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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Dr. Starr, a former professor of social work at Hunter College, has been an outstanding leader in developing social work mental health service programs in public school settings. She designed several unique and successful curricula for training social workers to provide community and clinical services to children and families in public schools. This pioneering work led to the development of the New York State School Based Mental Health Program, which offered needed mental health services to children and families state-wide. She developed guidelines for the training of personnel for health centers established by the New York State Department of Mental Health. She was a leader in designing work-study programs for social workers who received their MSW degree part-time while continuing to work at social service agencies. In addition, she has written nearly 20 articles in professional journals and acted as Associate Dean while directing a variety of committees including Hunter’s Retrenchment Appeals committee. She also received two Schuster Awards and a Horowitz Award for research on developing programs in part time education.
Following her 25 year career at Hunter, she continued her leadership position in the field of social services in Nassau County Schools. She became the Director of Policy and Planning for the alliance for school mental health, a program of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the North Shore- Jewish Health System. Working with a team of psychologists and social workers, she specialized in mental health and school based services: planning, program, development and training.
Dr. Starr’s many articles include those focusing on social work curricula in schools, field placement models, the design of work-study programs, services for the chronic mentally ill, community organizing and development, and development of human services practitioner’s handbook for advocacy. In addition, she has been a workshop and keynote speaker at numerous mental health and related conferences, and since 1987, has been a consulting editor of the Journal of Teaching in Social Work.
Dr. Starr has held leadership positions in the NASW New York City Chapter, serving as member at large of the Board and NASW-NYC President from 2006 to 2008.
Social Work Pioneer® 2012