Susan Yoon

Susan Yoon

Susan Yoon

Assistant Professor, Social Work


Areas of Expertise

  • Child maltreatment
  • Child development
  • Exposure to family violence
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Fathers and fathering


  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University, 2016
  • M.S.W., Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 2008
  • B.A., Ewha Womans University, South Korea, 2006

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.

Dr. Yoon's Seed Grant:

(2017)  Fathers, Child Maltreatment, and Adolescent Substance Use