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After finishing her MDiv at Yale Divinity School in 1981, Susan left her native Virginia for Aberystwyth, Wales.  Since moving to Northern Ireland in 1994 she’s been working privately as a pastoral counsellor working with both acute and developmental trauma, and secondarily as a clinical supervisor with specialist palliative care nurses in the City, Mater and Royal Hospitals, Belfast Trust. 

In 2008 Susan received her PhD from the School of Communication at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown, for narrative research carried out in the Regional Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Hospital, Belfast, which was later published as the book, Life after a Critical Event in Hospital: An exploration into the language of trauma (Lambert Academic Publishing: 2010). She has also given published papers in the areas of trauma and narrative.  

Susan has been teaching in the Pastoral Theology department since 2011. She is currently interested in the role of narrative construction in spiritual growth and development, particularly how it functions to enhance personal intimacy with God and others. She is married to Stephen, former Professor of Systematic Theology at UTC, and they have three grown–up children, and one grandchild.