Department of Social Work Overview

The Department of Social Work offers a Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) degree, which prepares students for entry-level generalist urban practice and provides a local and global context for understanding and addressing the experiences of people and societies. The department also offers a unique Master of Social Work (MSW) degree, which focuses on generalist practice in the first year and on disability studies in either clinical practice or macro practice in the specialization year.
Please Note: For 2022 and 2023 admissions, the macro track is on hiatus while we reassess the track.

The BSSW and the MSW Social Work programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).


What are some obtainable positions for BSSW Graduates?
  • Caregiver Education Specialist
  • Crisis Intervention – Social Worker
  • Waiver Service Provider 
  • Case Coordinator
  • Activist
  • Patient Navigator
  • Quality Improvement Coordinator
  • Counselor 
  • Disability Coordinator
  • Nursing Home - Social Worker
  • Family Foster Care - Social Worker

What are some obtainable positions for MSW Graduates?
  • Case Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Youth Training and Development Coordinator
  • Addiction Treatment Counselor 
  • Trainer Consultant 
  • Hospital Social Worker
  • Counselor/Mediator
  • Child & Family Therapist 
  • Senior Crisis Services Coordinator
  • Care Management Specialist
  • Fee-for-Service Social Worker
  • School Social Worker
  • Community Organizer
  • Human Service Organization Management and Administration
View all courses in College Catalog

Social Work Faculty & Staff

Faculty are developing and disseminating cutting edge research in the areas of gerontology, disability studies both in the U.S. and internationally, alcohol and drug problems, feminist theory, critical multiculturalism, environmental sustainability, healthcare for children and adults with disabilities, and the social inclusion of children with developmental disabilities. Faculty are also studying social work education, drawing upon research about social constructionism to inform and guide transformative social work practices.

Full Time Faculty

  • Constance Stafford
  • Pasindu Seneviratne
  • Ilyssa Silfen
  • Anjail Ameen-Rice
  • Hal Angel
  • Jacqueline Blake-Santiago
  • Maryann Clark
  • Michael DiNitto
  • Anthony Georges
  • Linda Inwood
  • Gigi Lipman
  • Jason Maniscalco
  • Caterina Pisiotta
  • Shari Richardson
  • Gwendolyn Robinson
  • Jacquelyn Sanders
  • Felipe Sepulveda
  • Constance Stafford
  • Lauren Beth Tacconi
  • Salome Thompson
  • Michael Weinberg

Phi Alpha - National Social Work Honor Society

To be considered for membership in the Tau Omega Chapter of Phi Alpha, the Social Work Honor Society, Undergraduate students must be in their senior year of the social work program at CSI. They must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and a Social Work GPA of 3.25. Graduate students must have a minimum of 12 credit hours and an overall GPA of 3.5

Social Work Facilities

North Administration Building
Building 2A, Room 201
Willowbrook Campus

Department Contact

Christine Flynn Saulnier
Chairperson, Professor
Phone : 718.982.2070
Email Christine Flynn Saulnier
Ilyssa Silfen
Administrative Assistant
Phone : 718.982.2204
Email Ilyssa Silfen
Barbra Teater
MSW Program Director
Phone : 718.982.2166
Email Barbra Teater
Mayra Humphreys
BSSW Program Director
Phone : 718.982.2187
Email Mayra Humphreys