Dr. Sormanti Mary

Dr. Sormanti Mary

Professor

Columbia University School of Social Work
New York, United States of America

plus Speciality

PSYCHOLOGY

Biography:

EDUCATION:

M.S.: Columbia University School of Continuing Education, Narrative Medicine,
      New York, 2012.
Ph.D.: Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Chestnut Hill, MA, 1996.
M.S.W.: New York University School of Social Work, New York, 1988.
B.A.: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (Psychology, Sociology), 1986.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Teaching:
2011- Present: Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY.
2003 - 2011: Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY.
2002 - 2003: Associate Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY.
2002: Lecturer, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA.
1997-2002:Assistant Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work, New York, NY.

Research:

2010-2011: Co-Principal Investigator, New Yorkers For Children, “Pregnant and
Parenting Foster Care Youth Pilot” (#2010.05). Award amount: $25,000
2001-2003: Principal Investigator, National Institute of Health, "HIV Risk Among
Older Abused Women Receiving Emergency Services" (#1-R03-MH61691-
01A1). Award amount: $100,000.
2001-2002: Principal Investigator, National Institute of Drug Abuse, "HIV Prevention with Drug-Involved Women and Their Main Partners" (#DA140001). Award amount: $15,000.
2001-2003: Co-Investigator, National Institutes of Health, "Partner Abuse and HIV in Women Receiving Emergency Care" (#1-R01-MH58529-01A2), Principal Investigator: Nabila El-Bassel. Award amount: $363,866.
1999-2001: Principal Investigator, Open Society Institute, "Social Work Leadership
Development Award". Award amount: $60,000
1998: Co-Principal Investigator, Open Society Institute, The Soros Foundation,
     “The Role of Social Work in End-of-Life Care". Award amount: $20,000.
1998-2000: Co-Investigator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, “Maternal Coping with  Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant” (#1- R01-MH57738 – NIMH). Principal Investigator: Susan Parsons. Award amount to Columbia University: $18,993.
1995 - 1996: Dissertation Research, Boston College, “Mothers Adaptation to Illness: The Role of Mutuality and Support in the Primary Partnered Relationship”.
1992 - 1993: Post-Masters Fellowship, American Cancer Society, “After Bone Marrow
Transplant: Assessing the Long-Term Needs of Pediatric Families”. Award amount: $24,000.

Clinical:

2005 - 2010: Consultant/Group Facilitator, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Hospice Care Program, New York, NY.
2004 – 2010: Bereavement Group Facilitator, Health Care Chaplaincy, New York, NY.
2002 - 2003: Clinical Program Director, A Common Ground, New York, NY.
2000 - 2006: Private Psychotherapy Practice; NY license #R062346; MA license #1019768
1998 - 1999: Support Group Facilitator, Cathedral Community Cares Program, Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York, NY.
1989 - 1996: Senior Social Worker, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.
1988 - 1989: Oncology Social Work Fellow, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, MA; and
Elinor M. Ristuccia Foundation, Andover, MA.
1987: Social Work Assistant, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital, Bedford, MA.

Additional Professional Activities:

2011-2012: Ad-Hoc Member, Member, Peer Review Committee on Clinical Oncology Social Work Training Grants, American Cancer Society, Inc.
2005 – 2009: Member, Peer Review Committee on Clinical Oncology Social Work
Training Grants, American Cancer Society, Inc.
2003 - Present: Consulting Editor, Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care
2002 - 2003: Trainer, PFLASH (Practical Frontline Assistance and Support for Healing) through the September 11 Training Initiative of the Mental Health Association of New York City. (Six six-hour trainings facilitated).
1998 - 2002: Education Committee Member, Society for Social Work Leadership in
Health Care, Metropolitan New York Chapter, Inc.
1997 - Present: Editorial Board Member, Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
1997 - Present: Consulting Editor, Health & Social Work
1995 - 1997: Board of Directors, Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers
1994 - 1996: Board of Directors, Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities, Ronald
McDonald House, Brookline, MA.
1993 - 1996: Quality of Life Scientific Review Committee, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
1993 - 1995: American Cancer Society, Massachusetts Chapter, Arlington, MA; Volunteer Financial Coordinator.

Honors and Awards:

1998: Beatrice Phillips Sachs Writing Award, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.
1997: 9th National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work, The Ohio State
University, Columbus, OH.
1997: Outstanding Graduate Student Award Finalist, Boston College Graduate Student
Association, Chestnut Hill MA.

MEMBERSHIPS:

Current: Association of Oncology Social Workers
Current: Council on Social Work Education
Current: National Association of Social Workers
Current: Society for Social Work and Research

CERTIFICATIONS:

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York: R062346
Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker, Commonwealth of Ma

Academic positions:

Professor of Professional Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work, 1997-present

Research interests:

psychosocial impact of loss and trauma on individuals and community; grief and bereavement; end-of-life care Please see attached CV for more information.

Any other information:

Articles in Refereed Journals:

1. Sormanti, M. & Ballan, M. (2011). Strengthening grief support for children with developmental disabilities. School Psychology International, 32(2), 179-193.
2. Sormanti, M., & Smith, E. (2009-10). Intimate partner violence screening in the emergency department: Residents’ perspectives about barriers and supports. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 30(1), 21-40.
3. Wong-Kim, E., Sormanti, M., Tang, K. L., & Ngai, S. (2008). Talking cancer, saving lives: Breast cancer awareness training for health professionals in Hong Kong. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 28(4), 305-318.
4. Sormanti, M., & Shibusawa, T. (2008). Intimate partner violence among midlife and older women: A descriptive analysis of women seeking medical services. Health & Social Work, 33(1), 33-40.
5. Sormanti, M., & Shibusawa, T. (2007). Predictors of condom use and HIV testing among midlife and older women seeking medical services. Journal of Aging & Health, 19(4), 705-719.
6. Sormanti, M. (2007). Clinical practice with individuals and families coping with life-threatening illness. In E.L. Csikai & B. Jones (Eds.), Teaching resources for end-of-life and palliative care (pp. 284-289). Chicago: Lyceum Books.
7. Ballan, M., & Sormanti, M. (2006). Trauma, grief and the social model: Practice guidelines for working with adults with intellectual disabilities in the wake of disasters. Review of Disability Studies:  An International Journal, 2(3), 78-96.
8. Sormanti, M., Wu, E., & El-Bassel, N. (2004). Considering HIV risk and intimate partner violence among older women of color: A descriptive analysis. Women & Health, 39(1), 45-63.
9. Kayser, K., & Sormanti, M. (2002). A follow-up study of women with cancer: Their psychological well-being and close relationships. Social Work in Health Care, 35(1/2), 391-406.
10. Kayser, K. & Sormanti, M. (2002).  Identity and the illness experience: Issues faced by mothers with cancer. Illness, Crisis & Loss: Multidisciplinary Linkages, 10(1), 10-26.
11. Sormanti, M., Pereira, L., El-Bassel, N., Witte, S. & Gilbert, L. (2001). The role of community consultants in designing an HIV prevention intervention. AIDS Education and Prevention, 13(4), 311-328.
El-Bassel, N., Witte, S.S., Gilbert, L., Sormanti, M., Moreno, C., Pereira, L., Elam, E. & Steinglass, P. (2001). HIV prevention for intimate couples: A relationship-based model. Families, Systems and Health, 19(4), 379-395.
12. Sormanti, M., & Kayser, K. (2000). Partner support and relationship changes during life- threatening illness: Women’s perspectives. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 18(3), 45-66.
13. Christ, G., & Sormanti, M. (1999). Advancing social work practice in end-of-life care. Social Work in Health Care, 30(2), 81-99.
14. Kayser, K., Sormanti, M., & Strainchamps, E. (1999). Women coping with cancer: The influence of relationship factors on psychosocial adjustment. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 23(4), 725-739.
15. Sormanti, M., & August, J. (1997). Parental bereavement: An exploration of parents’ spiritual connections with their deceased children. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 67(3), 460-469.
16. Sormanti, M., Kayser, K. & Strainchamps, E. (1997). A relational perspective of women coping with cancer: A preliminary study. Social Work in Health Care, 25(1/2), 89-106.
17. Sormanti, M. (1994).  Field instruction in oncology social work: Supervisory issues. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 12(3), 73-87.
18. Sormanti, M., Dungan, S. & Rieker, P.P. (1994). Pediatric bone marrow transplant: Psychosocial issues for parents post hospitalization.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 12(4),   23-41.
19. Sormanti, M.E. (1992).  Am I still a mother? Loss of an only child.  Illness, crisis and loss: Multidisciplinary linkages, 2(1), 78-85.

Book Chapters:

1. Sormanti, M. (under contract). Bereavement: Bridging Research and Practice. In G. Christ, C. Messner & L. Behar (Eds.). Handbook of Oncology Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.
2. Sormanti, M. (in press). End-of-Life: An Expansive Focus. In A. Gitterman (Ed.), Handbook of Social Work with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations (3rd ed.). New York: Columbia University Press.   
3. Sormanti, M (in press). Writing for and about clinical practice. In B. Simon & W. Green (Eds.). Columbia Guide to Social Work Writing (pp. 150-174). New York: Columbia University Press.
4. Sormanti, M. (2010). Facilitating women’s development through the illness of cancer: Depression, self-silencing and self care. In D. Jack & A. Ali (Eds.), Cultural perspectives on
5. women’s depression: Self-silencing, psychological distress, and recovery (pp. 363-380). New York: Oxford University Press.
6. Sormanti, M. (2008). Bereavement practice. In T. Mizrahi &L. Davis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social work (20th ed.) (pp. 192-195).New York:  Oxford University Press.
7. Sormanti, M. (2007). Clinical practice with individuals and families coping with life-threatening illness. In E.L. Csikai & B. Jones (Eds.), Teaching resources for end-of-life and palliative care courses (pp. 284-289). Chicago: Lyceum Books.
8. Christ, G., Sormanti, M., & Francouer, R. (2001). Chronic physical illness and disability. In A. Gitterman, (Ed.), Handbook of social work practice with vulnerable and resilient populations (pp. 124-162).  New York: Columbia University Press.
9. Christ, G., Sormanti, M., & Oppenheim (2001). Brief treatment of clients with chronic medical conditions. In B. Dane, C. Tosone, & A. Wolson (Eds.), Doing more with less: Using long-term skills in short-term treatment (pp. 307-341). Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson, Incorporated.

Miscellaneous

1. Sormanti, M. (2012). Bereavement Practices. Oxford Bibliographies Online, Social Work, Entry ID: 9780195389678-0117, New York: Oxford University Press.
2. Sormanti, M. (2010). Understanding Grief and Loss: Implications for Healthcare Professionals. Brockton, MA: Western Schools, Inc.
3. Sormanti, M. (2006). [Review of the book Loss, trauma, and resilience: Therapeutic work with ambiguous loss]. The Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 2(4),107-110.
4. Altilio, T., Sormanti, M., Fineberg, I.C. (Spring 2005). Reasserting our expertise in health care settings. Health Section Connection: The Newsletter of the National Association of Social Workers Health Practice Section.
5. Taylor-Brown, S., & Sormanti, M. (2004). End-of-life care. Health & Social Work, 29(1), 3-5.

What I think of the idea behind WebmedCentral and WebmedCentral plus:

I am not a scientist per se. I am a Ph.D. level social worker with clinical and research experience.