About

SuEllen Hamkins, MD, is a psychiatrist and author. Her passion is helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of difficulties and has centered on three main areas: narrative psychiatry, college student mental health and mother-daughter relationships. She is Assistant Director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Hamkins regularly presents her work at professional conferences and for parents.

Her latest book, The Art of Narrative Psychiatry (Oxford University Press, 2013) brings narrative psychiatry alive through vivid case reports and offers detailed guidance in strengths-based, collaborative practices.

From 1997 through 2007, she co-created The Mother-Daughter Project, a grassroots initiative that explored how to best support the wellbeing of adolescent girls, mothers, and mother-daughter relationships, co-authoring the resulting book, The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds, and Thrive Through Adolescence (Penguin, 2007). Mother-daughter groups based on the model she helped develop have formed throughout the world. SuEllen lives with her family in western Massachusetts, where they love to swim outdoors, cross-country ski, dance, cook and lie around the living room, reading.

Publications

Books

 

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The Art of Narrative Psychiatry

By SuEllen Hamkins
New York: Oxford Universty Press, 2013.

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The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence

By SuEllen Hamkins and Renée Schultz
New York: Hudson Street Press, Penguin Group, 2007, and Plume Press (paperback),
Penguin Group, 2008.

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Book Chapter: “Narrative Psychiatry”
Outside In/Inside Out: Creative Positions in Adult Mental Health,
edited by Patridge, K. and McNab, S.
London: Karnac Books, in press 2011.

Articles

Bringing Narrative Practices to Psychopharmacology.
Hamkins, SuEllen. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 2010.

Celebrating Our Daughters’ Relationships With Others.
Hamkins, SuEllen and Renée Schultz.
The Huffington Post. Posted April 7, 2007.

Introducing Narrative Psychiatry: Narrative approaches to initial psychiatric consultations
Hamkins, SuEllen.  The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 1 (2004), 5 – 17.

The Mother-Daughter Project: Co-creating pro-girl, pro-mother culture through adolescence and beyond . . . the construction and deconstruction of mother-daughter discourses. Hamkins, SuEllen, Renee Schultz, Tiama Hamkins-Indik, Frances Hamkins-Indik and Mia Schultz-Baer.  The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 4 (2003), 3 – 19.

Media Appearances

Web

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Parenting expert,
Kids In The House, 2012 – present.

SuEllen Hamkin At the Dulwich Centre

Presenter, “Narrative Psychiatry,”
Dulwich Centre Friday afternoons video series, November 2013.

Television

Guest,
NBC’s Today show,
April 6, 2007, live on-air interview with Ann Curry
and taped segment featuring The Mother-Daughter Project.

Documentary Film

Featured expert,
The Making of Heroic Girlz,
a documentary on adolescent girls’ development,
directed, edited and produced by Cindy L. Parrish.
www.heroicgirlz.com

Radio

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Featured spokesperson,
The Mother-Daughter Project,
Morning Edition, National Public Radio, August 2, 2007.

Presentation Highlights

 An Update from The Mother-Daughter Project.  Keynote Address, presented at the Strong Girls Conference, Belfast, ME, November 1, 2013.

 The Narrative Psychiatry Toolkit.  Workshop, presented at the American Psychiatric Association Institute on Psychiatric Services, Philadelphia, PA, October 12, 2013.

 Promoting Strengths-based Treatment at Your College Counseling Service.  Workshop, co-presented with Josh Relin, Psy.D., at the American College Health Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, June 2, 2013.

 The Art of Narrative Psychiatry. Co-presented with Bradley Lewis, MD, PhD, at American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, May 6, 2012.

Heroic Girlz.
Film and Panel Discussion on Adolescent Girls, Parallel Events, 53rd Session of the Commission of the Status of Women,
United Nations, March 6, 2009.

Helping mothers, daughters and their relationships thrive through adolescence.
Daylong workshop.
The Family Institute of Cambridge, May 25, 2007.

Narrative Psychiatry: Celebrating success in resisting mental health challenges.
Daylong workshop.
The Family Institute of Cambridge, February 16, 2007.

Narrative informed psychiatry.
International summer school of narrative practice, Dulwich Centre,
Adelaide, Australia, November 20, 2004.

The Mother-Daughter Project. Keynote address.
International summer school of narrative practice,
Dulwich Centre,
Adelaide, Australia, November 19, 2004.

The Mother-Daughter Project: Co-creating pro-girl, pro-mother culture through adolescence and beyond; the construction and deconstruction of mother-daughter discourses.
Presented with Renée Schultz and Shoshana Sokoloff
at the International Conference of Narrative Therapy and Community Work,
Oaxaca, Mexico, July, 2004.

About SuEllen Hamkins

SuEllen Hamkins, MD, is a psychiatrist and author.

Her work has focused on three main themes: narrative psychiatry, college student mental health and mother-daughter relationships.

She has published several articles and led workshops about narrative psychiatry and is co-author of the book, The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds, and Thrive Through Adolescence (Penguin, 2007).

She is Assistant Director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, serving the students, faculty and staff of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.