Susan M. Love, Associate Professor, joined the CSUN faculty in the fall of 2007. Dr. Love received both her Ph.D. in Social Welfare and MSW degree from the University of Washington. She also holdsa MS in Marriage, Family and Child from JFK University, and a BA in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Love has taught at California State University, Long Beach andUniversity of Southern California. She was also a trainer atUniversity of California, LosAngeles and the IUC Field Education Coordinator at CSU, Long Beach. Dr. Love has over 28 years of direct mental health practice experience with children, youth and family. She has 10 peer-reviewed publishedarticles,and has presented papers at professional conferences in Antwerp, Belgium; Glasgow, Scotland; Sydney, Australia; San Francisco; and, Washington, D.C. As the principal investigator of an International team of scientists, she has completed a research grant (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, grant #69451, $1.18M) that successfully built, and tested an evidence-based parenting program delivered in social media for highly vulnerable families—shifting the developmental trajectory of at-risk children toward social/ behavioral/ physical and mental health. Her current projects are: (1) CWS Evidence Based Parenting-Online Implementation and Social Media Dissemination; (2) Improving the physical and mental health outcomes of children by integrating an evidence based parenting program (Triple P) with cutting-edge healthcare technology in the context of the Affordable Care Act; and, (3) Grandmothers Count: Empowering grandmothers to promote child nutrition, health, development and safety.
- 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
- Research Methodology
- Capstone Project
- 2014 Nominee, The Wang Family Excellence Award, for outstanding faculty, California State University system of 23 campuses
- 2014 First Place, Australian Institute of Training and Development award for Triple P Online Community program
- 2013 First Place, Australian iAward for Triple P Online Community program
Selected Publications and Presentations
Love, S.M., Sanders, M.R., Turner, K., Maurange, M., Knott, T., Prinz, R. & Metzler, C. (in review). Feasibility of implementing an evidence-based parenting program in social networking with highly vulnerable parents, Child Abuse and Neglect. (Abstract has been accepted for a special issue on implementation, 2015).
Love, S., Sanders, M., Metzler, C., Prinz, R. & Kast, E. (2013). Enhancing accessibility and engagement in evidence-based parenting programs to reduce maltreatment: Conversations with vulnerable parents. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7(1), 20–38.
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).
White, T., Love, S., DeBose, H. & Loprieno, D. (2015). The changing landscape race, culture, and family life: Interracial couples’ contributions to the conversations. World Journal of Social Science Research (in press).
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.
Child Welfare Services Evidence Based Parenting-Online Implementation and Social Media Dissemination to reach highly vulnerable families, presented by S. Love at the HFCC 2015 Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Feasibility of implementing an evidence-based parenting program in social networking with highly vulnerable parents, presented by S. Love at the HFCC 2014 Sydney Australia.
The Importance of consumer based research in promoting Parent Engagement and Informing Intervention Design. S. Love and T. Knott presented at the HFCC 2013 Los Angeles, ‘Scientific Retreat’.
Media- and Technology-Based Approaches to Delivering Parenting Interventions. S. Love, C. Metzler (Oregon Research Institute), and K. Turner (University of Queensland) presented at the HFCC 2013 Los Angeles.
Reaching vulnerable families through social media, presented by S. Love at the HFCC 2012, Glasgow, Scotland UK.
The Power of Social Media to Engage Young Parents across the World, presented by S. Love at the HFCC 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.
IUC Learning Plan—an innovative training program in child welfare, presented by V. Campbell & S. Love (March 2009). Refereed scholarly presentation given at Black Administrators in Child Welfare Conference, Long Beach, California.
Quite a leap: moving social workers into the 21st Century, presented by S. Love & L. Hill (February 2005). Refereed scholarly presentation given at NASW New Mexico conference.
External Research Support
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Amount: $1,179,141.00
Purpose: Developing and beta testing the Positive Parenting Program in a social-network community in Los Angeles County
Project: Grant #69451, January 1, 2012 to September 30, 2014
- Children and Families Research Consortium, 2007, awarded $8000 to understand influences that shape perceptions in public child welfare
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. CWS Evidence Based Parenting-Online Implementation and Social Media Dissemination
On February 5th submitted National Institute of Child Health & Development (NIH) $2,500,000 (direct-costs) R-01 grant. NICHD has accepted the proposal for review in October 2015.
III. Preventing adverse childhood experiences to improve children’s health & development
The mission of this project is to improve the physical and mental health outcomes of children by integrating an evidence based parenting program (Triple P) with cutting-edge healthcare technology in the context of the Affordable Care Act. We propose to partner with the Carolina Health Care System, CHCS, to test the implementation—effectiveness, feasibility, costs and sustainability—of delivering a fully automated suite of online parenting programs tailored to meet the needs of the individual family through electronic health records.
IV. Grandmothers Count: Empowering grandmothers to promote child nutrition, health, development and safety
Dr. DeBonis and Dr. Love have submitted an IRB application for Phase I (September 1 – December 31, 2015) of a multi-year, multi-phase research inquiry. My contribution to the project is background in childhood adverse experiences (ACE), child development, and implementation of effective practices; whereas Judy brings to our team background in integrated healthcare and dissemination of effective chronic disease self-management practices in a senior population. Our goal is to develop programs and strategies to test the hypothesis: Will empowering grandmothers, through support and education, improve nutrition, health, development, and safety outcomes for both children and grandmothers?