Susan McCarter


Susan McCarter, Ph.D., MSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work at UNC Charlotte. Dr. McCarter’s career began as a juvenile probation officer, inner-city mental health counselor, and policy analyst and advocate in Virginia, where she earned her MSW (Clinical) and her Ph.D. (Social Policy and Social Work). For over 20 years she has conducted research as a Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Scholar and forensic practitioner. Nationally, Dr. McCarter is the vice president of the National Organization of Forensic Social Work and chair of the Society of Social Work and Research’s Criminal and Juvenile Justice Track/Interest Group. Regionally, she serves on both the N.C. DMC Subcommittee (co-chair), the Charlotte Racial Justice Consortium (co-chair), and on the leadership team for Race Matters for Juvenile Justice (data chair). With RMJJ, Dr. McCarter conducted Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s First Racial Equity Impact Analysis and she currently leads multiple funded research studies examining the School-to-Prison Pipeline (STPP), juvenile diversion, and racial equity.

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Associate Professor
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Virginia Commonwealth University
School of Social Work
College of Health and Human Services
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