Susan Magsamen

Susan Magsamen

Director of Interdisciplinary Partnerships
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Brain Science Institute

Susan Magsamen is the director of Interdisciplinary Partnerships at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Brain Science Institute, working across the university to collaborate on programs that bring evidence-based brain science knowledge and practice to a range of communities. She is also the founder/CEO of Curiosityville (, an online learning world for young children and their families that helps kids develop essential skills for school and life in the 21st century. In addition, Susan serves as the president of the Ultimate Block Party (, a national, community-based movement to raise awareness about the learning benefits of play, and as the publisher of LearnNow.

Author of seven books for families, Susan recently published with National Geographic The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders. Her books have earned many national awards and been called “a beautiful celebration of family life,” empowering parents and children to connect—with each other, with other families, and with the world around them. Previously, Susan founded FamilyStories, a collection of books and resources for families, and Curiosity Kits, a supplemental learning company creating multi-sensory learning activities for children. She was the chair of the Wondertime magazine Editorial Advisory Council, a national child development magazine for families that shares relevant research in practical ways, and serves on a number of boards for non-profit organizations.

Susan’s approach to creating enriching learning environments at home, after-school and in the community combines interdisciplinary, evidence-based research with practical, applicable ideas and programs. She regularly brings together scientists, educators, parents, psychologists, advocates, policymakers, educational media and others to share their perspectives on topics that matter, including education, family life, careers and more. Then, through a series of communications platforms—from books to videos, radio to speaker series—Susan brings this knowledge, insight and ideas to those who need it to inform, inspire and educate.

Susan and her husband, Rick Huganir, professor and director of the Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, live in an old, converted mill with their gentle, loving lab dog and cat. Their four children are all amazingly creative, including Nikki, a graphic designer; Sam, a composer and musician; Adam, a self-described renaissance and gadget guy; and Ben, a creative writer, musician, athlete and college student.