Ph.D., Yeshiva University (2004)
M.S.W., Yeshiva University (1996)
B.A., University of Bombay, India (1993)
Licenses and Certifications
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - New York State
Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is a Dean and Professor at the School of Social Work. Previously, he served as an Associate Provost (Graduate and Professional Schools) and Professor of Social Work at Hunter College in New York, and a Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging and Senior Associate Dean at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. He has a Master's of Social Work degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.
He started his social work career in senior centers and that sparked his lifelong passion for the study of senior centers and community-based services for older adults. He has also served as a social worker, and then as an administrator, in a number of organizations serving the homeless, individuals living with HIV/AIDS and individuals diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness.
He is passionate about public policy reforms and his current research is utilized to inform his policy advocacy endeavors in the fields of aging and social welfare. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in professional publications, and has served as a mentor to emerging scholars. His research has garnered over $1 million in grants and has resulted in significant increases in public funding for gerontological social services in New York City and program innovations in senior centers nationwide. At Hunter College, he oversaw approximately $80 million in research and program grants.
In addition to senior centers, Dr. Pardasani has documented the impact of diverse program models among immigrants, refugees and other oppressed groups with reference to HIV/AIDS, chronic mental illness and homelessness.
He is the recipient of several honors including the Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work Leader Award from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and Fulbright Specialist award. He has taught as a Visiting Professor in China, Germany, Chile and the United Kingdom. He has been invited across the US and to Chile, South Korea, Taiwan and India to share his research on social welfare policies and services for the rapidly aging population worldwide. He is the past chair of the Social Welfare Action Alliance, past president of the Southwestern Social Science Association and the New York State Society on Aging. Currently, he is on the board of the New York City chapter of NASW, as well as the NY State Society on Aging.
Social Work Assessment And Diagnosis
Us Social Work In Historical And Cross-National Perspective
Courses Previously Taught
Courses Previously Taught
Advanced Clinical Assessment and Diagnosis I & II
Client-Centered Management I and II
Supervision and Staff Development
Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II
International Social Development in a Global Context
Supervision and Staff Development
Social Policy Analysis (Doctoral Seminar)
Social Policy Implementation (Doctoral Seminar)
Evidence-base in Social Work (Doctoral Seminar)
Evidence-based Research Interventions
Social Work Practice Evaluation
Leadership and Change
Clinical Social Work Practice
Non Profit Leadership
Social Policy Analysis
I have always embraced teaching as an opportunity to inspire and empower. My goal is to challenge my students intellectually and to promote learning as a transformative and collaborative experience. I want to facilitate their growth as critical thinkers and as advocates for social justice and human rights. I strive to integrate my practice, research, and community service experiences with course content to enhance student learning.
It is only through a heightened awareness of self that a social worker can be truly effective when working with others. Optimal learning is most likely to occur when students become personally engaged with the material and perceive the subject matter to be directly relevant to their own practice. I encourage students to challenge existing boundaries by teaching them to make the familiar strange and question how they have come to know what they believe to be true about their world. Students are encouraged to integrate their own life experiences, values, beliefs, and perspectives when engaging with the topic at hand. This is not to say students have to accept their own beliefs as sacrosanct, rather they are asked to grapple with the contradictions between their own perspectives and those of others in the classroom and in the world beyond. I promote self-directed learning through the creation of student assignments that take them beyond the classroom, such as interviewing social workers and consumers in the field, conducting needs assessments, attending workshops and community meetings, and locating and reviewing relevant study materials. I use varied pedagogical approaches to appeal to the different learning styles, individual strengths and needs of my students. These include role plays, debates, small group tasks, joint group presentations, videos, podcasts, quizzes, simulation videos, discussion of the reading assignments, and guest presenters. I also engender discussion of my ongoing research and community collaborations in the courses I teach allow students to learn about the nature of current practice and its inherent challenges.
June 2016 Yu Da University Zaoqiao Township, Taiwan
May 2015 Northeast Normal University Shenyang, China
August 2013 – Universidad Autonoma de Chile Santiago, Chile
January 2012 – July 2012 University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg, Germany
Visiting Professor (competitive DAAD Fellowship)
May 2011 – July 2011 China Youth University Beijing, China
Pardasani, M. (2018). Teaching students the importance of community engagement and awareness in the areas of mental health and addiction. In A. Sisselman and T. McMillan (Eds.), Treatment, Education, and Outreach for Mental Health and Addiction (pp.299-314). New York: Springer Publishing.
Pardasani, M. & Allen, P. (2018). Healthcare and work with older adults and their caregivers. In J. Heyman and E. Congress (Eds.), Health Care and Social Work: Practice, Policy and Research (pp.213-233). New York: Springer Publishing Co.
Pardasani, M. & Berkman, C. (2021). Senior Centers: Who participates and why? Journal of Applied Gerontology, 40(9), 985-996.
Marmo-Roman, S. & Pardasani, M. (2021). Social justice orientation and organizational commitment of palliative care social workers. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership & Governance, 45(3), 1-16.
Marmo-Roman, S., Pardasani, M. & Vincent, D. (2021). Senior Centers and LGBTQ Participants: Engaging older adults virtually in a pandemic. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 64(8), 864-884.
Kail, B.; Pardasani, M. & Chazin, R. (2021). The Better Future International’s Family Care Model: Creating social capital as a means to empowerment. International Social Work, 64(6), 975-991.
Berman, J., Pardasani, M. & Powell, M. (2020). The impact of Age-Tastic! on knowledge of depression among older adults: A pilot study. Educational Gerontology, 46(3), 117-128.
Pardasani, M. (2019). Senior Centers: Why don’t the boomers attend? Educational Gerontology, 45(2), 120-133.
Zodikoff, B. & Pardasani, M. (2019). On navigating a leadership pathway from faculty member to Associate Dean in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education. DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2019.1656570.
Pardasani, M. (2018). Senior Centers: Motivation to volunteer among participants. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(3), 313-333.
Pardasani, M. (2018). Recruiting, engaging and educating social work leaders: An innovative curricular model. Social Work Education, 37(4), 519-534.
Pardasani, M., Berman, J. & Powell, M. (2018). Age-Tastic! An evaluation of an evidence-based intervention. Healthcare, 6(4), 142-154.
Pardasani, M. (2018). Case Management for Home-bound Older Adults: What is an appropriate caseload size? Educational Gerontology, 44(11), 712-723.
Marmo-Roman, S. & Pardasani, M. (in press). Social justice orientation and organizational commitment of palliative care social workers. Human Service Organizations.
Marmo, S., Pardasani, M. & Vincent, D. “Senior Centers and LGBT Participants: Engaging older adults virtually in a pandemic”, Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Phoenix (AZ), November 10-14, 2021.
Pardasani, M. & Berman, J. “Age-tastic - An Evidence-based Intervention to Improve Health, Safety and Well-being in Older Adults”, Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Phoenix (AZ), November 10-14, 2021.
Pardasani, M., Marmo, S. & Vincent, D. “Senior Centers and LGBT Participants: Engaging older adults virtually in a pandemic”, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meeting, Orlando (FL), November 5-7, 2021.
White-Ryan, L., Heyman, J., Kelly, P., Pardasani, M., Caprio, T., Berman, J. & Abramson, T. “An Educational Intervention to Promote Communication between Older Adults and Health Care Providers”, Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), Virtual Conference, January 19, 2021.
White-Ryan, L., Heyman, J., Kelly, P., Pardasani, M.
, Caprio, T., Berman, J. & Abramson, T. “Importance of Strengthening Older Adults’ Communication with Their Health Care Provider
”, 47th Annual Conference of the State Society on Aging of New York, Saratoga Springs (NY), October 30, 2019.
& Berman, J. “Age-Tastic! An Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Intervention for Older Adults
”, 47th Annual Conference of the State Society on Aging of New York, Saratoga Springs (NY), October 29, 2019.
Pardasani, M. & Berman, J. “Age-tastic: An Evidence-Based Intervention for Health Literacy and Promotion”, Aging in America Conference, American Society on Aging, New Orleans, (LA), April 17, 2019
“Educating social workers to practice effectively in communities”,
Joint Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Dublin, Ireland, July 5, 2018.
“Transition from nursing home to independent living: An evidence-based model of practice
”, Joint Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Dublin, Ireland, July 5, 2018.
“Senior Centers: Innovating tools to improve the health and well-being of older adults”,
Aging in America Conference, American Society on Aging, San Francisco, (CA), March 28, 2018.
“Integrating older adults back into the community: The impact of comprehensive case management
”, 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, San Francisco (CA), July 26, 2017.
& Guishard, D. “Integrating back into the community from LTC: The impact of comprehensive case management one year later”,
Aging in America Conference, American Society on Aging, Chicago, (IL), March 23, 2017.
“Social Isolation, Mental Health and Older Adults”, Strengthening the Workforce in Aging, New York (NY), June 17, 2019.
“Social Workers: Power to change the world”, Phi Alpha Honor Ceremony, Ramapo College, Mahwah (NJ), May 1, 2019.
“Social Workers and Burnout”, Social Work Month, Northwell Health, Glen Oaks (NY), March 26, 2019.
“Combating Loneliness: Myths, Facts and Possibilities”, State Senator Liz Kruger’s Roundtable for Boomers and Seniors, New York (NY), March 14, 2019.
“Challenging Senior Centers to Stay Relevant: Data tells the Story!”, 2018 Annual Regional Conference, Philadelphia Corporation of Aging, Philadelphia (PA), September 26, 2018.
“Senior Centers: Integrating research and evaluation into practice”, 2019 National Council on Aging (NCOA) Age+Action Conference, Washington (DC), June 18, 2019.
“Senior Center and Nutrition Programs – How to Manage a Senior Center in Efforts to Feed the Most People”, Annual Nutrition Conference, Pennsylvania Department of Aging, State College (PA), June 4, 2018.
“Evidence-based Models and Services in Senior Centers”, Connecticut Association of Senior Center Professionals Annual Conference, Danbury (CT), June 1, 2018.
“Care for the Professional Self”, Molloy College 20th Anniversary Celebration, Rockville Center (NY), March 28, 2018.
“Innovative Senior Centers”, Pennsylvania Association of Senior Centers, Pottstown (PA), March 22, 2018.
PI on Extramural Grant: Self-directed Senior Volunteer Teams (2022 – 2025). Funded by the United Neighborhood Houses, Inc. ($90,000).
PI on Extramural Grant: The Abramson Senior Care – Kleinlife Collaboration, a Pilot Study (2021-2022). Funded by the Bernard and Etta Weinberg Fund, Philadelphia, PA ($25,000).
Consultant and Advisory Board Member: Modernizing Senior Centers Resource Centers, 2021-2024. Funded by the Administration for Community Living ($750,000).
Program Coordinator on Extramural Grant: Mental Health Service Corps, 2018-2020. Funded by New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene ($73,047,870).
PI on Extramural Grant: Community Navigators, 2019-2021. Funded by the New York County District Attorney’s Office ($4,690,667).
Co-PI on Extramural Grant with Dr. Janna Heyman (PI): Service Area 3 (Organizational Analysis) of the Analytic Technical Assistance + Program Evaluation. Funded by NYC Administration of Children’s Services ($240,000).
PI on Extramural Grant (Co-PI: Dr. Cathy Berkman): Friendly Visiting Program Evaluation. Funded by New York City Department for the Aging ($90,000)
Co-PI on Extramural Grant with Dr. Cathy Berkman (PI): Geriatric Mental Health Program Evaluation. Funded by New York City Department for the Aging ($90,000).
Project Director on Extramural Grant with Dr. Janna Heyman (PI) and Dr. Linda White-Ryan (Co-PI): Addressing the risks of concomitant alcohol and medication use in older adults: Research to practice. Funded by the NY Community Trust ($70,000).
Honors and Accomplishments
Honors and Accomplishments
Fulbright Specialist Award (2017-2020), United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Fellow, CSWE Program Directors Academy (2016-2017)
Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work Leader Award, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), New York City Chapter (2015)
Appointed Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine (2015)
Outstanding Researcher of the Year (2004 & 2011) – National Council on Aging\
Social Worker of the Year (2006) – NASW (Region 1, Indiana).
Board Member, National Nominating Committee, CSWE, (2021-2023)
1st Vice President, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) – New York City (2019-2022)
Board Member, New York State Society on Aging (SSA) (2018-current)
Educational Gerontology, Editor (Special Issue on Grandparenting Challenges Globally): 2018
Chair, National Nominating Committee, CSWE (2018-2019)
Board Member, Council of Social Work Education (2016-2019)
Past Chair of Research Division, National Institute of Senior Centers, National Council on Aging (2006-2015)
Editorial Board – Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Educational Gerontology.
NASW/NYC Recruitment & Retention Committee (2017)
Program Chair (2011) and President (2013), New York State Society on Aging (SSA)
Program Co-Chair (2006-2011), Social Welfare Action Alliance Annual Conference (SWAA)
Program Chair (2008-2009), Southwestern Social Science Association (Social Work Chapter) Annual Conference
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