School of Public Health

Barkan, Susan

Susan Barkan

Clinical Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Senior Research Scientist/Associate Director of Research, Partners for Our Children


PhD Epidemiology, Yale University, 1989
BA Psychology, Antioch College, 1978

Contact Info

Box 359476
Partners for Our Children
University of Washington, School of Social Work
Seattle, WA 98195
Tel: 206-221-3124

Dr. Barkan is a Senior Research Scientist and the Associate Director of Research at Partners for Our Children (POC), a first-of-its-kind collaboration between the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, the University of Washington School of Social Work, and private sector funding. POC’s mission is to improve the lives of children and families who are involved with or at risk of being involved with the child welfare system. Her work is focused on child welfare systems research and the development and evaluation of programs that aim to improve the lives of child welfare involved children and families. She has over 25 years of experience working in the field of epidemiology and parent and child health and has worked within and across community, academic, private, and government settings on research and evaluation efforts focused on HIV/AIDS; the elimination of disparities in health and wellness; social determinants of health; parent and child health; community-based, collaborative intervention research and evaluation; child welfare; and, examining facilitators and barriers to disseminating evidence-based practices to the field so that they are received by those who most need them.


Youth at Risk of Homelessness, Open Source Parenting, Racial Disproportionality in Child Welfare, Feasibility of Substance Use Prevention in Foster Care Settings


Research Interests

Elimination of disparities in health and wellness; social determinants of health; parent and child health; intervention research and evaluation; child welfare.

Teaching Interests

Social Epidemiology, Child Welfare, Parenting Interventions


Barkan SE, Salazar AM, Estep K., Mattos LM, Eichenlaub C, Haggerty KP. Adapting an evidence-based parenting program for child welfare involved teens and their caregivers. Children and Youth Services Review 2014; 41: 53–61.

Storer HL, Barkan SE, Eichenlaub C, Stenhouse L, Mallillin A., Haggerty KP. In search of connection: the foster youth caregiver relationship. Children and Youth Services Review 2014; 42: 110-117. DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.04.008

Scheier, L. M. (2015) (Ed.). Eddy JM, Barkan SE, Lanham L. Universal multimodal preventive intervention to reduce youth conduct problems and substance use. In: Handbook of Adolescent Drug Use Prevention: Research, Intervention Strategies, and Practice. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Fredriksen-Goldsen KI, Kim HJ, Barkan SE, Muraco A, Hoy-Ellis CP. Health Disparities among Lesbian, Gay Male and Bisexual Older Adults: Results from a Population-Based Study. Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print June 13, 2013: e1–e8. doi:10.2105/AJPH. 2012.301110).

 Storer HL, Barkan SE, Sherman EL, Haggerty KP, Mattos LM. Promoting Relationship Building and Connection: Adapting an Evidence-Based Parenting Program for Families Involved in the Child Welfare System. Children and Youth Services Review 2012;34: 1853-1861. (NIHMS506005).

 Fredriksen-Goldsen KI, Kim HJ, Barkan SE. Disability among Lesbians, Gay Men and Bisexuals: Disparities in Prevalence and Risk. Am J Public Health 2012; 102(1), e16 - e21.

 Fredriksen-Goldsen KI, Kim HJ, Barkan SE, Balsam KF, Mincer S. Disparities in health-related quality of life: a comparison of lesbian and bisexual women. Am J Public Health 2010; 100: 2255-2261.