Steven Soifer

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I’m Steven Soifer.

Specialties: Community Organizing / Community Economic Development / Coalition Building / Social Action / Social Movements / Paruresis or Shy Bladder Syndrome / Group Facilitation / Jewish Issues.

Steven Soifer, MSW, Ph.D., is a nonprofit organizational consultant and adjunct professor at the Adelphi University School of Social Work. Previously, he was a professor and chair of the social work departments at the University of Mississippi and the University of Memphis.

He has expertise in a wide array of social welfare, social policy, community development, and clinical areas with diverse populations. He has taught courses on community economic development, community organizing, social policy, macro practice, diversity, and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) among others.

Dr. Soifer has published numerous books, book chapters, articles, and commentaries on community development; effective models and assessment of cooperatives, land trusts, the housing and banking markets; policy interventions at the local, state, national, and international levels; and CBT treatment for social phobia.

He has expertise in program assessment and evaluation, as evidenced by the numerous projects and grants in which he has participated. Most notably, he has conducted independent audits on housing and was awarded a $130,000 grant to study affordable housing in Baltimore.

Dr. Soifer is an early adopter of innovative technologies, which he utilizes in his research, teaching, and social service activity. He co-founded and has been the CEO of the International Paruresis Association (IPA) since 1996, President of the American Restroom Association, and Co-Director of the Shy Bladder Center. Under his leadership, IPA has established a national and international presence through best practices in resource acquisition, stewardship, and capacity expansion.

Dr. Soifer is the program manager of the American Restroom Association.



Our Books

The Secret Social Phobia: Shy Bladder Syndrome (Paruresis): Second Edition
Community Economic Development in Social Work
Shy Bladder Syndrome: Your Step-By-Step Guide to Overcoming Paruresis
La Fobia Social Secreta – La Vejiga Timida (Paruresis) (Spanish Edition)
The Socialist Mayor: Bernard Sanders in Burlington, Vermont
La phobie des toilettes publiques: (French Edition)