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Suzan Song, MD, MPH, PhD

Suzan Song, MD, MPH, PhD


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 and Milken School of Public Health. She is also a humanitarian protection adviser for youth and families of forced migration globally with UNHCR, UNICEF, and the International Medical Corps; technical adviser to multiple domestic refugee and survivor of torture programs; and subject matter expert to the U.S. federal government on child trafficking. 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, and survivors of human trafficking 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. Her forthcoming book, Child, Adolescent & Family Refugee Mental Health: A Global Perspective, co-edited with the senior mental health officer of UNHCR, will be published by Springer. 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, U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Labor and has testified as expert witness before the Dept of Homeland Security congressional committee.


Director, Division of Child/Adolescent & Family Psychiatry and Associate Professor, George Washington University Medical Center (Washington, D.C. USA)

Spokesperson on Refugee Mental Health, American Psychiatric Association

Distinguished Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Subject matter expert/Consultant, Capital Area Immigrant Rights' (CAIR) Coalition, Unaccompanied and Detained Youth

Founder/Executive Director, Global Collective

Humanitarian protection consultant, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, UNICEF, IMC

Past Medical director, Asian Americans for Community Involvement, CAP at Center for Survivors of Torture

Past Medical director, Alternative Family Services for high-risk foster youth 


Clinical training

Pediatric Psychiatry Fellowship, Stanford

Adult psychiatry residency, Harvard

Parent-child psychotherapy, UCSF/Child Trauma Institute

Family therapy, Bay Area Family Training

M.D.  University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

 •B.S. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Epistemology Across Cultures & Biology

Public Health

M.P.H. health policy, Harvard School of Public Health

 •White House APIA Initiative fellow

George Soros Open Society Institute Health Fellow

Research assistant, Harvard Dept Health Policy


PhD University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for Social Sciences Research. Globalization and mental health: http://dare.uva.nl/record/1/495542

Stanford/VA MIRECC post-doctoral research fellow

National Science Foundation Presidential Scholars Fellow – tumor suppressor genes in brain gliomas

Humanitarian Training

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative Fellow

 Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London: Mental health services research

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