Susan DeLuke

Associate Professor of Special Education


Ph.D.Special Education Syracuse University
M.A.Special EducationUniversity Teachers College
B.S. Psychology and Elementary Education Vanderbilt University

Professional Experience

  • The College of Saint Rose, Associate Professor, 1992-present
  • Director of Social Intervention Programs at The College of Saint Rose, 2004-present
  • Consultation to School Districts across New York State on Students with Disabilities
  • Jowonio School, Special Education Administrator
  • The League School, Special Education Teacher and Administrator

Teaching Interests

  • Positive Behavior Supports, Functional Behavior Assessment, and Behavior Intervention
  • Emotional and Behavior Disorders & Mental Health Concerns of Children and Youth
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders

Research/Creative Works


Communication, interventions, and scientific advances in autism:  A commentary.  Published in Physiology and Behavior, January 2010.

Second-author with Danielle Llanzea, Myra Bastista, Jennifer Crawley, Kristin Christodulu, & Cheryl Frye



Use of a Peer Mentored Social Support Group for Adolescents with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders (several conference presentations)



Book chapter: “A spiral of knowledge: Revisiting the past with new levels of understanding” (reflections on 30 years in the field of teaching children with autism spectrum disorders) in Courage, heart and wisdom:  Essays on autism.  Denver Co:  Outskirts Press, Inc.



DeLuke, S.V. (2000). A model for merging programs in special education and elementary education: The Inclusive Education Teacher Preparation Program at the College of Saint Rose. In L. Sherry and F. Spooner (Eds.) Unified Teacher Preparation Programs for General and Special Educators.  Reston: VA:  CSPD and TED of Council for Exceptional Children.


August 1995

Parent perspectives on the experience of advocating for the inclusion of their children with disabilities in the general education classes of their neighborhood elementary and middle schools. Doctoral dissertation. Syracuse University.


Spring 1989

Evaluation standards for special education in residential settings. An evaluation instrument developed by Daniel Sage, Gary Carmen, Susan DeLuke, and Jack Breen in cooperation with the staff of the Orchard School.


Summer 1987

Teacher behavior as preventive discipline. Teaching Exceptional Children, Co-author with Peter Knoblock.