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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

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.

Students Spend Spring Break in Service to Others

March 12, 2015

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Every year, Sacred Heart University offers a variety of volunteer and service learning programs that help students promote social change within the community and beyond. This past spring break, students had the chance to attend international service learning programs in El Salvador, Guatemala and Costa Rica. These programs, organized through the Office of Volunteer Programs and Service Learning, gave students the opportunity to learn about a variety of different issues facing these countries—from civil war and the economy to the environment.

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!