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"Helping people return to the outernet since 2008"


Dr. Sussman is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has been recognizing and treating internet gaming disorder since 2008, long before it became recognized by the World Health Organization as an official diagnosis. He is internationally known as a pioneer in using motivational interviewing and other psychotherapy techniques to treat internet and video game addiction. As a programmer, software developer, and gamer himself, he is dedicated to helping people achieve healthier, more balanced relationships with digital technology.

Dr. Sussman has completed Residency training in adult psychiatry at University of Pittsburgh (Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic) and a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at George Washington University (Children’s National Medical Center). He has completed an adult psychodynamic therapy fellowship at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis and a child psychodynamic therapy fellowship at the Baltimore-Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Sussman is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Sussman went to medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University where he received the academic achievement award in psychiatry. Dr. Sussman has received a BA in psychology from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Dr. Sussman is on the volunteer faculty at GWU medical school, where he serves as a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He has regularly delivered presentations throughout his community and the nation on digital technology addiction, after having already established himself as a seasoned presenter on the topics of psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, ADHD, and Autism. He is also a pioneer in training other clinicians to treat digital addictions.
Dr. Sussman has been on multiple expert panels discussing digital technology addiction with various schools and professional organizations around the region, and has presented to students, parents, teachers, and a wide range of mental health clinicians and clinical staff. Highlights include a 6 hour training at the Florida Atlantic University school of social work in December, 2019, the 2018 Master Psychiatry Course in Santa Barbara, and the 2017 annual AACAP meeting in Washington, DC. He will be a featured speaker at the 2020 American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA as well. He has more trainings to come and
is available for additional presentations.

Dr. Sussman has been a featured presenter at the following programs:

  • Ameican Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)*
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society of Greater Washington (CAPSGW)*
  • Baltimore Washington Psychoanalytic Institute*
  • GWU Medical School*
  • The American Physician Institute
  • Children's National Medical Center Grand Rounds*
  • Georgetown Psychiatry Residency
  • University of Utah Gaming Symposium
  • The University of Beijing Psychiatry Residency (Beijing, China)
  • FAU Phyllis and Harvey SandlerSchool of Social Work*
  • The Rochester VA Medical Center
  • Suburban Hospital
  • Caron Addiction Centers*
  • Encore Recovery Solutions
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • McLean Bible Church
  • PEP Parent Academy Workshop
  • The Auburn School
  • Washington International School*
  • Commonwealth Academy*
  • Potomac High School*
  • Pyle Middle School*
  • Maret School
  • The NORA school
  • St Raphael School
  • Good Counsel High School
  • Visitation School*
  • Washington Latin Public Charter School
  • Fusion Academy
  • Post Permanency Family Center
  • Best Kids, Inc.
  • The Game Gym
  • Montgomery County Council of PTAs Safe Technology Committe
  • Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education Meeting
    ...and others. He is available for a limited number of additiional educational events as an expert speaker on the healthy use of Internet and Video Games. Please contact him for more information.

*=multiple presentations or regular featured presenter



Dr. Sussman was a featured expert at the ADHD and More Online Parent Support Summit in October, 2019

Dr. Sussman was hired as an expert consultant by HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel for it's episode on Gaming Addiction in July, 2019.

Dr. Sussman was a featured expert in the bestselling book "Raising a Screen Smart Kid" by Juliana Miner, published July, 2019.

Dr. Sussman was interviewed by ABC news for a story on lootboxes in February, 2019:

Dr. Sussman was referenced in a Sacramento Magazine article in October, 2018.

Dr. Sussman was interviewed for a TIME Magazine for Kids article in September, 2018.

In 2018, Dr. Sussman was quoted in a New York Times article on the WHO decision to classify Internet Gaming Disorder as an Official Diagnosis. He wrote an editorial response to this article featured in the Montogomery County Sentinel on August 9, 2018.

In 2017 and 2018, Dr Sussman was featured in "Tech Talk Tuesday" blogs from Delaney Ruston, director and writer of the documentary SCREENAGERS, who he has presented with at the AACAP annual meeting.

In 2017 Dr. Sussman was the featured guest on "Digital Parent Podcast"

In 2016 Dr. Sussman did a series of interviews for Attention Talk Radio on technology use in ADHD. To listen for free click the links below:

ADHD and Screen Addiction: The Biology and Issues
ADHD and Screen Addiction: The Hard Part
ADHD and Screen Addiction Treatment 

In 2014 Dr. Sussman was interviewed for Discovering Democracy, an educational program for High School Students.

In 2013 Dr. Sussman was interviewed for Attention Talk Radio and Attention Talk Video on ADHD in adolescents. To listen for free click here or click on the player below.

In 2011 Dr. Sussman was a guest expert on where he was interviewed for a radio show on parenting issues in adolescent psychiatry.

Dr. Sussman authored the featured cover article for the winter issue of CHADD's Attention Magazine, "A Parents Guide to Healthy Internet and Video Game Use for Children with ADHD". (shown below) His review article "Internet and Video Game Addictions: Diagnosis, Epidemiology, and Neurobiology"
was published in AACAP's annual journal Psychiatric Clinics in 2017 (shown below). Dr. Sussman was the primary author of the chapter in the new Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry entitled “Psychotherapy”. He also has authored educational materials on ADHD and Substance abuse for Outcomes, Inc.

Dr. Sussman is the expert consultant to Caron Renaissaince Digital Addiction Track in Boca Raton, FL, and has made significant contributions to designing the program. He has been an expert consultant to HBO's Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel and several other clients, and is available for other consulting positions as well.

Dr. Sussman is an accomplished programmer in Adobe Flash and Adobe Director and has worked in the past developing educational software for children and interactive multimedia projects for mental health. He has contributed to the development of an interactive psychiatry application for children for Hunt Psychiatric Innovations. He has been developing an animated series of youtube videos to provide psychoeducation on digital technology addiction.

Dr. Sussman has been the official DC Representative on the executive committee of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Society of Greater Washington (CAPSGW), the local chapter of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). He served as the director of interactive multimedia development for 5 years and as the co-chair of the Early Career Psychiatry (ECP) Committee. He is also an active member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

Attention Magazine  Winter 2018 Cover

 Internet and Video Game Addiction: Diagnosis, EPidemiology, and Neurobiology

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"Dr. Sussman has been a valued member of our team of clinicians. He has helped many on our team understand the complexities around medication choices for our patients... But in addition to his role as consultant and team member, Dr. Sussman has embraced his work as psychotherapist. He is a dedicated practitioner of the art of psychotherapy. One cannot do this work with children and adolescents without having a sense of humor and a sense of lightheartedness. Dr. Sussman is literally able to get on the floor and squawk like a chicken, to abandon his dignity in the service of the child. He is equally able to draw on his adult capacities to work with those who are more advanced in age and who play only with words. His ability and willingness to use all the parts of himself in his work help him to forge the connections with his patients that matter..."

-Mimi Blasiak, MSW, director of Adele Lebowitz Center for Youth & Families at Washington School of Psychiatry


"Dr. Sussman is an outstanding, ethical doctor who is highly regarded for his research in ADHD treatment and in adolescent psychiatry. He uses all of the resources available to him to treat his patients, tailoring his approach to your individual needs, and he is dedicated to using psychotherapy effectively. I am a young adult, and I am very grateful for his services. He has helped me treat my ADHD and other ailments with a well-rounded approach, and it has helped me perform better in the classroom, in the workplace and in my personal life. More importantly, I'm a much happier, more confident and capable individual now that I have found effective treatment for my condition. Dr. Sussman's sense of humor and kindness also makes it easy to build an open and trusting doctor-patient relationship, and our sessions are pleasant--regardless of the topic we're discussing. I highly recommend him."

-Anonymous review from








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Dr. Sussman received a Patient's Choice Award in 2014

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