Susan Robinson, M.A., M.Ed.

A 22 year veteran of Wake county Public Schools Psychological Services Division, Ms. Robinson has provided a full range of psychological services to students, school staff and families ranging from elementary school through high school.

In addition to her role as a school-based staff psychologist, Ms. Robinson is perhaps most well-known for holding two unique roles of distinction. She was the first school or agency psychologist in the state to be fully trained by Division TEACCH to assess and diagnose students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. After evaluating hundreds of Autistic students and with the help of TEACCH faculty, Ms. Robinson trained and coordinated the first Wake County Schools Autism specialty team of psychologists. For this effort and work, she was awarded the state TEACCH award for service provided to people with Autism. On four occasions, Ms. Robinson has presented on Autism Spectrum Disorders at the National Conference for School Psychologists. She also co-authored a textbook chapter which focuses on the many aspects of assessing and diagnosing Autism.

Ms. Robinson has served in a similar capacity for students with moderate to profound cognitive, developmental, medical and sensory disabilities. After serving these students, their teachers, school teams and families for 20 years, Ms. Robinson trained and coordinated a second specialty team of psychologist to address the needs of these populations. She was subsequently nominated by her peers and presented with an Employee Award of Excellence by the school system superintendent.

Most recently, Ms. Robinson has trained in the areas of serving Academically Gifted students, including their unique social, emotional and creative needs.

Prior to joining the Wake County Psychological Services staff, Ms. Robinson earned a BA in psychology and M.Ed in special education at UNC-Chapel Hill. She then earned a second masters degree in Psychology. She taught special education in Wake County for five years. She also served as an education diagnostician and community liaison consultant for students with psychiatric disorders. This provided a springboard for advanced training in such areas as ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Tourettes Syndrome and a wide array of Specific Learning Disabilities. She holds N.C. certifications in special education, school psychology and mentoring as we as a national certification in school psychology. She is licensed as a psychological associate by the state of North Carolina.