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Susan Parish, PhD

Dean, College of Health Professions

Email: parishs@vcu.edu

Susan L. Parish, PhD, MSW is dean of the College of Health Professions, and professor of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to joining VCU in 2019, she served as dean of Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. She was also the inaugural Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy, and directed the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University. She began her academic career as an assistant professor of social work at UNC- Chapel Hill. Her research examines the health and financial well-being of women and children with disabilities, and their caregiving families. She has garnered more than $12 million in external research funding from a range of federal, state, and foundation sources. She has published over 130 peer-reviewed journal articles, and is a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Society for Social Work and Research.

She earned her BA in English Literature and MSW from Rutgers University. She earned her PhD in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and completed and National Institutes of Health-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.