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Susan C. McDonough

Research Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work

Susan C. McDonough

Susan C. McDonough is an associate research scientist in the School of Social Work and in the Center for Human Growth and Development and is involved in research, teaching, and clinical work with families of young children. Her research program is funded through NIMH and follows 260 infants and their families throughout the first four years of the children's lives. These studies explore how environmental risk factors and parent-infant relationship problems mediate the connection between early behavior problems and later emotional, social, and cognitive functioning. Her publications address overburdened families, parent-infant relationship problems, adolescent parents, and families caring for special-needs babies. McDonough is the coordinator of the school's Post-Master Certificate Program in Work with Infants, Toddlers, and Their Families (Infant Mental Health Certificate Program). She also is a research scientist at the U-M Center for Human Growth and Development. Other areas of research/scholarly interest: children and families; interpersonal practice.

Research Interests/Focus

Children's mental health, preventive interventions.


Year Degree   School
1981 PhD Special Education: Infancy University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
1992 MSW Social Work Smith College, Northampton, MA
1974 MA Special Education Northeastern University, Boston, MA
1972 BS Child Development Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Year Description
2006 Irving B. Harris Distinguished Scholar
2006 Visiting Scholar, Adler Center for the Study of Child Developmental Psychopathology, Tel Aviv University, Israel
2005 Invited Research Professor and Senior Consulting Clinician, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
2004 Summer Visiting Professor, Irving J. Harris Program, Erikson Institute, Chicago
2003 Professor of Excellence in Psychology/Psychiatry: University of Padua, Italy
2002 Irving J. Harris Visiting Professor of Child Psychiatry, Tulane University
1999 Steven Bennett, MD Memorial Lecturer, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
1992 Visiting Scholar, University of Geneva, Switzerland (1992-1996)

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