PhD (University of Queensland), MEd (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), BEd (James Cook Uni. of North Qld), DipTeach (Griffith University)
Suzanne has an international reputation in inclusive education and disability and experience in leading and contributing to a range of competitive national/ international research grants and development projects.Suzanne was seconded 2002-2004 to establish the Staff College, Inclusive Education in the Department of Education, QLD, Australia. As Director, she led professional learning of QLD education staff to support the development of inclusion.
Suzanne has been a Head of School at QUT for 10 years and is now Assistant Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia. Suzanne is currently Program 2 Director: Enhancing Learning and Teaching of the Autism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) (2012-2020) and leads research teams in QLD, NSW, Vic, WA investigating Autism appropriate educational environments and programs that optimise students’ social, behavioural/academic success. She manages a team of cross disciplinary researchers in a range of end user organisations who research relationships between child cognition, language/behavioural characteristics and intervention type and educational/social outcomes. The Autism CRC program of research (2012-2020) involves interdisciplinary partnerships with health researchers, STEM – including computing software, and the arts including design and architecture, creating innovative multi – media presentations for knowledge translation and enhancing school culture.She is a regular keynote presenter, particularly reporting on the national research programs in Autism for the CRC. Suzanne’s areas of expertise are in inclusive education, disability and teacher preparation for inclusive schools. She has engaged in research to inform policy and practice in Australian and international education contexts, more recently extending this research to the South Pacific and Asia. She has broad knowledge of education research, and her publication list provides evidence of extensive collaboration with education and health researchers. Suzanne has received a range of national prestigious awards including the ACEL Fellowship (Hon) 2012 and National Inclusion Award- Prof Roger Slee 2015 for her contribution to inclusive education. She has been awarded over $2 million in competitive research funding (NHMRC; ARC; Australian Awards [ADRAS]; CRC; European Union Executive Agency ) and is currently the Program Director of Enhancing Learning and Teaching for the Autism CRChttp://www.autismcrc.com.au/ The Autism CRC is the first CRC with a strong focus on education and has over $110 Million of funding (cash and in-kind) over 8 years.