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Susan Stuntzner


Assistant Professor
Rehabilitation Counseling and Human Services
University of Idaho – Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Email: wisconsinwn@gmail.com
Phone: (208) 391-3805

Susan Stuntzner obtained her undergraduate degree in elementary education from Linfield College (1988). Since then, she worked in the field of education followed by the receipt of her master’s degree in counseling / rehabilitation counseling from Portland State University (1997). During her graduate studies, she became interested in how people cope with disability and the experiences of persons with disabilities. Following graduation, she worked for a non-profit rehabilitation agency in several capacities including that of vocational evaluator and program supervisor, and later as a rehabilitation counselor. She went on to obtain her doctoral degree in rehabilitation psychology from University of Wisconsin – Madison (2007) where she began to explore approaches and interventions persons with disabilities may use to cope better following disability.

During the final years of her graduate training, she became particularly interested in forgiveness as a means to help persons with disabilities cope. Since then, she has expanded her research, teaching, presenting, and writing to include resilience, positive coping following disability, self-compassion and compassion, as well as forgiveness. Much of her work is related to the realm of helping people understand the experience of disability and to improve personal functioning and coping processes following disability.

Susan has written three books pertaining to coping, adaptation, and resilience following disability. Two of her books currently published are Living with a Disability: Finding Peace Amidst the Storm and Reflections from the Past: Life Lessons for Better Living. Her third book entitled, Resiliency and Coping: The Family After is currently in press. These books are for both professionals working with persons with disabilities and for individuals and their families dealing with a disability. She has also developed a resilience-based intervention to help persons with disabilities develop resilience skills. Presently, she is pilot-testing this intervention and hopes to have it available for professionals, scholars, and the public in the latter part of 2015.

Susan has been interviewed on a number of occasions on topics related to disability. Two of these interviews are listed below:

September 13, 2012, She was interviewed by Donna Emert following the release of her first book. The article was posted in the Coeur d’Alene Press. “Person with a Disability: New Book Teaches that All the Other Complicating Adjectives of Personhood Still Apply”.


May 2014, she was interviewed by Peace Talks Radio to share with listeners her views of “How Persons with Disabilities Can Make Peace with Others and Society.” The interview with Peace Talk Radio can be found at the following links:



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