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Bronwyn Cross-Denny, Ph.D., LCSW
Program Director/Assistant Professor

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Social work is a profession committed to working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and the community to help people maximize their well-being and to help resolve, minimize, or prevent problems in living. Sacred Heart University’s Social Work Program consists of individualized learning, close faculty contact and advisement, and a highly personal focus. Students study Social Welfare Policy and Services, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Social Work Practice, Human Diversity and Social Justice, Junior and Senior Field Practicum and Seminar, and Research Methods. Students spend three semesters (600 hours) in field agencies as social work interns, learning practice skills under the supervision of professional social workers.

Social Workers work in a variety of settings such as, schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, substance abuse and rehabilitation agencies, juvenile and adult probation, and many other public and private agencies. Graduates of the program have been highly successful in their search for employment and in graduate school admissions. Students who are eligible may apply for Advanced Standing in a Master of Social Work program allowing completion of the MSW in one year.


Latest News

Students Devote Spring Break to Service Work Around the World

March 18, 2016

FAIRFIELD, Conn.—Dozens of Sacred Heart University students participated in service trips around the globe during their recent spring break. Groups of students traveled to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Colombia to work on a number of projects for marginalized communities. Other groups traveled with the University’s Habitat for Humanity club within the nation—to Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia—to build and remodel houses.

Social Work Students Obtain Hands-on Experience at Lobby Day

December 3, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart University’s Social Work Club sponsored 29 Sacred Heart students and faculty on a trip to Hartford at the end of October for Lobby Day—a statewide event that serves to educate social workers on the lobbying process. Hosted by the National Association of Social Workers – Connecticut Chapter (NASW – CT), Lobby Day was attended by some 200 students, faculty, and social work professionals.

Professor Bronwyn Cross-Denny Earns Social Work Award

December 1, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – From Wall Street to social worker, Sacred Heart University’s Bronwyn Cross-Denny’s ability to effectively teach social work research to students in an innovative way led to her winning the SAGE Publications and Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Award for Innovative Teaching in Social Work Education this year. Cross-Denny, assistant professor and program director of social work at SHU, submitted an application for the award with low expectations. In September, to her astonishment, she found out she was a winner. Two recipients or teams win the award each year.

Social Work Students to Present at NASW/CT Annual Conference

February 3, 2014
A group of SHU senior social work students will have the opportunity to present at the National Association of Social Workers/CT Annual Conference in May. Their professor, Bronwyn Cross-Denny, presented the project—which represents the high-impact practices that SHU faculty are focusing on—at the Council on Social Work Education’s annual program meeting in October.  Read more

Social Work program participating in the LessThanUThink Campaign

The Social Work program is participating in the LessThanUThink (LTUT) campaign with the Wellness Center!  We would like to recognize two of our social work majors, Shauna Santos-Dempsey and Mellisa Duffy, for their very active participation in this project.  Dr. Cross-Denny is the principal researcher at SHU for this project and has been collaborating with the Wellness Center’s Janice Kessler and Karen Flanagan.  Check out the links below!