University Consortium Member
Susan M. Bruce, PhD
Susan Bruce is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, Special Education, and Curriculum & Instruction at Boston College. Her three primary research areas are: (1) communication development and programming, with emphasis on the development of symbolic understanding and expression in children with severe and multiple disabilities (including congenital deafblindness); (2) assessment; and (3) action research (including participatory action research). Recent publications include a book on action research in special education and articles about a tactile symbols intervention conducted with 51 children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment in urban settings. She is the principal investigator of a grant addressing the dual preparation of teachers and action researchers in severe and multiple disabilities, including deafblindness. Susan also consults with school districts in the U.S. and abroad on topics such as communication programming, student assessment, and program evaluation.