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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Teri Browne, Ph.D., MSW, NSW-C

Title: Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
Associate Professor
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-6258
Office: Hamilton 327
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Teri Browne

Research Expertise

  • Nephrology social work

  • Kidney disease treatment and transplant access

  • Health disparities in kidney transplant access among African American End State Renal Disease patients

  • Disparities of rural health access

  • Interprofessional healthcare


Associate Professor Teri Browne joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in in 2008, where she is also co-director of the Interprofessional Education for the Health Sciences. In 2017, Browne was inducted as a Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Fellow for her work as serving with distinction to advance the mission of the society. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Browne worked professionally for 18 years in New York, California and Illinois as a rape crisis counselor, Nephrology social worker and director of social work for a dialysis center.  

Browne is currently principal or co-investigator on eight externally-funded research awards. This includes serving as co-investigator for two studies on kidney disease treatment and transplant access. Funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, she is working to improve patient care from the early stages of kidney disease to kidney failure and determining whether the changes lead to improved health. The goal is to provide a nationwide model to improve the treatment of patients and families’ well-being. Another study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to eliminate health disparities in kidney transplant access among African American End State Renal Disease (ESRD) patients in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina by implementing a Reducing Disparities in Access to Kidney Transplantation (RaDIANT) regional study to increase rates of referral and medical evaluation.

Professor Browne’s publications focus on nephrology (kidney diseases), health social work and enhancing interprofessional health education. She recently co-authored scientific journal articles on topics including, improving kidney transplant waitlists and reducing racial disparity, advancing social work education for health impact, and perceptions of long-term care residents candidacy for kidney transplantation. Her publications have appeared in scholarly journals, such as the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Kidney Journal.

Browne has served as Co-Chairperson of the Council of Social Work Education SBIRT Consortium and the Society of Social Work and Research conference abstract cluster co-chair. She is also editor-in-chief of the Journal of Nephrology Social Work since 2015. Active in the American Association of Kidney Patients, Browne is director at large for the board of directors and program chairperson for the annual meeting.

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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