Susan Weitzel, M.A.
Susan L. Weitzel is the Director and Principal Investigator of Florida KIDS COUNT, an effort
of the Annie E. Casey Foundation providing external funding to USF for over 20 years.
She has held numerous leadership roles within the KIDS COUNT Network, a national and
state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States and advocate for
improved outcomes for all children and families. Ms. Weitzel provides consultation and
technical assistance to a broad array of public and private organizations. She has served as
the Director of the legislatively designated and funded Center for the Study of Children’s
Futures previously housed within CFS and as Research Associate within the Department of
Epidemiology and Policy Analysis at de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute.
Ms. Weitzel has more than 30 years of research and evaluation experience, with specialty
areas ranging from survey design and analysis to data indicator development. Current
expertise includes demographic applications and design methodologies of data rich
publications. Earlier career experiences include research and assessment of offender
populations, legal and political theory, clinical interventions, behavioral applications with
older adults, and organizational evaluation. She holds a Masters Degree in Criminology.