Health communication, nonverbal communication and performance
Suzie joined the GMU Department of Communication as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and PhD student in 2011. In addition to teaching interpersonal communication, she researches strategic and health communication across the lifespan, with a specific focus on global and community health. Her current research centers around designing lifespan-based interventions that seek to address the adverse physiological and psychosocial health effects of sedentarism by promoting daily (non-exercise) activity. She also researches the role that biopsychosocial (mind/body) health plays in communication competence.
Prior to becoming a Health Communication scholar at GMU, Suzie had a 20-year career free-lancing in the performing arts, wellness, and education fields while serving on the adjunct faculties of the College of Charleston, St. Louis University, American University, and Northern Virginia Community College. As a continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise, the Yoga Alliance, and the Pilates Method Alliance, she has consulted and presented workshops internationally for corporate wellness programs, trade conferences and associations, school districts, and a variety of health club chains and boutique studios. She has also had a successful performance career, with acting, dance, directing and choreography credits in film, television and the regional theatre.
Globally, she serves on the board of the International Association for School Yoga and Mindfulness, and as a correspondent for the International Network for the Arts and Business. Locally, she has been an active Fairfax County, VA citizen since 2002. She was honored to serve on the original board of directors of the Lorton Arts Foundation, and was part of the team that originally envisioned what is now a world-class arts center. Suzie regularly volunteers at her children’s and neighboring schools, and in 2003, her volunteer efforts were honored by a U.S. President Award for Voluntarism in Schools. She has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World since 2006.
Suzie earned her BA in Communication Arts/Theatre from Allegheny College; her MFA in Theatre and Arts Management from the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the University of Alabama; and her MEd in Health and Kinesiology from the University of Texas at Tyler.
What people may not know about “Prof. C,” is that she has led yoga classes, workshops and wellness retreats in Taiwan, Curacao, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and throughout the United States, including the White House Athletic Center.