Susan Hetherington Appointed as Deputy Director of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities (NY UCEDD/LEND)

April 8, 2010

Susan Hetherington
Susan Hetherington

Susan Hetherington has been appointed as Deputy Director of the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of Rochester's UCEDD (University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities).  In her role as Deputy Director, Susan will focus on increasing SCDD's role in the community and on health transitions for young adults with disabilities, as well as continuing her work on employment for transitioning students and young adults.

Susan has been with SCDD for over 20 years and has served in many roles. She has been the Education Discipline Coordinator and Kirch Center Director, in the latter role overseeing the merger of all clinical programs. She has, at various times, been Associate UCEDD Director for Exemplary Services and for Community Education, Technical Assistance, and Dissemination. She participates in the LEND interdisciplinary leadership training program, and co-directs the Institute for Innovative Transition.

Susan maintains joint faculty appointments at the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry and at the Warner School of Education, making her the most prominent link between UR's Medical and River campuses, and she is the go-to person for interactions with community partners.

At Warner, Susan, a former first grade and resource room teacher, teaches courses on disability and inclusive education and serves as an advisor for the non-degree autism certification program, and holds New York State certification in elementary education and K-12 special education. Her research interests include the intersectionality of race and disability, the transition from adolescence to the adult world, and the social construction of disability and disability categories.  She is a 2010 PhD candidate at the Warner School.

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