David Susman, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in Psychology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, where he serves as Director of the Jesse G. Harris, Jr. Psychological Services Center, the training clinic for the clinical psychology doctoral program, and as Director of the University of Kentucky Internship Consortium, a pre-doctoral health service psychology internship program.
After growing up in the rural Appalachian region of southwestern Virginia, Dr. Susman received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia, a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Marshall University, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Kentucky.
For over 24 years, Dr. Susman worked at Eastern State Hospital, a public psychiatric hospital in Lexington, KY. While there, he was Psychological Services Director and the founding Director of the hospital’s Recovery Mall, an award-winning program providing inpatient recovery and rehabilitation services to adults with serious mental illness and substance abuse.
Dr. Susman is a former President of the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) and currently represents Kentucky on the Council of Representatives of the American Psychological Association. He has been active in mental health advocacy initiatives at the state and Federal levels, and received the KPA Schuster Advocacy Award in 2008. He is an ardent supporter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and received the 2015 NAMI Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lexington, KY chapter.
Dr. Susman authors a mental health and wellness blog at davidsusman.com.