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Susan Fox, M.Ed., M.A., Ph.D.

Susan FoxAssociate Professor of Health Policy & Management
Director, Center on Disability and Health, School of Health Sciences and Practice
President and CEO, Westchester Institute for Human Development


(914) 493-8204


Westchester Institute for Human Development
20 Plaza West
Valhalla, NY 10595

Professional Interests:

Dr. Fox is the President and CEO of the Westchester Institute on Human Development. Previously, she served as Associate Director of the Institute on Disability and Co-Director of the Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH. A key aspect of her lifelong work has been the development of and advocacy for person-centered home and community based services for older adults and adults with disabilities to prevent unnecessary institutionalization and to support all citizens to live within their home communities. She has a strong interest in the experience of family caregivers. Her Master’s thesis researched the mental health of family caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities and her doctoral work focused on the experience of family caregivers of older adults. She is currently a member of the NY State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and the NYS Department of Health, Disability and Health Program Stakeholders Group. She serves as a peer reviewer for the American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  

Education Profile:

  University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
     Ph.D. in Sociology (May, 2015)
     Master’s of Arts (MA) in Sociology, (May, 2006)

  Lesley University, Cambridge, MA
      Master of Science in Education (M.S. Ed.) in Educational Leadership.  (May 1981)

  University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
      Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Human Development (June 1977)

Selected Bibliography:

Hahn, J.E., Fox, S., and Janicki, M.P. (2015). Aging Among Older Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Setting National Goals to Address Transitions in Health, Retirement, and Late-Life. Inclusion, December 2015, Vol. 3 (4), pp. 250-259.

Hahn, J.E., Gray, J., McCallion, P., Ronneberg, C., Stancliffe, R. J., Heller, T., Guiden, C. H., Fox, S. & Janicki, M.P. (2016). Transitions in aging: Health, retirement, and later life: Review of research, practice, and policy. In Critical issues in intellectual and developmental disabilities: Contemporary research, practice, and policy (pp. 149-174). Washington, DC: American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Fox, Susan W. (2015). “Life Interrupted: The Experience of Informal Caregivers of Aging Family Members.” Dissertation published at the University of New Hampshire.

Sundar, V., Fox, S.W., & Phillips, K.G. (2014). Transitions in Caregiving: Evaluating a Person-Centered Approach to Supporting Family Caregivers in the Community. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57(6-7), pp. 750-765. DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2013.847885

Cotton, P. and Fox, S. (2011), Navigating Choice And Change In Later Life: Frameworks For Facilitating Person-Centered Planning. Durham, New Hampshire: University of New Hampshire, Institute on Disability.

Keyword Interests:

Disability, Aging, Caregiving, Long Term Services and Supports, Community Inclusion