D. Sue Vernon, Ph.D

D. Sue Vernon, Ph.D

Sue Vernon received her doctorate in Developmental and Child Psychology and has been working with individuals with exceptionalities (such as Learning Disabilities, Behavioral Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome), educators, direct care providers, and parents for over 30 years. She has been the Principal Investigator on 14 research grants from the Department of Education, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Vernon has developed and field-tested social skills curricula and measurement instruments, community-building curricula, and cooperative thinking strategy curricula for children and adolescents with and without exceptionalities. She has designed and validated communication skills instruction, researched and adapted curricula for high-poverty populations, and has developed and conducted parenting workshops and professional development workshops for school personnel and staff providing support services for adults with developmental disabilities. She is the first author on nine instructional manuals for teachers in inclusive general education classes. In addition, she has designed and validated eight professional development CD programs for teachers, four multimedia interactive CD programs for at-risk youth related to communication and social skills, and has authored or co-authored numerous articles and textbook chapters. Dr. Vernon retired as Director of Research and Development for Edge Enterprises, Inc. (a small research-based company) after 19 years. She is a certified Teaching-Parent, consultant, professional development specialist, evaluator of staff in residential treatment programs for youth offenders and other at-risk adolescents and was co-founder of a child placing agency funded initially through a contract with Father Flanagan's Boys Town and the Michigan Department of Mental Health. She has served twice as a National Institute of Mental Health, Small Business Research Review Ad Hoc Committee Member in Washington, D.C., and once on the Small Business Scientific Review Biobehavioral and Behavioral Process Review Group. She was a National Program Committee Member for the Council for Exceptional Children, and served on the Board of Directors for three Teaching-Family homes in Kansas. Dr. Vernon completed the Professional Biofeedback Certificate Program through the Stens Corporation and Biofeedback Training Institute. She is an adjunct research associate at the KU Center for Research on Learning, Dept. of Special Education, a guest lecturer in graduate-level university courses in the Department of Education at the University of Kansas, a licensed instructor for the Resilient Educator program and a Certified Personal Resilience Coach through the Institute of HeartMath.