Susan Hatters Friedman, MD

Susan Hatters-Friedman, MD

Susan Hatters-Friedman, MD

Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center
The Phillip J. Resnick Professor of Forensic Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University
Adjunct Professor of Law & Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University


Dr. Friedman is a forensic and perinatal psychiatrist. She has practiced in forensic hospitals, general hospitals, court clinics, community mental health centers, and correctional facilities. She has worked both in America and overseas in New Zealand. Dr. Friedman has served as vice-President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL), and as Chair of the Law and Psychiatry committee at the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP). She has received the AAPL award for the Best Teacher in a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, the Red AAPL award for outstanding service to organized forensic psychiatry, and the Association of Women Psychiatrists’ Marian Butterfield early career psychiatrist award for her contributions to women’s mental health. She has published more than 100 articles (including in World Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry) as well as book chapters. Her research has primarily focused on the interface of women’s mental health and forensic psychiatry, including notably child murder by mothers. Dr. Friedman is the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Currently, Dr. Friedman completes evaluations at MacDonald Women’s Hospital, the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, and Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare.

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