University of Vermont

The Center on Disability and Community Inclusion (CDCI)

The Green Mountain FASD Project
Team Members


SUSAN RYAN, Executive Director and Project Director

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Email: Susan Ryan, Ph.D
Phone: (802) 656-1143
Fax: (802) 656-1357

Susan M. Ryan, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion at the University of Vermont, as well as the Project Director for the Green Mountain FASD Project. Additionally, Dr. Ryan is a professor of Special Education within the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont.

Dr. Ryan completed her doctoral degree in early intervention and special education from the University of Oregon. Dr. Ryan received a Fulbright Research Award at the National Institute on Intellectual Disabilities, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.

From 1991-2006 Dr. Ryan was a Professor of Early Intervention and Special Education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Between 1998-2004 Dr. Ryan served as an external evaluator on a FASD research project funded by the Center on Disease Control, and she was awarded the Alaska Office of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. During that time Dr. Ryan worked directly with children with FASD and their families.

Dr. Ryan has experience working in third world countries as well as writing grants, conducting research, providing technical assistance and personnel preparation. Dr. Ryan's research interests include fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, community inclusion, and rural service delivery.



Elise Mench, Project Assistant

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Email: Elise Mench
Fax: (802) 656-1357

Elise Mench is a current undergraduate student at the University of Vermont studying for her BS in Nutrition and Food Sciences. Elise’s work on the Green Mountain FASD Project includes maintaining the website with current news, publications and webinars, as well as assisting with and presenting FASD trainings. Elise's interest in the project stems from her studies of the role nutritional health plays in various stages of the life cycle.


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