Associate Professor

Department Social Work

Mailing Address

Regis College

235 Wellesley Street
Weston, MA 02493


Associate Professor Denise Hildreth is an experienced social work educator with expertise in teaching, curriculum development, administration, accreditation, and field education at the baccalaureate level. A licensed social worker with over 25 years of experience working with children and families, she has a strong professional social work identity and sees her commitment to the profession and passion as a BSW educator as stemming from her own formative experiences as a BSW and MSW student. She earned her PhD in Clinical Social Work from Simmons College in 2016, focusing her doctoral research on homicide bereavement. Denise joined the Regis faculty in 2019, supervising undergraduate social work students field placements and teaching courses across the BSW curriculum. In addition to her teaching, Denise maintains a small private practice where she supports families impacted by grief. In addition, she serves on the leadership teams for 2 local nonprofit organizations, The Mental Health Collaborative, which focuses on mental health literacy education and awareness, and the MRP Project, an organization that serves families who have experienced significant losses. Denise’s research focus is in the area of homicide bereavement, specifically the role of employment as a risk and protective factor in managing grief.


As a child welfare practitioner and social work educator, my professional identity is rooted in a social work strengths perspective and a commitment to social justice. As a teacher, I look to create a learning community with students that is based upon mutual respect and an appreciation for intellectual curiosity, challenge, professionalism, and lifelong growth. In the classroom, I strive to assist students in developing strong critical thinking, writing, and professional practice skills that allow them not only to assist individual clients in locating needed resources and addressing specific problems, but to examine the critical role that the social environment and systems of power and oppression play in all of our lives. It is my hope that students not only become strong practitioners, but equally strong advocates and agents of social change.