Stephanie Berzin

Dean, College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice
  • School of Social Work
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Political Science & International Relations
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
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About Me

Dr. Stephanie Berzin is the Dean of College of Social Sciences, Policy, and Practice. Prior to her arrival at Simmons, she served as Assistant Dean directing the Doctoral Program at the Boston College School of Social Work. Dr. Berzin developed and led the Social Innovation and Leadership Program, where she co-led the curriculum redesign and the development of a strategic vision around social innovation, social entrepreneurship, leadership, and resource development. She also served as co-director of the BC Center for Social Innovation, which works to build the evidence-base for social innovation, prepare tomorrow's social sector leaders, and promote the capacity of existing agencies to respond to social issues. Dr. Berzin also co-leads the Grand Challenge for Social Work, Harnessing Technology for Social Good. This work is designed to integrate technology into social work teaching, research, and practice.


Her most recent book was published by Oxford University Press, Innovation From Within: Redefining How Nonprofits Solve Problems (2018). Dr. Berzin graduated cum laude from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, earned her MSW from Columbia University, and a PhD from the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley.