Suzanne Kerns


Sue is a licensed clincial-community psychologist. She received her Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and studied under Ron Prinz. For 10 years, she was on the faculty at the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy, prior to joining the University of Denver Graduate School of Social work in July, 2016. At DU, she is the Executive Director for the Center for Effective Interventions. Her diverse set of research, teaching, and clinical activities have always angled toward a single professional aim: to improve the quality and effectiveness of child and family mental health services in real world settings in order to maximize their public health impact. She has had the opportunity to apply this focus across several systemic contexts, including juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and community mental health, and with a strong emphasis on workforce development and improvement of the quality of clinical care.