Susan earned her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University in 1984; she also has a master's degree in Adult Education from USM and a doctorate in Adult Learning from Lesley University. Prior to teaching full-time in 2012, she practiced as an occupational therapist in a variety of mental health settings for 30 years. In the MOT program, Susan teaches the mental health practice course as well as courses covering research/evidence-based practice; the reflective OT practitioner; group process, and level I and II fieldwork. Her scholarly interests include quality of life for adults with serious, persistent mental illness; occupational therapy assessment and intervention with adults who have compulsive hoarding disorder; and educating occupational therapy students about how to engage in reflective practice and how to use adult learning principles in OT practice.
When not teaching, Susan enjoys baking, every form of dancing, spending time with her three children and extended family, and crossing various items off her middle-aged bucket list!