Daniel Brisson

Daniel S. Brisson


  • Faculty

What I do

Daniel Brisson studies communities, poverty, and affordable housing. He has an array of active research projects, some of which focus on the way social relationships can improve health and well-being for people living in low-income neighborhoods.


civic and community engagement, community organizing and community development, economic development, evidence-based practice/implementation science, housing and homelessness, international social work/global practice, intervention research, poverty, research methods

Professional Biography

Professor Daniel Brisson is the Director of the Center on Housing and Homelessness. Brisson earned an MSW and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also received advanced training in statistical methods through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research.

Brisson's research is focused on individuals and families struggling with issues associated with poverty. He is particularly interested in the impact of low-income neighborhoods on individuals and families. Brisson is the co-principal investigator of the intervention Your Family, Your Neighborhood. He is also working with the Mile High United Way, Denver Human Services, The Barton Institute and many other research partners. The goal of his research and scholarship is to create equitable opportunities and systems so individuals and families living in poverty have the same chance for success as those with more financial resources.

Brisson is engaged with teaching both Masters and Doctoral students at the Graduate School of Social Work. He teaches masters courses on program evaluation and poverty and community development. He is the lead instructor for the required two-course sequence in program evaluation for second-year MSW students. Brisson also teaches advanced quantitative research methods and statistics to doctoral students and works with doctoral students through the work of the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness.


  • Summer Institute, Inter-University Consortium for the Advancement of Political and Social Research (ICPSR), 2008
  • Ph.D., School of Social Work, University of North Carolina , 2004
  • Other, Summer Institute, Inter-University Consortium for the Advancement of Political and Social Research (ICPSR), 2002
  • MSW, Administration and Community Practice, University of North Carolina, 2000
  • BA, Psychology, Loyola College , 1993

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Other

Key Projects

  • Analysis of Survey Data Collected for the Making Connections Initiative
  • Your Family, Your Neighborhood (YFYN) Intervention
  • Studying Racial and Ethnic Patterns in Denver's Section 8 and Public Housing
  • Evaluation Support for the Mile-High United Way’s Bridging the Gap Program
  • Parents and Children Bonding: JAG Award


Brisson, D. S., & Walker, L. (2014). Variations in Social Cohesion in Low and Moderate Income Neighborhoods. . Urban Affairs Association Annual Conference. San Antonio TX: Urban Affairs Association.
Brisson, D. S. (2013). Concentrated poverty and its correlates: A case example of social development informing one health. 2nd Global Risk Forum One Health Summit. Davos, Switzerland: Global Risk Forum.
Brisson, D. S., & Covert, J. (2014). Housing vulnerability: Characteristics associated with risk of losing a housing subsidy. . Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. San Antonio TX: Society for Social Work Research.
Brisson, D. S., & Lechuga Pena, S. (2014). Parents and Kids Bonding: A pilot study. Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Work and Research. San Antonio TX: Society for Social Work and Research.
Brisson, D. S., Smith, R., Gilster, M., Coulton, C., & Johnson, M. (2011). Neighborhood Effects Research and Social Work: Findings, Challenges and the Future. Annual Conference. Tampa, FL: Society for Social Work Research.


  • Award for faculty exchange with the University of Nottingham addressing urban poverty, University of Denver