Susan Barkan

Clinical Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



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



Box 359476
Partners for Our Children
University of Washington, School of Social Work
Seattle, WA 98195


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.

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Evaluation of a Brief Foster Parent/ Case Worker Training to Support Relationship Building Skills and Acceptance of LGBTQ+ Youth in Care.
J Public Child Welf 17(1): 213-237
Salazar AM, Barkan SE, Rankin LF, Woo CB, Rozekova I, Fowler NE, Haggerty KP, Shogren D, Salzer A

Two-Year Risk Behavior Outcomes from Connecting, a Prevention Program for Caregivers and Youth in Foster Care.
(2023 Jan)
Prev Sci 24(1): 15-26
Haggerty KP, Barkan SE, Caouette JD, Skinner ML, Hanson KG

Proximal Outcomes of Connecting, an Evidence-based, Family-focused Prevention Program for Caregivers of Adolescents in Foster Care.
(2021 Jul)
Child Youth Serv Rev 126():
Haggerty KP, Barkan SE, Skinner ML, Hanson K

Supporting LGBTQ+ Foster Teens: Development of a Relationship-Focused, Self-Guided Curriculum for Foster Families.
(2020 Jun)
Sex Res Social Policy 17(2): 239-251
Salazar AM, Haggerty KP, Barkan SE, Peterson R, Furlong ME, Kim E, Cole JJ, Colito JM

Developing Relationship-Building Tools for Foster Families Caring for Teens who are LGBTQ2S.
Child Welfare 96(2): 75-97
Salazar AM, McCowan KJ, Cole JJ, Skinner ML, Noell BR, Colito JM, Haggerty KP, Barkan SE

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