Wayne State University
Suzanne Brown

Suzanne Brown

Assistant Professor



5447 Woodward Avenue, Rm 049


Suzanne Brown

Suzanne Brown received her PhD in 2012 from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Brown received her MSW in 1994 from the Smith College School of Social Work and is an independently Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Michigan and Massachusetts. She was clinical director of an outpatient mental health organization in Boston, prior to receiving her PhD, and was responsible for supervising outpatient mental health services, case management services, and day treatment programs for adults and elders with persistent mental illness. In her clinical practice she uses an integrative approach, incorporating methods from relational psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and narrative perspectives within a trauma-informed framework.

Area of Expertise

  • Mothers with substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and post-traumatic stress disorders
  • Perceptions of parenting competence among mothers with substance dependence
  • Effects of neighborhood violence and social networks on parenting competence among mothers
  • Neurobiological dimensions of addiction and trauma
  • Gay and lesbian family formation and adoption
  • Longitudinal survey studies using quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods


Social Work


School of Social Work