Frances L. Brisbane, PhD, MSW

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Frances L. Brisbane, Ph.D., MSW

Vice President for Health Sciences Workforce Diversity
Phone: 631-444-9638



Ph.D., Union Graduate School and University (Organizational Psychology)
M.S.W., Columbia University School of Social Work (Psychiatric Social Work)
M.A., Columbia University Teachers College (Social and Philosophical foundations)
B.S., New York University (Social Work)


Substance abuse and addictive behaviors, culture competence, childhood trauma, aging, veterans and their families


Brisbane, F.L. (2010) Executive Producer of a Documentary Film on Dr. Dorothy I. Height: Wisdom and Ways To Care. Funded by W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Bakeman, C.V. with Brisbane, F.L. (2004). No Mountain Too Hight – An Autobiography of Leadership. Medford, NY: Diamond Communication Services.

Dukes, H.N. with Brisbane, F.L. (2002). Through It All. Medford, NY: Diamond Communication Services.

Brisbane, F.L. (1999). Dr. C. Browne: A Natural Health Doctor – The Man, His Medicine, and His Miracles. Washington, DC: Visions Publications.

Brisbane, F.L., (Editor) (1996). CSAP Cultural Competence Series #6 Advanced Methodological Issues in Culturally Competent Evaluation for Substance Abuse Prevention. Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care. (DHHS Publication No. (SMA 96-3110).

Brisbane, F.L. (ed.) (1995). Center for Substance Abuse Prevention Cultural competence Series #4. Cultural Competence for Social Workers- A Guide for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Professionals Working with Ethnic/Racial Communities. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS Publication No. (SMA 95-3075).

Brisbane, F.L. (1993). African American Children of Trauma, Children of Triumph. Chicago, IL: HRDI International Press.

Brisbane, F.L. (ed.) (1989). Alcoholism-The Challenge for Social Work. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services (Special Edition).

Brisbane, F.L. and M. Womble (eds.) (1985) Treatment of Black Alcoholics. New York: Haworth Press.


January 15, 2012. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Speaker, East End Voters Coalition, Riverhead, NY.

December 15, 2011. Keynote Speaker, Kinship and Professional Aging Caregiver Conference, Our House, Greenville, Mississippi.

September 30, 2011. Keynote Speaker, Culturally Sensitive Treatment, Visiting Nurse Services of New York, New York, NY.

March 1, 2010. Cultural Competency Training Instructor, Betty Ford Center, Southern California.

February 19, 2010. Black History Month Keynote Speaker, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, New York City Office.


Director, Sayville Project, NY State Office of Mental Health

Project Director, Sudden Infant Death Center, NY State Health Department

Project Director, Child Welfare Training Program, NY State Office for Children and Family Services

Project Director for Multiple Grants from W.K. Kellogg Foundation for Children and the Aging


2008, SUNY Stony Brook President’ s Award for Excellence in Diversity and Affirmative Action.

2007, U.S. President’s Call to Service Award, for volunteer service and civic participation.

2000, First Baptist Church of Riverhead, Recipient of the Martin Luther King Award.

2000, Featured on a poster produced by the NY State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse as one of eight women making a major contribution during the last century in Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. The poster, our pictures, and a brief bio is titled: An Extraordinary Century for Women

Dr. Frances L. Brisbane is Dean and Professor of the School of Social Welfare, State University of New York at Stony Brook. She is Dean of the Black Alcoholism and Addictions Institute, co-sponsored by the National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council in Washington, D.C. and The Morehouse Research Institute of Morehouse College.
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. This conference, now in its 24th year, is the only one of its kind in the U.S. and has been held in eight different countries, Puerto Rico and the states of Hawaii, Arizona, and California.

Dr. Brisbane created the 100% Drug Free Clubs, which is operated in secondary schools and churches in the United States, several African countries and the Caribbean as a model primary prevention program. She developed Project HOPE(ful) – a Spiritual Healing and Recovery Program. It is used nationally in substance abuse and mental health treatment programs, churches, and at spiritual retreats. She developed a model training program on "Preventing and Overcoming Compassion Fatigue." It is designed for volunteer caregivers and professionals who work with terminally ill patients and others in need of intensive care.

Dr. Brisbane has written five books and edited three books, one on cultural competency, two for the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) and one jointly sponsored by CSAP and the National Association of Social Workers, and another for the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Two of her books were biographies about two national leaders.

In 1999, the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services featured Dr. Brisbane, as one of eight New York women, on a poster titled: "An Extraordinary Century for Women." Receiving this honor, symbolized her 20th century contribution as being extraordinary in the substance abuse field of education. The other women were: Mother Clara Hale (1905-1992), Lois Wilson (1891-1988), Marty Mann (1905-1980), Dr. Jean Kirkpatrick, Dr. Sheila Blume, Dr. Marie Nyswander (1919-1986), and Dr. Ann Streissguth.

In 2007, Dr. Brisbane received the U.S. 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. The Extraordinary Caregiver Recognition Program rewards outstanding employees who provide exceptional care to developmentally disabled individuals through an invitation to participate in a two day “honoring ceremony.”

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 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 Ph.D. from Union Graduate School and University.