Laura Bronstein

Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs

Dr. Laura Bronstein is a founding member of the Binghamton University Department of Social Work and currently serves as Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs and as Executive Director of the Institute for Multigenerational Studies.

Her background includes social work practice in family preservation, in a school for children with developmental disabilities, in hospice and in a psychiatric hospital. Dr. Bronstein's research revolves around interdisciplinary, interprofessional and interorganizational collaboration. She created the Index of Interdisciplinary Collaboration and published "A Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration" in Social Work. This article has been cited as one of the top ten most influential social work articles of the last decade.

She is currently leading Binghamton University's work with the Broome County Department of Mental Health, the Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and Broome County schools as part of the New York State-funded Broome County Promise Zone, serving to develop, implement and evaluate university-assisted community schools across the county.

Educational Background

  • PhD, School of Social Work, Barry University
  • MSW, School of Social Welfare,
    University at Albany, SUNY
  • BA, Political Science and Psychology, Union College

Current Research Interests

  • Interprofessional/interdisciplinary collaboration
  • School-community partnerships
  • Aging

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Lee, Y., Bronstein, L. R., Kida, L., & Saastamoinen, M. (in press).  Working with grandparent-headed families in schools: School professionals’ perspectives. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk.

Coles, M. E., Ravid, A., Gibb, B., George-Denn, D., Bronstein, L. R., & McLeod, S. (2016).  Adolescent mental health literacy in the U.S.: Young people’s knowledge of depression and social anxiety disorder.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 58(1), 57-62. doi:10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.09.017 

Gould, P. R., Lee, Y., Berkowitz, S., & Bronstein, L. R. (2015). Impact of a collaborative interprofessional learning experience upon medical and social work students in geriatric health care. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 29(4), 372-373. doi:10.3109/13561820.2014.962128

Bronstein, L. R., Gould, P. R., Berkowitz, S., James, G., & Marks, K. (2015). Impact of a social work care coordination intervention model upon hospital readmission: A randomized controlled trial. Social Work, 60(3), 248-255. doi:10.1093/sw/swv016

Lee, Y., Anderson, E., & Bronstein, L. R. (2015). Meeting the unique needs of grandparent-headed families using a community-university interdisciplinary model. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 13(2), 134-149. doi:10.1080/15350770.2015.1026067

Bronstein, L. R., & Kovacs, P. J. (2013). Writing a mixed methods report in social work research. Research on Social Work Practice, 23(3), 354-360. doi:10.1177/1049731512471564

Bronstein, L. R., & Mason, S. (2013). A serial focus group model for understanding experiences of older adult volunteers and non-profit agency managers. Groupwork, 23(2), 56-76. doi:10.1921/3901230201

Blitz, L. V., Kida, L., Gresham, M., & Bronstein, L. R. (2013). Prevention through collaboration: Family engagement with rural schools and families living in poverty. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 94(3), 157-165. doi:10.1606/1044-3894.4306

Books and Book Chapters

Bronstein, L. R., & Mason, S. (2016). School-linked services: Promoting equity for children, families and communities. New York, NY: Columbia University Press. 

Bronstein, L. R., & Abramson, J. S. (in press). Group process dynamics and skills in interdisciplinary teamwork. In C. Garvin, M. Galinsky, & L. Gutierrez (Eds.), Handbook of social work with groups (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press. 

Kelly, T., Bronstein, L. R., & McPhee, D. (2014). Social work ethics crossing boundaries: Smooth passages and bumpy rides. In D. Jindal-Snape & E. F. S. Hannah (Eds.), Exploring the dynamics of ethics in practice: Personal, professional and interprofessional dilemmas (pp. 247-262). Bristol, UK: Policy Press.

Laura Bronstein

Office:  University Downtown Center 
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Curriculum Vitae

Last Updated: 9/6/16