Prof. Marcia Edwards, L.M.S.W.
Prof. Marcia Edwards, L.M.S.W.
Clinical Professor of Human Services Prof. Marcia Edwards is a seasoned clinician, with over 30 years of experience in social services and social work education and expertise in HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental health, children and families, and the geriatric population. She has served as the Executive Director of a Scattered Site Housing Program, the Coordinator of HIV/AIDS Services for Samaritan Village, Inc., and a Consultant and Trainer for several non-profit organizations. In 1997, she received the Diego Lopez Award from the National Association of Social Workers for her role in creating a video and text guide for professionals and caregivers for people living with HIV/AIDS. Prof. Edwards has served on the advisory boards of St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center and the Humanities and Arts Magnet High School and also mentors Afro-Caribbean men and women pursuing their academic and vocational endeavors.
Prior to joining Guttman in 2013, Prof. Edwards taught social work and public health courses at CUNY’s York and Queens Colleges, St. Joseph’s College, Fordham University, Touro College, and Adelphi University, where she also worked as the Coordinator of Admissions for the Graduate School of Social Work. In addition, she has developed case management, CASAC, mental health and Train the Trainer (TOT) curricula for Fordham University, the Alcoholism Council of New York, and the Queens Comprehensive Perinatal Council. At Guttman, Prof. Edwards teaches both in the First Year Experience and the Human Services Program.
Dr. Anya Y. Spector
Assistant Professor of Human Services Dr. Anya Y. Spector earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work, an M.S.W. from Fordham Graduate School of Social Service, and a B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College at Columbia University. Dr. Spector also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University. Dr. Spector’s career has included direct clinical practice in outpatient substance use treatment, as well as public health research and program evaluation at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Her mixed- and multi-methods research has focused on understanding the professional practices of human services providers in HIV prevention and substance use treatment. Dr. Spector’s work explores provider attitudes, participation in behavioral research, interdisciplinary collaboration, and adoption of evidence-based practice.
Dr. Nicole Kras
Program Coordinator Nicole Kras, Ph.D., H.S.-B.C.P., joined Guttman as Assistant Professor of Human Services in Fall 2018. She holds a Ph.D. in Adult Learning and Development from Lesley University, a Master of Science in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study as a Classroom Teacher Specialist from Southern Connecticut State University. Dr. Kras also received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a concentration in child development and mental health, and a Master of Arts in Art Therapy from Albertus Magnus College. Dr. Kras teaches Fieldwork and Integrative Seminar I and II, Health and Human Services Policy, Methods of Intervention for Human Services, and Ethnographies of Work in the First-Year Experience. She currently serves as the Immediate Past-President for the New England Organization for Human Services and as a Council for Standards in Human Services self-study reader. Dr. Kras’s research currently centers on the benefits of nature-based experiences for college students and human services program design.
Rev. Nancy Dominique Dessables
Rev. Nancy Dominique Dessables, L.M.S.W., is a Licensed Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in workforce development, training, and career coaching. She has worked extensively in the areas of aging, adult learning, and higher education. As a recently ordained interfaith minister, Rev. Dessables infuses psycho-spiritual elements into her roles as a social worker and career coach. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University in addition to advanced professional certificates in Adult Learning and Career Development from the Cornell University School of Industry and Labor Relations and New York University. Rev. Dessables manages the field placement process for Human Services students at Guttman Community College. She also operates a private practice in career coaching and interspiritual counseling.