Suzanne M. Schunk, LCSW, ACSW has been the Vice President of Family Support Services at Southwest Human Development in Phoenix, AZ since 2000. Her department includes a large array of child welfare programs ranging from prevention to permanency, as well as several behavioral health services programs that provide education and support to families.


Schunk earned her bachelor’s degree from Fordham University and her master’s in social work from Catholic University. In addition to her AZ clinical license, she holds a post-graduate certificate in Infant Family Practice from the Harris Infant Mental Health Institute and she is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.


Schunk is a nationally recognized expert on Medical Child Abuse (AKA Munchausen’s by Proxy, Pediatric Illness Falsification, and Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another) and she provides training and consultation locally and nationally. The model of intervention she developed for these families has become the national standard.


Previously, Schunk was the CEO of Family Services Association in Elkton, Maryland for nearly 14 years, where she earned multiple professional awards. As a licensed clinical social worker, she has over 30 years’ experience providing mental health and child welfare services to children and families.


In 2005, Schunk was awarded the “State Social Worker of the Year” from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)—AZ Chapter. In 2014, she received the “Hope Award” from Prevent Child Abuse Arizona and the “President’s Award” from NASW-AZ, both of which were for her advocacy work. She serves on several boards, coalitions, and committees at local, state, and national levels.





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