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About Dr. Clifford Sussman

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.

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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.

Teaching Presenting

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. "

Dan Shapiro, MD
Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrician


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

  • American Psychiatric Assorciation (APA)
  • 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/Master Psychiatry Course
  • 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*
  • Operation Parent
  • Parent Support Summit
  • EC Tutoring
  • MARC Addiction Treatment Center
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Encore Recovery Solutions
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • McLean Bible Church
  • St. Raphael School
  • PEP Parent Academy Workshop
  • The Auburn School
  • Washington International School*
  • Commonwealth Academy*
  • Potomac High School*
  • Richard Montgomery 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
  • Sycamore School
  • WISER DC (Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources)
  • Post Permanency Family Center
  • Best Kids, Inc.
  • The Game Gym
  • Montgomery County Council of PTAs Safe Technology Committee
  • Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education Meeting
  • University of Pittsburgh Psychiatry Residency
    ...and others. 

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Media Appearances

Dr. Sussman did a webinar with Ann Dolin of EC Tutoring on Screen Time and Parenting during COVID 19 in July, 2020

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 gave a webinar for on Screen Time and Parenting during COVID 19 in May, 2020

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:

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.

Expert Consultant

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.

Interactive Media

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.

Professional Organizations

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).