Susan Fox, MEd, MA, PhD

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Susan Fox, MEd, MA, PhD

President and CEO, Westchester Institute for Human Development

Director, Center on Disability and Health, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College

Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, School of Health Sciences & Practice, New York Medical College



University of New Hampshire

PhD, 2015


University of New Hampshire

MA, 2006


Lesley University

MEd, 1981

Educational Leadership


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.



  • Improving Access and Participation for Individuals with I/DD across the Lifespan
  • Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination in Individuals I/DD across the Lifespan


Fox, Susan (2017 and 2018). “The Intersection of Aging and Disability.” Class presentations at LEND and Health Policy and Management classes, NYMC.

Fox, Susan (June 2015 and 2016). “Family Advocacy in NH.” Presentation to MPH class at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.

Fox, Susan. (June 2015). “The History of Community Based Services in NH.”  Training of MCOs. Bedford, NH.

Fox, S. (April, 2015) “NH Panel on Aging, Planning, Housing, and Economic Development.” Panel presentation at Franklin for a Lifetime community planning meeting

Fox, S., D. Johnson, and S. Terrell. (March, 2015). “Person-Centered Planning and Self Direction Guidance.” UCEDD TA Institute. Bethesda, MD

Fox, S. and Kate Crary. (March 2015) “Person Centered Planning: Pre-Conference Session.” American Therapeutic Recreation Association Annual Meeting. Manchester, NH.

Fox, S. and Rabalais J. (April 2014). “Kinship Matters.” American Society on Aging Annual Conference: Aging in America, San Diego, CA.


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.

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