Susan H. TerwilligerTerwilliger_Susan

Clinical Associate Professor

AB 316
Decker School of Nursing
Binghamton University
Phone: (607) 777-6252
Fax: (607) 777-4440

Susan Terwilliger is a clinical associate professor at the Decker School of Nursing. She earned her Doctorate in Education at Binghamton University and her Masters in Family Health Nursing with a certificate as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from University of Rochester in 1979.

Research Interests:

  • School based health care
  • Adolescent health
  • Interdisciplinary teams
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Physical activity care for children and youth
  • The Center City Coordination Project

Awards, Honors, and Recognition National:

  • Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society – 1999-present


  • Distinguished Nurse of the Year, District 5, NYSNA – 1998
  • NY-Penn Luminary - 1994


  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, Zeta Iota, Sigma Theta Tau – 2008


Safe, Healthy Attitudes Require Education. A Safe School/Healthy Students Initiative funded by the US Department of Education with BOCES, BU and Lourdes as partners. $5.6 million/year for 4 years, 2009-2013, A multidisciplinary, multiagency project to improve the well-being of children in schools.

Roles: Grant Writer and Nursing Supervisor.

Building Accessible Interdisciplinary Services for Binghamton Families and Children. Funded by Hoyt Foundation. $26,000/year for 2 years, 2008-2010, Studying the effect of placing graduate students in a prominent role in schools.

Roles: Grant Writer and Nursing Supervisor.

Third Graders Walk Across America: Intergenerational Fitness Team. Supported by Community-Based Research Committee of the Penn-York Area, In Kind, 09/01/08-05/01/10,

Study to examine the sharing of health habits among generations in the community.

Role: Co-PI

Working on Wellness Funded by larger grant to WSKG TV, In Kind and $500/year, 09/01/08-05/01/10

Evaluation of the use of pedometers in schools in Broome County schools.

Role: Program Evaluator

Social Work, Education and Nursing: Partnering with Families with Young Children

A multidisciplinary assessment of needs of families with young children in Binghamton, funded by United Way of Broome County, $10,000 , 1/1/06-12/31/06,

Role: Co-assistant PI

Interdisciplinary Research Grant. Funded by the Research Foundation at Binghamton University, $10,000,

Study of collaboration among Social Work, Education and Nursing Faculty, l08/05-08/06,

Role: Co-assistant PI.



Terwilliger, S.H. (2008). A study of children enrolled in a school-based physical activity program with attention to overweight and depression. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY.

Bronstein, L.R. & Terwilliger S. (2007). Collaboration in rural school health. In Conversations in the Disciplines: Rural Populations. Binghamton, NY: Binghamton University.

Gueldner, S.H., Ferrario, J., Pierce, C., Beatty, P., Lacey, F.J., Lacey, L.B., Lesperance, L, Hyatt, J., Srnka-Debnar, F., Terwilliger, S. & Bianco, L. (2007). A community action mandate for oral health in rural populations. Conversations in the Disciplines: Rural Populations. Binghamton, NY: Binghamton University.

Terwilliger, S. H. (1997). My tooth hurts. In Shearer, C. A. Success Stories: How School Health Centers Make a Difference. Washington, DC: National Health and Education Consortium.

Book Chapter:

Gueldner, S.H., Britton, G., & Terwilliger, S. (In press for 2010). Giving Voice to Vulnerable Persons: Rogerian Theory, In Wykle, M. & Gueldner, S. (Eds.), Healthy Aging: Gerontological Education for Nurses and Other Health Care Professionals, Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Gueldner, S.H., Britton, G. & Terwilliger, S. (2007). Giving voice to vulnerable persons: Rogerian Theory. In caring for the vulnerable. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Online CEU's Krause, C., O'Sullivan, A., Terwilliger, S., Nierstedt, N. (2003). Anticipatory Guidance for Positive Youth Development in Adolescents. Continuing education unit for ANA web site


Terwilliger, S.H., Gueldner, S.H., Bronstein, L. (2012), A Preliminary Evaluation of the Well-Being Picture Scale-Children's Version (WPS-CV) in a Sample of Fourth and Fifth Graders, Nursing Science Quarterly, 25(2), pp.160-166.

Bronstein, L.R. Anderson, E., Terwilliger, S.H., Sager, K. (2012), Evaluating a Model of School-Based Health and Social Services: An Interdisciplinary Community-University Collaboration, Children and Schools, 43(3), pp. 155-166.

Terwilliger, S.H. (1996). Healthy bodies, healthy minds. The Executive Educator, 18(5), pp. 27-29.

Terwilliger, S. H. (1994). Early access to health care services through a rural school-based health center. Journal of School Health, 64(7), pp. 284-289.

Terwilliger, S. H. (1994, June/July). My Dad and Doctor Dolittle. Reading Today, p. 20.

Professional Presentations Invited: (month and year)

November 2009 A study of interdisciplinary collaboration in school health. Presentation at the Council on Social Work Education national conference in San Antonio, TX with L. Anderson and L. Bronstein.

November 2009 Intergenerational research in Broome County . Presentation at Community Research Day sponsored by Sigma Theta Tau, Zeta Iota Chapter at Binghamton, NY with L. Anderson and L. Bronstein.

October 2009 School based health centers and interdisciplinary collaboration. Presentation at Joint Superintendent's Day at Vestal, NY.

July 2007 Physical Assessment of common symptoms seen in the school nurses office. Presentation at The Institute for School Nursing. Canandaigua, NY.

October 2006 SWEN Social work, education and nursing: Partnering with families with young children. Presentation at Conversations across the Disciplines: Multidisciplinary Community-Based Inquiry: Uniting Participatory Research with Professional Practice. Owego, NY.

July 2006 Well-Being: Theoretical perspectives, measures, and clinical applications. Presentation at 17th International Nursing Research Congress Focusing on Evidence-Based Practice. Montreal, Canada with S Gueldner, F. Anderson and T. Kim

May 2006 Approaches to providing healthcare for rural children. Eighth Annual Rural HealthCare Symposium. Alexandria, NY.

March 2006 Kid's K-12 Mental health and medications: What to look for, things to do. A Samaritan Forum. Endicott, NY.

October 2004 Collaboration for adolescent health. Paper presented at MCHB all-grantee meeting. Washington, DC with Eva Klein, Esq. and Laurie Emmers, MSSW.

June 2004 Healthy People 2010: How nurses can help adolescents. Paper presented at American Nurses Association Biennial Convention. Minneapolis, MN with Elizabeth Seawyc, PhD.

April 2004 Collaboration in rural schools. Paper presented at Conversations Across the Disciplines: Sustaining Rural Populations. Binghamton, NY with Laura Bronstein, PhD.

June 2003 Natter matters: Important conversations between nurses and teens. Paper presented at National School Nurses Association's Annual Convention in Cincinnati, OH with J. Greshik, MSN.

October 2002 Identification and reporting of child maltreatment. Two hour NYS Mandated course. Mansfield, PA.

June 2002 Who cares: Advocacy for adolescent health. Paper presented at American Nurses Association Biennial Convention in Philadelphia with A. O'Sullivan.

March 2002 Interdisciplinary collaboration. A SUNY Conversations in the Disciplines. Albany, NY with L. Bronstein and J. Kugelmass.

October 2001 Pediatric health issues. Mom's House. Johnson City, NY.

June 2000 Triage in school-based Health Care: What do "frequent visitors" really want. Paper presented and audio-taped at annual National Assembly for School Based Health Care conference in Detroit, MI with Y. Johnston and R. Ciotoli.

June 2000 Improving communications with adolescents. Co-presenter, two hour presentation at annual American Nurses' Association conference in Indianapolis, IN with A. O'Sullivan.

May 2000 Nurturing school age children and their families. One hour presentation at Healthy Mothers and Babies Conference in Syracuse, NY.

Professional Organizations:
Offices Held/ Committee Assignments (year)

American Nurses Association, member, 1990 – present

National Assembly of School-based Health Care, member of Research and Evaluation Committee, 1999-2003, 2009-present

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Associates and Practitioners, member 1985 – present, Representative to School Health Policies and Programs Study, 2004-2006, co-chairperson of Special Interest Group on School-based Health Services, 1990-1995

National Association of School Nurses, member, 1999-2001

National Nursing Coalition for School Health, NAPNAP representative, 1999-2001

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty, member, 2000-present

Local Organizations:

District 5 NYSNA, member, 1998-present

NAPNAP Rochester Chapter, member, 2000-present

New York State Coalition of Nurse Practitioners, member, 2006-present

Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, member, 1990 – present

Zeta Iota, Sigma Theta Tau, member, 1999-present

Last Updated: 2/24/14