Thalia MacMillan is an associate professor and mentor of community and human services at SUNY Empire State College; she is the department chair for the Health & Human Services department, as well as the point of contact for the BS in Addiction Studies program.  She received both her MSW and Ph.D. in Social Work from Fordham University.  Prior to coming to ESC, Thalia worked simultaneously in the professional and academic sectors. She has worked in the disabilities field in various positions for the past 19 years. She was an adjunct professor teaching both in-person and online courses at Fordham University, Touro College, Teacher’s College at Columbia University, and Concordia University Chicago. Thalia teaches courses in the areas of disabilities, addiction, gerontology, assessment and diagnosis, social policy, management, advocacy, research methods, program evaluation, and statistical methods. Thalia is an EMT-B with the volunteer ambulance squad in her community and serves as the lieutenant in her squad.  Thalia has served as a grant reviewer and chair for the both CMMI and NIDRR federal grant reviews, and serves on the editorial boards for 6 academic and professional journals.  Her professional and academic interests are in addictions, disabilities, gerontology, online learning, mentoring adult learners, emergency services, and mental health.


  • MSW in Social Work Research and Policy from Fordham University
  • PhD in Social Welfare from Fordham University
  • B.A. in Psychology and Human Services from Mount Saint Mary College
  • Ph.D. in Social Work from Fordham University


  • James William and Mary Elizabeth Hall Award for Innovation - 2018-07-01
  • Provost Fellow, SUNY Empire State College
  • SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Faculty Excellence