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Susan Rebecca Reay

Director and Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha

Susan Reay is the Director of the Grace Abbott School of Social Work in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Reay received both her bachelor’s and master’s in Social Work from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received her Doctorate in Education from the College of Saint Mary. For 25 years, Dr. Reay practiced as a clinical social worker as a nonprofit clinical director and administrator of multiple behavioral health education programs. Dr. Reay served on the Nebraska Board of Mental Health Practice and held leadership positions for nine of her 13 years. Dr. Reay was the Training and Technical Assistance Project Coordinator for the Nebraska System of Care SAMHSA grant and coordinator for a $1.3 million HRSA grant for social work education. Dr. Reay specializes in ethics, licensure, and children’s mental health, including evidence-based mental health practices for treating youth psychopathology. Dr. Reay frequently speaks on ethics in behavioral health and regulation. She provides clinical and programmatic consultation for providers supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and outpatient mental health therapy services focusing on eating disorders and women's issues. Dr. Reay lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with two 18-year-olds, one who is her son, and one who is a grumpy cat.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Grace Abbott School of Social Work, University of Nebraska Omaha


  • 2020 
    University of Nebraska at Omaha, Social Work Education