Suzanne came to this work through the experience of parenting a daughter with complex medical and developmental needs.
“Collaboration and co-learning with people of diverse perspectives and training have been keystones of both my personal growth and professional career. To practice these principles along with the IPEP faculty and our highly engaged students, in the service of raising the bar for how we deliver health care to the most vulnerable, is an inspiring opportunity.”
Suzanne is a clinical social worker specializing in the growth and guidance of children with developmental differences and their families. She has a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, MA. Previously, she worked for a dozen years on multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment teams for children with complex needs in two health care systems in the Boston area. She has also served on several advisory boards, including the Family Advisory Council at Children’s Hospital, the Newborn Screening Advisory Council for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the New England Regional Genetics Group. Currently she is co-chair of the Citizen Advisory Board for the Central Middlesex Area Office of the Department of Developmental Services.
Suzanne earned her Masters of Social Work at Smith College, as well as a Masters degree in Comparative Literature at Princeton University. She co-authored the chapter, “The Primary Care Pediatrician and the Child with Down Syndrome,” in Ambulatory Pediatric Care, Dershewitz, R., MD, (Ed.) with Anita Feins, MD.