Susan W. Parker, Ph.D.
Department Head, Education (Education)
Professor of Education (Education)
Director, Women's Leadership and Mentorship Program (Women's Leadership and Mentorship Program)
412-397-6245 phone (M)
412-397-6044 fax
Wheatley Center 212

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Special Education/Early Intervention, University of Pittsburgh, 2008
  • Master of Education, Special Education, Pennsylvania State University, 1992
  • Bachelor of Arts, Commmunication Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 1985
  • Certificate, Elementary Certification, Chatham University, 1988

Professional Background

  • Westminster College, New Wilmington, PA Assistant Professor of Special Education
  • Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA, Visiting Professor of Special Education
  • Univeristy of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA Graduate Student Researcher & UCLID Fellow
  • Achieva, Pittsburgh, PA Developmental Therapist
  • Chester County Intermediate Unit, Exton, PA, Service Coordinator, Classroom Teacher, Home Visitor
  • Ken-Crest Services, Philadelphia, PA, Early Intervention Classroom Teacher
  • Allegheny County Intermediate Unit, Pittsburgh, PA Headstart Classroom Teacher & Home Visitor

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Perceptions of hope for families of young children with disabilities
  • Social issues related to young children with disabilities


  • 2012 - Recognizing Developmental Red Flags- Workshop for the Early Childhood Initiative in conjunction with the Laughlin Center, a NAEYC accredited preschool in Sewickley, PA.
  • 2011 - Linking PA Standards to Lesson Planning- Early Childhood Initiative
  • 2010 - Gracious Space Parker, S.W., Wolf, T., Brletic,C., Seiger, L., Tittinger, R., Fedon, K. at the PA-CEC conference in State College, PA
  • 2009 - Accommodating a split Student-Teaching Placement - Domanski, L., Parker, S.W., Gettemy, C. Cunningham, J., Shiner, R., Kushner, K., Byers, J. Slippery Rock University Student Teacher Supervision Conference.
  • 2008 - Identifying Developmental Red Flags - Project ECHO
  • 2001 - Strategies for Developing/Using Video in Personnel Preparation Tepe, J.H., Kaczmarek, L.A., Parker, S.W., Knoll, D. Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children?s Division of Early Childhood Annual Conference, Boston, MA.
  • 2001 - Home-School Communication Books: A discussion of Strategies Kaczmarek, L.A., Paker, S.W., Brown, M., Tepe, J.H. Presented at the state wide early intervention annual conference, Hershey, PA.
  • 2000 - Communication Notebooks: A Content Analysis Kaczmarek, L.A., Parker, S.W., Shair, E., Laughlin, J., Tepe, J.H., Brown, M. Presented at the Council for Exceptional Children?s Division of Early Childhood Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.