Suzanne Kerns


Suzanne Kerns received her doctorate in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Kerns’ interests focus on implementation science, creation of systems of support for evidence-based mental health interventions in child welfare and community mental health settings, and workforce development. She has a particular interest in interventions that support families in parenting. Dr. Kerns is the principal investigator on a grant funded by the Administration for Children and Families, which aims to increase access to effective mental health treatments for children and youth in the foster care system. She is a co-investigator on several NIH grants, including a study of supervision practices (Dorsey), an examination of an adaption of a parenting intervention for children with callous-unemotional traits (McMahon & Katz), and an implementation science conference grant (Comtois). Dr. Kerns also contracts with Washington State Department of Social and Health Services on several initiatives, including a project bringing the Triple P Positive Parenting Program to under-resourced communities and another project integrating Triple P into the child welfare service array.