Denise Alexander, MSSW 

Forensic Social Worker

Denise has more than 30 years of experience in child welfare. She has acted as director of child safety at the Department of Children’s Services and has years of experience in training professionals from her time at the Department of Human Services, the University of Tennessee Office of Research and Public Service and Onlife Health. Denise was involved in the development and implementation of a statewide quality assurance program in child protective services and has presented that information to a national audience.

Started with Our Kids


Areas of expertise

  • Talking to children about their bodies
  • Sexual abuse:
    • Dynamics
    • Disclosure
    • Investigations/approach 


  • Social work
  • Professional training
  • Psychosocial Assessments
  • Crisis counseling
  • Instructional design for awareness training and continuing education
  • Lead clinician in national Pediatric Forensic Skills Lab
  • Service provision
  • Research
  • Development and delivery of services on statewide and national levels
  • Public speaking

Education and certifications