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Susan brings to Disability Support Services a strong and extensive background in post-secondary disability support that links together the fields of education and diagnostics.
She began her tenure at DSS as the Associate Director, where for over ten years she had the responsibility to determine disability eligibility and reasonable accommodations for students choosing to register with the office. Now as the Director, she can focus on new initiatives in response to the university’s increasing commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Susan’s objective is to see DSS more effectively address the unique needs of the university’s special populations, such as student veterans, as well as to develop a multifaceted program of enhanced individualized support for DSS students. Susan is also interested in fostering retention initiatives that assist first-year students with their transitions to university life. To that end, she will work to provide ongoing learning skills support for these students’ continued academic success, as well as to assist them in developing critical skills needed to prepare for the workforce.
Prior to her time at GW, Susan served as the Coordinator of Learning Disability Services for the University of Maryland, College Park. Susan also worked as a clinician with the Comprehensive Evaluation Unit in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.
In addition, she worked as a K-12 special education teacher in the Salem, Massachusetts public school system.
From July 2009 to July 2011, Susan was the president of C-AHEAD, the Capital Area affiliate of the Association on Higher Education and Disability. Susan is also a regular presenter at a variety of professional disability organizations, including the 2013 Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Conference, where she spoke about universal design for learning and on a panel titled “Accommodating Students from Classroom to Clinic.” In addition, she collaborated on a panel titled “Women with Disabilities: Implications Beyond College” at the 2011 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.
Susan also offers her expertise within the GW academic community, routinely speaking as a guest lecturer on the Americans with Disabilities Act, disability documentation, and the nature of reasonable accommodation. Susan also coordinates various faculty and student workshops at GW.
Susan holds an MA in Special Education from Regis College, as well as a double BA degree in Biology and Psychology, with a minor in Education from the State University of New York at Albany.