As the clinical supervisor of the Mount Sinai SAVI Program, Melissa Goodman oversees the work of 4 clinicians in Queens and 5 in Manhattan. She also provides short-term psychotherapy at Mount Sinai Queens in Astoria to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and commercial sexual exploitation. A trauma specialist, Melissa earned her Master’s Degree in social work at New York University in 1994. She cut her social work teeth at Elmhurst Hospital in emergency psychiatry by working on a mobile crisis unit before transitioning to SAVI in 2000. She subsequently earned a certificate as a Geriatric Scholar, and one in Executive Leadership in the Not-For-Profit Sector. She received a Declaration of Honor from Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall for “exemplary leadership” in raising awareness and improving services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and their families in October, 2010. More recently, she was awarded the 2016 Woman of the Year award by The Zonta Club of Greater Queens.
Melissa transitioned to social work after a successful career as a medical writer/editor. She earned her first master’s degree in journalism (science communication) from Boston University. In that career, she traveled around the world covering medical conventions and reporting on developments in medicine. She won the Vincent Downing Award for Excellence in Medical Communications and ended that career as a Vice President and Editorial Director.
One of her other professional interests is in teaching. Melissa works as an adjunct assistant professor at New York University teaching courses on “Social Work in the Emergency Room” and “Clinical Practice with Survivors of Intimate Partner violence.” She also teaches Integrative Practice at Touro College.
For fun, Melissa cycles and does jig-saw puzzles, which have clearly defined parameters.