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Nora LaFond Padykula

Nora Padkula
Nora LaFond Padykula, Ph.D., LICSW 
Associate Professor

Background

I joined the faculty of Westfield State College on a full-time basis in 2006. I teach primarily in the Practice and Field sequences, and have been the Director of the BSW Program since 2010.  

I am a Westfield State University alumnus. After transferring from Holyoke Community College, I graduated with a BA in Psychology and Criminal Justice. (WSU did not offer social work as a major back then!) After working in the field, I soon realized that the philosophy of social work more closely aligned with my values, and I returned to school and received my MSW from Springfield College.  I completed my Ph.D. at Smith College School for Social Work, and continue to teach Dual Diagnosis there during the summer.

Throughout my social work career I have worked in various clinical settings: crisis teams, supported housing programs for the chronically mentally ill, jails, prisons, addiction treatment programs, and outpatient clinics. My clinical focus has been on helping clients manage mood disorders, psychological trauma, addictions, and personality disorders.

My research interests are varied, yet share a self-regulation component. I am currently working on two research projects. First, is a quantitative project examining the impact of early relationship attachments on the development of interpersonal skills among social work and nursing students. Second, is a qualitative project that examines identity development among people who identify as transgender. I continue to be interested in the relationship between attachment trauma and addiction. A list of my recent publications and presentations follow. If you have an interest in any of these publications or presentations please feel free to contact me.

How To Contact

via mail 
Nora LaFond Padykula
Department of Social Work
Westfield State College
577 Western Ave., PO Box 1630 
Westfield, MA 01086-1630
via phone 
413-572-8239
via fax 
413-579-3122
via email 
npadykula@westfield.ma.edu

Publications:

  • Padykula, N.L. (2012). Therapeutic Attachment Relationships: Interaction Structures and the Processes of Therapeutic Change. [Review of the book Therapeutic Attachment Relationships: Interaction Structures and the Processes of Therapeutic Change]. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40(3): 382-383. DOI: 10.1007/s10615-011-0366-x
  • Padykula, N.L., Horwitz, M. (2012). Using Psychodynamic Concepts to Measure Interpersonal Competencies during Social Work Training. International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 9(1), 48-61. DOI: 10.1002/aps.312.
  • Padykula, N.L., Conklin, P. (2010). The Self-Regulation Model of Attachment Trauma and Addiction. Clinical Social Work Journal, 38(4): 351-360. DOI: 10.1007/s10615-009-0204-6.
  • Padykula, N.L. (2010). Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders. [Review of the book Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders]. Clinical Social Work Journal: APA Review of Books, 38(2): 245-247. DOI: 10.1007/s10615-010-0275-4.
  • Bettmann, J., Thompson, K., Padykula, N., & Berzoff, J. (2009). Innovations in Doctoral Education: Distance Education Methodology Applied. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 29(3): 291-312. DOI:10.1080/088412309030 18397.

Presentations:

  • Padykula, N.L. (2012, June). The Assessment and Treatment of Attachment Trauma and Addiction. Invited one day presentation at the Smith College School for Social Work Continuing Education Conference. Northampton, MA.
  • Padykula, N.L. (2012, March). Fostering the Goodness of Fit in Social Work Supervision. Juried paper presented at the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter 12th Biennial Symposium, Framingham, MA.
  • Sullivan, R., Padykula, N.L., & Houle, G. (2012, March). Exploring Identity Development with People Identifying as Transgender. Juried paper presented at the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter 12th Biennial Symposium, Framingham, MA.
  • Padykula, N.L. (2011, June). The Assessment and Treatment of Attachment Trauma and Addiction. Juried paper presented at the Smith College School for Social Work Continuing Education Conference. Northampton, MA.
  • Padykula, N.L. (2011, March). The Self-Regulation Model of Attachment Trauma and Addiction. Invited paper presented at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center Social Services Grand Rounds, Boston, MA.
  • Padykula, N.L. & Sullivan, R. (2011, February). Measuring Interpersonal Competencies Using a Psychodynamic Approach. Juried paper presented at the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Padykula, N.L. (2010, November). The Self-Regulation Model of Attachment Trauma and Addiction. Invited paper presented at the Massachusetts General Hospital Social Services Grand Rounds, Boston, MA.
  • Padykula, N.L. (2010, April). The Self-Regulation Model of Attachment Trauma and Addiction. Juried paper presented at the National Association of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter 11th Biennial Symposium, Framingham, MA.

Updated 8/07/2013