Dean and Professor; Director
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 director of the Institute for Justice & Well-Being. Laura's research revolves around interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration. She created the widely-used and internationally recognized Index of Interdisciplinary Collaboration and published A Model for Interdisciplinary Collaboration, which has been cited as one of the top ten most influential social work articles of the last decade. She is currently leading Binghamton University Community Schools, creating the nation's first county-wide system of university-assisted community schools. Laura has a 2016 co-authored book, School-linked Services (Columbia University Press) and a co-edited book under contract, A Guide for Interprofessional Collaboration. Laura has received far-reaching recognition for her work including the John A. Hartford Foundation Outstanding Dean in Aging award and Binghamton University's first Lois B. DeFleur Faculty Prize for "innovative work that crosses boundaries". Most recently she received the Esther W. Couper Memorial Award for "outstanding service and dedication to the children and families of our community".
Associate Professor; Associate Director
Dr. Elizabeth M. Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership at Binghamton University. She has been in the field of education for over 30 years as a child development specialist, teacher, administrator, teacher educator, and researcher. Currently, she serves as the Director for the New York State Education Department Central/Western Region Community Schools Technical Assistance Center.
Liz’s research examines the intersections of academics, mental health, and health and their potential impact on students’ learning, development, and behavior. To that end, her many publications and grants have focused on the role of interprofessional education and collaboration using a school-community partnership model. Through her work, Dr. Anderson seeks to increase accessibility to high-quality education for all students by improving the alignment and integration of programs and services across sectors.
Honoring former Institute Co-Director, Lisa Blitz
The Institute would like to remember and pay tribute to our fellow colleague, Dr.
Lisa V. Blitz, LCSW-R, who passed on June 22, 2020. Lisa served as a co-director for
the Institute, as well as a faculty member in the Department of Social Work, College
of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University, SUNY for more than 10 years.
Dr. Blitz had a passion to serve the underserved population and fight against adversity
in the United States and abroad, as she gave herself immeasurably to the Malawi Children's Mission. Her spirit illuminated our college, the local community and far beyond where she
contributed relentlessly in her anti-racism and social justice efforts. The Department
of Social Work and The College of Community and Public Affairs has created a scholarship in her name, which will be awarded to a student interested in promoting social justice
and continuing the work that Dr. Blitz has done for others. Dr. Blitz was deeply admired
and loved by the students she has taught at Binghamton University and she will be