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About Bronwyn Cross-Denny

Bronwyn Cross-Denny, Ph.D., LCSW is an Associate Professor of Health Science at Sacred Heart University. She has been a full-time faculty member at Sacred Heart University since 2010. She boasts extensive clinical social work practice experience with youth and families of diverse and vulnerable populations and she has vast curriculum development experience in social work, health science, and global programming. Dr. Cross-Denny was the founding director of the Master of Social Work program at Sacred Heart University and was responsible for the development and initial accreditation with integrated social work practice as the model for the curriculum. Throughout her academic tenure she has fostered interdisciplinary collaborations both within and outside of social work, locally and abroad. Her teaching and scholarship expertise include diversity, social justice, social determinants of health, and global health and engagement. Dr. Cross-Denny has served in a number of leadership roles for the Council on Social Work Education, and serves on the educational sub-committee for the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Connecticut, 1999 to the present.


August 2021 - Present Associate Professor, Sacred Heart University Health Science
August 2021 - Present Director of Research Education and Consultation, Sacred Heart University
September 2017 - August 2021 Associate Professor, Sacred Heart University School of Social Work
July 2016 - June 2019 MSW Program Director, Sacred Heart University Department of Social Work
July 2013 - June 2019 Chair, Sacred Heart University Department of Social Work
August 2010 - August 2017 Assistant Professor, Sacred Heart University Department of Social Work
July 2013 - June 2016 BSW Program Director, Sacred Heart University Department of Social Work
2009 - 2010 Adjunct Professor, Sacred Heart University
2004 - 2010 Adjunct Professor, Fordham University

Curriculum Vitae


2022 - Present Public Health Scholarship Program to Strengthen the Emergency Preparedness Workforce
Colleague(s): C. Gunther, S. Pendley, J. Vernarelli
2022 - Present Virtual Global Immersion Project: Bringing Global Experiences to the Classroom
Davis Educational Foundation
Role: Leader
Colleague(s): Christina Gunther
2021 - Present Making IMPACTS – Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care: Training for Social Work
U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration - HRSA-21-089
Role: Co-Investigator with School of Social Work select faculty
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Professional Service and Affiliations

Present Chair, CSWE Commission on Diversity and Social and Economic Justice
Present Member, Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) - Education Sub-Committee
Present Member, Council on Social Work Education, Board of Directors
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Honors and Awards

  • Faculty Fellow of Global Health Curricular Integration, 2020-2023
  • Sacred Heart University Faculty Global Engagement Award, 2020
  • Sage/CSWE Innovative Teaching Award Recipient, 2015
  • The Dr. Marian Calabrese Outstanding Faculty Award, Campus Life Leadership Awards, Sacred Heart University, May 2013
  • Faculty Excellence Award, University College, Sacred Heart University, May 2012
  • 2024 URCG Award , for “Intentional cultural competence activities in experiential immersion programs: Best practices for skill development to enhance acceptance and interaction with diversity”


  • Global Health Immersion Programs
  • Human Diversity and Social Justice
  • Research Methods


2007 - 2012 Ph.D. Social Work, Fordham University
1992 - 1996 Master of Social Work (M.S.W.), Clinical and Research, Fordham University
1982 - 1986 BS Computer Science, Western Michigan University

Contact Information

Health Science
Science Ctr of Academic Bldg SC*124N


Recent Works (1)

Publications (21)

Dissertation (1)

Presentations (Selected) (11)