Richard D. Sutphen
Richard D. Sutphen
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1993
(859) 257-4403
  • Families & Children
  • School Social Work
  • Family Practice
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Schools / Families / Communities
  • Child Maltreatment

Dr. Sutphen received his MSW and PH.D. in social work from the University of Georgia and came to the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky in 1993. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Family and Community Concentration in the MSW program, Faculty Director of the School Social Work Certificate, and coordinates academic programs for Latino studies.

Dr. Sutphen’s research has focused on youth in schools and within the juvenile justice system. He coordinated a research study of racial disparity in the juvenile justice system in Georgia, developed a risk assessment instrument to predict juvenile offending, and has evaluated the effects of Multisystemic Therapy on delinquency and other outcomes. He has studied the effects and application of a local teen curfew, and more recently, he led an investigation into the consequences of student mobility in the elementary schools on student academic performance. His current research involves evaluating the efficacy of truancy prevention programs.

Dr. Sutphen has created and directs the Latino Human Services Initiative at the University of Kentucky. The project purpose is to create university and community partnerships to develop infrastructure in the human service system in Kentucky to provide services to the Latino population. He has engineered an agreement with a collaborative university in Mexico and has developed and implemented immersion courses and programs for students and community professionals in social work, healthcare, law, and public education.

Dr. Sutphen has served on the editorial board of two highly respected social work journals and is a long-time member of the professional association, the Society for Social Work Research. At the University of Kentucky, he is a Research Associate with the Center for Drug and Alcohol Abuse and has been appointed to the President’s Commission on Diversity.