Dr. Susan Yoon’s research seeks to promote resilience and well-being in children who have experienced childhood trauma, including child maltreatment. She is particularly interested in identifying factors, mechanisms and pathways that promote or hinder resilient development following child maltreatment. Her current research focuses on (1) an exploration of the conceptualization and measurement of the construct “resilience”; (2) investigation of the developmental pathways from child maltreatment to behavioral health outcomes in childhood and adolescence (e.g., adolescent substance use); and (3) the role of fathers in resilient development of maltreated youth. Her research has been funded by the NIH National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the U.S. Administration for Children & Families (ACF), and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). She is a recipient of the 2020 Karen Saywitz Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research in the Field of Child Maltreatment from the American Psychological Association (APA). 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.
Please visit Dr. Yoon’s THRIVE (Trauma, Health, and Resilience In the midst of Violence Exposure) Research Lab for more information.
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
Childhood trauma and psychopathology
Adolescent substance use
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