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About Pennie Sessler-Branden

Pennie Sessler-Branden, Ph.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Sacred Heart University.
Degrees: BSN, MSN in Maternal Child Health and Midwifery; CNM, PhD in Nursing Education.
Specialty or Specialist Certification/Training: Certified Nurse Midwife: Maternal Child Health and Well Women OB/GYN.
Professional Experience: As a CNM: Total of 20+ years in women’s health settings. As an educator: 8+ yrs of experience teaching in BSN & MSN Programs at SCSU, Quinnipiac University (adjunct) and Univ. of Miami for 1 year.

Primary Professional Service/Affiliation:
ACNM (American College of Nurse Midwives)
ANA (American Nurses’ Association) & CAN (CT Nurses’ Association)
NLN (National League for Nursing ) & CLN (CT League for Nursing)
STTI (Sigma Theta Tau International)
INDEN (International Network for Doctoral Education in Nursing)
ENRS (Eastern Nursing Research Society)


Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing, Sacred Heart University ‐ College of Nursing

Research Interests

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

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Honors and Awards

  • Love of Learning award from Phi Kappa Phi
  • 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


  • Pathophysiology
  • Maternal Child health/the childbearing family

Contact Information

Healthcare Education N301 
College of Nursing 
(203) 365-4503