Dr. Susan Weitzman

February 16, 2008 11:21:55 AM PST
Susan Weitzman, Ph.D., LCSW, visits ABC7 Chicago to discuss the NIU shootings.GUEST BIO:

Weitzman practices psychotherapy in Chicago, working with individuals, couples and groups, and also does litigation consultation and expert witness work. She is a weekly expert/contributor on the Morning News show at WSBT-TV, a CBS station-affiliate, where she offers expert commentary on current issues and mental health perspectives, especially related to daily living and family life.

Formerly on the clinical staff for twelve years at the University of Chicago's Department of Outpatient Adult Psychiatry, Dr. Weitzman has specialized in, treated, and researched the topics of attachment and separation, grieving, addictive and abusive relationships and domestic abuse. She lectures and conducts workshops nationally, and has been the keynote speaker at such prestigious organizations as The World Bank Volunteer Services in Washington, D.C., the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, the Christian Theological Seminary, the Domestic Violence Network of Greater Indianapolis, the Thai Nurses' Association, and the American Studies Association.

Dr. Weitzman has spent the last decade researching a heretofore unnoticed and under-served population, battered women who are from upper-educated and of upper-income sectors of our population. This research resulted in her groundbreaking work, "Not to People like Us: Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages" (Basic Books, 2000). She is the founder and President of The Weitzman Center, a not for profit organization devoted to increasing awareness about upscale domestic abuse and educating professionals who work with these women.

Dr. Weitzman has been featured on 20/20, Oprah, the Sally Jesse Raphael Show, 48 Hours, Fox News, and National Public Radio's Diane Rehm Show. Her work was the focus of articles in People magazine, Chicago magazine, Self magazine, The New York Post, The Chicago Tribune, Publishers' Weekly, The New Orleans Times-Picayune, San Francisco's Diablo magazine, Chicago's Northshore magazine and Jewish Woman International's journal.

Dr. Weitzman was chosen Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers Illinois Chapter in 2002; won the Community Awareness Award in 2001 given by Rainbow House and Kraft Foods; and was nominated in 2000 for inclusion in the annual Today's Chicago Woman Magazine poll of 100 Women Making a Difference.

Susan Weitzman, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

The Weitzman Center

203 No. Wabash Avenue, Suite #2000

Chicago, Illinois 60601