David Susman PhD

Patient Leader

I’m a clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, college professor, husband, and father. My home base is my mental health and wellness blog at davidsusman.com. My primary focus is on mental health, wellness and recovery from mental illness and addiction. My goal is to provide proven, science-based information and resources to offer support, hope and encouragement to persons in recovery and to those who care about them. My other primary focus is mental health advocacy. I believe that by getting better informed and more involved in advocacy, we can all help make a difference to reduce stigma and to promote better mental health programs and services. I also feature inspirational “Stories of Hope,” a series of interviews with people who have dealt with mental health challenges and share the lessons they have learned through their journey.


Lexington, KY


Health Activist Hero


Best in Show: Blog

Excellent posts that are enlightening and helpful.  — Bethany

David has done amazing work with his Stories of Hope project that is featured on his blog. All his selected candidates bring new hope to so many others dealing with various forms of mental illness and continues to strive to help more each day. By day or by night, David is trying to help as much as he can.  — Christina

Dr. Susman's blog balances professional wisdom and provider experience. He also uses this blog to elevate voices of those with lived experience and to actively discuss mental health recovery. His well-spoken manner and knowledge are flawlessy translated into his blog. He is a stigma fighter deserving of high praise.  — Marcie

David Susman PhD

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