Beth Reiman, PhD, LCSW-R

Coordinator of Forensic and Clinical Services, Children’s Advocacy Center, Westchester Institute for Human Development

Assistant Professor, Center on Disability and Health, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College

Adjunct Professor, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, City University of New York

914-493-5333

breiman@wihd.org

EDUCATION

Graduate Center, CUNY

PhD, 2014

Social Welfare

Hunter College, School of Social Work

MSW, 1984

Social Work

Skidmore College

BA, 1977

Psychology/Social Work

BRIEF BIO / PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS

Dr. Reiman has been a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker for over 30 years and a forensic social worker for the past 15 years. As the coordinator of forensic and clinical services at the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), Dr. Reiman conducts forensic interviews and evaluations and is responsible for the daily operations of the CAC.  Dr. Reiman completed her doctoral education in social welfare at the Silberman School of Social Work and City University of New York (CUNY).  She is an adjunct faculty member at Silberman School of Social Work in the Masters of Social Work program teaching Practice Lab class using an social justice model and part of the Child Trauma Program where she teaches a trauma class. Dr. Reiman has conducted trainings nationally on forensic interviewing of children with disabilities, issues of child sexual and physical abuse and secondary trauma and implicit bias about disabilities.

Clinical Practice

In her clinical practice, Dr. Reiman works with children and teens who have experienced life traumas particularly child sexual abuse.  One of her areas of expertise is working with children who have special developmental needs. Dr. Reiman has been expressly trained to utilize Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Non-directive Play therapy.

Forensic Practice

In her role as a forensic social worker, Dr. Reiman conducts forensic interviews and extended forensic evaluations with children where there have been allegations of child abuse. Dr. Reiman also conducts trauma assessments with young children and children with disabilities. Dr. Reiman has completed Basic and Advanced forensic interview and Extended Forensic Evaluation trainings.

DESCRIPTION OF RESEARCH INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES

Dr. Reiman’s research interests are in the intersection of developmental disability and child welfare, as well as the needs of parents with intellectual disabilities.  She also has an interest in the effects of trauma on early childhood development.

RESEARCH INTERESTS/ACTIVITIES CATEGORIES

CLINICAL RESEARCH

  • Child Abuse & Neglect

SOCIAL/BEHAVIORAL AND EDUCATION

  • Children in the Child Welfare System: Training, Family Reunification, & Impact of Trauma

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS

Reiman, B.  (2015).  Normal Sexual Development:  Understanding Early Sexual Development.  Andrus Children’s Center, Tuckahoe, NY.

Reiman, B.  (2015).  Leaving Bias at the Door:  Interviewing Children with Disabilities.  National Children’s Alliance, Washington, DC.

Rao, T., Reiman, B., Ausikaitis, A., Blumental, B., Griffin, J.  (2015).  Exploring the Perspectives and Needs of Child Welfare Caseworkers in their Work with Children with Disabilities.  Poster, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, DC.

Reiman, B.  (2016).  Opening our Eyes to Bias:  Implicit Bias about Disabilities.  National Children’s Alliance, Washington, DC.

Reynolds, C., Short, A., Tiwari, S., Taylor, D., To, S., Rao, T., Reiman, B.  (2016).  Child Welfare Caseworkers’ Understanding of Children with Developmental Disabilities.  Poster, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, DC.

Huber, C., Hughes, C. A., Valcourt, P., Vivien, M., Rao, T. V., Reiman, B.  (2017).  Children with Disabilities:  Rate of Disclosure and Subsequent Outcomes:  An Exploratory Study.  Poster, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, DC.

Reiman, B.  (2018).  Understanding Forensic Interviews.  Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Ocean City, MD.

Reiman, B.  (2018).  Trauma and Loss for Children in Foster Care.  Camp Morty, North Salem, NY.

Adams, M., Aguiar, A., Gianatiemp, N., Ridgard, T., Rao, T. V., Reiman B.  (2018).  Increasing Levels of Knowledge and Exposure:  Development of an Online Caseworker Resource Regarding Children with Disabilities.   (2018).  Poster, Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Annual Meeting and Conference, Washington, DC.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Reiman, E.  (2014).  Implicit bias about disabilities: does it exist for forensic interviewers and could it affect child credibility decisions in child abuse investigations: an exploratory study.  CUNY Academic Works, https://academicworks.cuny.edu/gc_etds/466.

Bernet, W., Canter, J., Reiman, B.  (2015).  Child Sexual Abuse.  Encyclopedia of Forensic Science, https://doi.org/10.1002/9780470061589.fsa232.pub3