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Sue Ellen Levkoff, ScD

Lecturer on Global Health and Social Medicine

Sue Levkoff is a professor in College of Social Work and Endowed Chair in SeniorSMART, a SmartState Center of Economic Excellence. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina in 2010, Levkoff was associate professor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She continues to hold an appointment as part-time lecturer in the Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine.

Levkoff’s research focuses on gerontology, gerontechnology, and disparities related to Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. She is involved in technology-based research on topics including, mHealth to monitor medication adherence among older HIV+ African Americans, remote monitoring to prevent hospital readmissions in older African Americans discharged with a diagnosis of congestive heart failure, and mHealth to improve sleep in older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

Levkoff currently serves as principal investigator on the National Institute on Aging-funded Carolina Center on Alzheimer’s Disease and Minority Research, a state-wide collaboration that provides research mentorship and education on determinants of ADRD disparities for underrepresented minority faculty at three South Carolina Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She is also principal investigator on an NIA-funded R25 grant to establish the South Carolina-Advancing Diversity in Aging Research program, which provides research training in aging and STEM to undergraduates at five South Carolina HBCUs. Levkoff is an MPI on the National Institutes of Mental Health-funded U19 Partnership in Implementation Science for Geriatric Mental Health Cluster-randomized trial in Thailand.

Levkoff served as editor-in-chief of Ageing International for 13 years (2006-2019). She currently serves as associate editor for both the International Journal of Gerontechnology and Frontiers in Public Health and Health Promotion.

In 2017, Levkoff received the Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award from the Office of the Vice-President of Research at UofSC. She was inducted into the Society for Social Work and Research as an American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare Fellow in 2019.

Professor of Social Work
Hamilton College - University of South Carolina, Columbia

Research Expertise

  • Gerontology

  • Aging

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Managed care

Implementation Science in Thailand: Design and Methods of a Geriatric Mental Health Cluster-Randomized Trial.
Authors: Authors: Chen H, Levkoff S, Chuengsatiansup K, Sihapark S, Hinton L, Gallagher-Thompson D, Tongsiri S, Wisetpholchai B, Fritz S, Lamont A, Domlyn A, Wandersman A, Marques AH.
Psychiatr Serv
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Evaluation of the Reliability and Validity of the Alzheimer's Disease-Related Quality of Life Instrument among Older Adults with Cognitive Impairment in Mainland China.
Authors: Authors: Wang K, Gao X, Sun F, De Fries CM, Levkoff SE.
J Gerontol Soc Work
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Material hardship and child neglect risk amidst COVID-19 in grandparent-headed kinship families: The role of financial assistance.
Authors: Authors: Xu Y, Jedwab M, Soto-Ramírez N, Levkoff SE, Wu Q.
Child Abuse Negl
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Youth in Foster Care and the Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard.
Authors: Authors: McRell AS, Holmes CE, Singh A, Levkoff SE, Schooley B, Hikmet N, Seay KD.
Child Maltreat
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Risk and protective factors associated with grandparent kinship caregivers' psychological distress in COVID-19: Kinship license status as a moderator.
Authors: Authors: Xu Y, Jedwab M, Wu Q, Levkoff SE, Xu L.
Child Fam Soc Work
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'He is just getting old, you know': the role of cultural and health beliefs in shaping the help-seeking process of family members caring for persons with dementia in Vietnam.
Authors: Authors: Nguyen T, Levkoff S, Nguyen H.
Ethn Health
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Identifying challenges and recommendations for advancing global mental health implementation research: A key informant study of the National Institute of Mental Health Scale-Up Hubs.
Authors: Authors: Naslund JA, Kalha J, Restivo JL, Amarreh I, Callands T, Chen H, Gomez-Restrepo C, Hamoda HM, Kapoor A, Levkoff S, Masiye J, Oquendo MA, Patel V, Petersen I, Sensoy Bahar O, Shields-Zeeman L, Ssewamala FM, Tugnawat D, Uribe-Restrepo JM, Vijayakumar L, Wagenaar BH, Wainberg ML, Wissow L, Wurie HR, Zimba C, Pathare S.
Asian J Psychiatr
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mHealth for pre-exposure prophylaxis adherence by young adult men who have sex with men.
Authors: Authors: Weitzman PF, Zhou Y, Kogelman L, Rodarte S, Vicente SR, Levkoff SE.
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Responding to the Call: Building a Training Program to Diversify the Academy in Alzheimer's Disease Research.
Authors: Authors: Ingram LA, Ford ME, Johnson CL, Ashford-Carroll B, McCollum Q, Friedman DB, Levkoff SE.
Front Public Health
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Social Technology: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Improving Care for Older Adults.
Authors: Authors: Kleinman A, Chen H, Levkoff SE, Forsyth A, Bloom DE, Yip W, Khanna T, Walsh CJ, Perry D, Seely EW, Kleinman AS, Zhang Y, Wang Y, Jing J, Pan T, An N, Bai Z, Wang J, Liu Q, Habbal F.
Front Public Health
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