Susan Russell, MS

NH-ME LEND Training Coordinator, University of Maine


Susan Russell is a doctoral candidate at the University of Maine where she is seeking a Ph.D in Disability Studies and Public Policy with a focus on family support for individuals with disabilities. She completed the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) training in 2012. Ms. Russell is the Interim Associate Director at the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at the University of Maine, Maine’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the LEND Training Coordinator at UMaine. She serves on the UMaine Protection of Human Subjects Review Board, UMaine Diversity Leadership Institute and the Maine Developmental Disabilities Council.


The NH and ME Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program (NH-ME LEND) is a collaboration among Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the College of Health and Human Services at the University of New Hampshire, and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies/UCED at the University of Maine-Orono. The purpose of NH-ME LEND is to improve the health of children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities by preparing leaders to enter the field of maternal and child health.