Susan Bliss. Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Social Work

Academic Interests

  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • The Effect of trauma and attachment on treatment outcomes in juvenile offenders
  • The Treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Vicarious Trauma


Educational Background

Dr. Bliss received her Ph.D. and M.S.W. from the Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, M.A..  She received her B.A. in Psychology from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. She also completed post-graduate training in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, D.C.

Teaching 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 enjoy helping students to make "real world" connections with the material the are learning in order to prepare them for an exciting and fulfilling career in social work. 

Courses Taught

SWK 240  Introduction to Social Work

SWK 343 Human Behavior in the Social Environment I

SWK 344  Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

SWK 463 Capstone I

SWK 464 Capstone II

Fordham/Molloy Program Clinical Practice I & II

Publications

Bliss, S. B. & Rasmussen B. (Eds). (in press).  Voices Across the Pond:  Contemporary Psychodynamic Social Work in North America. Special Edition, Journal of Social Work Practice. 

Bliss, S. B. & McCardle, M. (accepted for publication).  An exploration of common elements of Mentalization Based Treatment, Transference Focused Psychotherapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.  Clinical Social Work Journal. 

Bliss, S. B. (accepted for publication). [Review of the book: Character formation and identity in adolescence, by R. L. Lucente], Psychoanalytic Social Work.

Bliss, S.B. (2012).  [Review of the book: Making a difference in patient's lives, by S. Buechler], Clinical Social Work Journal, 40, 106-108.  

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.

Presentations

Bliss, S. B. & McCardle, M.  (2013, March). Integrating Mentalization Based Treatment and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder. Oral presentation at the New York State NASW Conference, Albany, NY.

McCardle, M. & Bliss, S. B. (2013, March). Self-Reflection for social change: Building social work skills during challenging times.  Oral presentation at the New York State NASW Conference, Albany, NY.

Bliss, S. B. (2013, January). Trauma, the capacity for relationships, and treatment outcomes of youth in care. Clinical Forum, MercyFirst, Syosset, NY. 

Bliss, S. B., Grande, V., and Baker, J.  (2012, November). Trauma, the capacity for relationships, and treatment outcomes of youth in care. Poster session presented at the Council on Social Work Education, Annual Program Meeting, Washington D.C.

McCardle, M. & Bliss, S. B. (2012, June).  Self-Awareness for societal change: Developing self-awareness in social work students.  Oral presentation, Dominican Higher Education Colliquium, River Forest, IL.
 
Bliss, S.B. & Grande, V.  (2012, June). The Impact of relational expectancies on treatment outcomes in a juvenile justice population in residential care. Oral presentation, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City, N. Y.

Bliss, S.B. (2012, April). Protecting the protectors: Understanding and avoiding vicarious trauma.  Oral presentation, Alumni Association, Department of Social Work, Molloy College. 
 
Bliss, S. B., Grande, V., Besemer, D., Atkinson, N, Stacom, E., & Lasko, K. (2012, April).  The impact of relational expectancies on treatment outcomes for youth in residential care:  The importance of connection. Poster presentation, AACRC (American Association of Children's Residential Centers) 56th Annual Conference, New Orleans, L.A.

Grande, V., Bliss, S. B., Besemer, D., Atkinson, N., Stacom, E., & Lasko, K.  (2012, April).  The impact of family functioning and child engagement on treatment outcomes in adolescents in residential care. Oral presentation, AACRC 56th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Bliss, S. B. (2011, October). Reaching across the divide: Using attachment theory to understand and engage juvenile offenders in residential treatment. Oral presentation at the New York State Social Work Education Association 44th Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Bliss, S. B. (2011, April). "Understanding and treating self-harming adolescents," Workshop presentation at the National Association of Social Workers/ Connecticut Chapter, Annual Conference, Waterbury, CT.

Bliss, S. B. & Samuels, A. (2010, November). "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.     

Book Reviews/Commentary

  • 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. (2008). [Review of the book Crisis intervention handbook: Assessment, treatment, and research, by A. Roberts].  Smith College Studies in Social Work, 78, 141-144.
  • Bliss, S.B. (2005). Commentary: A case for developing the emotional capacities of social workers, Smith College Studies in Social Work, 75, 59-62.