• About me

  • I am a licensed clinical-community psychologist. I received my Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 2006 and studied under Ron Prinz. For 10 years, I 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. Here at DU, I am the Executive Director for the Center for Effective Interventions. Currently a small center largely focused on supporting implementation of Multisystemic Therapy (read about this in the tab above!), I hope to expand the center's offerings based on my experiences implementing a range of different interventions for children and families across multiple service systems.  

    My 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. I have 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.

    I am thrilled to be a part of the DU community and am looking forward to finding collaborative partners to continue this work in the Colorado area!

  • Contact information

    Email: Suzanne.Kerns@du.edu

    Phone: (303)871-2031

    Address: Craig Hall, 148F

    University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work

    2148 S. High St.

    Denver, CO 80208


  • Current Research Projects

  • Scientific Principal Investigator, (Project leads, Abt Associates Sandra Jo Wilson & Erin Bumgarner), Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, 2018-2023

    Principal Investigator, Multisystemic Therapy: Colorado Expansion,  State of Colorado Pay for Success Initative, 2018-2021

    • The aim of this project is to keep teens in their homes and communities through increasing access to Multisystemic Therapy (MST) for teens and  their families in Colorado. MST is an evidence-based intervention for adolescents at high risk for out-of-home placement due to delinquent behaviors and substance abuse. 
    • Aim to support agencies to serve at least 616 families with high fidelity MST.
    • Focus is on underserved regions of Colorado with limited or no current access to MST.

    Co-Investigator (Principal Investigators: Rick Barth & Leslie Rozeff), National Center for Child Welfare Curriculum Development on Evidence-Based Practices, 2013-2019

    • http://www.ncebpcw.org/
    • Key partner in this project whose aim is to "increase the effectiveness of the child welfare and children's behavioral health workforce through collaborative partnerships and evidence-based professional development.

    Co-Investigator (Robert McMahon and Lynn Katz, co-PIs), Parent training and emotion coaching for children with limited prosocial emotions, National Institute of Mental Health R34, 2014-2018

    • In this study, we are examining whether adding emotion coaching to a standard parenting intervention (Helping the Noncompliant Child) is more effective for children who have limited prosocial emotions
  • CV

  • Suzanne Kerns CV (July 2019)

This portfolio last updated: 29-Aug-2019 2:21 PM