Athena Motal, Ph.D, LCSW-R

Director of Recruitment, Outreach, and Enrollment Management

Athena Motal



Dr. Athena Motal has had a rich and rewarding social work career in health and human services within New York City’s public and private hospital systems. She has held social work leadership appointments in major hospitals, serving vulnerable populations experiencing acute, and chronic medical and mental health conditions.

Dr. Motal earned her MSW from New York University. She completed post-graduate training from the Ackerman Institute for the family and earned her PhD in Social Welfare from Yeshiva University Wurzweiler School of Social Work. For her dissertation, Dr. Motal conducted an ethics informed qualitative multiple case study examining the perspectives of medical social workers in how they identified and resolved ethical dilemmas in the hospital setting. Her research and findings were presented at the New York Academy of Medicine and nationally for Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN). Dr. Motal has been an abstract reviewer for SWHPN since 2013.

Dr. Motal has taught various classes in the field of social work, including "Social Work in Health Care", “Human Behavior in the Social Environment” and “Trauma and Interpersonal Violence” among others, both in person and online.

Dr. Motal was invited to join the Touro community in 2016 as an adjunct professor teaching Social Work Foundations I/II and Integrative Seminar for Advanced Standing Students. In 2017, she was appointed as the Director of Social Work Recruitment, Outreach and Enrollment at Touro College GSSW.