Lise Van Susteren

Board Certified: General and Forensic Psychiatry
Private Practice

Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a practicing general and forensic psychiatrist in Washington, D.C., is an expert on the physical and mental health effects of climate change. In 2011, she co-authored “The Psychological Effects of Climate Warming on the U.S. – Why the U.S. Mental Health System Is Not Prepared,” and “Emotional Inflammation” (available in early 2020). Dr. Van Susteren has served as a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University and has been a consultant to the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government profiling world leaders. After receiving her medical degree from the University of Paris, she practiced medicine in West Africa, and at community health centers and homeless shelters in metropolitan Washington D.C. In addition to community organizing on climate issues, Dr. Van Susteren serves on the Boards of Physicians for Social Responsibility and Earth Day Network, and is a co-founder of “Climate Psychiatry Alliance,” a professional group dedicated to promoting awareness and action on climate from a mental health perspective. She is a frequent contributor on television and radio, and in print media. In 2006, Dr. Van Susteren sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate from Maryland.

Session: Compassion Fatigue: The Extensive Cost of Caring

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