S. Lala A. Straussner, PhD, LCSW, CEAP, BCD, CAS, is a professor in and former chair of the Practice Area, New York University Silver School of Social Work, and the director of that institution’s Post-Master’s Certificate Program in the Clinical Approaches to the Addictions. She has authored numerous publications applying research findings to clinical practice. Among her 20 books are Clinical Work with Substance Abusing Clients, Children of Substance Abusing Parents: Treatment and Interventions, Understanding Mass Violence: A Social Work Perspective, The Handbook on Women and Addictions, Ethnocultural Factors in Addictions Treatment, and Gender and Addictions: Men and Women in Treatment. Dr. Straussner is also the founding editor of the Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Kiev, Ukraine, and in Israel, and a Fulbright Chair in the Czech Republic. She has been a visiting professor at Warsaw University in Poland; Omsk State University in Siberia, Russia; and the University of Amsterdam Summer School on Alcohol, Drugs and Addiction. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Lady Davis Fellowship to Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Dr. Straussner was the 2003 recipient of the Individual Distinction in Addictions Education and Training Award given by the New York Institute of Professional Development in Addictions and was selected as Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Section in 2000. In 2008, she was selected as an Outstanding Teacher at the Silver School of Social Work. Dr. Straussner has a private therapeutic and supervisory practice in New York City and lectures and consults throughout the United States and abroad.
Theodore M. Godlaski, MDiv, CADC, is an associate clinical professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He teaches courses in psychopathology, substance misuse, intimate violence, and risk management. He is also a senior area editor for the journal Substance Use and Misuse, and has been an editor on two special issues of that journal, one on client engagement and the other on substance use and aggression. He has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on subjects related to substance misuse treatment and ethics. Prior to coming to the College of Social Work, Mr. Godlaski was an assistant professor in the College of Medicine and worked at the Center for Drug and Alcohol Research at the University of Kentucky. He has conducted research into the effectiveness of various treatment approaches with people who misuse substances and coauthored a treatment manual for substance misuse in rural communities. He has a special concern for treatment in rural areas, as well as among aboriginal populations. Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, Mr. Godlaski was a clinical director for inpatient and outpatient programs in both the private and public sectors for 20 years.