Neil Guterman Named Dean of the Silver School of Social Work


Guterman, Dean of Social Work at University of Chicago and National Expert on Childhood Violence Prevention, Joins NYU in September

Neil Guterman
Neil Guterman

NYU President Andrew Hamilton and Provost Katherine E. Fleming today named Neil Guterman, a nationally recognized expert on child abuse and neglect and child victimization, as dean of NYU’s Silver School of Social Work, effective September 1, 2017.

Dr. Guterman comes to NYU from the University of Chicago, where he is dean of the School of Social Service Administration.

President Hamilton said, “Neil Guterman is a leader in social work practice, research, and education.  His expertise in childhood violence prevention has made him a resource at the national level for policy-makers seeking to protect children.  As dean at the University of Chicago, he has brought social work into collaboration with schools and disciplines from across the university, engaging deeply with the city to help address its most intractable social problems and training the next generation of social work practitioners, researchers, and leaders.  For all these reasons, Neil Guterman is an excellent fit for the Silver School of Social Work.  We are very pleased that he is joining us, and we welcome him to NYU.”

In addition to being dean of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration since 2010, Dr. Guterman is also the Mose & Sylvia Firestone Professor of Clinical Social Work and Director of the Beatrice Cummings Mayer Program in Violence Prevention. Prior to joining the University of Chicago faculty in 2006, he was a tenured faculty member and Ph.D. program chair at the Columbia University School of Social Work.

His research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Children’s Bureau in the Department of Health & Human Services, as well as private foundations, including the McCormick Foundation, the Pritzker Early Childhood Foundation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Oscar G. & Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation.

Dr. Guterman received his Ph.D. in social work and psychology and M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, and his B.A. from UC, Santa Cruz.

About the Silver School of Social Work at New York University:
The mission of the Silver School of Social Work at New York University is to educate professionals in a global perspective for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities and to provide leadership in the development of knowledge relevant to social work practice in complex urban environments.

The Silver School provides a rich environment for the education of professional social workers, offering undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs, and continuing professional training. Through faculty research, the School is a key source of scholarly research and publications directed at improving the practice of social work, evaluating social service and mental health programs, and developing new alternatives for meeting the needs of under-served populations.

Since 1960, the Silver School has been a pioneer in training over 18,000 social work practitioners and leaders in every field of practice, affecting lives around the world. From 1960’s gang violence to the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s to 9/11, NYU’s social workers have been at the center of response efforts that turn crises into social progress.

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