Pennie Sessler Branden, Ph.D., CNM, RN, CNE

Pennie Sessler Branden, Ph.D., CNM, RN, CNE

Assistant Clinical Professor

Professional Experience:

  • As a CNM: total of 30 years in women’s health settings
  • As an educator: 14+ yrs of experience teaching in BSN & MSN Programs at Sacred Heart University, SCSU, Quinnipiac University (adjunct) and Univ. of Miami for 1 year

Primary Professional Service/Affiliation:

  • American College of Nurse-Midwifery
  • American Nurses’ Association and CT Nurses’ Association
  • National League of Nursing & CT League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing & Mu delta Chapter
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Alpha Chi Omega Honor Society
  • Eastern Nursing Research Society
  • International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing
  • Hadassah the Women’s Zionist Organization of America

Degrees and Certifications

    • BSN, MSN in Maternal Child Health, Well Woman OB/GYN and Midwifery
    • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) certification
    • PhD in Nursing Education
    • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League of Nursing

    Specialty or Specialist Certification/Training:

    • Certified Nurse Midwife: Maternal child health and well women OB/GYN

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Pathophysiology
    • Maternal Child Health/The Childbearing Family
    • Evidence Based Practice
    • Health Assessment
    • Health, Wellness and Cultural Diversity

Research Interests and Grants

    • Advocacy
    • Maternal child health
    • Sexuality
    • Empowerment of patients, students and nurses

Awards and Fellowships

    • Scholar for the Experienced Nurse Faculty Leader Academy (ENFLA) for Sigma Theta Tau International
    • Love of Learning award from Phi Kappa Phi
    • Virginia Henderson Fellow, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
    • Educator of the Year Award; Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
    • Hadassah Awards: Hand of Healing, National Leadership, Woman of the Year, Young Leaders’ Mission
    • Hadassah’s Centennial Leader: One of 100 top leaders in 100 years
    • Honor Societies: Sigma Theta Tau International & Phi Kappa Phi 

Publications and Presentations

Pennie Sessler Branden

Contact Information

Office Location & Hours

  • Location:
    Ctr for Healthcare Education CHCE*N301
    College of Nursing
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