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Sarah V. Suiter

Associate Professor of the Practice, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Research interests: Professor Suiter’s current research focuses on evaluating university-based efforts to improve health equity by engaging community partners, supporting research education and educational access, and building institutional infrastructure. She directs the Planning and Evaluation Core for the Meharry-Vanderbilt-TSU Cancer Partnership and serves as the Evaluator for the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Teaching: Professor Suiter teaches courses at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, including HOD 6200 Program Evaluation, HOD 6300 Action Research and HOD 3232 Ethics for Human Development Professionals.

Service: Professor Suiter is an affiliate faculty member at the Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health and the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She mentors and advises undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students in HOD as well as other academic programs.

Community engagement: Through her research and teaching, Professor Suiter works community organizations in Nashville, the United States, and abroad, including Thistle Farms, Project Return, and Centerstone Research Institute. In the past 8 years, over 50 local community-based organizations have participated in Professor Suiter’s Program Evaluation Course.