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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Suzanne E. U. Kerns

Research Associate Professor
Executive Director, Center for Effective Interventions
PhD, University of South Carolina


  • dissemination and implementation
  • evidence-based practices for children, youth and families
  • child mental health
  • parenting interventions
  • workforce development


Research Associate Professor Suzanne Kerns serves as executive director of GSSW’s Center for Effective Interventions. A licensed clinical psychologist, Kerns previously served for 10 years on the faculty of the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her clinical and research interests focus on enhancing the wellbeing of children and families by ensuring access to proven-effective treatment approaches, including examining the acquisition, implementation, adaptation and sustainability of evidence-based practices.

Kerns was trained as a Multisystemic Therapy (MST) therapist in 2005, and she was a clinical consultant for Family Integrated Transitions (MST-FIT), an adaptation of MST for youth returning home from secure incarceration. She is clinically trained in a number of other evidenced-based treatments for children, including the Triple P Positive Parenting Program (for which she has been a national trainer since 2001), Helping the Noncompliant Child, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), CBT+ (a components-based model for delivery of CBT for anxiety, depression, traumatic stress and behavior problems), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Kerns is a member of the International Evidence-Based Practices Consortium and the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC). 

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