About the Author

Dr. Susan Rich has worked in the field of prenatal alcohol exposure prevention and treatment since 1993.  Since 1998, Dr. Rich has advocated for inclusion of alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), now is listed under “Specified Other Neurodevelopmental Disorder” [i.e., Neurodevelopmental Disorder associated with Prenatal Alcohol Exposure (ND-PAE].  Her new book, The Silent Epidemic: A Child Psychiatrist’s Journey beyond Death Row (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/TheSilentEpidemic), aims to educate policymakers, educators, physicians, and the lay public about the leading preventable cause of childhood developmental disorders – ND-PAE.

On several occasions, she has served as an expert in a number of criminal cases of individuals with ND-PAE on death row in NC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Tennessee and in juvenile and adult corrections across Maryland.  The most notable of these individuals was Larry Demery, co-defendent in the  the murder of James Jordan (Michael Jordan’s father) in 1994.

She has had the distinction of presenting grand rounds on the topic at teaching hospitals and medical centers in the US and Canada, has written articles and lectured at national and international conferences, and was named Distinguished Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association in 2015.  She is also the 2016 Face of Child and Adolescent Therapy in Washingtonian Magazine, the 2015-16 Potomac Citizen of the Year, recognized by the Consumer Research Council as one of America’s Top Psychiatrists, and received the Patient’s Choice Award annually since 2008 as one of Maryland’s Favorite Physicians.

A native North Carolinian, Dr. Rich graduated magna cum laude in 1989 from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in microbiology and worked in pharmaceutical research for Burroughs Wellcome Company in Research Triangle Park, NC from 1989-94. After reading The Broken Cord by Michael Dorris, Dr. Rich was inspired to pursue a Master of Public Health Degree in health policy and administration from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health from 1993-95 and concurrent training in substance abuse prevention and treatment.  After graduation, she worked for Robeson Health Care Corporation, a consortium of community health centers, as program director and developer for the next two years.  There she helped conceive and develop the programs for Grace Court, a 24-unit transitional housing facility for women in recovery and their dependent children while supervising substance abuse counselors and social workers. Insights in the rural community led her to medical school at the UNC School of Medicine, where she graduated in 2001 with a Doctorate of Medicine.

Dr. Rich relocated to the Washington, DC area for residency training in adult psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center from 2001-04 and subsequently completed a 2 year fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the Children’s National Medical Center 2004-06. She is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both psychiatry and a subspecialty in child/adolescent psychiatry.  She holds medical licenses in the states of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Ten years in private practice in Potomac, MD allowed Dr. Rich to pay off higher education student loans while running a home psychiatric practice and raising two children.  During May 2016, Dr. Rich established a therapeutic farm animal sanctuary on a 6.5 acre property, relocating her home and practice.  She named the farm “Dream Catcher Farm” since she had always wanted to create a therapeutic farm for children with effects of prenatal alcohol exposure.  The sanctuary is home to Therapeutic and Learning Centers, P-LLC and her nonprofit, 7th Generation Foundation, Inc., as well as several pygmy/dwarf goats, chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats and wildlife.

For more information please visit her homepage http://www.susandrich.com

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