Cassandra Bransford

Associate Professor

Dr. Cassandra Bransford (Associate Professor of Social Work) has extensive expertise in clinical social work practice, including over 26 years experience as a psychiatric social worker. She currently serves as the Director of Applied Clinical Research for the Southern Tier Center for Aging and she has received numerous grants for her research including a Specialized Gerontology Program Grant from the Hartford Foundation. Dr. Bransford's research interests include: attachment-based practice approaches, depression in older adults with cognitive impairment, social work practice theory, authority in social work practice, and critical social work. Dr. Bransford received her MSW from SUNY Albany and her PhD in Social Work Advanced Practice from Columbia University.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Advanced Practice, Columbia University School of Social Work
  • MSW, Practice Concentration, State University of New York at Albany
  • B.A., English/Journalism, State University of New York at New Paltz
  • Certificate in Psychoanalysis, Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
  • Certificate in Conflict Resolution

Teaching Profession

Courses regularly taught

  • Advanced Practice with Individuals
  • Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology
  • Using Interpersonal Psychotherapy with Older Adults: A Service Learning Course
  • Death, Loss and Bereavement

Current Research Interests

  • Attachment-Based Practice Approaches
  • Depression in Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment
  • Social Work Practice Theory
  • Authority in Social Work Practice
  • Critical Social Work

Selected Publications


Bransford, C.L. (2008). Becoming a caseworker. New York: LearningExpress, LLC.

Peer- Reviewed Articles

Bransford, C.L.,& Choi, S. (2012). Using Interpersonal Psychotherapy to reduce depression among home-bound elders: A service-learning research collaboration. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal (in press).

Bransford, C.L. (2011), Integrating critical consciousness into direct social work practice: A pedagogical view. Social Work Education (in press).

Bransford, C.L. (2011). Reconciling paternalism and empowerment in clinical practice: An intersubjective perspective. Social Work, 66(1), 33-41.

Bransford, C.L. (2009). Process-centered group supervision. Clinical Social Work Journal, 37(2), 119-127.

Bransford, C.L. (2006). The use of critical ethnography in managed mental health care settings. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, 33(4), 153-170.

Bransford, C.L. (2006). The exercise of authority of social workers in a managed mental health care organization: A critical ethnography. Journal of Progressive Human Services, 17(2), 63-85.

Bransford, C.L. (2006). The authorization and de-authorization of individual social workers in a small group. Social Work with Groups, 29(1), 45-62.

Bransford, C.L. (2005). Conceptions of authority within contemporary social work practice in managed mental health care organizations. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 75(3), 409-420.

Bransford, C.L., & Bakken, T. (2002). The evolution of mental health care policy and the implications for social work. Social Work and Mental Health, 1 (1), 3-26.

Bransford, C.L.., & Bakken, T. (2002). Reflections of authority in psychotherapy: From Freud to feminism. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 9 (1), 57-84.

Bakken, T., & Bransford, C.L. (2002). The role of human agency in the creation of normative influences within individuals and groups. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 5 (2), 89-104.

Bransford, C.L., & Bakken, T. (2001). Organization theory and the utilization of authority in social work. Social Work and Social Sciences Review, 9 (1), 5-21.



Other Professional Activities

  • Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of New York
  • Member of the Council of Social Work Education
  • Member of the National Association for Social Workers
  • Member of the New York State Society for Clinical Social Work, Inc.
  • Member of the Society for Social Work and Research
  • Member of the Committee on Ethics, New York State Chapter

Cassandra Bransford

Office: (607) 777-9165
Office Location: Downtown Center, Room #321
Fax: (607) 777-5683

Last Updated: 7/24/14