Samantha Fuld (she/her/hers) is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She received her DSW in clinical social work from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work where she focused on the impact of trauma and stigma on mental health in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and worked to promote a critical social model of understanding disability in social work practice. Dr. Fuld has held a variety of supervisory, clinical, administrative and consulting positions throughout her career which included work as a mental health clinician and clinical supervisor at a New York City agency providing services for people with IDD, serving as director of a summer camping program for teens on the autism spectrum, and program development, grants allocation and advocacy in the fields of mental health and disabilities. She also has post-graduate training in Schema Therapy. Dr. Fuld is committed to social work education, fostering students’ understanding of anti-oppressive social work practice, neurodiversity, cultural humility and social/institutional models of understanding critical social issues. She teaches in both the foundation and advanced curricula, including courses in human behavior, social work practice with individuals, advanced clinical interventions and cognitive behavior therapies.

Expertise & Interests

  • The impact of trauma and stigma on mental health in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Incorporating critical disability studies into social work education and practice
  • Critical social work education and practice
  • Social & institutional models of understanding and undoing oppression
  • Neurodiversity
  • Reflective supervision

New York University Silver School of Social Work

·         DSW in Clinical Social Work

·         Master’s in Social Work


Michigan State University

·         Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 2008

Recent Publications

Fuld, S. (in press). De-marginalizing intellectual and developmental disabilities in graduate social work education. Journal of Social Work Education.

Fuld, S. (2018). Autism spectrum disorder: The impact of stressful and traumatic life events and implications for clinical practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 46(3), 210-219. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s1061