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Diana Suskind, EdD
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EdD, Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois, 1979
Diana Suskind is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and a RIE Associate (Resources for Infant Educarers). In 1979, she received a doctorate in Early Childhood Education from the University of Illinois. She has been an Associate Professor of Education at Cal State LA and the University of Alaska, Anchorage. Suskind has been both a practitioner and consultant for early childhood at schools; infant care centers and communities in Nepal, Thailand; Israel; Germany; Nigeria; Cape Town; Romania; and the U.S. She has studied with the late Magda Gerber, founder of RIE, at the Emmi Pikler Institute in Budapest, Hungary and has brought the RIE approach around the world. During the summer of 2003 Suskind was a Fulbright Senior Specialist for New Zealand's early childhood community. In the summer of 2004, Suskind lectured and consulted at the Wenzhou Medical School/Taizhou Hospital in Linhai, China and at the Shanghai Children’s Hospital and Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Second Medical University. She created Parent-n-Me classes at the Shanghai Pedong New Area Care Hospital for Mother and Children.
In 2005, the University of Udine in Udine, Italy, sponsored Suskind as a Fulbright Senior Scholar. In the fall of 2006 she spent her sabbatical in Nepal. The coauthor of “Baby Dancing," she donated 1,000 English/Nepali version to Nepali young children in rural Nepal. Suskind introduced learning centers for the Nepali children in elementary school settings and at HEMS School, Kathmandu, Nepal (summer 2008), witnessed HEMS Parliament, created HEMS Olympics, and created the first parent-toddler class at HEMS School.
Suskind was the keynote presenter at the FAEYC Annual Conference in Fairbanks, Alaska (2002) and the Infant Toddler Specialist of Indiana (ITSI, 2007). She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York (Humanities 1966).