Lise Van Susteren, M.D.
NWF Board Member
Lise received her Doctorate in Medicine in 1982 from the University of Paris. After interning at hospitals in Paris and Lome, Togo, she completed her residency in psychiatry at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C. Board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry, Lise worked as a staff psychiatrist in public mental health centers in Alexandria and Fairfax, Virginia.
For more than twenty years Lise has maintained a private practice in psychiatry. An Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University and an active member of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia, she has worked to educate the public on mental health issues through writing in professional journals, the press and other media outlets.
A frequent guest on local and national radio and television, Lise has addressed a range of issues on violence, trauma, and mental illness. Through Physicians for Human Rights, she conducts evaluations of victims of torture seeking asylum in this country and advocates on their behalf. She has served as a consultant to the CIA where she developed psychological assessments of world leaders. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Lise traveled to Houston to assist those in need of mental health treatment.
In 2005, concerned about the direction the country was taking -- and believing that a background in science and human behavior would strengthen the political process -- she ran for the U.S. Senate seat in Maryland.
In September, 2006, she was chosen as one of the first fifty persons to be trained in Nashville by Al Gore to give her version of his global warming slide show, the basis of the documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth. She has given her presentations on climate change to more than 100 educational, religious, political, environmental and business audiences in the United States, including the US Department of the Treasury and the US Secret Service, and abroad. In the spring of 2008 she developed a slide show on the health effects of global warming, which she has presented to medical professionals, educational institutions, and foundations. During the summer of 2008 she traveled to the Arctic Circle to speak on the impact of Global Warming in the Arctic. In collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation and with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation she organized a conference held in March 2009 on the mental health and psychological impacts of climate change.
Lise is on the board of the National Wildlife Federation, the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and former Vice President Al Gore’s foundation “The Climate Project”. Governor Martin O’Malley named her to the working group of the Maryland Commission on Climate and to the Board of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Recently she was named to the Metropolitan Council of Governments, where she is a member of the Committee on Climate, Energy and the Environment, and to the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School.
Lise is a board certified general and forensic psychiatrist and maintains a private practice in Washington DC.