Susan Sheridan, Ph.D.
- Director, Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools
- Director, National Center for Research on Rural Education
- George Holmes University Professor & Willa Cather Emeritus Professor of Educational Psychology
Throughout her career, Susan Sheridan’s research has focused on family engagement and family-school partnerships to support young children’s behavioral, social-emotional, and academic functioning.
She is leading several federally funded research programs to uncover important strategies to support families and teachers for both early childhood and elementary school programs, and identify effective methods to support children’s academic and social development.
Her research on family-school partnerships forms the foundation for TAPP (Teachers and Parents as Partners), a service model that brings together parents, teachers and care providers to address shared concerns for children. She serves as TAPP’s lead consultant and regularly delivers training for schools and early education programs across North America.
Sheridan has published and edited numerous books on family-school partnerships, including “The Tough Kid: Teachers and Parents as Partners.” This teacher resource book includes an in-depth overview of the TAPP process and implementation tips and strategies.
To advance the field of family-school partnership research, Sheridan is also serving as an editor and contributing author for a multi-volume research series. The series’ first book, “Foundational Aspects of Family-School Partnership Research,” was published in June 2015.
Sheridan received the American Psychological Association’s Division 16 1993 Lightner Witmer Award for early career accomplishments and the 2015 Senior Scientist Award for sustained career excellence. She is the chair of the Futures Task Force on Home-School Partnerships, the past president of the Society for the study of School Psychology and the past editor of School Psychology Review.
After receiving her doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989, Sheridan began her career at the University of Utah and moved to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998.