Susan is a psychologist and professor at the Faculty of Education, the University of Western Ontario. She received her BA in Philosophy and Fine Art from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1979, and her PhD in psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 2001. Before joining the Faculty of Education in 2002, she was the Coordinator of First Year Programs at Western. In 1998 she created an award-winning academic mentoring and leadership development program for university students. She has presented workshops for educators in B.C., Ontario and Saskatchewan on this work and continues to focus her research activities, in different contexts, on academic success. Her main research interests include student success, teacher effectiveness, student anxiety, child welfare and violence.
Over the past 2 years Susan has worked on research projects with a focus on literacy, academic achievement and school retention for women who experience violence and who do not have a high school diploma. This work continues to develop. She is also currently involved in a wide range of other projects including research examining rural youth and their access to health information using an online environment, a meta-analysis project examining developmental criminology and adult offending, and child welfare.