Susan R. Perry, PhD, MSW, LCSW

Senior Consultant

Susan is a proven, experienced interdependent, and relational educational leader who thrives in the nexus of campus life having served in executive and leadership roles at independent schools (Governor’s Academy, Phillips Academy, Asheville School, Ravenscroft School) and in higher education (Duke University, Smith College). She is the founder of SRP Leadership Matters in Education Consulting, LLC.

Susan has been nominated and served on two NAIS Committees charged with examining best practices and providing recommendations to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of students, including consulting with the NAIS Committee on Guidelines of Professional Practice for behavioral health professionals in independent schools and then later was appointed to the NAIS/TABS Independent School Task Force on Educator Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response. In 2014, Susan appeared as an expert panelist on PBS/UNC-TV’s Focus On: Educating Black Boys, which explored issues around education, opportunity, race, identity, and parenting in the 21st Century. Susan is also the co-author of three Independent School Magazine articles, including Crisis Leadership Through the Lens of Health and Well Being. Susan has also completed extensive training in leadership development and team facilitation with the Center for Creative Leadership ( and is certified as a group facilitator using the emotional intelligence EQI 2.0 tool by Multihealth Systems. Susan has completed The Principals’ Center (TPC) at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education (HGSE) training program program in Race, Equity, Leadership in Schools. Her clinical training has included two separate in residence internships at Duke University Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Duke University Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS), and she has completed with The Stone Center, part of the Wellesley Center for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College, Advanced Clinical Certification in The Relational Model  Levels I & II at the Jean Baker Miller Training Institute.

Susan holds an earned doctorate in educational administration and has served as consultant/advisor/educator to the Massachusetts Department of Education, to Boards of Trustees, executive leaders, faculty, families, students and has traveled extensively as a conference speaker and trainer nationwide.