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Dr. Pamela Viggiani

Chair & Associate Professor

Campus Office: 262 Brown Building
Campus Phone: (585) 395-2625
Brockport Downtown Phone: (585) 395-8460

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Nicole Cesnales

Associate Professor & Undergraduate Program Director

Office: 259 Brown Building
Phone: (585) 395-2675

Dr. Cesnales holds a BASW from the University of Pittsburgh, an MSW from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a PhD from Florida State University. Prior to joining the faculty at the College at Brockport in 2014, Dr. Cesnales worked as a medical social worker at the HIV/AIDS program at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Her practice has influenced her research interests in HIV/AIDS service delivery, stigma, evidence based interventions, and social work education. Dr. Cesnales serves on the Board of Directors at the Brockport Child Development Center and is active in the College Senate.

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Jason Dauenhauer


Office: 258B Brown 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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Debra Fromm Faria

Clinical Associate Professor

Office: 270 Brown Building
Campus Number: (585) 395-5884
Metro Number: (585) 395-8455

Debra Fromm Faria joined the Brockport faculty in 2001. 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.

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Annette Grape

Assistant Professor

Office: Brockport Downtown 565 
Phone: (585)395-8477 

Dr. Annette Grape joined the faculty as an Adjunct Professor in 2016 and as full time Assistant Professor in 2018. She holds a BA in Psychology from Indiana University, an MSW with a concentration in Children and Families from Syracuse University and a doctoral degree in Health Practice Research from the University of Rochester. Prior to coming to the College at Brockport, Dr. Grape was research faculty at the University of Rochester School of Nursing implementing a multi-site asthma self-management program to urban adolescents. She has over 25 years experience working with at risk youth and families in the mental health field in a variety of community based services as provider, supervisor and administrator. Her research interests are in mental health service delivery to adolescents with behavioral and emotional struggles, evidenced-based practice and social work preparedness. Dr. Grape teaches Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II and Research Methods.

Kristin Heffernan


Office: 266 Brown Building
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.

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Barbara Kasper

Associate Professor

Office: 269 Brown  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.

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Margaret (Peggy) Lane

Assistant Professor

Office: Brockport Downtown 576
(585) 395-8475

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Lane recently joined the Brockport Community full time and began teaching in the MSW program in fall 2018. Dr. Lane has been an adjunct instructor at both the BSW and MSW at Brockport and many other Social Work programs in the region over 10 years prior to joining the Brockport MSW Faculty. Dr. Lane most recently taught in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio for the intensive weekend Master of Social Work program. Dr. Lane brings a depth of social work knowledge as she joins us from Federal Service where she served as a medical and behavioral health social worker, suicide prevention coordinator, homeless veteran advocate, and family life specialist within the Veterans Health Administration (VA) and the US Coast Guard (USCG). Dr. Lane is an alumni of the GRC MSW Program and completed her Ph.D. in Child and Family Psychology from Syracuse University in 2015. Dr. Lane's practice at the VA influenced her research interests which include suicide and Veterans, recovery models in clinical practice, substance abuse/misuse, and homelessness. Dr. Lane has worked extensively with Federal Laws regarding ending Veteran Homelessness and creating VA policy based on Federal and State laws while at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Dr. Lane is very excited to join Brockport faculty and is looking forward to collaborating with both faculty and students.

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Margy Meath

Clinical Assistant Professor

Office: Brockport Downtown 574
Phone: (585) 395-8450

Margy Meath joined the MSW 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.

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Beth B. Russell

Assistant Professor

Office: Brockport Downtown 575
Phone: (585) 395-8456

Beth B. Russell, PhD, joined the faculty in 2016. Prior to her appointment at Brockport, she was a tenured, Associate Professor at Nazareth College and the Greater Rochester Collaborative Master of Social Work Program. She has also worked for Western Schools as a behavioral health and social work planner to create continuing education classes for practitioners in several disciplines. Dr. Russell teaches practice, research, and policy classes, as well as electives in sexual health, creativity in social work, evidence-based practice, and addictions. She is a licensed clinical social work in New York State and has experience as both a clinician and supervisor within several agencies in the Rochester area. Dr. Russell has contributed to several books, written peer-reviewed articles, and presented her research both nationally and internationally. Her current research foci include women and low sexual desire, cultural humility in social work graduate programs, and sexual health in professional social work practice. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Education and Counseling from the University of Rochester. She has additional training in sex therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy, among others. She is happy to be a part of the Brockport College and Social Work Department.

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Brad Snyder

Coordinator of Admissions, Registration and Student Services

Office: Brockport Downtown 568
Phone: (585) 395-8452

Brad Snyder started working with The College at Brockport in 2007 and began working as the MSW Coordinator 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. He was previously the Facility Assistant and Events & Outreach Coordinator at Brockport Downtown. He received an AAS from Monroe Community College in Liberal Studies, a BS in Sociology and an MPA from The College at Brockport.

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Tricia Snyder

Coordinator of Undergraduate Field Education

Office: 258 Brown Building

Phone: (585) 395-5507


Tricia Snyder joined The Department of Social Work in 2015. An alumnus of the 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.

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Jennifer Wood

Assistant Professor

Office: Brown Building 260
Phone: (585) 395-2324

Dr. Jennifer Wood grew up on Long Island; she received her BA in Psychology from St. Joseph's College in 2001. After several years in the corporate world, she received her MSW from Stony Brook University in 2009 and her Ph.D. In Social Welfare from Stony Brook University in 2014.

While completing her doctorate, Jennifer was engaged in clinical practice in a community mental health clinic and then in a group private practice. She worked with clients from the LGBTQIA+ community, Latinx immigrants, individuals with HIV/AIDS, and children with emotional disturbances.

Jennifer was on the social work faculty at West Texas A&M University from 2014 to 2018; she served as the MSSW program director from 2016-2018. Her research interests include social justice, diversity and inclusion, racial and cultural equality, and social work educational standards.

Jennifer lives in Brockport with her husband and two spoiled rescued bulldogs.

Nicole West

Nicole West, B.S.

GRC MSW Program Secretary and Brockport MSW Program Secretary

Office: Brockport Downtown 569
Phone: (585) 395-8450

Judy Zinsmeister, A.A.S.


Office: 264 Brown
Phone: (585) 295-2324

Last Updated 2/14/19

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