Supervised Fieldwork Advisor; Course Instructor
Contact Person for the Bank Street Infancy/ Hunter Social Work Program
Some of the Values that Shape My Work
I am interested in guiding graduate students in the transition from student to lifelong learning professional. In this process, I hope to guide these young emerging professionals toward a deeper understanding of themselves and help them use this understanding in their work with young children and their families. It is my hope that I can stimulate an interest in social policy in these learners so they become advocates for and with parents in their fight for family-friendly legislation and programs that meet a variety of cultural needs and socioeconomic groups. I want my students to take a questioning stance as they wonder with families what is in their best interests. I believe strongly that it is important to partner with families as we work together in the best interests of children.
Work with Families, Children, Schools, and Communities
My work has been mainly in community programs located in East Harlem. These have included LSA Family Health Service, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, and the New York Foundling. I have also worked with special-needs toddlers at NYU’s Rehabilitation Hospital. I was the founder of the East Harlem 0-5 Network and on the Board of New York Zero-to-Three and the Board of the New York Foundling. For several years I served on the Early Intervention Coordinating Council. For the past five years, I have taught Child Development at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. For eleven years, I was on the faculty of the Institute for Infants, Children and Families at JBFCS.
Recent Professional Contributions
Bank Street College, adjunct instructor and fieldwork advisor; Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter, field advisor and contact person for the Bank Street/ Hunter dual degree program; member of Zero to Three; member of the New York Zero-to-Three Network; member of the National Association of Infant Mental Health.
- MSW, Social Work, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College
- M.S.Ed., Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Infant and Parent Development, Bank Street College of Education
- M.A., Social Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University
- B.A., History, Tufts University
Selected Publications and Presentations
Grant, R., Gordon, G., & Cohen, S. (1997). An innovative school-based intergenerational model to serve grandparent caregivers. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 28(1-2), 47-61.
Indyk, D., Belville, R., Gordon, G., Lachapelle, S., & Dewart, T. (1993). A community-based approach to HIV case management: Systematizing the unmanageable. Social Work, 38(4), 380-387.
Belville, R., Indyk, D., Gordon, G., et al. (1991). The community as a strategic site for refining high perinatal risk assessments and interventions. Social Work in Health Care, 16, 5-9.