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Ms. Sue Black

Sue Black

Title: Assistant Professor of Social Work, Field Coordinator for the Social Work Program
School: Arts & Letters
Academic Department: Social Work
Phone: 814-472-3091
E-mail: sblack@francis.edu
Office Location: 215 Scotus Hall
Office Hours: Monday 12:30-1:30, Tuesday and Thursday 11-12, Wednesday: 1230-2:30, or by appointment


  • MSSA: 2002 Case Western Reserve University, Emphasis, Management
  • BSW: 1997 St. Francis University


Teaching & Research

Courses Taught

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Intro to Social Welfare
  • Field Instruction (Junior and Senior Year)
  • Processes II
  • Gerontology
  • Death
  • Dying and Grief
  • Psychosocial Issues in Patient Care

Research Interests

  • Services available to the aging, companioning those experiencing grief, death, and loss
Field Experience
  • Geriatric Social Worker, Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, PA
  • Home Health Social Worker, Home Nursing Agency, Altoona, PA
  • Mental Health Therapist, Nulton Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Altoona, PA
  • Admissions Director, The Village at Morrisons Cove, Martinsburg, PA
  • Social Service Director/Hospice Coordinator, Nason Hospital, Roaring Spring, PA
  • “Using Technology in Grant Writing and Needs Assessment,” Co presenter with Dr. Mark Lynch, Dr. Lenning Zhang, Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting San Francisco, CA: October 2007
  • “A social Policy Scavenger Hunt: An Exercise to develop Resource Knowledge for Policy Analysis” Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Chicago, IL, February, 2006.
  • “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the Family”, Co presented with Billie Fletcher Haines, MSW, LCSW, NASW, PA, Harrisburg, PA May 2004
Professional Activity

Community Involvement

  • Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Annual Golf Outing: Raise awareness of the SMA as well as money for the families.
  • Take Back the Night: Annual Educational Week for the campus and community to raise awareness of domestic violence
  • Annual Human Service Seminar for the community: the Social Work Department plans a community education event for the human service workers in the surrounding area.
  • IM4Q Advisory Board
  • Wellness Committee: Desepio Center for Rural Heath and Wellness: 2007-present


  • CSWE, Council on Social Work Education
  • BPD, Baccalaureate Program Directors
  • NASW, National Association of Social Workers

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