Books by Dr. Susan Feneck

Articles by Dr. Susan Feneck

Understanding Delinquency and Helpful Hints to Parents

What juvenile justice means to you and how to avoid what could potentially be a very difficult experience most often depends on if you are properly informed or not. You shouldn’t be left to feel like you are the one behi . . .

Some insight on Mental Health in the Juvenile Justice System

Understanding the juvenile justice system can be at times complicated and frustrating especially to the parent or guardian of their child. It is imperative that you know who is involved in your child’s case, it will make . . .

Understanding Risks Factors Your Child May Be Displaying That Could Lead To Delinquency

When we think of Juvenile Delinquency, the causes of juvenile delinquency and some of the help available to youth and their families, sometimes it can be so overwhelming that there may seem like there is no hope at all. . . .

Dr. Susan Feneck's Bio


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 the University of Sarasota, 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 at the Erie County Youth Detention Facility, Dr. Feneck relocated to Dubai after being chosen from applicants around the globe to serve as Special Assistant to the President of The American University in Dubai (AUD), Dr. Lance de Masi, 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.

​Upon her return from Dubai, Dr. Feneck introduced and launched her screenplay; Jumpsuit Shackle, a screenplay focusing upon the treatment of at risk youth in the Juvenile Justice System. She has continued to be devoted to an advocate for the juvenile justice system.

Dr. Feneck has been nominated to join prestigious affiliations such as The American Business Council, Presidents Club (Dubai & the Northern Emirates), Leadership Buffalo, and the Juvenile Detention Association (JDA). She currently works for a Psychiatric Urgent Facility where she provides the homeless and the mentally disabled with support services.