Suzanne Michael

Suzanne Michael

  • Senior Researcher, Education and Employment Research Center (EERC)
Janice H. Levin Building, 94 Rockafeller Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8054

Ph.D., City University of New York

M.S., Columbia University School of Social Work

B.A., State University of New York at Binghamton

Dr. Suzanne Michael is one of EERC’s principal qualitative evaluators working on a variety of multi-site, multi-year educational and work force development grants (e.g., US Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Act; US Department of Education; Hispanic Federation; Lumina Foundation; AARP Foundation). She is often the lead author of EERC project reports. Her interests include program development and model building; organizational change; staff development; mentoring/coaching; and the intersections of policy and practice. Suzanne brings to EERC a diverse background and expertise as a program director, evaluator/researcher, policy analyst, grant writer, and educator. Her experiences include teaching in graduate and undergraduate programs in sociology, social work and public health (Hunter College, Adelphi University and Lehman College); and facilitating numerous professional development workshops. While at Adelphi, Suzanne established and directed the inaugural years of the Vital Signs’ project – a pioneering epidemiological study of suburban social health. Vital Signs’ monograph series have informed policies and programs across Long Island’s public and non-profit sectors; and have been used in the academy. Prior to Suzanne’s academic appointments, she was the Director of Program Development/Community Affairs for the New York City Department of Health's Division of Child and Adolescent Health; and was the coordinator of NYC’s Pediatric HIV/AIDS School Review Committee at the height of the AIDS epidemic.

A founding member of the Center of Immigrant Health (now affiliated with Memorial Sloan Kettering), Suzanne worked extensively to increase the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate health and social services to immigrant communities. Early in her professional career Suzanne worked as a therapist with diverse inner-city families in Brooklyn, New York. Suzanne is the co-author of Not on Speaking Terms: Clinical Strategies to Resolve Family and Friendship Cutoffs (Lesser-Bruun & Michael) published by W.W. Norton in 2014. In addition, she has authored/co-authored journal articles, monographs, research reports, and book chapters and been on the editorial board of peer review journals. Suzanne received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, an M.S. from Columbia University School of Social Work, and a B.A. in cultural anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.