The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Sukey Steckel

Susan (Sukey) Steckel, MSSW, LMSW
Assistant Professor of Practice

Biography and Research Interests

As a macro practice social worker, I am committed to excellence in social work education and advancing the social work profession. I have a strong passion for mentoring the next generation of social workers and believe our students can achieve great things.

My professional interests include NEAR science (neurophysiology/epigenetics/adverse childhood experiences/resilience), children’s mental health policy, trauma-informed care, infant mental health and early childhood development, interagency collaboration and organizational management, and improving systems that serve vulnerable populations.


  • BA, Elon University
  • MSSW, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Courses Taught

  • Social Work and Social Welfare Policies and Programs (SW 510)
  • Lifespan and Neurophysiologic Development in a Cultural, Ecological and Transactional Framework (SW 513)
  • Neurophysiologic Development in Social Work (SW 528)
  • Leadership Skills and Knowledge for Advanced Social Work Practice (SW 539)
  • Evidence-based Practice with Children and Adolescents (SW 571)


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