Explore the Psychological Effects of Global Climate Disruption

Piera Kempner
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Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a practicing general and forensic psychiatrist in Washington, DC, is an expert on the physical and mental health effects of climate change. In 2011 she co-authored “The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the U.S. – Why the US Mental Health System Is Not Prepared”.

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Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a practicing general and forensic psychiatrist in Washington, DC, is an expert on the physical and mental health effects of climate change. Dr. Van Susteren has served as a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and has been a consultant to the Executive Branch of the US Government profiling world leaders.

After receiving her medical degree from the University of Paris, she practiced medicine in West Africa, at community health centers and homeless shelters in metropolitan Washington DC.  In addition to community organizing on climate issues, Dr. Van Susteren has served on the Advisory Board of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and is currently on the board of Physicians for Social Responsibility, Earth Day Network, Eco-America, and is co-founder of "Climate Psychiatry Alliance," a professional group dedicated to promoting awareness and action on climate from a mental health perspective.

In 2009 she co-convened the first panel on climate disruption and mental health with experts in climate disruption and national security, communication and messaging, animal and plant extinction, community organizing, and disaster psychiatry to discuss the unfolding crisis and its future impacts on the mental health of the public. In 2011 she co-authored "The Psychological Effects of Climate Warming on the U.S. - Why the US Mental Health System Is Not Prepared".  Her book, Emotional Inflammation, co-authored with science writer Stacy Colino, will be released in April 2020. She is a frequent contributor on television, radio and in the print media. In 2006 Dr. Van Susteren sought the Democratic nomination for the US Senate from Maryland.

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LVS is an experienced writer, speaker, and general and forensic psychiatrist. Her interests include issues regarding mental health generally and specifically the emotional toll of the climate crisis, toxic contaminants, environmental degradation and declining biodiversity, and how living in harmony with the natural world restores our mental health.  


She is a frequent guest on radio and television, and is regularly quoted in popular press. An ardent activist, she is the co-founder of Interfaith Moral Action on Climate (IMAC), The Climate Psychiatry Alliance and the Climate Psychology Alliance, and is a member of the boards of many national environmental organizations.


Her book “Emotional Inflammation”, co-authored with Stacey Colino, was published in April 2020.

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Barclays Bank, New York City

Climate Traumas

January 8, 2020

Covey Club - Lori Miller Kase interview

Emotional Inflammation

March 20, 2020

Climate Elders National Call

Climate Traumas and the Pandemic

March 24, 2020

Johns Hopkins University - Bloomberg School of Public Health

Climate Change and Mental Health

March 27, 2020

Women in the World (Rescheduled)

New York City Climate Disruption

April 1, 2020

Sounds True Publishing: Podcast with Tami Simon

Emotional Inflammation: Discover Your Triggers and Reclaim Your Equilibrium During Anxious Times

April 19, 2020

Climate Trauma

Bill McKibbon’s class at Middlebury College

April 22, 2020

Earth Day on the National Mall

Washington D.C.

April 25, 2020

"Breaking Down Silos" for the American Psychiatric Society

Philadelphia, PA

April 29, 2020

Climate Crisis and Clinical Medicine Virtual Elective for Medical Students

Emory University Medical School

May 12, 2020

BBNR health podcast with Doro Bush

Online

May 14, 2020

America Meditating Radio with Sister Jenna

Online

May 22, 2020

Politics and Prose Bookstore "Signing" – Emotional Inflammation

Online

May 23, 2020

National Prayer Breakfast (NRCCC) For the Love of Forests (rescheduled)

Online

May 26, 2020

Psych Summit 2020

Colorado and New York Psychiatric Societies

May 27, 2020

“Resilience Starts with Me” Mental Health Webinar

Kresge Foundation

May 27, 2020

“Climate Change, the Emotional Toll” Eco America Webinar Series

Online

June 4, 2020

Climate Reality Leadership Training (Mentor)

Online

July 18, 2020

Address to Special Olympics: Isolation and the Pandemic

Online

August 11, 2020

Podcast: The Poetry of Predicament

Online

August 14, 2020

Abbey Strauss, M.D. Podcast: Mental Distress - What does inflammation have to do with it?

Online

August 16, 2020

Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis; “Framing the Climate Crisis – An Overview”

Online

December 5, 2020

Oasis – “Emotional Inflammation and Climate” with Stacey Colino

Washington DC

January 1, 2021

“Courageous Medicine” Podcast with Dr. Ashley McClure

Podcast

January 1, 2021

Presentation to Medical Students at University of Colorado - Overview: Climate Instability - The Emotional Toll

University of Colorado

February 1, 2021

Royal College of Psychiatrists, United Kingdom: Mental Health Impacts of Climate Instability on Young People and Recommendations

United Kingdom

February 1, 2021

Climate Conversations: Washington Psychiatric Society

Zoom

February 1, 2021

The Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization (EEECHO), the Gulfport Section-National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ)

Radio Broadcast

February 25, 2021

NPR Affiliate: WNPU Cincinnati Public Radio Interview - “Climate Aware Therapist Network”

Cincinnati Public Radio

March 10, 2021

Academy of Integrative Health Medicine: Climate and Covid – Mental Health Toll

Zoom

March 25, 2021

Sustainability Defined Podcast Interview - Climate Change Anxiety

Zoom

April 22, 2021

American Psychiatric Association Annual Conference - “Enhancing Use of the DSM-5 Outline for Cultural Formulation: Linking Social Determinants of Mental Health to Structural Competency Through V Codes”

Zoom

May 1, 2021

The Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study’s 2021 Dorpat Lecture: “Psychoanalysis and Climate”

Zoom

May 6, 2021

Earth Rangers: Panelist “Children’s Health and Climate Action”

Zoom

May 18, 2021

Keynote Speaker

Illinois Psychiatric Society

November 27, 2021

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LVS Is an experienced and effective public speaker on a range of mental health issues which affect our wellbeing.  In her many different and original presentations, designed specifically with the audience in mind, she emphasizes interactive dialogues and small group engagements to enliven the experience of learning about issues that are important to them. In this day of tumultuous breaking news, she also knows how to calm us down - by helping us identify and unpack our reactor types and foster better relationships by showing us how to better understand each other.

Hidden in plain sight but not always in our consciousness, she shares a menu of natural remedies we can use to restore our emotional equilibrium. And weaving in the latest in 21st Century neuroscience - she will share the essentially untold story of why, as we seek to address social justice issues while finding purpose to define our lives, going from being a bystander to an upstander has proved to be the “magic sauce”.

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