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Susana Mariscal

  • Ph.D., MSW
  • Associate Professor
  • IU Indianapolis
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Dr. Susana Mariscal is a community-engaged scholar with an active research agenda centered on the prevention of child maltreatment and promotion of resilience among children and families, particularly those who identify as Latinx. She has led several federally-funded projects that evaluate evidence-based services in community settings, and her work continues to explore the intersections between child maltreatment, domestic violence, and substance use.
Her current project “Strengthening Indiana Families”(SIF), in collaboration with Dr. Bryan Victor , focuses on the implementation and evaluation of a continuum of community-based services and supports designed to improve the safety and well-being of families in Central Indiana. Intended to prevent formal entry of children into foster care, SIF is being carried out in collaboration with a number of community partners including Firefly Children and Family Alliance, Indiana Department of Child Services, Indiana Department of Health, Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana, Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and several local municipalities and agencies. Families and youth with experience in the foster care system are also integral to SIF’s design and implementation. The project is funded by a five-year, $2.84 million award from the Children’s Bureau in the U.S. Administration for Children & Families. Dr. Mariscal is also collaborating with these partners, the Indiana Child Fatalities Review Board, and multiple local child fatality review teams on the project, Child Safety Forward.” This is a National Initiative to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities and Injuries through a Collaborative, Community-Based Approach funded by a three-year, $750,000 award from the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice.



Emphasis/Major: Social Work
2013 - University of Kansas

Dissertation: Personal and Environmental Protective Factors Contributing to the Resilience of Latino Adolescents Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence: Findings from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being II


Emphasis/Major: Social Work
2006 - University of Kansas

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

Emphasis/Major: Higher Education
2004 - Universidad Catolica Boliviana

Graduate Certificate in Research Methodology and Higher Education

Emphasis/Major: Higher Education
2002 - UNESCO-Universidad Mayor de San Andrés

Licenciatura (Licentiate)

Emphasis/Major: Psychology
1998 - Universidad Catolica Boliviana

Dissertation: Holistic Program to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Research Interests

Child maltreatment prevention; promotion of resilience among children exposed to interpersonal trauma; the intersections between child maltreatment, domestic violence, and substance use; youth aging out of foster care; strengths-based practice; social work practice with Latinx; intervention research; implementation science; research methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods).

Teaching Interests

Program design, program evaluation, grant writing, research, statistics, practice evaluation, human behavior in the social environment, and topics on children, youth, and families, particularly those who experienced trauma.

Awards and Honors

  • Innovator in the Field
    2024 - Christensen Institute
  • Translating Research Into Practice Scholar of the Month
    2023 - IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice
  • Indiana University Trustees' Teaching Award
    2022 - Indiana University Trustees
  • Outstanding Woman Leader
    2021 - IUPUI - Office for Women
  • International Student Member, Chapter Award,
    2013 - Phi Beta Delta, International Honor Society, Alpha Pi Chapter-University of Kansas
  • Liane V Davis Scholarship
    2012 - School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas
  • Woman of Distinction
    2011 - Emily Taylor Women and Gender Equity Resource Center, University of Kansas
  • Fulbright Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund Award
    2011 - Fulbright Commission, Department of State
  • Clark Coan International Student Leadership Award
    2008 - International Scholars and Students Services, University of Kansas
  • Outstanding International Woman Student of the Year
    2006 - Emily Taylor Women and Gender Equity Resource Center, University of Kansas
    2004 - Fulbright Commission, Department of State
  • Teaching Excellence Award
    2002 - Universidad Catolica Boliviana
  • Bolivian representative for the signature of Foundation of the Latin-American Psychotherapy Federation
    2000 - Department of Health
  • Academic Excellence Fellowship
    1998 - Universidad Catolica Boliviana
  • Academic Excellence Fellowship
    1997 - Universidad Catolica Boliviana