Dr. Bonnie L. Hennig, Ph.D., MSW


Bonnie L. Hennig, Ph.D, MSW has over 23 years of experience in clinical therapy, and earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Social Work degree at Boston University, Boston, MA.

Dr. Hennig is an internationally recognized expert in the field of talking to children about Huntington’s Disease (HD). She is frequently invited to speak on the subject throughout the United States and Great Britain.

Dr. Hennig worked at Hartford Hospital as an integral therapist of the Helen and Harry Gray Cancer Center. Her focus was on helping individuals suffering from cancer adjust to their illness. In particular she co-created and facilitated a breast cancer and ovarian cancer support group for women. At multiple forums she lectured on topics related to cancer such as making medical decisions and coping with cancer.
 
Dr. Hennig played a major role in the research and development of community needs which led to the opening of Hartford Hospital’s Palliative Care Unit. She also participated as a counselor in the Employee Assistance Program and served on the Cancer Resource Team, Oncology Health Care Team, Cancer Advisory Team and Cancer Center CORE Group.
 
Dr. Hennig has worked with the University of Connecticut Health Center Huntington's Disease Program for the past decade. With that program, she is currently Program Director. She also serves as the site coordinator for a clinical treatment study of individuals who have clinical features of Huntington’s Disease.

Dr. Hennig possesses expertise in psychosocial assessment, illness adjustment, clinical and crisis intervention, grief work, supportive counseling and family therapy. In particular, she has extensive experience in child and adolescent counseling and interventional family therapy with families experiencing severe distress. Her ability to engage, empathize and motivate her clients and their families has allowed her to work effectively in complex and challenging situations.

Dr. Hennig is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Huntington Study Group and the European Huntington’s Disease Network.

Dr. Hennig has received both the Quality of Life Award and the George Sheehan Humanitarian Award from the Greater Hartford Unit of the American Cancer Society.

As liaison to the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) and the Huntington Disease Association (HDA), Ms. Hennig has spoken to national and international audiences about the topic of helping children cope in a family affected by Huntington’s Disease, as follows:
 
  • September 11, 2010
  • April 24, 2010
  • October 24, 2009
  • October 17, 2009
  • June 5-6, 2009
  • May 16, 2009
  • September 22, 2008
  • April 10, 2008
  • November 2-3, 2007
  • October 11, 2007
  • November 11, 2006
  • November 4, 2006
  • June 29, 2006
  • May 6, 2006
  • February 21, 2006
  • September 11-15, 2005
  • June 24-26, 2005
  • June 10-12, 2004
  • June 6-8, 2003
  • May 31-June 2, 2002
  • June 29-July 1, 2001
 
HDSA Rocky Mountain Region
HDSA Rocky Mountain Region
Pacific Northwest HDSA Region
South/Southwest Region HDSA
HDSA National Convention
HDSA Upstate NY Chapter
HDSA San Diego Chapter
New England Region HDSA
Mid-Atlantic Region HDSA
New England Region HDSA
HDSA Delaware Valley Chapter
New England Region HDSA
HDSA Greater NY Region
HDSA NJ Chapter
Terrance Cardinal Cooke
HDA/HD World Congress
HDSA National Convention
HDSA National Convention
HDSA National Convention
HDSA National Convention
HDSA National Convention
 
Denver, CO
Albuquerque, NM
Seattle, WA
Nashville, TN
Phoenix, AZ
Albany, NY
San Diego, CA
Burlington, VT
Lafayette Hill, PA
Springfield, MA
W. Conshohocken, PA
Worcester, MA
West Islip, NY
New Brunswick, NJ
New York, NY
Manchester, England
Atlanta, GA
St. Louis, MO
Houston, TX
Columbus, OH
San Diego, CA

Publications:

"The Emotional Experience of Family Carers in Huntington disease", Janet K. Williams, Heather Skirton, Jane S. Paulsen, Toni Tripp-Reimer, Lori Jarmon, Megan McGonigal Kenney, Emily Birrer, Bonnie L. Hennig and Joann Honeyford. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65(4), 789-798.
"The Determinants of Subjective Suffering in Patients with Huntington's Disease", Duffy JD, Hennig B, Fitzpatrick MJ, Tanev K, Deckel AW. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 8:1, pp.183-184, February 2005.
 "Correlates of Apathy in Early-Stage and Mid-Stage Huntington’s Disease", Duffy JD, Hennig B, Tanev K, Fitzpatrick MJ, Deckel AW. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 16:2, pp. 220, Spring 2004.
 "Correlates of Subjective Suffering in Patients Diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease", Duffy JD, Hennig B, Fitzpatrick MJ, Tanev K, Deckel AW. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 16:2, pp. 219-220, Spring 2004.
"Prevalence of Depression and Anxiety in Early and Mid-Stage Huntington’s Disease", Bullard S, Doherty E, Duffy JD, Hennig B, Fitzpatrick MJ, Deckel AW. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 15:2, p. 269, 2003.
"Neurobehavioral Characteristics of Patients with Early and Mid-Stage Huntington’s Disease", Spencer S, Duffy JD, Bullard S, Doherty E, Fitzpatrick MJ, Hennig B, Deckel AW. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 15:2, p. 268-269, May 2003.
"The Determinants of Subjective Quality of Life in Patients with Huntington’s Disease", Duffy JD, Doherty E, Bullard S, Fitzpatrick MJ, Hennig B, Deckel AW,  The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 15:2, pp. 268, May 2003.
"Talking to Kids About Huntington’s Disease: A book for people who know children with HD in their family", http://www.talkingtokidsabouthd.com/, 2003.
"Coping with Cancer", Cancer Currents, Volume 2-Number 1, Fall-Winter, 1993-1994.