Hannah Szlyk, LCSW

Hannah Szlyk, LCSW

Hannah Szlyk is a third year doctoral student at the UT Austin School of Social Work,
where she is preparing for an academic career studying suicidality among underserved and minority youth, including adolescents of immigrant families and justice-involved youth. Hannah is specifically interested in how interventions can be implemented at the community level and can better serve the needs of at-risk youth demographics.

Hannah completed her Bachelors of Arts in international studies and foreign languages, Spanish and Russian, at Kenyon College in 2009. Hannah then pursued a Masters of Science in Social Work at Columbia University, where she specialized in clinical social work, mental health, and trauma-focused interventions. Upon graduation in 2011, Hannah started a two-year fellowship in psychodynamic and clinical social work at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. There, Hannah also researched, wrote, and presented on suicidality, eating disorders, and emotion regulation.

Hannah worked as a licensed clinical social worker in the Houston area, specializing in therapeutic interventions for emerging adults, prior to entering a PhD program. She has presented on body image and eating disorders and served as a graduate research assistant for the Texas Institute of Excellence in Mental Health here at the University of Texas at Austin.

Aside from social work, Hannah has had a long-time interest in Soviet and Central American relations and foreign film and one day hopes to legally travel to Cuba.

Professional Interests

Young adults and adolescents; mental health; suicidality and treatment/prevention; trauma and trauma-informed care; community and systems-level interventions.


  • MSSW, Columbia University
  • Post-Masters Social Work Fellow, The Menninger Clinic, Houston, TX
  • B.A., International Studies, Kenyon College


Social Work Building (SSW)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358