Prof. Dr. Susan Bruce

Curriculum Vitae:


  •  Prof. Dr. Susan M. Bruce


  • Bachelors Degree in General Education (K-8) and Special Education
  • Masters Degree in Special Education
  • University Specializations in Deafblind, Visual Impairment, and Intellectual Disability
  • Ph.D. in Special Education

Professional Career:

  • 2007 - 2010: Associate Professor, Boston College, Director of Severe and Deafblind Programs
  • 2001 - 2007: Assistant Professor, Boston College, Director of Severe and Deafblind Programs
  • 1992 - present: Consultant to school districts, conducted assessments
  • 1992 - 2001: Instructor, then Assistant Professor, Michigan State University, Deafblind Program, Visual Impairment Program
  • 1989 - 1992: Teacher, Deafblind Unit and Principal of the Michigan, School for the Blind
  • 1988 - 1989: Teacher, Severe & Multiple Disabilities
  • 1984 - 1988: Residential technician, then Residential Manager of group home, semi-independent, and independent living projects for adults with disabilities

Major Publications on:

  • Communication and language development
  • Pivotal social and cognitive milestones related to language acquisition
  • Action research in special education


  • Virginia M. Sowell Award (Deafblindness / Multiple Disabilities)

Areas of special interest:

  • Communication and language development, especially the development of symbolic expression
  • Assessment

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