive, emotional, physiological, and spiritual awareness and the development of a personal practice with individuals, couples, families, and groups. She participates in an international listserv of cognitive therapists, professors, and researchers as well as two local consultation and practice management groups. In participation with REACH NOLA Mental Health Infrastructure and Training Project, she co-authored the article "Building Capacity for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Delivery for Depression in Disaster-Impacted Contexts" published in the 2011 Ethnicity and Disease Journal. Angela is interested in the impact of practice management on mental health services and compassion fatigue.

Marvin Clifford

Marvin W. Clifford, PhD, LCSW

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    Professor Clifford, a practicing social worker for 40-plus years, works with children, adolescents, families, adults, couples and groups focusing on the treatment of mental health, addictions and co-occurring disorders at Ochsner Clinic. He received his MSW from Portland State University, and PhD from TSSW in 1988. Professor Clifford has served as an adjunct with TSSW for more than 20 years, and has taught Methods II, Methods III, Theory I and Theory II along with group work-related courses.

Kathy Figley

Kathleen Regan Figley, D. Min.

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    Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) Regan Figley is an international field practitioner and instructor specializing in trauma, compassion stress management, and crisis intervention. Dr. Figley has served as subject matter
    expert, course developer and instructor for courses offered to the general public, clinicians, clergy, first responders, nurses, emergency managers, and the military (U.S. Army and U.S. Navy). Currently, Dr.
    Figley is an Adjunct Professor with the Tulane University School of Social Work where she teaches “Making Meaning of Trauma: An integration of Psychosocial and Spiritual Approaches.” Dr. Figley is also
    working with the Tulane Trauma MOOC team to develop knowledge blocks (course modules) for Tulane students.

    Dr. Figley received her B.S. in Psychology from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, her M.S. in Counseling and Human Systems from Florida State University, and her Doctor of Ministry degree from
    Graduate Theological Foundation. The certifications she holds include Master Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Therapist. She is an active member of the American Psychological Association’s Trauma Division, and Green Cross Academy of Traumatology.

Lauren Gehman

Lauren Gehman, MSW, LCSW

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    Lauren Gehman, LCSW, is the Head of the Counseling Department at Metairie Park Country Day School in Metairie. As a Teach For America corps member in 1997, Lauren taught fourth grade in a public school in Washington, D.C. After attending Tulane's School of Social Work, she worked as an Adolescent Specialist at Jewish Family Service in Metairie. Lauren maintains a private practice specializing in adolescents and young adults.

Deena Gerber, MSW, LCSW

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    Deena Gerber, LCSW, has been the Executive Director of Jewish Family Service since 1994. At JFS, she oversees and coordinates a wide variety of services including psychotherapy, case management, in-home assistance for older adults and psychoeducational programs. A 1972 graduate of TSSW, Ms. Gerber's area of specialization includes older adult services and agency management.

Deidre Hayes

Deidre D. Hayes, DSW, BCD, LCSW-BACS

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    Deidre Hayes has been a licensed clinical social worker in New Orleans for over 20 years. She has an undergraduate degree in psychology from Loyola University of the South, a Masters’ in Social Work from Tulane University and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She has extensive experience with individuals and families, specializing in mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. Her private practice specializes in custody evaluations and individual, children and family interventions. Dr. Hayes has been an integral part of many start-up initiatives including, Covenant House New Orleans, the New Orleans Drug and Mental Health Courts, and the New Orleans Family Justice Center. She currently serves on the leadership team for NHS Louisiana and is the clinical consultant for NHS’ New Orleans programs including the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams and the Coordinated System of Care (CSOC) wraparound initiative. She also provides clinical supervision and guidance for the dedicated NHS social workers who serve the most vulnerable members of the community. She serves as both supervisor and mentor for those seeking licensure. In addition, she is the clinical consultant for the Federal Court Eastern District of Louisiana Reentry Program. Trainings provided include: Child Advocacy, Mental Health, Ethics, and Case Management.

Philip Hemphill

Philip Hemphill, PhD, LCSW

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    Dr. Hemphill is the Chief Clinical Officer of Lakeview Health, a premier addiction treatment facility where he is responsible for the planning, organizing, implementing and directing all of the company's behavioral health and other clinical services with cost effective methodologies while ensuring the clinical quality of those services. Previously, he was the Director of the Professional Enhancement Program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services for 12 years where he was responsible for the management and clinical supervision of professional patients in an intensive outpatient/residential setting struggling with addictive and personality disorders. He co-authored a book in 2013, Taming Disruptive Behavior, published by American College of Physician Executives (ACPE.) Dr. Hemphill worked at the Masters and Johnson Sexual Trauma and Compulsivity programs at River Oaks Hospital for 14 years, where he was Director of Extended Care, Director of Research, and Director of Behavioral Therapy.

    He has been an adjunct professor at the Tulane School of Social Work for the past 20-plus years and an Assistant Clinical Professor at LSU Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry for the past 15-plus years. He received his master and doctoral degrees from the Tulane School of Social Work.

Myra Hidalgo, MSW, LCSW

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    Professor Hidalgo received her MSW from TSSW in 1990 and completed coursework in the Social Work PhD programs at Tulane and LSU in 2007. She has been in private practice since 2002 and is the co-owner of Whole Person Therapies, LLC. She provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups and has special interest in GLBT issues, childhood sexual abuse and trauma. She also offers clinical supervision and is on the board of the Louisiana Association of Clinical Social Workers. Professor Hidalgo is the author of "Sexual Abuse and the Culture of Catholicism: How Priests and Nuns Become Perpetrators" (Taylor and Francis, 2007). She teaches courses in the Tools series.

Victoria Hippard, PhD, LCSW

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    Dr. Hippard received her Masters in Social Work in 1977 from Tulane University. She has a private practice in psychotherapy in New Orleans where she also teaches as an adjunct professor in social work at Tulane and religious studies at Loyola. She completed her doctorate in 2007 at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology. Her dissertation," Who Invited Harry? A Depth Psychological Analysis of the Harry Potter Phenomenon", explores the universality of the hero myth and loss and grief in J.K. Rowling's work. She enjoys learning about the many ways in which people find meaning and enlightenment in our world.

Lou Irwin, BCD, LCSW

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    Professor Irwin has been a practicing social worker since 1975, specializing in individual, couple, family and group therapy. He also specializes in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and domestic violence. Professor Irwin serves as a consultant at the Children's Bureau of New Orleans and is the president of the No-Abuse Coalition, LLC. Professor Irwin has taught at TSSW since 1989, received his master's in Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his MSW in 1979 from TSSW. He teaches Methods II, Methods III, and co-teaches Spirituality and Social Work.

Ngawang Legshe, MSW, LCSW, Shastri

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    Professor Legshe has taught Tibetan studies and social work at Tulane University since 2005. He also works as a family therapist, addiction specialist and on-call crisis supervisor for RHD-Metropolitan ACT, serving people with chronic mental illness and substance abuse issues. He works as a psychotherapist in a private practice. Ngawang was ordained by HH the Dalai Lama and was a Buddhist monk for more than 20 years, receiving many gold medals at both the Seraje School, Sera Mahayana Monastic University and at Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies. He selected to study at Hampshire College and was a Kahn Buddhist fellow at Smith College. He received his MSW from Tulane in 2008 and was given the Leanne Joy Knot award for service. Professor Legshe works with the Louisiana Himalayan Association and other NGOs to support Tibetan communities and continues to teach meditation and dharma studies. His research interests are clinical applications of mindfulness, compassion and meditative practices in understanding the mind and its potentialities, coping with destructive emotions and maintaining wellness. Social justice, cross-cultural social practices and delivery of social services to refugees and underserved communities are part of his work.

Keith H. Liederman, PhD

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    Dr. Keith Liederman is the Chief Executive Officer of Kingsley House, a United Way community impact partner, and nationally respected as the oldest Settlement House in the South. Dr. Liederman oversees a comprehensive array of nationally accredited and state certified programs focused exclusively on early intervention and prevention, serving toddlers as young as 6 weeks old in Early Head Start and the Pre-School, to adults almost as old as the institution itself in Adult Day Health Care and the Senior Center. Dr. Liederman also performs a variety of civic functions on the local, statewide and national level, including serving on the Child Welfare League of America's Board of Directors, the Every Child Matters Board of Trustees, and the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations Board of Directors. Dr. Liederman earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), his Master of Social Work at Yeshiva University's Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and his Ph.D. from Tulane University. He also serves on the adjunct faculty of the Tulane School of Social Work, teaching Diversity and Social Justice, Advanced Methods, Policy and Research courses. He and his wife Luanne live in New Orleans with their daughter, Camille.

Ron Mancoske, MPA, LCSW

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    Dr. Mancoske received his MSW from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas; his DSW from the University of Alabama; and his MPA from Troy State University. While teaching in the area of Health/Mental Health at Tulane and Southern University at New Orleans, he also directs a research program on children's mental health. He has worked with Catholic Charities along with Family and Children's Services and has worked as a Project Director/Evaluator for the Office of Mental Health LA - YES Program. He co-teaches Theory I.

Henry Mannheimer, MSW, LCSW

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    Henry Mannheimer, LCSW, graduated from TSSW in 1977 and has been a clinician for over 35 years. In 1978, he completed an advanced clinical internship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Tulane Medical Center. He has extensive experience in the fields of adult, child, adolescent, family and marital psychotherapy in both the public and private sectors. His work includes opening hospital units for children and adolescents at River Oaks Psychiatric Hospital and Coliseum Medical Center, working for/consulting with the Jefferson Parish School System, consulting at Head Start Programs in New Orleans, and at Southeast Louisiana Hospital in Mandeville, LA and serving as Clinical Social Work Supervisor at the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill - New Orleans. He has done LCSW supervision and been a TSSW field supervisor. In 1989 he opened the Child and Adolescent Developmental Program Clinic with several psychiatrists and social workers.

Kathleen McGraw

Kathleen Oquelí McGraw, PhD, MPH, LCSW, LAC, LPP

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    Dr. Kathleen McGraw is the President and CEO of McGraw and Associates, LLC, a mental health, forensic, life coaching, substance abuse, crisis intervention, and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) firm. Dr. McGraw works with children and their families through three programs in the Metropolitan New Orleans, the Bayou Region, and the River Region areas. The three programs are the Collaborative ADR Institute of Louisiana, the Employee Assistance Behavioral Health Institute, and the Institute for Families, Parenting, and Children. She has a PhD and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Tulane’s School of Social Work. She has a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Maternal and Child Health and Community Health Sciences from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), and a Licensed Prevention Professional (LPP).

    Dr. McGraw is certified in military / post-combat behavioral health and specializes with deployment and reintegration issues. She is a qualified juvenile, delinquency, family, and custody mediator trained by Loyola Law School's Mediation Program. She has provided mediation services through numerous programs, including the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Children Advocacy Mediation Project. She is a qualified child custody evaluator and parenting coordinator (PC). She was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to the Louisiana State Law Institute’s Parenting Coordination Committee, and co-wrote the Louisiana statutes for parenting coordination. She was also on the committees, which revised the mediation statutes for domestic and family mediation (L.R.S. 9:334) and juvenile and delinquency mediation (Children Code 439) in Louisiana. She is trained in the collaborative divorce model and has provided services as a child specialist and a coach. She has been honored to be listed in the Louisiana State Bar Association's Journal titled, "Who's Who in ADR" numerous times including the years of 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

    Dr. McGraw has facilitated workshops focused on the trauma recovery process for adults, children, and communities after a disaster. She has worked extensively with families, school teachers and counselors, first responders, and community organizers in the areas of conflict and dispute resolution, anger management, relationships, and communication skills needed after life traumas. She has also facilitated several city-wide meetings in New Orleans organized by AmericaSpeaks and the United New Orleans Plan (UNOP) to aid in the recovery and rebuilding of New Orleans and the surrounding communities after hurricanes and flooding events.

    Dr. McGraw wrote and contributed chapters to 2 books, “A Guide to Getting Vibrant and Lasting Relationships” and “101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life, Volume 2.” 

     

Carol Mies

Carol Miles, MSW, LCSW

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    Professor Miles, LCSW, is a graduate of LSU School of Social Work. She has over 30 years of experience, specializing in individual, group and family psychotherapy, and maintains a private practice in Covington and New Orleans. Carol is currently working with a broad spectrum of clients including working with clients who have eating disorders and running a Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training group. In addition, she has presented on topics ranging from eating disorders, assertiveness, and developing a private practice. Additionally, Carol is a certified EMDR therapist. She teaches in the Methods and Theory sequences.

Barry Pilson, PhD

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    Dr. Barry Pilson received his MSW in 1975 and his Ph.D. in 1996 from Tulane University. He holds a B.A. degree in psychology at the University of California, where he graduated with Honors. He is currently in private practice and has been an Adjunct Professor for many years. In 1994, he was named the Greater New Orleans Social Worker of the Year. Dr. Pilson's career has focused on the field of mental health and addictions. He has worked in a variety of settings including inpatient for 10 years as well as outpatient settings. His experience has included administration, supervision and all varieties of clinical work with both adolescent and adult populations. He has conducted many workshops both locally and at national conferences since 1984.

    Dr. Pilson has consistently been involved in the process of the integration of addiction and mental health with individuals as well as inter-agency and community levels. He is particularly interested in evidence based cognitive and emotional learning models that lead to sustained, healthy change.

Anna Maria Signorelli, MSW

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    Ms. Signorelli received her social work training at the University of Texas -- Austin School of Social Work, where she graduated in 1991. Since then she has worked as a therapist, crisis evaluator, administrator, clinical supervisor and systems consultant. In her private practice she currently specializes in working with therapists who want to learn how their personal issues and blind spots affect their work in order to do deeper work with their clients. Over the past 25 years, she has developed a special interest and expertise in the field of spiritual psychology. This interest follows her life long personal exploration in contemplative practices which support compassionate and joyful engagement in everyday life.