In addition to her role at SFU, Susan serves as Director of MODAL Research Group (Multimodal/Music Opportunities, Diversity and Learning) and President-Elect of the International Society for Music Education, which is affiliated with UNESCO and is present in over 80 countries. She was previously an Associate Professor at Western University in Ontario and a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Keele University in the UK.
Susan has been awarded visiting fellowships at the University of Michigan, USA (2001), University of Melbourne, Australia (2012), and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland (2015). She has published widely in the fields of music psychology and music education, including contributions to 15 books published by Oxford University Press. Her recent co-authored book Why Multimodal Literacy Matters is on intergenerational multimodal curricula and is published by Sense Publications. She has been awarded major grants for international collaborative research and developed Music Learning in Action and Unity Through Music advocacy and intercultural programs in Brazil and Canada. Her current research includes a large survey study of young people’s arts and digital media engagement in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.