About Dr. Clifford Sussman
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Dr. Sussman is a child and adolescent psychiatrist and psychotherapist who has been a pioneer in recognizing and treating internet gaming disorder since 2008, long before it became recognized by the World Health Organization as an official diagnosis. As an expert consultant he helped develop the first Digtal Use Disorder track at Caron Renaissance Treatment Center. He is a frequent educator and presenter on this topic and trains other clinicians as well. As a programmer, software developer, and gamer himself, he is dedicated to helping people achieve healthier, more balanced relationships with digital technology.
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 was a featured speaker at the 2020 American Psychiatric Association (APA) annual meeting planned for Philadelphia PA and moved to an online meeting due to COVID. He has more trainings to come and is available for additional presentations.
"I encourage all parents and professionals to watch Dr. Cliff Sussman's webinar on managing screen time during the pandemic and beyond. This is the single best presentation I've seen on this important topic; science-based, clearly presented, full of very practical advice. Thanks to Dr. Cliff for sharing your expertise and wisdom. "
In 2017, 2018, and 2020, 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.
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 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:
In 2014 Dr. Sussman was interviewed for Discovering Democracy, an educational program for High School Students.
In 2011 Dr. Sussman was a guest expert on MyExpertSolution.com where he was interviewed for a radio show on parenting issues in adolescent psychiatry.