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Nancy DeCesare, IHM

Nancy DeCesare, IHM

Nancy DeCesare
Professor of Human Services

Sister Nancy DeCesare has over thirty years of experience in administration, social work, and teaching. As a frontline social worker on the streets of New York City, a supervisor and executive director, and is now a professor of Human Services at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA. She holds a bachelor's and master's in social work from Marywood University and a Master's in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. Sister received her Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work from the Silver School of Social Work, New York University. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Academy of Certified Social Workers, and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker in both New York and Pennsylvania.

Sister has received many honors for her work with marginalized populations, including the National Jefferson Award, an award founded by Jackie Kennedy for outstanding public service, the No Time to Lose Award, presented by the Governor of New York, and the Beloved Award for her work with street children.

Sister is the former Executive Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of New York, an international program for homeless youth. In addition, Sister is a grant writer, teacher, and author. She has served on boards including Marywood University, Friends of the Poor, the Philadelphia Children's Foundation, and the Governor's Advisory Board for People with Disabilities for Pennsylvania.

Sister Nancy's professional life has complemented her desire to make a difference. Her research centers on improving personal and educational opportunities for young people and veterans.

Educational Background: 

Ph.D. (Clinical Social Work) New York University, New York, N.Y. Silverman School of Social Work

Master of Science, (Public Administration) New York University Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York City, New York

Master of Social Work, Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Bachelor of Social Work, Marywood University, Scranton, Pennsylvania

Courses Taught: 

Human Behavior and the Social Environment I, II, and III

Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups I and II

Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Understanding Trauma in Individuals, Families, and Communities

Public Policy

Organiazational Management

Human Resources

Leadership Development and Group Relations

Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Developing and Delivering Family Services

Social Work Practice I and II

Social Work, Sociology, and Human Services Introduction Courses

Fieldwork Practicum

Capstone Course and Seminar


Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Training Level 1 and 2 (CCTP)

Board Certified Diplomat Clinical Social Work

Board Certified Social Worker

Human Services Board-Certified Practitioner

Licensed Clinical Social Worker Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, New York,

The Academy of Certified Social Workers, New York

Licensed Certified Social Worker, New York

Excellence Award, U.S. Army: Army One Source for compassion and dedication to serving those who serve, resulting in the development of comprehensive community support and service delivery for Service members, their Families, and Veterans.

Leaders and Legends Award for Notable Community Leadership and Legendary Voice of Advocacy in Support of Women Veterans and Military Families, Healthy Caregiver Community Foundation of Philadelphia

Humanitarian Award-Marywood University for Outstanding Service to Children and Families

The National Jefferson Award, American Institute for Public Service, was awarded to individuals doing significant public service, largely without public recognition.

Selected Publications: 

DeCesare, N. "The Contribution of Attachment Theory in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescents in Residential Foster Care" National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter, Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

DeCesare, N. "A True Friend of the Poor Sister Adrian Barrett, I.H.M.," Editors Conn M. & McGuire T. Editors, In Sisterly Love: Women of Note in Pennsylvania History, University Press of America/Hamilton Books.

DeCesare, N. Preserving Our Family's Stories: A Military Family's Legacy, The Journal of Military Experience, and the Arts

DeCesare, N. Preserving Our Family's Stories, As You Were: The Military Review Vol.1 ISSN 2374-3816 One of four non-fiction articles for the first edition of a new journal.

DeCesare, N. Reaching Out: Ground Zero to the Soldiers Project Pennsylvania: Journey Magazine Published by Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA.

DeCesare, N. Jonathan a Case Study of a Child in Foster Care. Boston: Pearson Publication Inc.

DeCesare, N. Meeting the Needs of Street Children in Uganda, South Africa and the Streets of New York City, Marywood University and Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA.

DeCesare, N. Mental Health Needs of Veterans and their Loved Ones, the Soldiers Project PA.at the Pennsylvania Military and Family Behavioral Health Coalition Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

DeCesare, N. Understanding Post Traumatic Stress and Military Sexual Trauma among Operation Iraq Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom Female Veterans. Social Work PRN, Albert Einstein Healthcare Network, Jefferson Health System, Belmont Behavioral Health Center, Philadelphia.

DeCesare, N. Meeting the Needs of Student Veterans in the 21st Century, the Soldiers Project Pennsylvania. Student Veterans of America Conference, Penn State, State College, Center Valley, PA.

DeCesare, N. "The Strength-Based Perspective in Working with Adolescents and Children," Social Work PRN, Robins Nest, Glassboro, New Jersey.

DeCesare, N. & Kitchen, S. Embracing diversity in the Diverse Classroom" Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society.77th. Annual Meeting New Diversity, Persistent Inequality.

DeCesare, N. "Assisting Grieving Children and Youth: The Influence of Culture, Socialization and Treatment on the Experience of Mourning, Grieving, and Trauma from Death"-Presented at the 18th Annual National Crime Victims' Rights Conference, Atlantic City Convention Center, sponsored by Cape May, Atlantic City, and Cumberland County Prosecutors Office of Victim-Witness Advocacy.

DeCesare, N. "The Contribution of Attachment Theory in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Adolescents in Residential Foster Care" National Association of Social Workers Pennsylvania Chapter, Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.