Susan Howard is a co-founder of Howard-Delafield International (HDI) and a behavioral scientist, educator, and innovator who teaches, mentors, and creates at the nexus of academia, industry, and entrepreneurship. She combines theories from the behavioral and social sciences with best practices from game-based learning technologies, human-centered design, social marketing, and business innovations to design solutions that address pressing health and environmental issues, both globally and locally.
In her leadership role at HDI, Susan has secured and managed over $20 million in funding to globally design and implement programs and projects that embody a systems-approach to problem-solving, including leveraging the link between mobile access, direct-to-consumer innovations and adolescent reproductive health; highlighting the connection between environmental change and infectious diseases through game-based learning; creating markets and income generation for fuel-efficient stoves, safe-birthing kits and and family planning products; ensuring integration of nutrition and agriculture in infant and young child feeding practices, and the engagement of men to reduce stunting; incorporating market-based approaches to family planning and reproductive health including social franchising and microenterprises; and capitalizing on consumer insights to mobilize health access and product uptake.
Currently, Susan is producing and managing several game design and development projects to effect behavior change in global health and the environment, and is the Project Director of Game of Choice, Not Chance, a USAID-funded, Direct-to-Consumer program developing serious games for adolescents in India.
She brings real-world experience into the classroom as an Assistant Professor in the School of Integrative Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University. She has been recognized for outstanding teaching and service as a recipient of multiple awards.
The daughter of Indian immigrants, Susan received her Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a dual specialization in Health Systems and Global Health, and her PhD with a research interest in the applications of game-based learning in One Health in the Environmental Science and Policy Department of George Mason University. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Wesleyan University.
Complementing Susan’s academic background and professional experience, is her commitment to service that includes her active volunteer involvement with the National Park Service, where she earned recognition through the 2016 NPS Centennial Service Award. An avid outdoors person, she enjoys hiking, biking, and ocean kayaking. Susan also is an amateur painter and supports artists both locally and internationally.