President & Founder

Susan J. Auger, PhD, MSW, MA

 "We must be the change that we wish to see in the world."

                         Mahatma Gandhi 

Dr. Auger is a management consultant, researcher, social entrepreneur, and writer. She has dedicated her career to promoting the health and well-being of women, families, and communities. 

Through social work training, clinical experience in substance abuse and domestic violence, and a diverse education in philosophy, business, and law, Susan has developed a deep insight into dynamics that impact relationships and communication in the workplace and at home. Her experience working across sectors also gives her a unique perspective on health in human and organizational systems.  


As a former North Carolina State Training Coordinator for women's health, Susan became aware of the challenges faced by Latinos in the United States and health professionals who serve them. Now, through Auger Communications and in collaboration with her partners, Susan develops innovative, culturally appropriate programs and materials to strengthen bridges between Latino communities and healthcare systems. She has pioneered the development of the Teach-With-Stories Method™ over two decades through community-based participatory research. 

Dr. Auger was selected as a participant in the NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Scholar program. She has served as a consultant on research projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Addiction, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Duke Endowment, and the World Health Organization, performing qualitative research and providing guidance to state, national, and international advisory boards. 

Awards and Honors

  • Human and Organizational Development Scholarship for Dissertation Research, Fielding Graduate University
  • Institute for Social Innovation Scholar at Fielding Graduate University
  • The De Madre A Madre photonovels and Teach-with-Stories Method™ program was included in the Center for Health Care Strategies' Toolkit for Reducing Health Disparities. 
  • Ludwig Boltzmann-Institute for the Sociology of Health and Medicine at the University of Vienna, Austria recognized the De Madre A Madre photonovels and Teach-with-Stories Method™ as an international ‘best practice’ model in prenatal care.
  • N.C. Perinatal Association “Baby Bootie” Award for service to N.C. mothers and babies.

Research & Teaching Interests

  • Health Equity/Health Disparities
  • Health Literacy
  • Healthcare System Transformation
  • Implementation Research
  • Indigenous Methodologies
  • Life Course Perspective/Developmental Science
  • Maternal & Child Health
  • Participatory approaches to research, education, and grassroots advocacy
  • Prevention/Integrated Behavioral Health/Recovery
  • Resilience: Individual and Community  
  • Role of lay educators and group models in healthcare and community settings
  • Trauma-informed Interventions


PhD, Human & Organizational Systems 

MA, Human Development  

Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA 

MSW, Family & Child Health/Substance Abuse 

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC 

CSS, Business Administration & Management 

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 

BA, Philosophy, cum laude, minor, Human Resources 

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA