Susan Knight joined Erikson in 2013 as the director of the Master of Social Work program. She comes to Erikson from the March of Dimes, where she served as state director of program services for the Illinois chapter of the March of Dimes. Focusing her work in the maternal and child health arenas, she collaborated with stakeholders to impact policy and improve systems to foster the health and well-being of pregnant women and their infants. She also led staff and volunteers in determining statewide maternal child health needs, crafting plans to address them, and developing partnerships across the state to improve health of mothers and babies.
Knight has also served as a hospital-based family infant development specialist and associate director of education and training, where she worked with parents and infants experiencing a crisis-laden start to life, providing crisis intervention, counseling, and support services to families at risk. She coordinated, designed, and supervised training of master’s level social work interns and provided consultation and training for nurses and physicians on psychosocial issues related to parenthood.
Knight has served as the director of field education and master practitioner instructor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
Knight’s work has been consistently focused on social justice issues and the amelioration of inequities in our society, particularly as they relate to women and children. Her leadership has been widely recognized, as demonstrated by her appointment to a number of professional organizations.