BA, Psychology from University of South Carolina
MSW from University of South Carolina
During her undergraduate career Susan worked as a research assistant for a grant funded research study which focused on the dissemination of media and its effects on parenting, specifically the development and sustainment of positive parenting skills. She later became a qualified provider of the Triple-P: Positive Parenting Program.
Susan's graduate studies focused on behavior issues in early childhood, family dynamics, and autism spectrum disorder. During this time she was employed by the Psychology department as a clinical interviewer for a grant funded research study focusing on mood disorders in adolescents. During her graduate studies, Susan held internships at various disability related agencies in Columbia, SC. She gained valuable experience as a service coordination assistant at the South Carolina Autism Society. From here she joined the team at the Center for Disability Resources (CDR), a University Center for Excellence. While at CDR she was a part of the Supported Community Living Initiative, which helped individuals with disabilities move into their own homes and obtain employment. She worked with the Team for Early Childhood Solutions and researched involvement of social workers in early intervention services in the state.
After her time at CDR Susan developed an internship opportunity at the USC School of Medicine's Developmental Pediatric Clinic. She worked collaboratively with physicians to develop behavior management plans, provided informational sessions on autism and counseling to families with newly diagnosed children.
Prior to joining the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Susan was a consultant with the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs-Autism Division where she was the lead evaluator and provided consultation and training services to families and educators. In addition to her role as Executive Director of the Lowcountry Autism Foundation, Susan will also serve as director of Family Support Services for the Center for Neuro-Developmental Medicine at MUSC Children's Hospital.