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    Service Awards - 2019

    Congratulations to all!
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    Criminal Justice students learning how to gather fingerprints using magnet powder

  • Student Presentation

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    Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution

  • Students at International Day of Peace

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    Mercy Students at the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21st

  • Immigration Field Trip

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    Sociology of Immigration (SOCL 295) Students on a Field Trip to the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

  • Model UN Team Award

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    Our team competed at the Model UN and won!
  • Westchester Undergrad Research Conference

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    SSBS Students Shined at the Westchester Undergraduate Research Conference on April 7th

  • SSBS Faculty at Commencement

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    SSBS Faculty at Commencement 2018


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Diana D. Juettner, J.D., Interim Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Mahoney Hall

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences seeks to foster caring in our global community. Through learning to treat one person at a time, helping individuals and families better manage every day issues, or working in a large organization, Mercy College teaches students how to become an integral part of their world.

Find out what SSBS Faculty and Students are working on, writing, and thinking about on the SSBS Student and Faculty Blog site!

Check out the latest posts: My Experience at the Opera House and '13th': A Review
Mediation Training
Congratulations to the IMCR Class of 2018!

We are so proud of the Mercy College students who just completed the Mediation Training conducted by Dr. Stephen Slate, Executive Director of the IMCR (Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution).

We are in our 18th year of training students to be mediators and still going strong.  Students in the program have the opportunity to develop their negotiation, mediation and facilitation skills.

Dr. Dorothy Balancio, Dr. Arthur Lerman, Prof. Diana Juettner, Prof. Michiko Kuroda, Prof. Lindsay Astor


Congratulations to Sr. Theresa Kane on her retirement, on behalf of all her admirers in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Sr. Theresa, who received a lifetime achievement award at last year's Trustees Scholarship Dinner, will be retiring from full-time teaching at the end of the Spring 2017 semester.  We wish her all the best and have been immensely honored by her service and leadership to the College.

Christina Stephens
Student Spotlight

Social Work Senior, Christina Stephens was honored at the 2017 Westchester National Association of Social Workers Awards as Student of the Year! Pictured with Christina are Professors Mary Knopp Kelly, Emily Murphy and Carol Bennett Speight. We are so proud of you Christina!

Out of the Darkness Walk
Out of the Darkness Walk

In October, the Bronx Campus Social Work Club participated in the "Out of the Darkness Walk" hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. After the walk, they met with organizers to discuss how to bring the walk to Mercy College in 2018 to help raise awareness about suicide prevention. 

CUREnet Training
CUREnet Training

SSBS faculty members Alberto Manzi and Kim Rapoza participated in a two-day training session to enhance their courses through the inclusion of Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE).  At this session, Dr. Manzi and Dr. Rapoza collaborated with faculty from the New York region to shape their courses so that students can engage in formulating and answering questions related to the course content.

Mercy Students Attend A Court of Appeals Session
Mercy Students Attend A Court of Appeals Session

On Thursday, April 27th, students in the Legal Studies program were invited to hear oral arguments before the New York State Court of Appeals held at the Westchester County Courthouse.  The Court of Appeals sits in Albany, NY and, generally, arguments are heard in Albany. This was a rare opportunity for students to observe oral arguments (in 3 cases) before the State's highest court.

Prior to attending, students from PACE Law School met with students in the Legal Studies classes to discuss the cases they would be hearing.  This was truly an exceptional opportunity for our students and an amazing learning experience.  The students were also able to meet with the judges after court adjourned and a Q&A session with the judges followed.

Students were accompanied by Dr. Diana Juettner, Chair, Social Sciences, Dr. Donna Drumm, Adjunct Professor, Legal Studies, and Dr. Donna Bookin, J.D., Assistant Professor and Program Director, Legal Studies.

Marriage and Family Therapy students attend Ackerman Institute Annual Conference
Marriage and Family Therapy students attend Ackerman Institute Annual Conference

Pictured above, MFT students who attended the Ackerman Institute Annual Conference, “Deepening Sexuality and Gender: Couple Therapy in the 21st Century,” on Friday, March 23rd in NYC, chaired by Program Director Dr. Evan Imber-Black.

SSBS Honors Induction 2020

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences would like to congratulate all the Honor Society Inductees, as well as, the Model UN award recipients and the Dr. Arthur G. McCann Memorial Scholarship awardee, Denise Schraud. Bravo to all!

Sasha Garcia '19

Mercy college students can be described in many ways: determined, ambitious and passionate, being some of the few. Sasha Garcia '19 juggled mentoring students, working three jobs, and being the head of multiple clubs...all while attending six classes per semester!

First Fall Brown Bag Research Seminar

Join us on Wednesday, September 25th from 12:00pm – 1:00pm in Main Hall, Room 213, Dobbs Ferry Campus!

Sing Sing Correctional Facility's 2019 Commencement

Scenes from this year’s Sing Sing Commencement. These students received associate’s degrees in Liberal Arts, or bachelor’s degrees in Behavioral Science.

Sunny Hostin Speaks at 4th Annual Women's Empowerment Conference

The 4th Annual Women's Empowerment Conference featured a keynote talk by Sunny Hostin, in addition to a panel discussion and workshop seminars.

Be sure to check out our terrific panelists in the video links below:

Gina Avila:

Lucinda Cross:

Tiffany Leyba:

Students happily attended ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ as part of CNSL 643 - Introduction to School Counseling with Prof. Cynthia Walley
Next Brown Bag Research Seminar - Thursday, March 21 at 1:00 pm
Arthur G. McCann Memorial Lecture
October 25, 2018

Join us Thursday, October 25 from 5 - 7 p.m.

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Arthur G. McCann Event
Dorothy Balancio Story

Dr. Dorothy Balancio, Sociologist, tells her story.

Research Seminar Invite
Announcing the 11th talk in the SSBS Brown Bag Research Seminar Series

Thursday, October 18th  from 5pm to 6pm at the Mercy College, Bronx Campus, Room 3255

Prof. Carolyn Hanesworth, Assistant Professor in Social Work will be giving the talk entitled, “The Development of a New Evidence Based Intervention for Homeless Individuals and Families: A State-Wide Pilot Study in Connecticut.”

The Brown Bag Research Series is a great opportunity for students to learn about the research interests and work of the faculty in SSBS.

Congratulations to the Mercy College Team to the National Model United Nations Conference (March 25 – 29, 2018)

International Relations and Diplomacy Program (IRDP), Mercy College, team participated at the National Model United Nations (NMUN).  This time, the team won again with the highest number of awards. Representing New Zealand, Mercy College delegation received “Honorable Mention Award” as a group. On an individual basis, the team received 5 “Outstanding Position Papers” for Second Committee, Fifth Committee, United Nations Environmental Assembly, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Committee and United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA) Committee. In addition, two students at the IOM Committee received “Outstanding Delegate(s)” Award.   For more information on this years' National Model United Nations Conference click here.

Upcoming Brown Bag Research Seminar

Join us for Using Mixed-Methods Research to Learn About Identity and Advocacy Skills Development Among K12 STEM Educators

Presented by Dr. Jack Simons Wednesday, Oct. 30th, 3-4 pm, Main Hall, Rm. 205, DF Campus

Tree Planting Dedication honoring Dr. Arthur McCann

Arthur G. McCann served Mercy College as the Chair of the Counseling Department, Director of the School Counseling program, and Associate Professor of Counseling from 2009-2018. He shared his passion for teaching and the depth of his experience with Mercy College students and colleagues.  The faculty and students of Mercy College are grateful for his extremely effective leadership style, a central factor in the program’s progress. He was considered an excellent community citizen within the School and the College, and a genuine, patient and kindhearted person. His students and colleagues will long remember his influence.


Next Brown Bag Research Seminar - Monday, April 22 @ 12 pm, MH314
SSBS Faculty attend Job & Internship Fair

Career & Professional Development held their Spring 2019 Job & Internship Fair on March 14th. 61 organizations were on the Dobbs Ferry campus to meet and recruit students; 243 students participated in the fair.
SSBS faculty were visible partners throughout the event. Dr. Julia Zavala and Dr. Deb Aikens were interviewed by Westchester Talk Radio about the importance of internships and networking. Dr. Mary Cuadrado and Dr. Mike Grunes joined Dr. Zavala and Dr. Aikens in promoting internships for credit, as well as the Internship Grant offered by Mercy College.

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* Mercy students may receive a Metro-North round trip ticket for this event by signing up with Student Life by Friday, March 1st. Students may sign up by emailing Hannah Berling, Student Life Specialist (, or by visiting her at the PACT Office on the Manhattan campus (Tuesdays/Thursdays) or the Student Life Office on the Bronx campus (Mondays/Wednesdays) by Friday, March 1st.

Next Brown Bag Research Seminar - Thurs., Dec. 13th, 1-2 pm
Next Brown Bag Research Seminar - Nov.14th @ 12:30 pm
Social and Behavioral Science Professional Organizations Oppose Separation & Detention of Immigrant Families
Joy-Ann Reid Speaks at Mercy's 3rd Annual Women's Empowerment Conference
Global Engagement Conference 2018
Global Engagement Conference 2018

IRDP students attended the Global Engagement Conference at the United Nations on February 28.  This was organized by the North-Eastern Regional Office of the Untied Nations Association of USA. Two IRDP students, Akmal Ataev and Mariama Daube, spoke at the General Assembly Hall. To view the UN webcast, click the following link: