Executive Director and Research Associate Professor

Jesse Suter's research and work focus on community and school-based Wraparound, special education service delivery to promote inclusion of students with disabilities, and interdisciplinary interventions for children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.

Dr. Suter has led and collaborated on federal and state funded projects in mental health, special education, and child welfare. He was Principal Investigator an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grant of Efficacy of RENEW for High School Students with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges. He currently serves as co-investigator on an IES grant to develop school-based wraparound. He has published over 30 articles and book chapters. In 2021, he received the Joseph A. Abruscato Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship.

As director of CDCI, he oversees personnel and projects at the Center while supporting UVM, state agencies, and state and national groups to promote equity and inclusion for people with disabilities. He also serves on the editorial board of the Developmental Disabilities Network Journal.

Research and/or Creative Works

  • Co-Investigator, Development and Testing of a Research-Based Tier 3 Wraparound Model for Schools, funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (July 2020 to June 2024).
  • Principal Investigator, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion Core Grant funded by the Administration on Disabilities, U.S. Health and Human Services (July 2018 to June 2023).
  • Principal Investigator of Efficacy of RENEW for High School Students with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (July 2015 to June 2020).
  • Co-Investigator & Evaluator, Vermont Placement Stability Project, funded by Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children & Families – US Department of Health & Human Services (October 2013 to June 2019).
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Vermont Fostering Understanding to Reach Educational Success, funded by Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children & Families – US Department of Health & Human Services (October 2012 to March 2015).

Publications

Journal Articles

Olson, J. R., Benjamin, P. H., Azman, A. A., Kellogg, M. A., Pullmann, M. D., Suter, J. C., & Bruns, E. J. (2021). Systematic review and meta-analysis: Effectiveness of Wraparound care coordination for children and adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaac.2021.02.022

Suter, J. C., Giangreco, M. F., & Bruhl, S. A. D. (2020). Special education personnel absences in inclusion-oriented schools: Implications for building effective service delivery models. Remedial and Special Education, 41(6), 341-351. https://doi.org/10.1177/0741932519865617

Strolin-Goltzman, J., Woodhouse, V., Suter, J. C., Werrbach, M. (2016). A mixed method study on educational well-being and resilience among youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 30-36. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.08.014

Schroeter, M. K., Strolin-Goltzman, J., Suter, J. C., Werrbach, M., Hayden-West, K., Wilkins, Z., et al. (2015). Foster youth perceptions on educational well-being. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 96(4), 227–233. doi: 10.1606/1044-3894.2015.96.30

Giangreco, M. F. & Suter, J. C. (2015). Precarious or purposeful? Proactively building inclusive special education service delivery on solid ground. Inclusion, 3(3). 112-131. doi: 10.1352/2326-6988-3.3.112

Bruns, E. J., Weathers, E. S., Suter, J. C., Hensley, S., Pullmann, M. D., & Sather, A. (2015). Psychometrics, reliability, and validity of a wraparound team observation measure. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(4), 979–991. doi: 10.1007/s10826-014-9908-5

Giangreco, M. F., Doyle, M. B., & Suter, J. C. (2014). Italian and American progress toward inclusive education: Common concerns and future directions. Life Span & Disability, 17(1), 119-136. Retrieved from  www.lifespan.it

Giangreco, M. F., Suter, J. C., & Hurley, S. M. (2013). Revisiting personnel utilization in inclusion-oriented schools. Journal of Special Education, 47(2), 121-131. doi: 10.1177/0022466911419015

Giangreco, M. F., Doyle, M. B., & Suter, J. C. (2012). Demographic and personnel service delivery data: Implications for including students with disabilities in Italian schools. Life Span & Disability, 15(1), 97-123. Retrieved from www.lifespan.it

Giangreco, M. F., Doyle, M. B., & Suter, J. C. (2012). Constructively responding to requests for paraprofessionals: We keep asking the wrong questions. Remedial and Special Education, 33, 362-373 doi: 10.1177/0741932511413472

Bertram, R. M., Suter, J. C., & Bruns, E. J. (2011). Implementation research and wraparound literature: Building a research agenda. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 713-725. doi: 10.1007/s10826-010-9430-3

Eber, L., Hyde, K. Suter, J. C., & Breen, K. (2011). Integrating wraparound into a system of school-wide positive behavior supports. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 782-790. doi: 10.1007/s10826-010-9424-1

Giangreco, M. F., Broer, S. M., & Suter, J. C. (2011). Guidelines for selecting alternatives to overreliance on paraprofessionals: Field-testing in inclusion-oriented schools. Remedial and Special Education, 32, 22-38. doi: 10.1177/0741932509355951

Giangreco, M. F., Suter, J. C., & Doyle, M. B. (2010) Paraprofessionals in inclusive schools: A review of recent research. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 20, 41-57. doi: 10.1080/10474410903535356

Suter, J. C. & Bruns, E. J. (2009). Effectiveness of the wraparound process for children with emotional and behavioral disorders: A meta-analysis. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 12, 336-351. doi: 10.1007/s10567-009-0059-y

Suter, J.C., & Giangreco, M.F. (2009). Numbers that count: Exploring special education and paraprofessional service delivery in inclusion-oriented schools. Journal of Special Education, 43, 81-93. doi: 10.1177/0022466907313353

Giangreco, M. F., Hurley, S. M., & Suter, J. C. (2009). Special education personnel utilization and general class placement of students with disabilities: Ranges and ratios. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 41, 53-56. doi: 10.1352/2009.47:53-56

Bruns, E. J., Suter, J. C., Leverentz-Brady, K. M., (2008). Is it wraparound yet? Setting quality standards for implementation of the wraparound process. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 35, 240-252. doi: 10.1007/s11414-008-9109-3

Book Chapters

Woodside-Jiron, H., Strolin-Goltzman, J. & Suter, J. C. (2013). How neuroscience can inform educational practices for youth involved in the child welfare system. In Matto, H.C., Strolin-Goltzman, J. & Ballan, M. (Eds.) Neuroscience for Social Work: Implications for practice, policy, and research (pp.161-175). New York: Springer Publications.

Giangreco, M. F., Suter, J. C., & Graf, V. (2011). Roles of team members supporting students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms. In M. F. Giangreco, C. J. Cloninger & V. S. Iverson, Choosing outcomes and accommodations for children: A guide to educational planning for students with disabilities (3rd ed., pp. 197-204). Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes.

Giangreco, M. F., Carter, E. W., Doyle, M. B., & Suter, J. C. (2010). Supporting students with disabilities in inclusive classrooms: Personnel and peers. In R. Rose (Ed.), Confronting obstacles to inclusion: International responses to developing inclusive schools (pp. 247-263). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK: Routledge.

Bruns, E. J., & Suter, J. C. (2010). Summary of the wraparound evidence base. In E. J. Bruns & J. S. Walker (Eds.), The resource guide to wraparound. Portland, OR: National Wraparound Initiative. Available online at http://www.nwi.pdx.edu/NWI-book/

Suter, J. C., & Bruns, E. J. (2008). Narrative review of wraparound outcome studies. In E. Bruns & J. Walker (Eds.) The resource guide to wraparound. Portland, OR: National Wraparound Initiative. Available online at http://www.nwi.pdx.edu/NWI-book/

Bruns, E. J., Burchard, J. D., Suter, J. C., & Force, M. M. (2005). Measuring fidelity within community treatments for children and families: Challenges and strategies. In M. H. Epstein & A. Duchnowski & K. Kutash (Eds.), Outcomes for children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and their Families (pp. 175-197). Austin, TX: Pro-ED.

Sandler, I., Ayers, T., Suter, J. C., Shultz, A., & Twohey, J. (2003). Adversities, strengths, and public policy. In K. I. Leadbetter, C. J. Maton, B. J. Schellenbach, & A. L. Solarz (Eds.), Investing in children, youth, families, and communities: Strengths-based research and policy (pp. 31-50). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Awards and Recognition

  • Joseph A. Abruscato Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, University of Vermont, College of Education and Social Services (2021)
  • Recognizing Excellence in Community Communications & Outreach Bronze Level. Awarded to Youth in Transition System of Care Project evaluation team. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (2012)
  • Honoring Excellence in Evaluation Silver Level. Awarded to Youth in Transition System of Care Project evaluation team. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (2011)

Associations and Affiliations

  • Association of University Centers on Disabilities
  • National Wraparound Initiative
  • Vermont Community of Practice on Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Developmental Disabilities
  • Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights
  • Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council
  • Board of Directors for Disability Rights
  • Vermont President’s Commission for Inclusive Excellence, University of Vermont (January 2020 – March 2021)

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Wraparound process
  • Special education service delivery
  • Disability and inclusion
  • Interdisciplinary coordination
  • Mental health

Education

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Child-Clinical/Community Psychology) from The University of Vermont, 2006
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology (Child-Clinical/Community Psychology) from Arizona State University, 2000
  • B.A. in Psychology from The University of Virginia, 1996

Contact

Phone:
  • (802) 656-1130
Office Location:

Mann Hall - 3rd Floor, 208 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05405