Nancy Gallina, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Senior Associate Dean and Director of MSW Program
Social Work is a second career for Dr. Gallina. She earned her MSW in 1997 as a returning adult learner and her PhD in 2007. Her career began working with Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) as a caseworker at a safe house and shelter for teens ages 10 – 20. During her tenure there she was a caseworker, supervisor, program coordinator and finally Direct of four programs, two RHY programs and two day care centers for Nassau and Suffolk Family Court systems. After six years with that organization she pursued a career in the public sector by implementing a grant for homelessness intervention a collaborative effort between the Nassau County Department of Social Services and the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. After establishing the program Dr. Gallina left to open a private clinical practice while completing her PhD and adjunct teaching. Dr. Gallina has taught on the undergraduate and graduate levels and across sequences (field, human behavior, practice and policy). Dr. Gallina joined the Touro College Graduate School of Social Work in 2007 as an Assistant Professor. Due to her work with accreditation and commitment to the curriculum she was promoted to Associate Professor and Chair of the Practice Sequence. Subsequently she became the Associate Dean and Director of MSW Program and currently holds the position of Senior Associate Dean. Her work with the Council on Social Work Education led her to becoming a site visitor. In addition to continuing to maintain a private practice, Dr. Gallina volunteers her time with Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) as a clinical consultant and has been assisting with their national research project. Dr. Gallina has published on topics of cultural competence and values and ethics. Other areas of interest are Gangs, Organizations, Children and Adolescents, Synergy between policy and practice. Her part time private practice includes supervising LMSW’s and Mental Health Counselors to clinical licensure. Additionally her part time practice has a case management feel and she often attends Committee on Special Education (CSE) meetings to advocate for appropriate services for students in need of accommodations.
Gallina, N. (2011). Cultural competence in assessment and social work interventions: implications for practice and professional education. In Malgady, R. (Ed.). Cultural Competence in Assessment, Diagnosis, and Psychotherapy with Ethnic Minorities: Perspectives from Psychology, Social Work, and Education. Bentham Science Publishers
Gallina, N. (2010). Conflict between Professional Ethics and Practice Demands: Social Worker’s Perceptions. Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Volume 7, Number 2
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