Name: Dr. Daria V. Hanssen
Title: Associate Professor/Director Social Work Program
Office Location: Dyson 384
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2970
Degrees Held:

Ph.D. Social Work, Hunter College School of Social Work Graduate Center, City University New York
MSW, Florida State University
BA Social Welfare, Fla. Atl. University


Licensed Clinical Social Worker in NYS 1996
CSWE Site Visitor 2008


Joined the faculty in 2001 as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Social Work Program after several years of higher education experiences at State University of New York at New Paltz, as well as Marist College. She received her Ph.D. from Hunter School of Social Work The Graduate Center of City University of New York, the MSW from Florida State University and BA in Social Welfare and Sociology from Florida Atlantic University. Her practice experience has primarily focused on work with children and families in child welfare, mental health and family preservation. In addition to direct service practice, she has served as an administrator, program planner, and consultant to programs serving at-risk children. She has taught a variety of courses across the curriculum in particular Social Service Theory and Practice and Social Research Methods. Research interests include evaluation of practice interventions with children and families.


Research and practice related to social work education, child welfare, mental health services and medical social work, and leadership development and feminism.


Hanssen, D. & Epstein, I. (2006). “A black box study of intensive family preservation services: “Utilizing “Clinical Data Mining” to unpack interventions and service patterns.” Family Preservation Journal, 9, 7-22.

Hanssen, D. & Epstein, I. (2007). “Learning what works: Demonstrating practice effectiveness with children & families through retrospective investigation.” Family Preservation Journal, 10, 1-11.

Rose, I. &Hanssen, D. (2010).The feminist perspective and social work education. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 10, 16-29.

Research Interests:

Issues in the field of child welfare and mental health. Intervention analysis in the fields of child welfare and mental health.


National Association of Social Work
American Association of University Women
Council on Social Work Education
Baccalaureate Program Directors

NYS Social Work Education Association



Hanssen, D. (November 2010). Maternal Mental Illness: The Feminist Perspective Empowers and Promotes Social Justice.43rd Annual New York State Social Work Education Association Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, November 2010.

Calista, M. &Hanssen, D. (November 2009). Mary Follett, Feminist Social Worker: Reclaiming a Distinctive Social Work Leadership Model. 55th Annual CSWE APM, San Antonio, Texas.

Hanssen, D. (March 2009). A Feminist Lens for Generalist Practice: A World View, Not a Gender. 26th Annual BPD Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Hanssen, D. (March 2008). Teaching Undergraduate Research: Utilizing the Research Self-Efficacy Scale to Assess Student Learning.2008 BPD Annual Conference, Destin, FL.

Hanssen, D. (July 2008). Teaching Research Methodology to the Reluctant Social Work Student. 3rdInternational Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Monash University, Prato, Italy.

Rose, I., &Hanssen, D. (October 2008). Raise your hand if you are a feminist. New York State Social Work Education Association 41st Annual Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY.

“BSW Students Perception of Social Work Leadership: Implications for Curriculum Development.” 53rd CSWE APM, San Francisco, California, Coctober 2007.

“Mining the Social Work Curriculum for Leadership Education and Faculty Development.” CSWE 2007 Leadership Seminar, Charleston, South Carolina, February, 2007.

“Is there Any Feminism Left in Social Work Education?” 24th Annual BPD Conference, Los Angeles, California, October, 2006

“The Impact of Demographics on the Relationship with Professional Social Worker.” 38th Annual New York State Social Work Educators Conference, Saratoga Springs, New York, October 2005

“A Quasi-experimental Study of Intensive Family Preservation Services: An Analysis Of Service Impact on Child and Family Functioning.” The Center of Child and Family Well-Being Conference, Issues and Challenges in Child and Adolescent
Mental Health, Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, April 2005

“Looking Inside the Black Box of Intensive Family Preservation Practice.” 51st CSWE APM, New York, New York, February 2005.

“Looking Inside the Black Box of Intensive Family Preservation Services: Testing the Feasibility of Clinical Data Mining.” 10th Annual Conference of the Society of Social Work and Research, Miami, Florida, January 2005.

“Using Family Preservation to Help Us Understand Social Work Interventions.” Parent Child 2004 Conference, London, England, June 2004.

“Testing the Feasibility of Clinical Data Mining throughout the Examination of Intensive Family Preservation Services.” 4th Annual Conference on Health and Mental Health, Quebec City, Canada, May 2004.

“Intensive Family Preservation Services from a Feminist Perspective.” 13th Annual Women and Society Conference, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York, October 2003.

“Looking Inside the Black Box of Intensive Family Preservation Services.” 36th Annual Conference of the New York State Social Work Education Association, Rochester, New York, October 2003.