Hannah Blustein, MSWI
Hannah is a lifelong New Yorker. She attended Cornell University and earned a degree in Industrial and Labor Relations. She spent a semester studying positive psychology through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. She earned a certificate in Foundations of Positive Psychology Specialization from the University of Pennsylvania before going on to study clinical social work at Columbia University.
Prior to joining the Refresh team, she worked with victims and survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking by providing services including case management, family court advocacy, and clinical counseling. Hannah’s clinical approach includes positive psychology and cognitive behavioral therapy. She fosters collaboration with her patients.
Hannah identifies as a Jew and believes strongly in a core principle of Judaism, tikkun olam, which means to repair the world. Hannah studies Mandarin Chinese through the college intermediate level. She also speaks beginner level Danish, Hebrew, and Spanish.
Hannah volunteers as a mentor for a local non-profit that provides academic support to New York City students struggling in school. She also assists elderly members of her community with technology, including signing up more than ten people for their COVID-19 vaccinations in February 2021. Hannah has raised a substantial amount of money for Memorial Sloan Kettering through Cycle for Survival.
Hannah enjoys watching sports (go Giants, Rangers, Knicks, and the US Women’s National Soccer Team!), reading nonfiction, and exploring new places. For self care Hannah spends time with friends and family, takes power naps, and goes for long, leisurely walks.
Hannah loves how diverse each neighborhood of New York City is. She loves the abundance and accessibility of amazing food; her list of restaurants to visit spans multiple pages on the iPhone notes app.