Susan Johnson



St. Bonaventure University, 2003

State University of New York College at Fredonia, 1997

Susan D. Johnson, M.S. Ed., is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the Hefenmeier School of Education & Behavioral Sciences at Mercyhurst University.  Her primary teaching areas are in high and low incidences disabilities, and behavior theories and practices.  She received her master’s degree in special education from St. Bonaventure University and a bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from SUNY Fredonia. Previous to teaching at Mercyhurst, Professor Johnson spent 15 years working as a public school and private agency speech/language therapist and special education teacher.  She has been at Mercyhurst since 2010.



ESPE 101: Psychology of Diverse Learners

ESPE 203: Behavior Theories and Practices

ESPE 305: Low Incidence Disabilities: Effective Instructional Practices

ESPE 307: High Incidence Disabilities: Effective Instructional Practices

ESPE 308: High Incidence Disabilities: Field Experience

ESPE 306: Low Incidence Disabilities: Field Experience

ECSP 307: Observation & Assessment II


EDSP 540:  Introduction to Autism


Johnson, S.D. & Belfiore, P.J. (Commentary) (2011). Effective intraverbal training of children with autism to mand for questions to answer via the "I don't know please tell me response".  Evidenced-based Communication Assessment and Intervention, 5, 1-4.


August, 2013

Intersections:  Arts and Special Education Conference
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC
Presentation title:  "Gaining Access through Arts Integration:  Literacy Instruction for Students with Severe Disabilities"

October, 2013
Pennsylvania Association of College and Teacher Educators
42nd Annual Teacher Education Assembly, Harrisburg, PA
Presentation title:  "Using Diverse Clinical Experiences to Transform Teacher Education:  Preparing Pre-Service Teachers for Excellence in the Classroom"