Susana Mariscal, Ph.D., MSW,

Associate Professor

Area of responsibility: IUPUI

ES 4113
902 W New York St
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Office: (317) 274-6721

Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Susana Mariscal is a community-engaged scholar with an active research agenda centered on the prevention of child maltreatment and promotion of resilience among children and families, particularly those who identify as Latinx.  She has led several federally-funded projects that evaluate evidence-based services in community settings, and her work continues to explore the intersections between child maltreatment, domestic violence, and substance use.

Her current project “Strengthening Indiana Families”(SIF), in collaboration with Dr. Bryan Victor, focuses on the implementation and evaluation of a continuum of community-based services and supports designed to improve the safety and well-being of families in Central Indiana.  Intended to prevent formal entry of children into foster care, SIF is being carried out in collaboration with a number of community partners including the Indiana Department of Child Services, Indiana State Department of Health, Children’s Bureau, Inc., Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, and local municipalities and agencies.  Families and youth with experience in the foster care system will also be integral to SIF’s design and implementation. The project is funded by a five-year, $2.74 million award from the Children’s Bureau in the U.S. Administration for Children & Families. Dr. Mariscal is also collaborating with these partners, the Indiana Commission on the Status of Children, the Indiana Child Fatalities Review Board, and multiple municipalities and local agencies on the project, Child Safety Forward.” This is a National Initiative to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities and Injuries through a Collaborative, Community-Based Approach funded by a three-year, $750,000 award from the Office for Victims of Crime in the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Susana Mariscal is also the evaluator of Marion County Family Recovery Court, a five-year service enhancement project, funded by a $1M SAMHSA grant.

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Area of Interest:

Resilience among children exposed to interpersonal trauma; child maltreatment prevention; childhood exposure to intimate partner violence and parental substance use; youth aging out of foster care; strengths-based practice; social work practice with Latinxs; intervention research; implementation science; research methods (quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods)

Teaching Interest:

Program design, program evaluation, grant writing, research, statistics, practice evaluation, human behavior in the social environment, and topics on children, youth, and families, particularly those who experienced trauma

Practice Experience:

Dr. Mariscal has many years of experience in both clinical and macro social work practice in the areas of child sexual abuse, child maltreatment, domestic violence, social work practice with Latinx, clinical practice with child and adult survivors of interpersonal violence, child maltreatment prevention, and program implementation and evaluation.

Publications / Presentations:

Selected publications

*Sokol, R., Victor, B., Mariscal, E.S., Ryan, J., Perron, B. (2021). Using Administrative Data to Uncover How Often and Why Supervisory Neglect Happens: Implications for Child Maltreatment Prevention. Child Abuse & Neglect, 122,105321

*Sabina, C., Mariscal, E.S., Cuevas, C. (2021). Psychological Functioning among Latino Victims of Teen Dating Violence: The Role of Environmental Protective FactorsJournal of Interpersonal Violence, DOI:10.1177/08862605211044097

*Hamby, S, Mariscal, E.S., (2021). Next Steps in Untangling the Web of Violence: A Research Agenda. Child maltreatment,DOI:10.1177/10775595211034472

*†Victor, B.G., Henry, C., Dalvi, H., Rousson, A., Mariscal, E.S., (2021). Substantiating caregivers for children’s exposure to domestic violence: An analysis of child welfare policies from across the United States. Child maltreatment

*McCarthy, K. ,Mariscal, E.S., Wahler, B.,(accepted). MSW Student Preparation to address Substance Use Disorders. Journal of Teaching in Social Work

*Mariscal, E.S., Sabina, C., Cuevas, C. (2021). Interpersonal Victimization of Latino Youth: A Latent Class Analysis. Journal of Family Violence.

*Mariscal, E.S. (2020). Resilience Following Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence and Other Violence: A Comparison of Latino and Non-Latino Youth. Child and Youth Services Review

*†Parker, A., Johnson-Motoyama, M., Mariscal, E.S., Guilamo-Ramos, V., Fernandez, C., Reynoso, E. (2020). Novel Service Delivery Approach to Address Reproductive Health Disparities within Immigrant Latino Communities in Geographic Hot Spots: An Implementation Study. Health and Social Work

*Carlson, L., Smith, G., Mariscal, E.S., Rapp, C., Holter, M., Ko., E., Kukla, M., & Fukui, S. (2018). The comparative effectiveness of a model of job development versus treatment as usual. Best Practices in Mental Health, 14(2), 21-31.

†Johnson-Motoyama, M., Moses, M., Conrad, A., & Mariscal, E.S., (2016). Development, CAPTA Part C referral and services among young children in the U.S. Child Welfare System: Implications for Latino Children. Child Maltreatment, 21(3), p. 186-197.

†Johnson-Motoyama, M., Moses, M., Kann, T.K., Mariscal, E. S., Levy, M., Navarro, C. & Fite, P. J. (2016). Parent, teacher, and school stakeholder perspectives on adolescent pregnancy prevention programming for Latino youth. Journal of Primary Prevention, 37(6), p. 513-525.

Mariscal, E.S., Akin, B.A., Lieberman, A., Washington, D. (2015). Exploring the path from foster care to stable and lasting adoption: Perceptions of foster care alumni. Children and Youth Services Review, 55, p.111-120.

†Akin, B., Mariscal, E.S., Bass, L., Bhattarai, J., McArthur, V. & Bruns, K. (2014). Implementing an evidence-based intervention to reduce long-term foster care: Practitioner perceptions of key challenges and supports. Children and Youth ServicesReview, 46, p. 285-293.

†McDonald, T., Mariscal, E.S., Yan, Y., & Brook, J. (2014). Substance use and abuse for youth in foster care: Results from the Communities That Care normative database. (4),p. 262-268.

Fukui, S., Starnino, V.R., Mariscal, E.S., Davidson, L.J., Cook, K.S., Rapp, C.A., and Gowdy, E. A. (2011). Effects of Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) on psychiatric symptoms, sense of hope, and recovery. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 34 (3), p. 214-222.

Starnino, V.R., Mariscal, E.S., Holter, M.C., Davidson, L.J., Cook, K.S., Fukui, S., and Rapp, C.A. (2009). Outcomes of an illness self-management group using Wellness Recovery Action Planning. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 34 (1), p. 57-60.

Mariscal, E.S. and Lebl, B. (2002). Holistic child sexual abuse prevention program. Ajayu


Francis, A., Pulla, V., Clark, M., Mariscal, E. S. & Ponnuswami, I. (2014). Advancing Social Work in Mental Health through Strengths Based Practice. Australia: Primrose Hall Publishing Group

Mariscal E.S., UNICEF, SOS, Fundación La Paz (2005). Learning about tenderness and well-being. La Paz: Fundación La Paz.

Book Chapters

*Mariscal, E.S., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Dettlaff, A. J., (accepted), Social work practice with Latinx. In K. Khaja (Ed.).Social Workers’ Desk Reference, 4th edition.

Dettlaff, A. J., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Mariscal, E.S. (2016). Latino immigrant and refugee children and families. In A. J. Dettlaff & R. Fong (Eds.) Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families: Culturally Responsive Practice (p. 109-152). NY: Columbia University Press.

Mariscal, E. S. (2014) The Strengths Perspective and the Strengths Model of Case Management: Enhancing the recovery of people with psychiatric disabilities. In A. Francis, V. Pulla, M. Clark, E.S. Mariscal & I. Ponnuswami (Eds.), Advancing Social Work in Mental Health through Strengths Based Practice(p. 118-144). Australia: Primrose Hall Publishing Group.

Dettlaff, A. J., Johnson-Motoyama, M., & Mariscal, E. S. (2014). Latino children and families. In R. Fong, A. J. Dettlaff, J. James, & C. Rodriguez (Eds.). Addressing Racial Disproportionality and Disparities: Multi-systemic approaches. (p. 109-152). NY: Columbia University Press

Grant Reports

*Holmes, C., Levy, M., Mariscal, E. S.(2018). A Health Research Agenda Guided by Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers and the Providers who Serve Them. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Grant.

Holmes, C.,Mariscal, E.S.,Levy, M. (2018). Serving migrant and seasonal farmworkers: Exploring needed healthcare research and information. Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Grant.  Link topdf