Ross, Dr. Susan L

Ross, Dr. Susan L

Assistant Professor
Coordinator Recreation Therapy
Coordinator Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Health Science & Recreation Department




Preferred: (408) 924-3007 (email is preferred)

Office Hours

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  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2008
  • Master of Science, 1996

Licenses and Certificates

Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist - CTRS 

Recreation Therapist Certified - RTC


Suzy Ross is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Recreation Therapy and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Her primary research examines the underlying archetypal pattern of personal transformation which is the subject of her forthcoming book, "The Map to Wholeness: Finding Yourself through Crisis, Change, and Reinvention." Of her accomplishments, most significant include being awarded Educator of the Year by the California Parks and Recreation, Recreation Therapy section, granted the SJSU Service-learning and Community Engagement award, and chosen to be a President's Global Studies fellow. As a consultant she provides support to healthcare agencies and to individuals in private practice. As a therapist, she specializes in the treatment of women survivors of sexual trauma, post-traumatic stress, veterans, and adventure therapy. In partnership with indigenous elders, Dr. Ross leads study abroad to ancient Peruvian Inka sites to facilitate both Recreation Therapy and the recovery of indigenous wisdom through sacred play. Suzy lives close to the ocean and loves to be immersed in nature.