In 1999 she became the lead forensic anthropologist to the British Forensic Team in Kosovo, deployed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on behalf of the United Nations. She was awarded an OBE for her services to forensic anthropology in Kosovo.
She published Developmental Juvenile Osteology with Louise Scheuer in 2000, and four years later, The Juvenile Skeleton. These books remain core reading for all students of osteology.
Sue Black is head of Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology at the University of Dundee which runs undergraduate courses in forensic anthropology and postgraduate courses in Human Identification. This department is training the UK National Disaster Victim Identification (UK DVI) team for police and scientists in advanced mortuary practices.
Sue is lead assessor for the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners, a Director of the Centre for International Forensic Assistance and a founder of the British Association for Human Identification. She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.