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Orly Calderone

Orly Calderon

Associate Professor of Social Work

B.S., Long Island University, Southampton Campus, NYM.A., Teachers College, Columbia UniversityM.S., Psy.D., Hofstra University


Orly Calderon, Psy.D., is a full time faculty member at Long Island University, teaching courses in research design,  program assessment and evaluation, psychopathology, and psychological evaluation of children. Dr. Calderon earned her B.S. in psychology and education from Long Island University, her M.A. in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Psy.D. in school and community psychology from Hofstra University. 

Dr. Calderon’s work focuses on two major scholarly areas: She researches innovative educational outcome assessment strategies (examples include ethical awareness development among social work students, and faculty and students’ responses to blended learning), and she investigates psychosocial needs of populations at risk (examples include immigrant youth, and youth with ADHD).

Dr. Calderon’s teaching philosophy encourages students to engage in critical thinking and in experiential learning, while integrating the latest teaching technology in order to prepare her students for practice in the 21st century.    

In addition to her teaching responsibilities at the university Dr. Calderon provides training for other professionals in the USA and elsewhere on topics such as: Best practices in psychological and psychosocial evaluations; program outcome assessment and more. She has served several times as an expert witness in court cases that involve youth at risk.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Learning Disabilities

Psychological and Forensic Assessment

Program Evaluation

Educational Outcome Assessment


Berger, R., & Calderon, O. (2015). Helping those who learn to help: Addressing stress during a community disaster. Reflections, 20(1), 17- 25.

Calderon, O., & Ruben, L. (2015). Evidence-based interdisciplinary treatment for ADHD: Implementation is a private practice setting. International Journal of Education and Social Science, 2(8), 78- 86. 

Giffords, E., & Calderon. O. (2015). Academic and community collaborations: Strategies for improving services and resources.
Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, and Governance, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/23303131.2015.1034907

Calderon, O., & Elkin, J. (2014) Youth Defendants with ADHD and the criminal justice system: A Qualitative analysis of court decisions. The Advanced Generalist: Social Work Research Journal, 1(2), p 15-36.

Giffords, E., & Calderon, O. (2014). “We are sick and we are stressed”: Understanding the correlates of reported emotional distress in individuals with lupus. Disability Studies Quarterly 34(3).

Isoldi, K.K., Calderon, O., & Dolar, V.  (2014). Cooking Up Energy®: Response to a youth-focused afterschool cooking and nutrition education program. Topics in Clinical Nutrition, 29 (2), 123-131.  

Calderon, O. (2013): Direct and indirect assessment of learning outcomes: what do we actually measure? Journal of Social Work Education, 49(3), 408-419.

Calderon, O., Giffords, E.G., & Malekoff, A. (2012). Understanding the concerns and needs of immigrant youth in Nassau County, NY.  Families in Society, 93 (3), 226-232. doi: 10.1606/1044-3894.4222

Calderon, O., Ginsberg, P. A., & Ciabocchi, L. (2012). Multidimensional Assessment of Blended Learning: Maximizing Program Effectiveness Based on Student and Faculty Feedback. 
JALN- Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 16 (4), 23-37. doi: 10.1080/10437797.2013.796767

Nathanson, I.,  Giffords, E. D. & Calderon, O. (2011) Expanding Awareness: Issues in the Development of an Ethics Scale for the Social Work Profession. Journal of Social Work Education 47(1), 133-149. 

Calderon, O. & Ruben, L. (2008). A contextual, multidimensional, interdisciplinary approach to assessment of ADHD: A clinical model. Best Practices in Mental Health An International Journal, 4, 59-79.

Lectures and Presentations

Calderon, O. (2016). Outcome assessment of learning: Content analysis of asynchronous online discussion. OLC Accelerate, Orlando, Florida, USA

Calderon, O. (2016) Mental health professionals as expert witnesses: Strategies for effective testimony about young defendants’ ADHD. NOFSW Annual Conference, New Orleans, USA. 

Calderon. O. (2015). The Relationship among Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, ADHD, and Information Processing  Indicators. Center for Scholastic Inquiry; Charleston, South Carolina

Calderon. O. (2015). The Relationship among Indicators of : Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, Information Processing and  ADHD.  Poster presentation, ICPS, Association for Psychological Science, Amsterdam

Calderon, O. (2015).  Evaluating learning outcomes of an asynchronous online discussion assignment: a qualitative analysis. Social Work Distance Education; CSWE; Indiana University School of Social Work, Indianapolis, Indiana

Calderon, O. (2014). Mental Health Professionals as Expert Witnesses: Strategies for Effective Testimony about Young Defendants’ ADHD. Global Youth: Understanding challenges, identifying solutions, offering hope, Millersville Learning Institute Conference, Lancaster, PA. 

Ciabocchi, E., Calderon, O., & Ginsberg, A. (2013). Bigger bang for the buck: Connecting blended learning outcomes to institutional effectiveness. Sloan Consortium conference on Blended Learning. Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Calderon, O. (2013). Pedagogical use of a discussion board: Mastering the technology and beyond.  LIU, TTI.

Giffords, E.D., & Calderon, O. (February 2012). Academic and Community Partnerships: A Mechanism to Improve Services and Resources. Child Welfare League of America, Washington, DC.  

Calderon, O., Ginsburg, A., & Ciabocchi, L. (November 2011). Maximizing program effectiveness through faculty and student feedback. Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning. Buena Vista, FA.


May 2015 Woman of the Year, The Town of North Hempstead
May 2014 Lupus Alliance of America, Social Research Award for the LAA Survey Long Island/Queens

Professional Affiliations

CSWE- member