Ben Vershbow is the Manager of NYPL Labs, an experimental unit developing new ideas and tools in the digital humanities. Before coming to the Library in 2008, he was Editorial Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, a small Brooklyn-based think tank exploring the future of reading, writing and publishing
Dr. Paul Freddolino, Ph.D. is a Professor at Michigan State University's School of Social Work. He is also the Coordinator of the Social Work Distance Education Program at MSU. His research interests focus on the use of technology, substance abuse and mental health issues in child welfare, and research methods and program evaluation.
Cathy S. Berkman
Cathy Berkman is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She received a B.S. from University of Vermont (in social welfare, sociology and anthropology), an M.S.W. from Boston University (community organization and gerontology) and a PhD from Yale University, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (psychosocial epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, aging). She was an NIMH Post-doctoral Fellow at the Columbia University School of Public Health, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program and Research Associate at the Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology. Her research experience includes a wide range of studies with a focus on gerontology, including large epidemiologic community studies, intervention studies in inpatient and outpatient settings, and exploratory studies using mixed methods approaches. Dr. Berkman’s primary interests are in palliative and end-of-life care, including preferences for treatment and communication with health care providers and family, and the role of culture. She also conducts research on psychiatric distress, illness representation, and help-seeking preferences. She is currently Co-PI on a study of senior centers in New York City and Co-PI on the Palliative Care and Social Work Fellowship at GSSS. Dr. Berkman teaches research and statisitcs courses in the MSW and PhD program and research methods and statistics courses in the doctoral program.
Mary Ann Forgey
Mary Ann Forgey is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She received her BA and MSW from Boston College and her Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has been a full time faculty member at Fordham GSSS since 1994. Dr.Forgey teaches a range of practice courses in the foundation area and in the advanced year and has been responsible for the development of several new courses and curriculum initiatives. In 2010, she developed Fordham’s first elective in military social work practice. Together with a GSSS colleague, Dr. Forgey spearheaded Fordham MSW Online Program and currently serves as Chair of the Online Faculty Committee. Within the Online Program, she produced the Generalist Social Work Practice course and in the fall of 2013 will begin the production of the online version of the military social work elective. Her interests include: evidence based assessment of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV); social work practice with the military; the use of standardized clients (actors) in social work education and training; international social work education; and distance education. She served as the Principal Investigator on two multi-year research projects related to Intimate Partner Violence within the military. The first study investigated the patterns of IPV among military women. The second study developed an evidence based IPV assessment protocol for the Army and implemented an assessment training program using standardized clients. Her involvement in international social work includes social work curricula development training in Vietnam and a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland, where she taught at the University College Dublin and conducted joint research on IPV assessment practices. As a continuation of this international exchange, she conducts yearly international class sessions with the University College Dublin (UCD) using video conferencing & other forms of distance learning technology. Dr. Forgey’s practice experience includes employment as a civilian social worker for the Department of the Army in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she served as the Director of Army Community Services and Family Advocacy Program Manager, and as a Child Protection Services (CPS) social worker in Massachusetts.
Dr. C.Colt Anderson, Ph.D., is Dean of the Graduate School of Religion at Fordham University. A church historian and theologian, his research focuses on the intersection between three areas of concern: the communication of the Gospel (evangelization), how to reform the church, and the importance of an eschatological perspective for Christian life. His publications have concentrated on ways to heal the growing divisions among members of the Catholic Church by drawing upon models of leadership from historical figures such as Gregory the Great, Peter Damian, Bernard of Clairvaux, Bonaventure, and others. Professor Anderson has focused his research on the origins of the Franciscan movement as a means to understand the important development oflay ministry in the Church. He lectures nationally on issues related to spirituality, ecclesial reform, and evangelization. After spending severalyears as a scriptwriter and film producer, he has tried to find ways to recover the proper place of narrative in theology as a means to communicate the Catholic tradition to contemporary people.
Steven D’Agustino holds a doctorate from Fordham University's Graduate School of Education in Educational Leadership, Administration and Policy. He is the Director of Online Learning for the School of Professional and Continuing Studies and has published research in the area of instructional enhancement through the integration of technology and has been awarded a number of grants to provide access to technology to historically underserved populations through online learning. Dr. D’Agustino is the editor of two books: Adaptation, Resistance and Access to Instructional Technologies: Assessing Future Trends in Education and Immersive Environments, Augmented Realities, and Virtual Worlds: Assessing Future Trends in Education published in 2010 and 2012, respectively by IGI Global. His most recent publications include “Toward a course conversion model for distance learning: a review of best practices” in Frontiers of Distance Learning in Business Education, 2013 edited by Hooman Estelami, PhD and “Providing innovative opportunities and options through online credit recovery and afterschool programs” in Expanding Minds and Opportunities, 2013 edited by Terry Peterson, PhD.
Dale Lindquist, L.C.S.W., D.Min, is the Director of the Online MSW Program and Managing Director of the Beck Institute on Religion and Poverty of 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.
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