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Debra Fromm Faria

Chair & Clinical Associate Professor

College at Brockport, 255 Metro Center

Office: 3106 Morgan Building

Campus Number: 585.395.5884

Metro Number: 585.395.8455


Debra Fromm Faria joined the Brockport faculty in 2001. She is Chairperson of the Social Work Department and Co-Director of the GRC MSW Program. She has administered training grants focusing on child welfare, gerontological social work, health and mental health services. As co-director for the Center for Excellence in Gerontological Social Work, Professor Faria coordinates the MSW Graduate Certificate program in Gerontological Social Work, and develops/implements continuing geriatric education programming for students and health care professionals. Research areas include field education, scholarship of teaching, collaborative interprofessional geriatric assessment models, and international social work education. She has served on a number of professional and advisory boards including: the National Advisory Board of the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Gero-Ed Center, CSWE Field Council, State Society on Aging, NYS National Association of Social Workers. She currently serves as on the CSWE Commission on Accreditation and the board of Linkages of Rochester. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, her clinical and administrative practice is in the areas of gerontological and medical social work.


Carmen Aponte

Assistant Professor

Office: 3102 Morgan Building

Phone: 585.395.5508


Dr. Carmen Aponte earned her bachelor's and master's in social work from the University of Puerto Rico; and a doctoral degree from Ohio State University. She has developed courses and teaches in the areas of multiculturalism and research. As a researcher, she has been working on tools for assessing cultural competency in human services and education. She has been in the forefront for the NYS Office of Mental Health’s policy implementation on cultural competency, standards and guidelines; served as a consultant for SAMHSA’s federal project entitled "Cultural Competence Performance Measures for Behavioral Health-care Programs"; developed and delivered training in cultural competence to various colleges and agencies; and served as main investigator in various ‘self-assessment cultural competence’ research projects.  She served as a consultant to St. John Fischer College’s campus climate audit. She is actively involved with the college’s initiatives in diversity, assessment, and the campus climate assessment task force.

Dr. Nicole Cesnales

Nicole Cesnales

Assistant Professor

Office: 3108 Morgan Building

Phone: 585.395.2675


Dr. Nicole Cesnales joined the faculty in 2014 and is thrilled to be teaching at the College. Prior to joining the faculty, she taught at Colorado State University, Florida State University, and at University of Pittsburgh as field instructor. Dr. Cesnales is a Licensed Social Worker in Pennsylvania and worked as a medical social worker at the HIV/AIDS program at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Her practice has influenced her research interests, including HIV/AIDS service delivery, case management for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA), stigma, evidence based interventions, and health disparities. Dr. Cesnales has examined the health-related quality of life of PLHA in a non-urban in the Southeast area and will continue her research in New York rural areas.

Jason  Dauenhauer

Jason Dauenhauer

Associate Professor

Office: 3102B Morgan Building

Phone: 585.395.5506


Dr. Jason Dauenhauer joined the faculty in 2004. He holds a BS from the College at Brockport, an MSW/Specialist in Aging certificate from the University of Michigan, and a doctoral degree in Human Development from the University of Rochester. Prior to teaching at Brockport he was project coordinator of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center at the University of Rochester. In this position Dr. Dauenhauer was responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of continuing geriatric education programming for health care professionals. He is currently the Director of Multigenerational Engagement at the College. In this role he works to foster intergenerational learning experiences between older adults and students. His primary areas of research include elder mistreatment, multigenerational engagement in higher education, and program evaluation. Dr. Dauenhauer also coordinates the Aging Studies minor and teaches a variety of courses including Research Methods, Human Behavior and the Social Environment II, Issues of Aging in America, Social Policy, and Field Instruction.

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Kristin Heffernan


Office: 3103 Morgan Hall

Phone: 585.395.5504


Dr. Kristin Heffernan joined the College at Brockport as an assistant professor in 2008. She holds a MSW degree from Fordham University and a doctoral degree from Boston College. Prior to coming to the College at Brockport, Dr. Heffernan was a faculty member at Royal Holloway, University of London as a social work lecturer in their Health and Social Care Department where she also served as the Director of the BSc Social Work (Hons) Program for four years. Dr. Heffernan’s specific research interests lie in social justice, promoting social work education, leadership, domestic violence, sex trafficking and women's issues. She is currently working on developing best practices for social workers working in Human Trafficking using a Trauma Informed Lens. Dr. Heffernan teaches Social Work Methods I & II as well as Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II. Her community-based practice has included clinical and administrative work with at risk youth and families in both New York and Boston.


Barbara Kasper

Associate Professor

Office: 3111 Morgan Building

Phone: 585.395.5509


Barbara Kasper holds a BA in Social Welfare, from Antioch College, 1974; MA in Social Welfare Policy, from Goddard College, 1977; and an MSW with a concentration in Social Work Administration from Syracuse University, 1984. Her major areas of interest include feminist practice (particularly violence against women), migrant women farm workers, radical social work practice and community organization. She also is an activist both locally and nationally in the movement to end poverty. Professor Kasper teaches field instruction; HBSE I, Social Work Methods III, and an elective, Women's Lives. Professor Kasper is a founding member of the Women's Center and the faculty advisor to the Student Social Work Organization and has been involved in organizing such events as the Take Back the Night March, Rochester Slut Walk, and Reality Tours. She is a member of the National Steering Committee of the Social Welfare Action Alliance, an organization of progressive human service workers. She also co-chairs the Rochester SWAA chapter.

Margy Meath

Margy Meath

Clinical Assistant Professor

College at Brockport, Metro Center

Phone: 585.395.8450


Margy Meath joined the GRC faculty as an adjunct professor in 2009 and a full time Visiting Assistant Professor in 2011. She received her BSW from Nazareth College and MSW from Syracuse University, and has over 30 years of experience working in the health and mental health field in a variety of administrative, supervisory and service positions. Professor Meath also works as a consultant and trainer providing a wide range of workshops and trainings to public and private not-for-profit professionals, organizations and teams across New York and beyond. Professor Meath has a special interest in the topics of mental health recovery, person-centered planning, organizational development, supervision, leadership and hospice. Professor Meath currently teaches Practice I, Interdisciplinary Health Practice III and IV, Diagnostic Process, and Advanced Standing Integrative Seminar

Brad Snyder

Brad Snyder

Coordinator of Admissions, Registration and Student Services

College at Brockport, Metro Center

Phone: 585.395.8452


Brad Snyder joined the GRC MSW Program in 2010. As the Coordinator of Admissions, Registration and Student Services for the MSW Program, he assists students with registration, represents the program at various information sessions, and ensures student success through working with faculty and collaborating with various departments on both the Nazareth College campus and the main campus. He was previously the Facility Assistant and Events & Outreach Coordinator at the Metro Center. He received an AAS from Monroe Community College in Liberal Studies, a BS in Sociology and an MPA from The College at Brockport.

Tricia Snyder

Tricia Snyder

Coordinator of Undergraduate Field Education

Office: 3104 Morgan Building

Phone: 585.395.5507


Tricia Snyder joined thesocial work department in 2015. An alumnus of our Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work program, she also completed a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) fellowship at the University of Rochester. She is the Director of Field Education for the Undergraduate Social Work Department and teaches in the areas of social/economic justice, policy, and clinical practice at in both our undergraduate and graduate programs. As a Licensed Master Social Worker, her professional practice includes continued work for public and private institutions on diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, Systems of Care, Response to Intervention (RTI) models as well as individual and organizational development. She serves on several community projects related to positive youth development and social/economic justice.

Emeriti Faculty


Diane Dwyer

Associate Professor Emerita


Diane Dwyer was the Associate Dean for the School of Education, Health, & Human Services. She served as Chair of the Department of Social Work from 1998-2010. She received her MSW from SUNY Buffalo's School of Social Work where she also pursued PhD studies. After teaching at SUNY College at Buffalo and D'Youville College, she joined the SUNY Brockport faculty in 1981. Diane Dwyer taught across the social work curriculum in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Her research interests center around innovation in social work education, partner violence and juvenile justice. Her work resulted in many publications and numerous presentations at national conferences.

Richard Russell

Associate Professor Emeritus


Dr. Richard Russell was a member of the GRC-MSW faculty. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Contemporary Humanities from St. John’s University in Minnesota, and an MSW, a certificate in Gerontology, and a PhD from Syracuse University. Prior to teaching in the GRC-MSW program, he taught as adjunct at Syracuse University and, for 15 years, worked as a chemical dependency counselor and mental health therapist in the Unity Health System in Rochester, New York. As a chemical dependency counselor, he co-founded the Older Adult Chemical Dependency Program, and, as a mental health therapist, founded the Senior Outreach Program. His primary area of research is in the area of late-life masculinity, specifically the experiences of elderly men caregivers who care for wives and partners with cognitive impairment. An additional research interest is in the area of visual sociology. In the GRC-MSW program, he taught a variety of courses, including HBSE, diversity, policy, research and Masters Project.

Last Updated 8/13/18

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