The Power of Social Work

NASW President

Elvira Craig de Silva

Jeane W. Anastas, PhD, LMSW, (New York City Chapter) is President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).  NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.

Dr. Anastas has been a long-standing and active member in NASW.  As well as being President, she has served as convener for the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research (ANSWER), a coalition of social work organizations committed to increasing legislative and executive branch advocacy on behalf of social work education, training, and research.  Dr. Anastas has served as Chair of the National Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues (NCLGBTI), Chair of the National Committee on Women's Issues (NCOWI), and as a member of the National Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification (NCNLI). She is also a member of the NASW Workforce Research Advisory Workgroup and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR) and the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).

Dr. Anastas served as president of the Massachusetts Chapter of NASW, and was named the Chapter's Social Worker of the Year in 1995. 

Dr. Anastas is a professor at the New York University (NYU) Silver School of Social Work, and is highly regarded in the field of social work doctoral education and research.  She was named a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Visiting Scholar for academic years 2006–2007, and received CSWE's Greatest Recent Contribution to Social Work Education Award in 2007. Dr. Anastas was elected to the National Academies of Practice in Health Care in 2007. In 2011 she received NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Medal and in 2012 she was announced as the CSWE Feminist Scholarship Honoree.

Dr. Anastas has published extensively in the areas of women's issues, GLBT rights, mental health, and social work education, including the recently published Teaching in Social Work: Theory and Practice for Educators (Columbia University Press, 2010) and the Doctoral Education in Social Work (Oxford University Press, 2012).  She received her BLS in social work from Boston University, her MSW from Boston College, and her PhD from the Heller School at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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