Shulamith Lala Straussner, PhD, LCSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS
, is a professor of social work at New York University Silver School of Social Work, where she also directs the school’s Post-Master Certificate Program in the Clinical Approaches to Addictions. She is the founding editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
. She also has been on the faculty of the annual Summer Institute on Addictions Studies, International School for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Dr. Straussner has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in both Israel and Ukraine and a visiting professor at Warsaw University in Poland and at Omsk State University, Omsk, Siberia. She is recipient of the Lady Davis Fellowship to Hebrew University in Jerusalem and the Individual Distinction in Addictions Education and Training Award given by the Institute of Professional Development in Addictions. Dr. Straussner served on the National Center on Substance Abuse Treatment panel on workforce issues, and was the Northeast Regional Director for the multimillion-dollar federally funded national Project Mainstream (Interdisciplinary Project to Improve Health Professional Education on Substance Abuse). She is a founding board member of the New York State Institute for Professional Development in the Addictions. Dr. Straussner is a past chair of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Section on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs and the National Association for Children of Alcoholics’ Social Work Initiative to develop social work core competencies for working with children of alcohol and drug-abusing parents.
Dr. Straussner conducts research, lectures, and serves as a consultant to various agencies, hospitals, and employee assistance programs (EAPs) in the United States and abroad and has a private therapeutic and supervisory practice in New York City. She is the author/editor of more than 15 books, 18 book chapters, and 30 peer-reviewed journal publications.