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College of Social Work

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Teri Browne, Ph.D., MSW

Title: Dean
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-6258
Office: Hamilton 327
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Resources: Curriculum Vitae

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Teri Browne

Research Expertise

  • Kidney disease
  • Nephrology social work

  • Kidney disease treatment and transplant access

  • Health disparities in kidney transplant access among African Americans with kidney failure

  • Disparities of rural health access

  • Interprofessional healthcare


Dean and Professor Teri Browne joined the faculty in 2008, where she was also co-director of Interprofessional Education for the Health Sciences until 2021. In 2017, Browne was inducted as a Society for Social Work and Research Fellow for her work to advance the mission of the society. In 2019 she was chosen as a Distinguished Scholar Fellow in the Social Work Academy of the National Academies of Practice. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Browne worked as a dialysis social worker for 13 years in New York, California and Illinois.  
Browne is and has been a principal or co-investigator on multiple externally-funded research awards. This includes serving as Co-Principal Investigator for two studies on kidney disease treatment and transplant access funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the NIH. 
Browne’s publications focus on nephrology (kidney disease), health social work, integrated behavioral health, rural health and interprofessional education. She is also the co-editor of the Handbook of Health Social Work. 
Browne was a Competency Chair for the Council on Social Work Education Specialized Practice Curricular Guide for Health Social Work, a national task force Invited Member on the American Society of Nephrology Health Care Justice Committee Member and an Invited Member on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Practitioner Level Measurement of Effective Access to Kidney Transplantation Technical Expert Panel. She is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nephrology Social Work since 2015. Browne received her Master of Social Work from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. 

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