Frances Brisbane

Frances Brisbane Dean and Professor, School of Social Welfare  
Dr. Frances L. Brisbane is Dean and Professor of the School of Social Welfare at Stony Brook University. She is Dean of the Black Alcoholism and Addictions Institute, co-sponsored by the National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council in Washington, DC and The Morehouse Research Institute of Morehouse College. In 2007, Dr. Brisbane received the US President's highest honor for Service and Civic Participation. She has also received the SUNY University President's Award for Excellence in Diversity and Affirmative Action. In 2008 she co-developed the Extraordinary Caregiver Recognition Program to assist NYS OMRDD and its provider agencies retain a quality workforce, provide a path to increased compensation for their best employees, and encourage talented caregivers to improve their skills and education opportunities. Dr. Brisbane is founder and director of the School of Social Welfare's Center for Culturally Competent Education and Training. The Center has trained and certified over 1500 people as being cultural competent professionals. Dr. Brisbane is co-founder of "Counseling and Treating People of Colour: An International Perspective," a conference that discusses health, mental health, substance abuse, AIDS, violence, and education across cultural lines.

Dr. Brisbane is a life member of the NAACP, the National Urban League, and the Community Action Network. Dr. Brisbane is an undergraduate of New York University, received her MSW and MA degrees from Columbia University, and PhD from Union Graduate School and University.