Faculty and Staff
Sue Levkoff, ScD, MSW, SM
|College of Social Work|
Professor Sue Levkoff joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2010. She is also an adjunct faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, and a lecturer for the Harvard Medical School, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. In 2017, she received a Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award from the USC Office of the Vice President of Research. Prior to joining USC, Levkoff was an associate professor in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry in Boston and an associate professor at the Harvard Medical School Department of Social Medicine.
Levkoff is currently co-investigator on a five-year (2013-2018) Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded award by working with patients to develop and test an internet-based program to provide information and tools for cardiovascular disease risk reduction for women with an increased risk due to a history of pre-eclampsia. As co-principal investigator of a five-year National Institute of Mental Health-funded award (2017-22), Levkoff is part of the Partnership in Implementation Science for Geriatric Mental Health project. The PRISM initiative will integrate implementation research for scaling up sustainable, evidence-based mental health interventions with research capacity-building activities for East Asia. The focus will be to reduce the treatment gap and support for community-residing older adults, especially on elders with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Levkoff’s publications focus on gerontology, Alzheimer’s disease and managed care. She recently co-authored journal articles on topics including, an analysis of national survey data on developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, evaluating community-academic partnerships of the South Carolina Healthy Brain Research Network, and assessing the needs among elders in China. Her publications have appeared in scholarly journals, such as Gerontology and Geriatrics, Health Promotion Practice and Ageing International.
Since 2000, Levkoff has been vice president of the Environmental and Health Group, Inc. in Boston. She was previously the 2016-17 president of the South Carolina Aging Research Network. Levkoff is editor-in-chief of Ageing International and associate editor of both the International Journal of Gerontechnology and Frontiers in Public Health and Health Promotion.
Levkoff received her Master of Social Work in geriatrics from the New York University Silver School of Social Work. She earned a Master of Science (SM) in health service and a Doctor of Science (ScD) in behavioral sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health.