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About Us
Founded in 1999 and based at Fordham University's Graduate School of Social Service, the Beck Institute promotes interdisciplinary collaborations across University departments and with the broader community through conferences, symposia and workshops, publications and media projects, research and courses.
ANITA LIGHTBURN, MSS, Ed.D., is a Professor at GSS and Director of the Institute since 2006. Formerly, she was Dean and Elizabeth Marting Truehaft Professor at Smith College School of Social Work, with previous academic appointments at Columbia University Graduate School of Social Work and Flinders University, School of Social Administration, in South Australia.

An educator, program evaluator, researcher and consulting supervisor, Dr. Lightburn's professional interests are in community-based clinical practice, particularly in the areas of capacity building in communities, integrating spirituality with social work practice, work with vulnerable urban families, school-based mental health, early childhood intervention and systems of care for children and adolescents, and cross-national research in children and family services. She teaches in both the Advanced Clinical Year of the MSW Program and in the Doctoral Program.
DALE LINDQUIST, L.C.S.W., D.Min, is Associate Director of the Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty, and Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University. He received his D.Min. from New York Theological Seminary, his M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and M.S.W. from Fordham. He has been in clinical practice for over 25 years working in a variety of settings including schools, hospitals and clinics in addition to private practice. He also holds an MFA in Film from the Yale School of Art and has directed award winning documentary films on social, cultural and mental health issues. His documentary on adolescent suicide went into international distribution to schools and mental health agencies and was aired on PBS.

Anita Lightburn, Project Director
Amanda Sisselman, Research Director/Educational Coordinator
Anne Teicher, Project Consultant/Capacity Builder
Vincenza Corcoran, Project Consultant/Capacity Builder
Kara Sprague, Project Coordinator
Angela Belsole, Grants and Special Projects Officer
Linda Hood, Researcher
Alex Khoobani, MSW Research Assistant/Project Coordinator

Student Supervisors:

Patricia Dawson   Cassandra Agredo
  Simnia Singer Sayada
Gail Davenport
  Amanda Sisselman



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