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Susan Stern


Associate Professor
Cross appointed Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
Ph.D., School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Phone Number: 
(416) 946-8263
Office Location: 

Room 334

Research Interests: 
  • Parent engagement
  • Evidence-based parenting programs
  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Family intervention
  • Implementation science

Susan Stern joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 2002 as an Associate Professor.  She previously was a faculty member at Boston University and the State University of New York at Albany.  Prior to entering academe, she was Director of Child, Youth, and Family Services in a community mental health center.

Susan’s scholarship focuses on parent engagement; family adversity; child and adolescent mental health and delinquency; community-based implementation of evidence-based parenting and family therapy models; and common elements and change mechanisms in evidence-based practices. She has been Principal Investigator of a SSHRC funded program of research on parent engagement in children’s mental health and evidence-based practice; research associate on the longitudinal Rochester Youth Development Study, co-investigator of the IPS-C, the Canadian arm of an international survey on parenting practices and parent preferences for accessing support; and partnered with Kinark Child and Family Services on research examining treatment fidelity and the role of peer supervision across multiple EBPs in an implementation science study. With a particular expertise in evidence-based parenting interventions, she was PI of an Incredible Years multi-year implementation study across Toronto early learning centres and consultant on research examining the impact and cultural acceptability of Triple P for Aboriginal parents in Canada.

Susan held a Research Scientist appointment with Child Development Institute, a collaborative partner on evidence-based parent engagement and parenting program research, and was the Inaugural Visiting Scholar for McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy and Research at New York University Silver School of Social Work.