Susan moved to Lordship in 1997, and immediately realized that this little waterfront community was paradise!
As the Assistant VicePresident/Director of Counseling & Psychological Services at Fairfield University, she oversees the Student Health Center, Counseling & Psychological Services, the University’s Substance Abuse Treatment Programs, and the Office of Disability Services.
Dr. Birge is an adjunct professor in mental health counseling at the graduate level at both Fairfield University and University of Bridgeport. She also maintains a private psychotherapy practice.
She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, a Masters in Counseling, and is certified as a Red Cross Mental Health Disaster Responder.
A former Woman of the Year in Stratford, she was awarded the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy (Lauralton Hall) Claven Award in 2011. She was also selected for membership of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, and as an Outstanding Young Woman of America.
Dr. Birge's community service includes chairperson for several organizations and events, including the Town of Stratford Ethics Commission, its 350th Anniversary Celebration, and its Youth Advisory Board, and Co-Chairperson of Sterling House Community Center Centennial Celebration.
In addition, she has served on the Stratford Historic District Study Committee, Stratford Citizen’s Coalition for the Homeless, Stratford Junior Women’s Club, Stratford Historical Society, and the Stratford Library Association (founder of “Books to the Homebound”). She has also served on the Boards of Mountainside Treatment Center, Emerge (transitional housing for victims of domestic violence) and Union Cemetery Association.
On December 17, 2015, Susan was honored as Fairfield University's Person of the Year.