- PhD (1987) University of Washington, Social Welfare
- MSW (1986) University of Washington, Social Work
- MA (1975) John F. Kennedy University, Marriage, Family & Child
- BA (1973) University of California, Berkeley, Psychology, Child Development
- • Social Welfare Policy and Services; Urban Social Policy and Advocacy
- • Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Childhood and Adulthood
- • Social Work Practice with Urban Families: Generalist, Family, and Individual
Selected Publications and Presentations
Love, S., Sanders, M., Metzler, C., Prinz, R. & Kast, E. (2012). Enhancing accessibility and engagement in evidence-based parenting programs to reduce maltreatment: Conversations with vulnerable parents. Journal of Public Child Welfare (in press).
Love, S., Levin, A. & Park, H-S. (Submitted). College on the road to recovery for Post 9/11 veterans: Psychosocial correlates of military students. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice (in review).
Love, S., White, T., DeBose, H. & Loprieno, D. (submitted). The changing landscape race, culture, and family life: Interracial couples’ contributions to the conversations. Journal of Comparative Family Studies (in review).
Love, S., Park, H-S., & DeBose, H. (2011). Moving from knowledge to understanding: YouTube in the classroom. National Social Science Technology Journal, 1(4).
Koob, J. & Love, S. (2010). The implementation of Solution-Focused Therapy to increase foster care placement stability. Children and Youth Service Review, 32, 1346-1351.
Love, S., Koob, J. & Hill, L. (2008). The effects of using community mental health practitioners to treat foster children: Implications for child welfare planners. Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, 6(1), 31-39.
Love, S., Koob, J., Hill, L. (2007). Meeting the challenges of evidence-based practice: Can mental health therapists evaluate their practice? Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 7(3), 184-193.
Love, S., Suarez, A. & Love, M. (2008). Young Mothers & Babies Wellness Project: Los Angeles County, Department of Mental Health. Children and Youth Service Review, 30, 1437-1446.
Love, S. & Campbell, V. (2007). Shaping attitudes in public child welfare: An innovative MSW training program. Family Preservation Journal, 10, 76-89.
Reaching vulnerable families through social media. International Triple P Research Conference, February 10, 2012, Glasgow, Scotland UK
The Power of Social Media to Engage Young Parents across the World. International Triple P Research Conference, February 8, 2011, Antwerp Belgium
Child Abuse Prevention: The Scientific Case for Parent Education. Key note speaker at the End Abuse annual professional conference, April 8, 2010, Long Beach, CA
Campbell, V. & Love, S. (March 2009). IUC Learning Plan—an innovative training program in child welfare. Refereed scholarly presentation given at Black Administrators in Child Welfare Conference, Long Beach, California
Love, S. & Hill, L. (February 2005). Quite a leap: moving social workers into the 21st Century. Refereed scholarly presentation given at NASW New Mexico conference
Research and Interests
I. Developing and beta testing Triple P-- Positive Parenting Program in a social network community to improve the developmental outcomes of vulnerable children
Secured a 1.18 million dollar grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to test the efficacy of delivering evidence based parenting program in an online learning community (social media). Currently head an international research team: three Principal Investigators: Dr. Susan M. Love, Dr. Matthew R. Sanders, University of Queensland (Australia), and Dr. Theresa Knott, CSUN; and two Co-Investigators: Dr. Ronald Prinz, University of South Carolina, and, Dr. Carol Metzler, Oregon Research Institute.
II. Returning Fathers Project: to test the effectiveness of Triple P--Positive Parenting Program to support recently prison-released fathers—promoting family wellbeing and child development
Dr. Theresa Knott is the PI, and Dr. Susan M Love is the co-PI along with the international team of researchers (Drs. Sanders, Prinz and Metzler). We are currently in the process of securing grant money.