Department 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 the concentration year. 

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


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

Positions for MSW Graduates
  • Case Coordinator
  • Program Coordinator
  • Youth Training and Development Coordinator
  • Addiction Treatment Counselor 
  • Trainer Consultant 
  • Hospital Social Work
  • Counselor/Mediator
  • Family Therapist 
  • Senior Crisis Services Coordinator
  • Care Management Specialist
  • Fee-for-Service Social Worker
  • School Social Worker


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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

Adjunct Faculty

  • Anjail Ameen-Rice
  • Hal Angel
  • Maryann Clark
  • Craig Cosenza
  • Victoria Fossella
  • Anthony Georges
  • Linda Inwood
  • Patricia Iovine
  • Janice Lee
  • Gigi Lipman
  • Jason Maniscalco
  • Shari Richardson
  • Constance Stafford
  • Lauren Beth Tacconi
  • Nathalie Joanne Weeks

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
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Ilyssa Silfen
Administrative Assistant
Phone : 718.982.2204
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Barbra Teater
MSW Program Director
Phone : 718.982.2166
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Mayra Humphreys
BSSW Program Director
Phone : 718.982.2187
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