The Susan J. Zuravin PhD Scholarship

Dr. Kelly Hyde, PhD class of 2002, established the Susan J. Zuravin PhD Scholarship for a deserving PhD student in recognition of her professor and mentor, Dr. Zuravin.


Susan Zuravin is a retired Professor from the School of Social Work. She mentored numerous PhD graduates including Diane DePanfilis, Professor at Hunter College; J. Curtis McMillen, Professor and Deputy Dean for Curriculum at the University of Chicago; Joy Ernst, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Wayne State University; and Denise Pintello, Chief of the Child and Adolescent Research Program, National Institute of Mental Health; to name a few. Professor Zuravin taught the two-semester research methods course in the PhD program and was well known for her clear, focused teaching and for guiding students to select the best matched and highest quality research design to answer their research questions. Having worked in the field of child welfare for over twenty years, she brought real world experience to the classroom, and led research teams (many including PhD students) to answer questions about teen parenting and child maltreatment, the ecology of child maltreatment, and the recurrence of child maltreatment. Nationally, she was recognized for her contributions to child maltreatment related research with the Research Career Achievement Award of 1998 by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. Her use of survival analysis, now a commonly used analysis method in social work, was one of the first in all of social work. Her 1996 article on the intergenerational cycle of child maltreatment, authored with three former PhD students, presages findings that continue to this day and has been cited nearly 200 times.

The recipient will be selected by a staff and faculty committee based on merit as well as an essay describing current and/ or future interest in child welfare research and evaluation, and/ or children’s behavioral health research and evaluation.


If you are interested in applying for this scholarship, please e-mail a copy of your unofficial transcript and a two-page essay describing your interest in research and evaluation in child welfare and/or children’s behavioral health to the PhD Program Director at  Applications must be received by May 1st.