Suzanne primarily works with individuals who struggle with issues of grief and loss, anxiety, depression, misuse of drugs and alcohol or relationship stressors. Recently, she began a men’s therapy group at The Wright Center for Community Health Ryan White Clinic, with the goal of promoting and encouraging a supportive environment to foster meaningful conversations around what it means to live with highly stigmatized diseases. Suzanne has also played a key role in establishing the behavioral health service line at The Wright Center for Community Health’s School-Based Practices. In her daily practice, she works closely with other community medical and social support organizations including the Women’s Resource Center, the Outreach Center for Community Resources (formerly the Employment Opportunity Training Center ), the United Way, Scranton Counseling Center, Geisinger Marworth Drug and Alcohol Services, school districts and Lackawanna Pro Bono.
Suzanne grew up in Rockland County, New York. She was inspired to go into social work by her uncle, Monsignor Robert A. Ford, who worked for over 62 years in community program development for behavioral health and substance abuse treatment in New York City. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music therapy from Marywood University and her master’s degree in social work from Widener University. Her prior experience in the field includes inpatient and outpatient psychiatric hospitalization and care at Delaware Hospice.
For the past 23 years, Suzanne has lived in Dunmore with her husband, John “Jack” McGrath. They have five children. In her free time, Suzanne enjoys supporting her children at sporting events and other extracurricular activities, running half-marathons, sewing and interior decorating. She has also been a member of the same book club for 22 years. An active volunteer, Suzanne serves with the Scranton Mentors Actively Reaching Teens (SMART) Program at The University of Scranton in honor of her late friend, Meg-Cullen Brown. She also does fundraising for Scranton Preparatory School, St. Paul’s Church and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.