Laura Bronstein

Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs

Dr. Laura Bronstein (Professor of Social Work) is a founding member of Binghamton University's Department of Social Work and served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs prior to becoming Dean in January 2014. In 2009, she founded the University's Institute for Intergenerational Studies, and is currently the Director. Her background includes social work practice in family preservation, a school for children with developmental disabilities, hospice and a psychiatric hospital. Dr. Bronstein's research revolves around interdisciplinary/inter-professional and inter-organizational collaboration. She created the Index of Interdisciplinary Collaboration and an article which Dr. Bronstein published detailing the model on which the Index is based has been cited as one of the top ten most influential social work articles of the last decade. She is currently working with Broome County Mental Health, BOCES and Binghamton University Division of Student Affairs on responding to Governor Cuomo's 2013 Education Reform Commission recommendations by developing New York State's first county-wide system of community schools.  Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty throughout the university are joining community partners in this exciting effort. Dr. Bronstein received her MSW from SUNY Albany and PhD in Social Work from Barry University. Dr. Bronstein is currently working on a book for which she has a contract with Columbia University Press, Services for Children and Families: Linkages with Schools.

Educational Background

  • PhD, Social work, Barry University
  • MSW, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany
  • BA, Political science and psychology, Union College

Current Research Interests

  • Interprofessional and interagency collaboration
  • Practice in host settings, e.g., schools and health care
  • Social work education
  • Social work practice with aging populations

Most Recent Publications

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

Bronstein, L.R., Anderson, E., Terwilliger, S., & Sager, K. (2012). Evaluating a model of school-based health and social services: An interdisciplinary community-university collaboration. Children and Schools, 34(3), 155-165.

Mason, S., LaPorte, H.H., Bronstein, L.R., & Auerbach, C. (2012). Child welfare workers' perceptions of the value of social work education. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9), 1735-1741.

Campbell, D., Lambright, K., & Bronstein, L.R. (2012). The eyes of the beholders: Feedback motivations and practices among nonprofit providers and their funders. Public Performance and Management Review, 36(1), 7-30.

Terwilliger, S., Gueldner, S., & Bronstein, L.R. (2012). A preliminary evaluation of the Well-Being Picture Scale - Children's Version (WPS-CV) in a sample of fourth and fifth graders. Nursing Science Quarterly, 25(2), 160-166.

Anderson, E. & Bronstein, L.R. (2012). Examining interdisciplinary collaboration within an expanded school mental health framework: A community-university initiative. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 4(1), 1-15.

Anderson-Butcher, D., Mellin, E., & Bronstein, L.R. (2011). (Eds.)Collaboration among schools, families and communities; Special issue of Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 4(2).

Mellin, E., Anderson-Butcher, D., & Bronstein, L.R. (2011). Strengthening interprofessional team collaboration: Potential roles for school mental health professionals. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 4(2), 51-61.

Bronstein, L.R., Ball, A., Mellin, E., Wade-Mdivanian, R., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2011). Advancing collaboration between school- and agency-employed school-based social workers: A mixed methods comparison of competencies and preparedness. Children and Schools, 33(2), 83-95.

Bronstein, L.R., Gellis, Z., & Kenaley, B. (2011). A Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community: Views from providers and residents. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 30(11), 104-112.

Bronstein, L.R. & Kenaley, B. (2010). Learning from vertical NORCs: Challenges and recommendations for horizontal NORCs. Journal of Housing for the Elderly; Special edition – Naturally occurring retirement communities, 24(3/4), 237-248.

Mellin, E., Bronstein, L.R., Anderson-Butcher, D., Amrose, A., Green, J., & Ball, A. (2010). Measuring interprofessional team collaboration in expanded school mental health: Model refinement and scale development. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 24(5), 514-523.

Bronstein, L.R., Mizrahi, T., Korazim-Korosoy, Y., & McPhee, D. (2010). Interdisciplinary collaboration in social work education in the U.S., Israel and Canada: Deans’ and directors’ perspectives. International Social Work, 53(4), 457-473.

Dean and Professor Laura Bronstein

Office: (607) 777-5572
Office Location: Downtown Center, Room #333

Last Updated: 4/7/14