Denise Continenza

Extension Educator, Food, Families & Health


    Family Strengths
    Parenting Skill Development
    Drug and Alcohol Prevention







    • Lehigh County

    About Me

    Denise has been with Penn State Extension since 2001. Based in Lehigh County, she serves as an extension educator with the Food, Families and Health unit. Her primary programming area is in Family Strengths. As such, Denise develops and teaches educational programs on parenting, youth resilience, early childhood education professional development, school readiness and drug and alcohol prevention.

    Denise is a prevention affiliate with the Penn State Prevention Research Center. In this capacity, she helps communities and schools address substance abuse prevention through the implementation of evidence-based programs. She also coordinates the work of the Communities That Care (CTC) model in one community in her county and assists others with using data to guide their prevention efforts.

    Prior to working for Penn State Extension, Denise spent 11 years with Community Services for Children, Inc./Head Start of the Lehigh Valley. She served in several capacities including home-based parent educator, family engagement coordinator and coordinator for the Head Start-child care collaboration project.

    . She bases all her work on a strong belief that stable families and vibrant communities create resilient youth.


    Denise received her B.A. in Sociology from East Stroudsburg University and a M.Ed. in Youth and Family Education from Penn State.