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Elena T. Mazza, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

MSW Program Director

Play Therapy Graduate Certificate Coordinator

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Ph.D. Social Work, New York University

MSW, Fordham University

BSW, Monmouth University

Robert E. McAllan Hall 314
Courses this Semester
SW 421 senior field
Regularly Taught Courses
SW 421 Senior Field
SW 630 Field Practicum III

Elena (Ellie) Mazza has been a full-time faculty member at Monmouth University since January 2001 and the BSW program director since 2014. Ellie enjoys teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses. Her area of expertise is in child, adolescent, and adult mental health. She continues to work in the community as a clinical consultant providing services to children and families in the Children’s System of Care.Ellie is a current member of team of 20 faculty across the country working on improving child, adolescent, and family mental health curriculum in graduate social work programs.

Research Interests

Social work education and students with disabilities.
Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health.

Scholarly Articles

Mazza, E. (2015). Working with students with psychiatric disabilities and other emotional problems.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 35, 425-448.

Mazza, E. (2015). Experiences of social work educators working with students with a psychiatric disability or emotional problems, Journal of Social Work Education, 51. 359-378

Mazza, E.  The experiences of social work educators working with students with psychiatric disabilities. New York University, Ph.D., May, 2012.

Council on Social Work Education: Gero-Ed Grant: Master’s Advanced Curriculum (MAC) Project, Gero Innovations Grant. Co-project Director at Monmouth University (2009).

Council on Social Work Education: Gero-Ed Grant: Master’s Advanced Curriculum (MAC) Project, Gero Innovations Grant. Co-project Director at Monmouth University (2009).

Mazza, E. (2007). (Book review). Review of therapeutic games and guided imagery: Tools for mental health and school professionals working with children, adolescents, and their families. Social Work Education, 26, pp. 321-322

Presentations/Invited Talks

Mazza, E. (2012). Recruiting students to social work with older adults through experiential learning. Geronotological Society of America, November 17, 2012, in SanDiego, CA.

Mazza, E. (2012). Experiences of social work educators working with students affected by psychiatric disabilities. CSWE Annual Program Meeting, November, 2012, in Washington, DC.

Mazza, E. (2012). Supervision: Roles and assessment. Presented at Professional Education Program for Social Work Supervisors, October, 2012,Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.

Mazza, E., & Swigonski, M. (2011).An ethical matrix for social work. CSWE, Annual Program Meeting, October, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mazza, E. (2011).  Older People and Mental Health in Social Work Practice. Presented at Annual Clinical Lecture, Aging into the 21 st  Century. School of Social Work, Monmouth University. March 22, 2011

Mazza, E. (2010). Effective and ethical social work practice with older people with mental health and substance abuse problems. Presented at National Council on Aging-American Society on Aging, Aging in America Annual Conference, March 16, 2010, Chicago, Illinois.

Mazza, E., & Bradley, C. (2009). Teaching about mental health and substance abuse issues with old people. Presented at 2009 BPD Annual Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

Mazza, E., & Bradley, C. (2009). (Electronic Poster).  Teaching about mental health and substance abuse in older people. Presented at CSWE Annual Program Meeting, November 2009, San Antonio, Texas.

Mazza, E. (2009). Understanding anxiety and depression. Presented at Winter Professional Development Workshop for School Counselors: Helping Students Cope with Mental Health Issues, Monmouth University, New Jersey, (January 30, 2009)

Mazza, E. (2007). Faculty involvement: Working with students experiencing psychiatric disabilities.  Presented at New Jersey Association on Higher Education and Disability, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, New Jersey, March 2, 2007

Mazza, E. (2006). Cultural competence in partial care.  Presented at The Resource Center, Tinton Falls, New Jersey, February 16, 2006.


Mazza, E., & Hogan, C. (in progress). Engaging BSW students with older adults through experiential learning. 

Behavioral health curriculum development initiative (BHCDI). (2017-2021). 

Principle Investigator: The National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health

Funded by: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Position: Faculty member

Purpose: Develop and disseminate curriculum to improve the knowledge, expertise, and overall preparedness of graduates of MSW and post-graduate degree programs to provide effective behavioral health services to children, youth and young adults with behavioral health needs and their families.