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Diner, Matthew

Diner, Matthew

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor
Social Work

Office Location: AC-3A11

Office Hours  
Monday  9:00 AM -10:00 AM 
Tuesday  3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 
Thursday  8:00 PM – 9:00 PM 


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work  Social Welfare  2016 
MSW  Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work  Social Work  2013 
BA  Stony Brook University  Hispanic Languages & Literature with Honors  2008 
Dr. Matthew Diner, PhD, LCSW-R is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in the School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs. He teaches clinical, policy and practice courses in the MSW program and provides supervision to MSW students at the Institute for Community Wellness (ICW). Dr. Diner's research centers on environmental social work and variables associated with self-care practices for mental health workers. He has presented his research at peer-reviewed conferences nationally and internationally. His current grant funded (PSC-CUNY) research focuses on empathy among social workers and allied health professions. Prior to joining CUNY York College, Dr. Diner was professionally trained in several evidence-based therapeutic modalities and worked as a psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. He received his MSW and doctorate at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.

Areas of Expertise

environmental social work
self-care: empathy, mindfulness, secondary traumatic stress

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Diner, M. T. "Measuring Mindfulness and its Relationship to Secondary Traumatic Stress." ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. (10726902) 2016: 98.

Diner, M. T. "A Quantitative Analysis of Mindfulness Practice as Self-Care for Social Workers in an Urban Setting." Greenwich Social Work Review. 1 2020: 21-35.

Chapters in Field Of Expertise

Diner, M. T, Moldovan, V., Rotari, E. & Tarna, V. "Social Justice is Energy Justice: Energy as an Integrative Key Social Work Principle." Energy Justice: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. 1 2021 (accepted): 1-19.

Non Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise

Diner, M. T. "Social Work Students Move Wellness Forward." The New Social Worker. 26 2019, Fall: Cover Feature: 17.

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Using Eastern Traditions to Inform Self-Care Practices for Social Workers " February 2019: The 48h Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Jacksonville, Florida.

" Social Work Methodology of Community Organizing Through History and Culture: An Intercontinental Education Mode " In collaboration with Moldovan, V. & Rotari, E. June 2019: European Association of Schools of Social Work. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid, Spain.

" Strengthening Internal Capacities: An Economy-Based Model Towards Social Change " July 2019: International Interdisciplinary Conference for Sustainable Community Wellness. Free International University of Moldova. Chisinau, Moldova.

" Prevalence and Amelioration of Secondary Traumatic Stress Amongst Social Workers " July 2019: 9th International Conference on Social Work in Health and Mental Health. University of York. York, England.

" Empathy Reconsidered: Understanding Cultural, Professional, and Pedagogical Factors " In collaboration with Halper, D. & Robinson, T. November 2019: The 52nd Annual New York State Social Work Education Association (NYSSWEA). Saratoga Springs, New York.

" Mindful Self-Care and Implications for Practice in Healthcare " November 2019: CUNY York’s Honors Seminar.

" The Nexus of Social and Environmental Justice: A Case Study " In collaboration with Persaud, U. February 2020: The 49h Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Seattle, Washington.

" Analyzing the Determinants of Empathy in the Helping Professions " July 2020 (Accepted, cancelled due to COVID-19): European Association of Schools of Social Work. Rimini, Italy.

" A Cross-Disciplinary Case Study of Ecological and Social Sustainability in Eastern Europe " In collaboration with Persaud, U. July 2020: International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), Calgary, Canada (held virtually due to COVID-19).

" A Social and Scientific Elucidation of Global Ecological Justice in Rural Eastern Europe (Poster Presentation) " In collaboration with Persaud, U. April 2021: The International Social Work Education and Development Online Conference 2021 (ISWED 2021), Rimini, Italy (held virtually due to COVID-19).

" Global Environmental Justice and Social Work Praxis " In collaboration with Persaud, U. April 2021: The 8th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Global Citizenship, Millersville University. Millersville, Pennsylvania. (held virtually due to COVID-19).

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute, Psychoanalytic Fellowship: 2014-2015.


PSC-CUNY, The Meaning of Empathy in Social Work and Other Helping Professions. 2018 - Present: $3,447.

CUNY Academy, The Stewart Travel Award. 2019: $500.

PSC-CUNY, Environmentalism: Expanding the Curricula. 2020 - Present: $3,445.25.

CUNY Academy, The Stewart Travel Award. 2020: $500 (deferred due to COVID-19).

Offices Held In Professional Societies

Member, National Association of Social Workers (NASW): 2012 - Present.

Honorary Member, Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work: 2019 - Present.

Board Member, New York State Social Work Education Association (NYSSWEA): 2020 - Present.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Certified Social Work Field Instructor (SIFI), Columbia University: 2017.

Social Work Clinical Supervisor, Columbia University School of Social Work: 2017-2018.

Reviewer, Health & Social Care in the Community: 2019 - Present.

Reviewer, Greenwich Social Work Review: 2020 - Present.