Susan Bliss

  • Assistant Professor
  • Division: Social Sciences
  • Department: Social Work

Why I love teaching at Molloy College

I love teaching at Molloy because our faculty is able to offer students individual attention as they develop into independent social work practitioners.  Our low student -faculty ratio allows us to help students recognize and develop their strengths, and to guide them as they carve out their own areas of interest within the field of social work.  We are able to challenge each student to meet his or her full potential.  I also love teaching at Molloy because the college has a strong sense of community.  Faculty and students alike contribute to the warm, supoortive environment that makes Molloy special.

What I am working on

My current research, in collaboration with MercyFirst in Syosset, NY,  involves examining the effects of family functioning, history of abuse, and attachment representations on residential treatment outcomes for juvenile offenders.

Educational Philosophy

I am passionate about helping others through social work and seek to convey this passion to students through my teaching.  I believe in engaging students with the course material through an interactive approach that emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking.  I seek to help students to continuously make "real world" connections with the material they are learning in order to prepare them for an exciting and fulfilling career in social work.   

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Smith College (1996)
  • M.S.W., Smith College (1987)
  • B.A in Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College (1985)

Additional Information

  • North American Editor, Journal of Social Work Practice.  2003- present.  Editorial Board, 1998 to present. 
  • Editorial Board, Smith College Studies in Social Work, 2004 to present.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Connecticut
  • Member, National Association of Social Workers
  • Bliss, S.B. (2010). The 'Internal saboteur': Contributions of W. R. D. Fairbairn in understanding and treating self-harming adolescents.  Journal of Social Work Practice, 24, 227-237.  
  • Bliss, S.B. (1999). Narcissism and egocentrism in adolescents: An Ongoing study of cognitive and affective aspects.  In T. B. Cohen, M. H. Etezady, & B. L. Pacella (Eds.),  The Vulnerable Child, 3, 115-124.
  • Bliss, S.B. (1992). Conflict, regression, and narcissistic defenses in underachieving adolescents.  Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 9, 341-352.
  • Bliss, S.B. (1988). The Effect of feminist attitudes in parents on their kindergarten children.  Smith College Studies in Social Work, 58, 182-192.

Book Reviews/Commentary

  • Bliss, S. B. (in press) [Review of the book Making a difference in patients' lives, by S. Buechler]    Clinical Social Work Journal.    
  • Bliss, S.B. (2008).  [Review of the book From death instinct to attachment theory: The Primacy of the child in Freud, Klein, and Hermann, by P. Van Haute,  & T.  Geyskens]. Clinical Social Work Journal, 36, 313-315.  
  • Bliss, S. B. (2008). [Review of the book Face to face with children: The life and work of Clare Winnicott by J. Kanter,]. Clinical Social Work Journal, 36, 413-414.
  • Bliss, S.B. (2005). Commentary: A case for developing the emotional capacities of social workers, Smith College Studies in Social Work, 75, 59-                                                           

Presentations at Professional Conferences

  • Bliss, S. B. (2011). "Understanding and treating self-harming adolescents," Workshop presentation at the National Association of Social Workers/ Connecticut Chapter, Annual Conference, Waterbury, CT, April 29, 2011.
  • Bliss, S. B. & Samuels, A. (2010). "Bridging the gap: Educator practitioner collaborations for developing an agency based HBSE and policy curriculum." Oral presentation at the New York State Social Work Education Association,43rd Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, NY, November 10-12, 2010
  • Bliss, S. B. (2008). [Review of the book Crisis intervention handbook: Assessment, treatment, and research, by A. Roberts].  Smith College Studies in Social Work, 78, 141-144.