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
Address: : University of Vermont, CDCI, 208 Colchester Ave, 306A Mann Hall, Burlington, VT 05405
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. Since July of 2014 Dr. Ryan has worked with Rebecca Ilene Mintz and Kelli Gile promoting FASD awareness and prevention in Vermont.


REBECCA ILENE MINTZ, Research Assistant

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Email: Rebecca Ilene Mintz, B.A.
Address: University of Vermont, CDCI, 208 Colchester Ave, 306 Mann Hall, Burlington, VT 05405

Rebecca Ilene Mintz serves as a research assistant on the Green Mountain FASD Project. Since July of 2014, Ms. Mintz has worked alongside Dr. Ryan promoting FASD awareness and prevention in the state of Vermont.

Ms. Mintz graduated from the University of Vermont in 2013 with a degree in Anthropology and a concentration in biological human development. This fall she will begin a Master's degree program in Community Heath Promotion at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Ms. Mintz gained great experience throughout her college career working for the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP). In addition to working on the Green Mountain FASD Project, Ms. Mintz currently does data quality for the Infectious Disease Unit at The University of Vermont Medical Center.

Ms. Mintz has worked with the FASD team on highlighting and spreading new FASD publications and webinars, as well as supporting the project management team. She hopes to conduct her own FASD training for students at the University of Vermont in the coming year.


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