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Sarah V. Suiter

Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Development

Research: Professor Suiter employs social and political theory as a lens through which to explore health and mental health challenges for persons returning to their communities from institutional settings, such as prison or inpatient drug rehabilitation programs. Additionally, Professor Suiter studies the way engaged learning experiences influence student learning and development, as well as the communities with which they are engaged.

Teaching: Professor Suiter’s primary teaching responsibilities lie with the Community Development & Action M.Ed. program, and include Proseminar, Program Evaluation, and Community Health. Professor Suiter also teaches an undergraduate honors course on Ethics of Care, and has previously taught Introduction for Human Services at the undergraduate level. 

Service: Professor Suiter serves on the Executive Committee and the DOVE (Diversity of Views in Education) Committee for HOD. Professor Suiter serves as an affiliate faculty member at the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health and the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Community Engagement: Professor Suiter has worked with a number of community organizations in Nashville, the United States, and abroad, including Magdalene House, Renewal House, Project Return, and Centerstone Research Institute.