Executive Director of CDCI

Jesse Suter is a faculty member at the University of Vermont and the Executive Director of the Center on Disability and Community Inclusion in the College of Education and Social Services. His professional interests focus on the research, development, and evaluation of community and school-based programs for preventing and responding to emotional and behavioral challenges.

Current Assignments and Projects

Principal Investigator for Efficacy of RENEW for High School Students with Emotional and Behavioral Challenges. USDOE Institute on Education Sciences (July 2015 to present).

Evaluator and Co-Investigator for Vermont Placement Stability Project. (October 2013 to present).

Program Coordinator of Project EVOLVE plus (Giangreco, PI), providing school-based, inclusive special education, research, consultation, training and technical service to Vermont School Districts (September 2006 to present).

Consultant for Wraparound Evaluation and Research Team. This project involves research and consultation on fidelity and outcomes of the wraparound process (July 2011 to present).

Consultant for Vermont Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (VTPBiS) designing and implementing trainings for the Intensive Level of VTPBiS that will involve a school, community and family partnership (September 2011 to present)

Previous Projects

Co-Principal Investigator for VT-FUTRES (Fostering Understanding To Realize Educational Stability). This is a two-year Administration for Children and Families grant award for infrastructure support to develop and implement effective multi-disciplinary policy and practice interventions for improving educational stability and outcomes of middle and high school students in foster care (October 2012 to present).

Evaluator for Youth in Transition System of Care Project. This is an evaluation of the Vermont’s system of care grant targeting transition aged young adults (16-21) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (July 2009 to present).


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

Bruns, E.J., Suter, J.C., & Leverentz-Brady, K.M. (2006). Relations between program and system variables and fidelity to the wraparound process for children and families. Psychiatric Services, 57, 1586-1593. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.57.11.1586

Bruns, E.J., Burchard, J.D., Suter, J.C., Leverentz-Brady, K.M., & Force, M.M. (2005). Adherence to wraparound principles and association with outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14, 521-534. doi: 10.1007/s10826-005-7186-y

Bruns, E. J., Burchard, J. D., Suter, J. C., Leverentz-Brady, K., & Force, M. M. (2004). Assessing fidelity to a community-based treatment for youth: The Wraparound Fidelity Index. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 12, 69-79. doi: 10.1177/10634266040120020201

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Psychology
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Wraparound Services


  • Ph.D. University of Vermont, 2006


  • (802) 656-1130
Office Location:

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