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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Suzanne Sutphin, Ph.D., MA

Title: Research Assistant Professor
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-8494
Office: Benson 115
Resources: Curriculum Vitae

Research Expertise

  • Child welfare

  • Race and ethnicity

  • Marriage and family


Professor Suzanne Sutphin joined the faculty at the College of Social Work in 2009 as a research faculty member at the college’s Center for Child and Family Studies.

Sutphin’s research interests include child welfare, program evaluation, race and ethnicity, gender, marriage and family, and social class inequality. As a co-principal investigator for the center’s contract with the South Carolina Department of Social Services (SCDSS), Sutphin and her team of research associates and graduate assistants analyze and report on SCDSS’s child welfare Quality Assurance data and develop and maintain the evaluation for Child Welfare Basic Training. Currently, they are assisting the SCDSS in data analysis for the Child and Family Services Review.

Sutphin’s publications focus on child welfare, quality assurance and social work research. In 2016, she co-authored, “Tracking Changes in Child Welfare: Using Quality Assurance to Monitor Child Welfare Outcome,” which was published in the Athens Journal of Social Sciences. The article focused on explaining the potential impact of social indicators associated with potential child abuse and neglect on outcomes of safety and well-being for children involved in the child welfare system. Sutphin also authored, “The Impact of Sociology on My Role as an Evaluator,” a 2015 article in American Sociologist. She described how her theoretical and methodological training in sociology impacted her work as a research assistant professor and how universities and agencies can work together to create successful partnerships for program evaluations. Sutphin has also presented at national and international conferences and symposiums on topics including, implementing and evaluating a child welfare program improvement plan, child welfare basic training and using data to access outcomes.    

Sutphin received her undergraduate degrees in sociology and international studies from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, her master’s in sociology from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte and her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of South Carolina.

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