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.
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