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New York University Names New Dean for its Social Work School

The Silver School of Social Work at New York University has appointed Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH, to be its new dean. He is a nationally known leader in the search for knowledge and solutions to generational poverty and inequality, as well as a widely recognized scholar of child and adolescent mental health. The announcement was made by New York University (NYU) President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine Fleming.

Lindsey currently serves as the executive director of the NYU McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, where he leads a team of researchers, clinicians, social workers, and other professionals who are committed to disrupting generational poverty through research, policy and action. He is also the Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at the Silver School and an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow. He will succeed outgoing dean Neil Guterman in his new role. 

“He is committed to Silver and its aspirations; to research, practice, and teaching; to anti-racism and equity; and to making affordability and access priorities,” says NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine Fleming in a joint announcement to the NYU community. “He has a successful record as a fundraiser, an ability to see the big picture, and a vision for the school. In so many, many ways, he exceeds the high bar of what we hope for in the next dean of the Silver School of Social Work.”

“It’s such a momentous time to be working in a new way with my colleagues and our students here at the Silver School,” Lindsey says. “Social work has a pivotal role to play in these challenging times, as we create a new normal that is healthy, equitable and socially just. More people than ever are vulnerable to poverty and poor health, and our profession has the tools to help both individuals and systems to address these challenges. Furthermore, we must commit our expertise, people and passion to New York and the world as they chart a path forward that includes all of our communities.”

Lindsey has led the McSilver Institute since 2016. “Both Dr. Constance McCatherin Silver’s vision of an institute that practices social work through a social justice lens, and the commitment of our amazingly talented team to high-impact work that’s embedded in the communities we serve, have left an indelible mark on how I view social work at its best.”


Source: McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University