Terry Mizrahi, Ph.D., MSW was a faculty member at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College of the City University of New York for 39 years (1980-2019). She chaired the Community Organization, Planning and Development practice method for several years and created with colleagues a multi-disciplinary undergraduate Community Organizing Minor in Hunter College. She taught community organizing, social policy and health policy. For ten years in the 1990s, she chaired Hunter College’s Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects. In 1982 she and others created the Education Center for Community Organizing (ECCO) through 2006 to provide support and resources to people working for progressive social change.
As of 2020, she co-chairs the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work (www.acosa.org/specialcommission) and in 2017 she founded and still co-chairs the National Social Work Voter Mobilization Campaign (www.votingissocialwork.org). She served as the elected national President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) from 2000-2003 and is a founder of ACOSA’s Journal of Community Practice in 1994. She represented NASW as the first social worker to be selected as a Health Care Policy Fellow in the Dept. of HHS. For many years represented her fellow social workers on the Metro NY Health Care for All Campaign, working for universal health access and coverage.
Dr. Mizrahi is co-editor of the upcoming first Encyclopedia of Macro Social Work to be published by Oxford University and NASW Presses in 2021. Prior to that, she was co-editor in chief of the 20th edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work, a three-volume compilation of social work knowledge and experience which continues online. She authored several articles on Health Policy and Health Care Reform for that reference work.
She is the author of 5 books and monographs and 70 articles, book chapters, reviews, and manuals. Her areas of research, training and consultation include professional socialization, coalition-building, community organizing practice and health policy. Her book “Getting Rid of Patients: Contradictions in the Socialization of Physicians” (Rutgers University Press, 1986) was a groundbreaking work on the training of internal medicine house staff. She is now completing a second book to be published by Rutgers based on a unique longitudinal study of those physicians over forty years titled: “From Residency to Retirement: The Career Tracks of Physicians” due out in early 2021.
She also has done extensive research and training on coalition-building and interprofessional collaboration between physicians and social workers and other disciplines and a completed a study on the role of Gender and Organizing—the perspectives of Male and Female Community Organizers with colleagues.
Among her recognized honors are the Council on Social Work Education Lifetime Career Award for Service and Leadership, Hunter’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Applied Research and for Leadership and Service. She also received the Career Achievement Award from the Association of Community Organization and Social Action (ACOSA) and was inducted into Columbia University School of Social Work’s Alumni Hall of Fame. She has received the designation as an NASW Pioneer and the NYS Social Work Educators Association Leader of the Year award in 2008.
She completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Israel in 2006 and continues to train and consult there with various academic and professional leaders in social work and related fields.
She founded in 1995 and is still a board member of the Child Welfare Organizing Project in NYC, a pioneering grassroots organization founded by professionals and parents to promote the clients’ vision and voice in child welfare reform.