Internship Placement Coordinator
Heather joined the field office in July 2020. Her practice experience includes work with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, substance misuse, adoption and supporting parents who have children with special medical or intellectual needs. Prior to coming to Falk College, Heather was a social worker at Crouse Hospital, working in the Labor and Delivery unit, Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) and Emergency Department. At Crouse she completed the credentialing program in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMH-C). She has also worked as a mental health therapist at Crouse’s opioid treatment program. Prior to returning to her hometown of Syracuse, Heather lived and worked in New York City where she began her social work career in a family shelter and expanded a job training internship program for the residents. Heather’s passion for working with pregnant and parenting women led to ten years working within the domestic and international adoption systems and foster care.
Heather has been on numerous policy and program development committees aimed to improve access to care for pregnant women with cooccurring disorders in both NYC and Syracuse. She facilitated a NICU parent support group and bereavement group through Crouse Hospital and adoption groups throughout the community. She continues to focus on highlighting the unique experiences of women in the perinatal period through her current phenomenological research agenda as a doctoral student.
Heather teaches SWK 671/672: Field Seminar I and II in which foundation level MSW students are supported to integrate classroom theory with their concurrent field placement experience and 772: Field Seminar I for concentration year MSW students. She serves as the primary placement planner and liaison for 30 MSW students. Heather is the primary resource for placements in Madison and Oneida County. She is an advisor for MSW students and serves on the MSW Program Committee.
Ph.D., Philosophy, Binghamton University (expected, May 2022)
M.S.W., Social Work, Syracuse University, 2007
B.A., Sociology, Siena College, 1999
Interdisciplinary research focused on women in the perinatal life stage with cooccurring substance use and mental health diagnoses. Radical feminist theoretical framework, attachment theory and social work empowerment focused participatory involvement.
SWK 671/672: Field Integrative Seminar I & II; Foundation Level
SWK 771/772: Field Integrative Seminar I & II; Concentration Level