Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP
Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
Susan Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, is the director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program at Shepherd Center. Susan launched the hospital's brain injury program. Today, she is responsible for the inpatient brain injury and stroke units, residential living, day program and outpatient program, and the SHARE Military Initiative. Susan serves to facilitate effective communication between staff and patients and/or patient family members to ensure quality care and rehabilitation outcomes. She plans to retire in summer 2019 after 21 years at Shepherd Center, and will stay until that time to assist with the transition of the new director, Katie Metzger, who joined the staff in May 2019.
Before joining Shepherd Center in 1998, Susan held numerous leadership roles at other healthcare organizations, including inpatient program manager for North Fulton Regional Hospital, rehabilitation manager for Scottish Rite Children’s Medical Center where she helped develop their inpatient brain injury program and services, community re-entry coordinator for the Atlanta Rehabilitation Institute, where she developed the first community re-entry day program in the state, and a speech language pathologist for Saint Anthony’s Hospital and Charlotte Rehabilitation Hospital.
Susan is well-respected in the healthcare community, having contributed to more than 70 presentations on brain injuries, rehabilitation techniques and family education materials. Susan has received many awards for her contributions to the healthcare community. She participated in the development of the new brain injury CARF standards, as well as sits on the ACRM DOC-BISG Committee and chairs the DOC Family Education Committee.
In 1991, Susan received the Professional Service Award from the Brain Injury Association of Georgia (BIAG) Professional Council. In 1992 and 1993, Susan received the Appreciation Award for Outstanding Contributions and Services for BIAG. Then, in 1997, Susan received the Appreciation Award for Outstanding Services and Dedication from Renaissance Rehabilitation Services. In 1998, she received the Volunteer Award from the city of Alpharetta. Susan has been a strong advocate for people with brain injuries and their families. She has served as a committee member on the National Brain Injury Association of America, Chaired National and Region al Brain Injury Conferences. Susan was the Chair of the Brain Injury Association of Georgia and advocated for the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund in Georgia. She was the vice president of the Trust Fund and the Statewide Advisory Committee chair for many years where Susan still sits on that committee
Susan received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Florida, after which she earned a master’s degree in speech language pathology from the University of Tennessee. Susan is married to Mark Johnson, who is Shepherd Center's director of advocacy. She and Mark have one child, who is married and works as a lead instructor and developer for personalized teaching for the State of South Carolina. Susan's hobbies include sailing, boating, working out and having fun.