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Yoon, Susan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - Case Western Reserve University, 2016 - Social Work
MSW - Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 2008 - Social Welfare
BA - Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 2006 - Social Welfare

Areas of Expertise
Child maltreatment
Child development
Exposure to family violence
Risk and protective factors
Fathers and fathering

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Child maltreatment research
Scholarly writing (publications) and Grant writing skills
Advanced statistical methods
Innovative teaching skills
Academic job search skills and preparation
Professional development


Dr. Susan Yoon’s research seeks to promote resilience and well-being in children who have experienced childhood trauma, including child maltreatment and exposure to family violence. Her research focuses on investigating pathways to positive and healthy development among maltreated and violence exposed children, with a particular interest in identifying multi-level protective factors that buffer against early trauma exposure and understanding the role of fathers in enhancing resiliency. She was a recipient of a Fellowship for University-Based Doctoral Candidates and Faculty for Research in Child Maltreatment from the Children’s Bureau, ACYF, HHS. Dr. Yoon’s federally funded dissertation research received an honorable mention for Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation at the 2017 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) annual conference. She received her BA and MSW from Ewha Womans University in South Korea and earned her Ph.D. in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University.