York College / City University of New York
Acker, Gila

Acker, Gila


Social Work

Phone: 718-262-2613
Office Location: AC-3A07
Email: gacker@york.cuny.edu

Dr. Gila M. Acker, DSW, LCSW, is Professor of Social Work. She teaches social research and generalist social work practice courses. Her research interests include: Burnout among mental health care providers, role stress, social support, social workers' attitudes toward managed care, role expectations of social work students and transphobia among helping professionals. She is certified as a Psychoanalytic oriented psychotherapist by the Long Island Institute for Mental Health. Dr. Acker received her BS degree in social work from Haifa University in Israel, MSW from Fordham University and DSW from Adelphi University. She has published numerous articles in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Social Work, Social Work in Mental Health, The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work and Health & Social Work. She has received several PSC-CUNY awards, York College internal awards and an NIH grant.

Office Hours

Monday & Thursday4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (virtual)
Tuesday4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (in-person)


DSW Adelphi University Social Work 1997 
certificate The Long Island Institute for Mental Health Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy 1992 
MSW Fordham University Social Work 1984 
BS Haifa University, Israel Social Work 1978 

Areas of Expertise

  • Occupational stress - Burnout - Transphobia among helping professionals - Social workers and managed care
  • Mental health
  • Managed care
  • Role expectations of social work students
  • Psychoanalytic oriented psychotherapy

Publications in Field Of Expertise