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Boston College School of Social Work

Marylou Sudders

Marylou Sudders

Associate Professor, Health & Mental Health
Chair, Health & Mental Health

Professor Marylou Sudders became a full-time faculty member in 2012. Her distinguished public record includes the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Commissioner of Mental Health and New Hampshire's Deputy Director and Acting Director of the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services. She is the Independent Reviewer for a U.S. Department of Justice Settlement Agreement to improve services for adults with serious mental illness and substance abuse conditions in North Carolina.

In 2012, Professor Sudders was appointed to the Commonwealth's Health Policy Commission as the behavioral health expert; this board is charged with curbing health care expenditures and improving quality. Believing in community service, she serves on charitable boards including the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and National Alliance for Mental Illness.

Prestigious honors include an Honorary Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Social Worker of the Year from the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and the Knee-Whitman Outstanding Achievement for Health & Mental Health Policy from the National Association of Social Workers Foundation. She attended the first White House Conference on Mental Health and has testified before Congress and often before the Massachusetts Legislature.

A strong advocate for social justice, Professor Sudders is credited with a significant role in passage of key Massachusetts legislative reforms, including: Fundamental Rights for Persons with Mental Illness, Civil Commitment Reform; Children's Mental Health Omnibus Act; Mental Health Parity; Hospital Interpreter Law; and, CHINs Reform. She was a founding member of the Children's Mental Health Campaign, while serving as President & CEO of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

Read about the Health Care Reform Forum organized by Marylou Sudders, featuring Charles D. Baker Jr. »

Read about Marylou Sudders appointment to the Massachusetts Gun Violence Panel »