Erica Ponteen received her Master of Social Work from the New York University, Silver School of Social Work and is New York licensed Social Worker. Erica Ponteen has worked as a clinical social worker in residential programs, schools, and preventive child welfare agencies. Her academic, research, and professional interests include the bio-psycho-social adjustment of United States military veterans, child welfare issues, women and youth transformation after crises. Her unique clinical approach has been recognized as innovating. Consequently, she has presented and consulted on research projects. Currently, Erica Ponteen is a PhD student at Fordham University. Erica Ponteen is an adjunct instructor at several universities and currently, the Field Education Coordinator at Nyack College. She also continues to practice as a clinical Social Worker.