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Denisé Dews

Clinical Associate Professor
Associate Director of Field Education

Denise Dews


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Suite 335-C

325 Pittsboro Street

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-962-6439

F: 919-962-3384

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Denisé Dews came to the academia with 16 years of social work practice experience in public child welfare, healthcare, and aging. In the course of her practice career, she served on numerous collaborative committees (e.g. ICU/CCU Quality Improvement Team, several multidisciplinary specialty practice area teams, continuity of care planning, and child welfare & law enforcement joint committee).

She currently teaches in the specialization MSW curriculum: aging, death and dying, and integrated health. Additionally, she is the associate director for field education and works with MSW students in field settings.

Denisé is a member of three campus-wide interprofessional education efforts: Geriatric Interdisciplinary IPE, Carolina Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program, and Health Affairs IPE Steering Committee. She has presented locally and nationally on the topics of IPE, death and dying, integrated health, and field education.

She is a member of several grant teams that have IPE as an integral component of their projects. She was selected to participate in the national ExCEL (Excellence in Cancer Education & Leadership) in Social Work Group. She was member of the national CSWE Geriatric Competency Development accreditation team. Denisé is a current member of the CSWE and the NC Social Work Oncology Group.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, University of South Florida
BSW, University of West Florida

Primary Program

MSW Education


Mental Health First Aid
Safe Zone
UNC Leadership Learning Community

Research and Professional Interests

Medical Social Work
End-of-Life Care
Integrated Health Care

Other Projects

Geriatric Interprofessional Education

Recent Publications

Zerden, L., Brigham R. B. & Dews, D. G. (2014). Orientation Programs for Masters of Social Work Students: Rethinking Content and Format. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 17(1).

Ellett, A.J., Ellis, J., Westbrook, T. & Dews, D.G. (2007). A statewide qualitative study of 385 professionals: Toward a greater understanding of employee retention and turnover in child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review, 29(2), 264-281.

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Panel participant: August 2019. Duke University Health System, "The Role of A Field Instructor in a Healthcare Setting."

Dews, D. G., Kanfer, M., Jones, A., & Palmer, M.T. (2018, November). Creative Strategies for Interprofessional Education with MSW and Nurse Practitioner Students. Council of Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Sansing, R., Brigham, R., & Dews, D. G. (2018, November). Transgender/Gender Nonconforming Students in the Field: Experiences and Best Path Strategies. Council of Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Palmer, C. & Dews, D. G., (2018, April) Preparing a Workforce for Care of Older Adults Through Interprofessional Education. National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 44th Annual Conference. NONPF, Indianapolis, IN.

Dews, D. G., Weil, A., Clarke, C., Palmer, C., Rosemon, C., & Holliday, A. (2017). One Experience, Seven Disciplines: Health Profession Students Learn From Each Other. Fifth Annual Emswiller Interprofessional Symposium: Working Together for Better Health, Richmond, VA.


SOWO 843

Older Adult Theory and Practice

Fall MSW

Direct Practice

SOWO 856

Care of the Dying and Bereaved

Spring MSW

Direct Practice

SOWO 761

Integrated Healthcare with Underserved Populations

Fall MSW

Direct Practice

SOWO 523

Generalist Field Seminar I

Fall MSW

MSW Generalist

SOWO 524

Generalist Field Seminar II

Spring MSW

MSW Generalist

SOWO 520

Social Work Practicum I

Fall, MSW

MSW Generalist