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

Since 1994, Susan Sheridan has had federal grants (funded by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) geared toward the establishment of effective relationships and partnerships for children and youth. She is particularly interested in relationships between parents and teachers, and identifying meaningful ways to establish home–school partnerships.

Sheridan’s primary grant work and research focus is in a model of service delivery known as “conjoint behavioral consultation” (also known as TAPP), focused on bringing parents, teachers, and other care providers together to develop constructive relationships and address concerns they share for children. She has published books in this and related areas, the most recent being “The tough kid: Teachers and parents as partners” and the second edition of the “Handbook of research in school consultation: Empirical foundations for the field,” co-authored with William Erchul. Additional research areas include family interventions, the development and generalization of effective social skills in children, and the role of parents in social skill development.

Sheridan is the past editor of School Psychology Review, the research journal of the National Association of School Psychologists, and past-president of the Society of the Study of School Psychology. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1989 with a doctorate in educational psychology.