Naelys Luna, MSW, Ph.D.
Prior to her appointment as Interim Dean on July 1, 2019 and subsequent appointment as Dean on December 23, 2020, Dr. Naelys Luna served for three years as Professor and Director of the Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work. Dr. Luna earned her MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work from Fordham University in New York and her BA from Seton Hall University in New Jersey. As a licensed Social Worker (NY and NJ), she helped develop ADHD and PTSD programs in a child and adolescent outpatient psychiatric hospital. Dr. Luna has provided clinical social work services to children, adolescents and their families in outpatient units, partial care programs and private practice. Her research interests and multiple publications in national and international journals are in the areas of substance use disorders, mood disorders, spirituality, parental roles, mental health outcomes in minorities (especially Hispanics) and psychosocial functioning.