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Suzanne Sutphin, PhD, MA

Making Change Happen

Evaluation is essential to ensuring that programs are effective. This is especially important for programs for vulnerable populations served by many state agencies.

Dr. Suzanne Sutphin is a program evaluator at The Center for Child and Family Studies. She currently serves as the Lead Evaluator for the state-wide Quality Assurance reviews with the Department of Social Services. In this capacity, she is responsible for sampling, data analysis, and reporting. Dr. Sutphin is also the training evaluator for Child Welfare Basic Training. By analyzing perceived self-competencies in core training areas, she is able to look at long-term outcomes for training attendees.

Dr. Sutphin is passionate about helping kinship caregivers in South Carolina. Many kin caregivers do not have access to needed supports and resources to help safely maintain the relative children in their care. She recently finished the evaluation of a three-year federally funded grant that focused on kinship navigator services and family finding for youth in foster care. Dr. Sutphin is currently working on researching issues related to needed services and training for kinship caregivers. The resources developed from the grant will help to address those needs.

Research Background

Suzanne Sutphin is a Research Assistant Professor in the Research, Evaluation, and Emerging Community Issues Division of the Center for Child and Family Studies at USC. She has a diverse background in research methods including survey research, document analysis, and experimental social psychology. Dr. Sutphin received bachelor degrees in International Studies and Sociology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a master’s degree in Sociology from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a PhD in Sociology from the University of South Carolina.

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Major Classes Taught
  • SOC 101 - Introductory Sociology
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