Prior to joining CUNY SPH, Virna Little dedicated 22 years to the Institute for Family Health (IFH) as Senior Vice President, Psychosocial Services and Community Affairs. Virna’s responsibilities encompassed administration and delivery of social work, mental health and community based services across 35 full time and multiple part time centers and over 300 staff in New York City and into Dutchess and Ulster counties for IFH.
Dr. Little is a nationally known speaker around integrating primary care and behavioral health services, collaborative care and the development of viable behavioral health services in community health settings.
Before joining IFH, Dr. Little provided social services at the Department of Corrections and was a domestic violence coordinator chosen by the Mayor’s office in New York City to promote family violence identification and prevention. She is a federally-certified Department of Transportation substance abuse professional and a certified New York State Mandated Reporter child abuse trainer. Ms. Little has a doctoral degree in psychology from California Coast University and a masters in social work from Fordham University. She currently has a faculty appointment at Columbia University and Mt Sinai and formerly served as an adjunct professor at Westchester Community College and the College of New Rochelle.
Dr. Little is a member of the AIMS center consulting team Seattle Washington, currently serves as the Vice Chair for Association for Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU), a member of the Hudson Valley American Heart Association Board and chairs the Behavioral Health Sub-Committee for the Community Health Center Association of New York. Dr. Little is a member of the National Council for Community Behavioral Health Providers, American Association of Play Therapists, Social Work Managers, Society for Social Work Leaders in Healthcare, National Association of Social Workers and the American Psychological Association.