Center for Counseling and Psychological Health
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
111 Thatcher Road
Amherst, MA 01003
University of Wisconsin Medical School M.D. 1987
Honors: Alpha Omega Alpha (medical honor society), Middleton Award for superior academic achievement and clinical excellence, Medical Society of Wisconsin Award for embodying the values of the complete physician.
Cornell University B.A. 1982
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
POST- GRADUATE TRAINING
Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Medical-surgical internship, 1988.
Case Western Reserve Medical School, Residency Training in Psychiatry, 1988 – 1990.
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Residency Training in Psychiatry, 1991 – 1992, specialization in psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.
Family Institute of New Jersey, Advanced Family Therapy Training, Three-year Certificate Program, directed by Monica McGoldrick, 1990 – 1993.
The Family Institute of Cambridge, Intensive Program in Narrative Psychotherapy, September 1998 – March 1999.
- Assistant Director, Psychiatric Services, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, July 2010 – present
Responsibilities: Offering psychiatric consultation and treatment for students and staff at UMass, responding to psychiatric crises, collaborating with psychotherapists and primary care physicians, supervising psychiatric clinical nurse specialists, teaching staff and trainees, creating outreach programs for the campus community and serving on an administrative team in creating our center’s policies and procedures.
- Private Practice in Psychotherapy and Psychiatry, Northampton, MA 2006 – 2010
Responsibilities: Providing psychiatric assessment, psychotherapy and medication treatment of patients facing a wide range of mental health challenges, with a specialization in young adults; coordinating care with psychotherapists in the community; providing crisis intervention; arranging for hospitalizations and coordinating care while hospitalized; and collaborating with primary care providers.
- Psychiatrist, Westfield State College Counseling Service, 2003 – 2010
Responsibilities: Providing psychiatric assessment and treatment of students facing a wide range of mental health and substance use challenges; providing medication treatment of students in collaboration with clinicians providing psychotherapy; arranging for hospitalization and follow-up care of students; providing emergency consultation and intervention for students in crisis or at high risk; providing clinical consultation to the counseling service director and staff; and offering trainings for clinical staff and social work interns.
- The Carson Center, Westfield, MA, Staff Psychiatrist 1993–94 and 1999 – 2010
Responsibilities: Providing psychiatric assessment and treatment of community members facing a full range of mental health and substance use challenges, with specialization in college students and young adults; providing pharmacologic treatment in collaboration with clinicians providing psychotherapy; providing twenty-four hour emergency consultation and intervention for clinic patients and community members, in collaboration with the Westfield Area Psychiatric Crisis Service; coordinating care with primary care providers; arranging for hospitalization and continuity of care during and after hospitalizations; supervising psychiatric residents; and supervising registered nurses.
- Smith College Counseling Service, College Psychiatrist, 1993 – 2005
Responsibilities: Providing psychiatric assessment and treatment of college students; providing medication treatment in collaboration with clinicians providing psychotherapy; providing combined psychotherapy and psychopharmacology treatment of students as indicated; providing consultation to clinical staff; providing twenty-four hour emergency intervention and consultation for students in crisis or at high risk; coordinating care with medical providers at the Smith Health Service; supervising nurse practitioners prescribing psychotropic medications; admitting and coordinating care for students admitted to the Intermediate Care Health Facility (Infirmary); arranging for hospitalization of students and continuity of care during and after hospitalizations; facilitating weekly “alert” meetings to update staff and create timely treatment plans for students at high risk; facilitating weekly meetings to create and review treatment plans.
Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2012 – present.
CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSURE
Board Certified in Psychiatry by the Board of Medical Examiners in Psychiatry and Neurology.
Massachusetts Medical License #77733.
Hamkins, SuEllen. The Art of Narrative Psychiatry. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
Hamkins, SuEllen and Renée Schultz. HHHHThe Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence. New York: Hudson Street Press, Penguin Group, 2007, and Plume Press (paperback), Penguin Group, 2008.
ARTICLES, BOOK CHAPTERS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS
Hamkins, SuEllen. “Narrative Psychiatry,” book chapter, in Patridge, K. and McNab, S., Inside Out/Outside In: Creative positions in Adult Mental Health, London: Karnac Books, 2014.
Hamkins, SuEllen. “Bringing Narrative Practices to Psychopharmacology.” The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 2010.
Hamkins, SuEllen. “Introducing Narrative Psychiatry: Narrative approaches to initial psychiatric consultations.” The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 1 (2004), 5 – 17.
Hamkins SuEllen, Renée Schultz, Tiama Hamkins-Indik, Franny Hamkins-Indik, and Mia Schultz-Baer. “The Mother-Daughter Project: Co-creating pro-girl, pro-mother culture through adolescence and beyond; the construction and deconstruction of mother-daughter discourses.” The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 4 (2003), 3 – 19.
“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.
“Promoting Strengths-based Treatment at Your College Counseling Service.” Workshop, co-presented with Josh Relin, Psy.D., at the New England College Health Association Annual Meeting, Portland, Maine, Nov. 8, 2012.
“The Art of Narrative Psychiatry,” Co-presented with Bradley Lewis, MD, PhD, at American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, May 6, 2012.
“How Girls, Mothers, and Mother-Daughter Relationships Can Thrive Through Adolescence,” at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, May 6, 2012.
“The Biopsychosocial Model as a Narrative Option,” Co-presented with Bradley Lewis, MD, PhD, at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Philosophy and Psychiatry, Philadelphia, May 5, 2012.
“The Mother-Daughter Project and What It Can Tell Us about Working with College Students,” Grand rounds presentation, University Health Service, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, April 7, 2011.
“Narrative Therapy: Re-authoring Conversations,” In-service workshop, Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, October 7, 2010.
“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.
“Introducing the Mother-Daughter Project,” lecture and discussion for mothers, Northampton, Massachusetts, September 17, 2006.
“Introducing the Mother-Daughter Project,” lecture and discussion for mothers, Northampton, Massachusetts, March 14, 2006.
“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.
“Playfully and powerfully deconstructing mother-daughter discourses,” daylong workshop for about thirty psychotherapists, presented at the International Summer School of Narrative Practice, Dulwich Centre Publications, Adelaide, Australia, November 19, 2004.
“Overcoming Self-Injury.” Presented with Efrosini Kokaliari at the New England College Health Association Annual Conference, Portsmouth, NH, October, 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.
“Narrative Therapy with College Students.” New England College Health Association Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs, October 2003.
“The Mother-Daughter Project: Co-creating pro-girl, pro-mother culture through adolescence and beyond; the construction and deconstruction of mother-daughter discourses.” Presented at the Narrative Therapy and Community Work Conference, Chicago, August 2003.
“Applying Narrative Therapy to Psychiatric Practice.” Presented with Shoshana Sokoloff at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, New York, October 2000.
“Applying Narrative Therapy to Psychiatric Practice.” Presented with Shoshana Sokoloff at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, May 2000.
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.org
Radio and Webcast:
Featured spokesperson, “The Mother-Daughter Project,” Morning Edition, National Public Radio, August 2, 2007. Read transcript and listen to the story at:
Guest segment editor, “The Importance of the Mother-Daughter Bond,” Women on the Go, audio magazine, www.womenonthegoonline.com, Chicago, hosted by Nikki Woods, May 2007.
Live radio and webcast interviews, May 2007:
The Diane Jones Show, KLPW-am, St. Louis
Host Frankie Boyer, The Lifestyle Show, Lifestyle Talk Radio
Host Al Lerner, Daybreak USA, USA Network National
Murphy and Denise, KOSI-fm, Denver
Host Rochelle Herman, Health Beat of America, WSRQ-am, Sarasota, Florida
Host Paul Miller, The Morning Show, WPHM-am, Detroit
Host Shawn Michaels, Morning Show, WOBM, Bayville, New Jersey
Host Kathryn Zox, Voice America Women, VoiceAmerica-Webcast
Taped radio interviews, May 2007:
Host Keri Griffith, The Keri Griffith Show, WZPT-fm, Pittsburgh, PA
Host Lee Callahan, Mountain Magazine, KMTT-fm, Seattle, WA
Hosts Marie Dodds & Paul Linnman, KEX Morning Update, KEX, Portland, OR
Host Kris McGregor, Spirit Morning Show, KVSS-fm, Omaha, NE
Host Ingrid Moore, The E file, CIGL-fm, Ontario
Host Kimberley Jaeger, Common Ground, WZLX-fm, Boston, MA
Host Emily Elfenbein, Women’s File, WBEB, Philadelphia
Featured in On-line and Print Articles:
“The Mother-Daughter Project” By Helen Cordes. Daughters Magazine, January, 2008.
“Learning to Mother.” October 7, 2007. Portico Magazine.
“Your Questions on Mother-Daughter Relationships” by Shannon Fowler. NPR.org.
“Support Group Strengthens Mother-Daughter Bond.” By Patricia Neighmond. NPR.org.
“Group Effort.” By Jennifer Brown. Mom-Writer’s Literary Magazine, 2007.
“Can mother-daughter love last? An interview with Renee Schultz & SuEllen Hamkins,
authors of The Mother-Daughter Project,” By Sarah Werthan Buttenwieser. The Mothers’ Movement Online. 2007. http://www.mothersmovement.org/features/07/04/mother_daughter.html
“Celebrating Our Daughters’ Relationships With Others” by SuEllen Hamkins and Renée Schultz. The Huffington Post. Posted April 7, 2007.