Amy C. Lemen, MA, LCSW
She has built one of the largest academic medical center based social work programs for Parkinson’s in the country. The NYU Clinical Social Work for Parkinson’s Program provides specialized clinical care, as well as coordination for a variety of programs and services that help the medical team to move past the clinic walls and into the community and home. With a goal of improving quality of life and outcomes, this multi-modal approach is designed to better address the comprehensive care and support needs across the continuum for individuals living with Parkinson’s, as well as their care partners and families.
She is Managing Director of the Edmond J. Safra National Parkinson’s Wellness Initiative, founded in partnership with the Fresco Institute, Parkinson Foundation and JCC Manhattan to establish a collaborative network of medical centers and Jewish Community Centers in the United States. She oversees the Edmond J. Safra Parkinson’s Wellness Program-NYC, the Fresco Institute’s medically connected, community based partnership with JCC Manhattan. Coordinated by the Fresco Institute social work team in collaboration with colleagues at JCC Manhattan, the program provides a variety of Parkinson’s specialized exercise and integrative health classes, as well as support groups and educational opportunities. Since its launch in 2007, the program has developed into a welcoming hub for the Parkinson’s community. She is co-founder of the Edmond J. Safra Interdisciplinary Home Visit Program for Advanced Parkinson’s. Established in 2013, this program is designed to extend specialized services into the home with a movement disorders specialist or fellow, nurse and social work coordinator team. Amy founded the NYU Social Work Education Program for Parkinson’s in collaboration with the NYU Silver School of Social Work in 2010.
She is collaborating with colleagues in New York and Europe in the establishment of Fresco Institute’s initiatives, including the Fresco Network of Excellence for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders which is uniting top Parkinson’s and movement disorders centers in Europe with a mission of support for innovation in clinical care, research, education and international collaboration.
Amy is a Parkinson’s specialist clinical social worker and psychotherapist specializing in helping individuals and care partners adapt to living with neurodegenerative illness. She has presented her work on the national and international levels and was the recipient of the Emerging Leader Award from the National Association of Social Workers-New York City Chapter in 2015.