New Faculty 2021-2022

Experienced clinicians, researchers, experts in human behavior, policy developers, and administrators from many settings come to teach at the Silver School of Social Work. The interdisciplinary faculty brings the School a wide range of knowledge and social work orientations spanning contemporary psychodynamic, psychological, and social theory perspectives and related research. They are experienced practicing professionals in mental health, policy administration, research, child welfare, group work, and independent practice.

Assistant Professors

Lance Keene

Lance Keene

Lance Keene is Assistant Professor of Social Work. He received his Ph.D. in Social Work from the Crown School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice at The University of Chicago, his MSW from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his B.A. in Sociology from Michigan State University.

Keene’s primary research interest includes the sexual and behavioral health of adolescent and young adult sexual minority men of color. Additionally, his research investigates the impact of inequality on this population and seeks to improve their life opportunities. Keene’s long-term career objective is to develop, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based interventions to reduce sexual risk behavior, substance misuse, and improve life chances of racial and sexual minority youth and young adults.

Prior to joining NYU, Keene was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health, where he and CLAFH Director Vincent Guilamo-Ramos were awarded a 2020 William T. Grant Foundation Mentoring Grant. In 2019-20 and 2020-21, Keene, in collaboration with Guilamo-Ramos, lead the research project, “Multi-dimensional inequality among young sexual minority men of color: Exploring the potential to leverage existing HIV treatment and prevention infrastructure to improve life chances.” This qualitative study explores the experiences and perspectives of Black and Latino sexual minority men (ages 15 to 25) regarding multiple intersecting dimensions of inequality—i.e., socioeconomic, health, political, and sociocultural—and the relationship of these factors to their perceived life opportunity trajectories.