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Elizabeth Susman, Ph.D


College of Health and Human Development
The Pennsylvania State University
314 Health and Human Development East
University Park, PA 16802
Office:(814) 863-2281
FAX:  (814) 863-7525

Elizabeth J. Susman


Elizabeth J. Susman, is the Jean Phillips Shibley Professor of Biobehavioral Health in the Department of Biobehavioral Health, at The Pennsylvania State University.  Dr. Susman  received a Ph.D. in Human Development and did a postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Psychology at the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Cancer Institute.  Her research program integrates behavioral endocrinology and developmental psychology.  The research is based on theories that consider the integration of biological, psychological and contextual aspects of development during childhood and adolescence.   Dr. Susman’s research  focuses on how neuroendocrine changes are related to changes in emotions and antisocial behavior during reproductive transitions. Current research focuses on puberty, circadian variations in adrenal androgens and sex steroids and antisocial behavior and leptin in late childhood and early adolescence.

            Dr. Susman was selected as the Golden Key Outstanding Faculty of the year at Penn State in 1999.  She also was selected in 1990 as a Panhellenic Outstanding Woman Faculty at Penn State.  The prestigious Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Research Award was given to Dr. Susman in 1994. 

             Dr. Susman’s research is published in biomedical and psychological journals.  The research has been funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Mental Health, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, National Institute of Justice, William T. Grant Foundation and Johnson & Johnson Company.  Dr. Susman has served on multiple research and health policy-related national committees that include a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Development Conference on Glucocorticoids and Fetal Maturation, NIH Expert Priority Panel on Health on Youth, Institute of Medicine Panel on Innovations in Mental Health and Puberty, Steering Committee for Health Futures II, a Bureau of Maternal and Child Health initiative to plan an agenda for research and health policy for youth in the 21st century, an NIMH Task Force on Externalizing Behaviors, and is a member of the NICHD Day Care Study Steering committee. Dr. Susman was co-editor of the Journal of Research on Adolescence and has been a consulting editor for numerous scientific journals.  She has been and continues to be a member of National Institute of Health review groups and spent sabbatical leaves at Harvard School of Public Health, Stockholm University, and Louis Pasteur University.  Dr. Susman is President of the Society for Research on Adolescents (2004-2006).


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