Mental Health Care Providers
SuEllen Hamkins, M.D.
Position: Staff psychiatrist
Joined UHS: 2010
Narrative therapy; psychopharmacology; treatment of issues including anorexia, bulimia, depression, anxiety, trauma and self-injury
M.D., University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisc., 1987
Post-graduate training: medical/surgical internship, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 1988; psychiatry residency, Case Western Reserve Medical School, Cleveland, Ohio, 1988 –1990; psychiatry residency, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, N.J., 1991 – 1992; advanced family therapy training, Multicultural Family Institute, Highland Park, N.J. 1990 – 1993; narrative psychotherapy intensive program, Family Institute of Cambridge, Watertown, Mass., 1998 – 1999
B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1982
A board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Hamkins has more than 15 years' experience in student mental health, community clinic and private practice settings throughout Western Massachusetts. As a campus psychiatrist at Smith College and Westfield State College, her work included assessing and treating student psychiatric needs; providing emergency consultations and interventions; coordinating care with campus and community providers; and training clinical staff.
She is co-founder of The Mother-Daughter Project, an initiative designed to help girls thrive, support mothers and enhance the connections between them. What began in 1997 as a small group of mothers and daughters meeting regularly has evolved to include workshops and presentations, a website, and a book, "The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds, and Thrive Through Adolescence," which Dr. Hamkins co-authored.
Certifications: Board certified in psychiatry by the Board of Medical Examiners in Psychiatry and Neurology
More about me: I am a married mother of two; our family loves swimming, cross-country skiing, dancing, cooking and reading.