Dr. Susan Feneck – Juvenile Justice Impact 

Dr. Susan Feneck began her scholastic journey at Auburn Community College earning an A.A.S degree in Business Administration.  She continued her education at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY where she earned a BA in Communication Studies and a MS in Counseling and Human Services. Dr. Feneck went on to earn her Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology at Argosy University, completing her dissertation on at risk youth.  

Upon graduation, Dr. Feneck was selected as the Child Psychologist at the Erie County Department of Forensic Mental Health where she served for seven years. During this time, she also served as an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College in the Department of Counseling and Human Services.  Concurrently, Dr. Feneck founded an internship program at the college through which students from the same department were allowed to work alongside her and thus gain real world experience as a Child Psychologist at the secure youth detention facility.  

While at the Erie County Youth Detention Facility, her roles and responsibilities ranged from court ordered mental health evaluations and treatment plans for juvenile delinquents, juvenile offenders, children in foster care and group homes. Dr. Feneck worked closely with all those associated with each case. With the support of the Giambra Administration, she was a pioneer in making substantial changes as well as facilitating the passage of numerous county and state wide initiatives. After serving in the capacity as a child psychologist at the Erie County department of Forensic Mental Health, Dr. Feneck relocated to Dubai after being chosen from applicants around the globe to serve as Special Assistant to the President at the American University in Dubai (AUD) for an exclusive three year term.  During her tenure, she served on the Executive Committee for the reaffirmation and recertification of the university as well strategic planning for quality enhancement of the university. Dr. Feneck was nominated to be affiliated with the American Business Council of Dubai and the Northern Emirates in the President’s Club.