Susan Brasher is an Assistant Professor at Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
Dr. Brasher is an internationally recognized expert in Pediatrics, known for her work with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Her contributions impact patients across the lifespan from reducing barriers to ASD diagnosis and treatment to improving outcomes in transition-age youth. She is an appointed Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) ambassador and has successfully led several PCORI awards. She works closely with community members and research teams to address health disparities via patient-centered solutions. As one of few doctorally prepared nurses specializing in ASD, she is recognized as a pioneer in the field for her advocacy and successful history of leading ASD grants. Her work has made an impact nationally and internationally at over 50 conferences.
Dr. Brasher’s dedication to healthy childhood development also extends to her work in Talk With Me Baby, a national initiative to train families, nurses, and other professions on the importance of engaging with infants socially, emotionally, and linguistically to enhance development. Her contributions can also be seen in her work with the Centers for Disease Control and Association for Prevention Teaching Research to shape national immunization teaching standards for prelicensure nursing programs. Through this collaboration, she has helped develop several tools to ensure a future nursing workforce that supports healthy childhood development.
Dr. Brasher completed her BSN and MSN at the University of Central Florida. She earned her PhD in Nursing from the University of Florida.