NASW Board of Directors
Director, Region III

Debra Faria, LCSW, ACSW


Debra Faria

Debra Faria, LCSW, ACSW, earned her MSW degree and advanced certificates in Gerontology and Women's Studies at Syracuse University and her BS in Social Work from RIT.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with clinical and administrative practice in the areas of gerontology and medical social work.  She served on the faculty of RIT as assistant professor of social work and was the recipient of RIT's Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching.  In 2001, Debra joined the SUNY Brockport MSW faculty.  She is Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work, past department chair, and coordinates the Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Social Work and MSW field education program. 

Debra has administered federal, state and foundation training grants focusing on child welfare, gerontological social work, health and mental health services and was the recipient of the New York Academy of Medicine’s Hartford Partnership in Aging Education’s Outstanding Principal Investigator Leadership Award. Debra is also an active scholar with 86 peer-reviewed papers and presentations, and 63 invited presentations at regional, state, national and international conferences and professional meetings. Her scholarship areas include: gerontological social work education, interprofessional education and team work, field education, international social work education, and cultural humility. 

Debra has served on a number of professional and advisory boards including: the National Advisory Board of the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Gero-Ed Center, president of the NASW-NYS Chapter, and member of the CSWE Field Education Council. She also served six years as a Commissioner for the Council on Social Work Education's Commission on Accreditation (2014-2019).  Locally, she serves on the boards of Linkages of Rochester, and the State Society on Aging of NY and is a member of the Elder Fatality Review Team of Lifespan of Rochester, Catholic Family Center’s Child and Family Advisory Committee and Spiritus Christi Anti-Racism Coalition.