In addition, Susan has built a career in mental health advocacy. She is a sought-after speaker, giving presentations about real-life challenges that bridge the fields of neuroscience, mental health and human development. She has presented at state and national conferences (NAMI, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, Women’s Mental Health Symposium). She has also spoken at professional organizations (American Psychiatric Association, Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia Research in Davos), advocacy groups, universities (Boston University School of Public Health, UT Southwestern, Tulane), and government agencies (Departments of Health and Human Services and Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services). Her presentations to educators, psychologists, psychiatrists and other health and mental health professionals have been called “memorable and masterful,” “inspirational,” “emotionally powerful,” and “filled with style and grace, wit and compassion.”
A deeply personal connection
Previous to returning to graduate school for the Harvard program in 2012, Susan was a successful documentary producer. She went public with her own personal story as told in the acclaimed PBS film Out of the Shadow. An intimate portrait of her mother’s battle with schizophrenia, it is also a moving chronicle of Susan and her sister as at-risk children enduring chronic adversity. The film is now widely used to train therapists, physicians, psychiatric nurses, social workers, public health and other allied mental health professionals.
These experiences as well as Susan’s success with neurofeedback training for her own healing, are what drive her work to help people of all ages – from toddlers the seniors – by using neurofeedback. This also drives her passion in educating the public about its efficacy.
Susan received her B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a double major in Biology and English Literature and a minor in Psychology, and her Ed.M. from Harvard University.