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Susan Snyder joins faculty

Susan Snyder, MSW, MPA, Ph.D., has joined the UNC School of Social Work as an assistant professor.

Snyder recently received her doctorate from the Department of Social Welfare at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research agenda explores how neighborhood characteristics are related to youth delinquent behaviors. Her long-term research interests include exploring delinquent behaviors and other risk behaviors within the context of child welfare. Snyder’s dissertation used three waves of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to better understand how neighborhoods influence youth behaviors within school, peer and family contexts.

She is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained her master’s degree in Social Welfare at the University of California Los Angeles and her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Missouri, Columbia. She has over ten years of experience in the field of child welfare, including work in emergency and runaway shelters with children in the foster care system. Most recently, she worked for five years at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services in reunification services, investigations and intensive services.

Snyder can be reached at (919) 962-4372 or