Paola Amaya is a bilingual (English/Spanish) licensed social worker working on the Safe Mothers, Safe Children Project at NYU McSilver. Prior to joining the McSilver Institute, she worked as a trauma therapist at The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children where she provided trauma focused treatment to children and families impacted by intrafamilial trauma, co-facilitated sexual abuse prevention workshops for children in grades K-3, co-facilitated a Parenting Journey Group for parents, and facilitated crisis debriefing sessions for child protection workers after critical incidents.
During her clinical internships, Paola interned at Roberto Clemente Center, where she provided family therapy to immigrant families and the Safe Horizon Child Advocacy Center, where she provided trauma focused intervention to children who experienced abuse. Paola’s curiosity for the benefits of translating research into clinical practice was inspired by her time working as a program coordinator at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Center at NYU Langone Hospital, where she provided administrative support to the research and clinical team working with families impacted by the psychological effects of military service. During her undergraduate studies, Paola volunteered in the Child Life Department, therapeutic outpatient nursery, and various health literacy studies at Bellevue Hospital.
Paola’s primary interests include maternal and infant mental health, trauma and attachment in early childhood, resiliency, and the intersection of spirituality and mental health. She is passionate about advocating for marginalized populations.
Paola holds a BA in psychology, MSW, and post-master’s certificate in Child and Family Therapy from New York University. Paola is currently a trainee in Parent Infant Psychotherapy at Columbia University.