Denise Crooks, MPH, LICSW is a licensed social worker providing therapy within the Adult Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program. She holds a master of social work degree from Boston College and a master of public health degree from Boston University. Denise previously worked as a behavioral health clinician with the Trans Health Access Team at Thundermist Health Center. Her clinical interests include working with the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender and non-binary patients, as well as those who practice consensual non-monogamy. Denise is kink-affirming and works from an anti-oppressive lens. She has spent time both in the United States and abroad, coordinating studies related to HIV and is an author or co-author of multiple peer-reviewed articles. She regularly organizes with community groups for LGBTQ policy reform at the state level.
In 2020, Denise was awarded the Trans Ally Empowerment Award by TGI Network of Rhode Island. She also served on the planning committee for the Rhode Island Trans Health Conference from 2017 through 2019, where she co-chaired the Behavioral Health and Public Health tracks.