Suzan J. Song, MD, MPH, PhD is Director of the Division of Child/Adolescent & Family Psychiatry and Associate Professor at George Washington University Medical Center. She is also a humanitarian protection adviser for youth and families of forced migration and subject matter expert to the U.S. federal government on child trafficking and refugee mental health. Her two decades of global mental health work span Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ethiopia, KwaZulu/Natal, Haiti, Burundi, Syria/Jordan, the DR Congo, and with forcibly displaced youth and families in the U.S.

 

Dr. Song is double board-certified in adult and child/adolescent psychiatry, with training from the University of Chicago, Harvard, and Stanford. She has provided clinical care to survivors of torture, refugees, youth and families seeking asylum, unaccompanied and reunified minors, survivors of human trafficking, and hostage returnees for 10 years. She was medical director of two community-based clinics - a foster care clinic and an immigrant/refugee health clinic. Her PhD from the University of Amsterdam focused on inter-generational stress and local ways of healing for former child soldiers and survivors of torture. Her current work focuses on youth and family resiliency and stress.

 

Dr. Song is internationally recognized for her clinical, policy, and research work with youth and families of forced migration and armed conflict and child trafficking. She is co-editor of Child, Adolescent & Family Refugee Mental Health with the senior mental health officer of UNHCR. Domestically, she is the Spokesperson for Refugee Mental Health for the American Psychiatric Association, and Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child/Adolescent Psychiatrists. As well, she has provided subject matter expertise on refugee mental health to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and on human trafficking to the U.S. Department of State,  and provided multiple Congressional testimonies and briefings. She is co-founder of Global Collective, Inc (501c3) and Physician Support Line (a peer-to-peer physician hotline during the COVID19 pandemic.

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