DSW, Adelphi University School of Social Work (2001)
MSW, Adelphi University (1981)
BS, Adelphi University (1980)
Licenses and Certifications
Licenses and Certifications
New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
I am Associate Dean at Adelphi University School of Social Work and the faculty director and co-founder of Adelphi’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership. I have more than thirty years of management, administrative, and direct service experience in the fields of aging, health care, mental health, and in social work education and have held varied academic and administrative positions. As Associate Dean, I lead the School’s efforts in advancing university community partnerships, supporting workforce development in child welfare, gerontology, and addictions, and overseeing continuing education and professional development initiatives. I continue to provide consulting services in social work education curriculum and program development and accreditation, as well as in nonprofit strategic planning, executive and board leadership development. I am a site visit chair for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Commission on Accreditation and have been appointed (2014-2017) to CSWE’s Council on Leadership Development. A member of NASW since 1978, have served on the Nassau Division Steering Committee, the Chapter’s Workforce Commission, and Chair of the 2013-2014 Strategic Planning Committee. I am honored to have been elected (2014-2016) President of NASW - New York State Chapter.
Field Instruction I Extended
Field Instruction II Extended
O Y R Professional Seminar
University-community partnerships, older adult, health and mental health service delivery, nonprofit sector leadership development, higher education leadership development, social work field education.
Mental health service needs of older adults, leadership transition and development, alternative models of field education.
Spitzer, W., Holden, G., Cuzzi, L. C., Rutter, S., Chernack, P., & Rosenberg, G. (2001), Edith Abbott was right: Designing fieldwork experiences for contemporary health care practice. Journal of Social Work Education, 37, 79-91..
Holden, G., Cuzzi, L.C., Rutter, S., Chernack, P., & Rosenberg, G. (1997), The Hospital Social Work Self-Efficacy Scale: A replication. Research on Social Work Practice, 7, 409-499.
Holden, G., Cuzzi, L.C., Rutter, S., Chernack, P., Spitzer, W. & Rosenberg, G. (1997), The Hospital Social Work Self-Efficacy Scale: A partial replication & extension. Health and Social Work, 22, 253-263.
Cuzzi, L. C., Holden, G., Chernack, P., Rutter, S., & Rosenberg, G. (1997), Evaluating social work field instruction: Rotations versus year-long placements. Research on Social Work Practice, 7, 402-414.
Holden, G., Cuzzi, L. C., Rutter, S. Rosenberg, G., & Chernack, P. (1996), The Hospital Social Work Self-Efficacy Scale: Initial development. Research on Social Work Practice, 6, 353-365.
Cuzzi, L. C., Holden, G., Rutter, S. Rosenberg, G., & Chernack, P. (1996), A pilot study of fieldwork rotations vs. year long placements for social work students in a public hospital. Social Work in Health Care, 24, 73-91.
Chernack, P. (2006). Interdisciplinary Teams in Gerontological Social Work: Panel Presentation. In Adelphi Hartford PPP Education Day. Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center.
Zodikoff, B. & Chernack, P. (2006). Geriatric Mental Health Care on Long Island: A Needs Assessment Report. In Geriatric Mental Health in Suffolk-Preparing for the Future, Suffolk County Office of Aging and Department of Health Services' Division of Community Mental Hygiene. H. Lee Dennison Building, Hauppauge, NY.
Zodikoff, B.D., & Chernack, P. (2006). Geriatric Mental Health Care on Long Island: A Needs Assessment Report. In Mental Health Association of Nassau County Geriatric Mental Health Alliance Meeting. Hempstead, NY.
Zodikoff, B.D., & Chernack, P. (2006). Barriers to Mental Health Treatment in Older Adults. In NASW-NYS Suffolk Division Mental Health and Aging in the 21st Century Conference. Melville Marriott.
Zodikoff, B.D., & Chernack, P. (2006). Geriatric Mental Health Service Needs: Responding Through University-Community Partnerships (Peer Reviewed Paper Presentation). In Annual Gero-Ed Forum, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Chicago, IL.
Chernack, P. (2005). Advancing Social Work in Health Care through University-Community Partnerships. In Social Work Month Keynote Speaker. South Nassau Communities Hospital.
Cohen, C., Chernack, P., Fenster, J., Barasch, N. (2005). Moving to the Next Level: Expanding Community and Organizational Assignments in Generalist Field Education. In Council on Social Work Education 51st Annual Program Meeting. New York, NY.
Chernack, P., Cohen, A., Bertrand Finch, J. (2005). Preparing MSW's for Child Welfare Practice: A Web-based Curriculum to Strengthen the Role and Capacity of the Faculty Field Liaison. In Council on Social Work Education 51st Annual Program Meeting. New York, NY.
Chernack, P., Goldberg, G. (2005). Social Welfare Provision and Advocacy: An Internet Guide to Teaching Government Benefits and Services. In 8th University of South Carolina Technology Conference. New York, NY.
Chernack, P., Mamiya, M. (2004). Responding to Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Social Work in Health Care. In Professional Enrichment Series. Adelphi University Hudson Valley Center.
Chernack, P. (2004). Social Work Education and Health Care Social Work Practice. In Health System-wide Staff Development. North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.
Chernack, P. (2004). New Directions in Mental Health: Preparing the New Generation of Social Workers for Public Mental Health. In Keynote Address, Social Work Month. Creedmoor Psychiatric Center.
Chernack, P. (2002). Promoting Technology Integration in Social Work Education: A Study of Student Comfort, Access and Utilization. In University of South Carolina, The 6th Annual Technology Conference. Charleston, SC.
Chernack, P. (2001). Lessons Learned: New Directions for Social Work in Health Care. In Grand Rounds Speaker. Nassau University Medical Center.
Chernack, P. (2000). Crisis in Field: Danger or Opportunity to Create a National Vision for Field Education. In Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. New York, NY.
Spitzer, W., Chernack, P., Holden, G. (1997). Use of Social Work Fieldwork Training Rotations as Preparation for Contemporary Healthcare Practice. In Virginia Conference on Social Work Practice in Healthcare. Richmond, VA.
Zodikoff, B.D., & Chernack, P. (June, 2006). Geriatric Mental Health Care on Long Island: A Needs Assessment Report. Submitted to: Mental Health Association of Nassau County, New York
Cuzzi, L. C., Holden, G., Chernack, P., Rosenberg, G., & Rutter, S. A pilot study of fieldwork rotations vs. year long placements for social work students in a public hospital, In: Mailick & Caroff (Eds.), Professional Social Work Education: Challenges for the Future Haworth Press,1996
Principal Investigator, Suffolk Geriatric Mental Health Project, a university-community partnership with the Suffolk Geriatric Mental Health Committee and the Long Island Home, funded through the Long Island Community Foundation (2007-2008, Dr. Bradley Zodikoff, Co-Principal Investigator).
Principal Investigator, Adelphi Hartford Practicum Partnership Program (2006-2009). Three year research and training grant to prepare social workers for practice and leadership roles in gerontology and geriatric mental health. Funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation through the New York Academy of Medicine, Social Work Leadership Institute.
Co-Principal Investigator, Long Island Geriatric Mental Health Needs Assessment Project, a university-community partnership with the Mental Health Association of Nassau County and funded through the Long Island Community Foundation (2006-2007, with Dr. Bradley Zodikoff, Principal Investigator).
Principal Investigator, Long Island Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Funded by the JPMorganChase Foundation, the Long Island Community Foundation, and the Bethpage Federal Credit Union. (2005-2008, with Dr. Andrew Safyer, Co-Investigator).
Member, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)
Member, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
President, NASW - NYS Chapter (2014-2016)
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