SuEllen Hamkins, M.D.

Position at CCPH: Psychiatrist and Assistant Director, Psychiatric Services

Year joined UMass: 2010

Clinical Interests: In my work, I draw on narrative psychiatry, focusing on helping people identify and cultivate their strengths and values as resources for recovery from all kinds of mental health challenges, including depression, anxiety, OCD, anorexia, bulimia, and bipolar disorder.  I work collaboratively with those who consult with me in considering treatments, which may include medications. 

Education: B.A., Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., 1982; 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; and 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.

Professional Experience:  A board certified psychiatrist, Dr. Hamkins has more than 20 years' experience in college mental health, community clinic and private practice settings throughout Western Massachusetts. Prior to her position here at UMass-Amherst, as a 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.

Dr. Hamkins regularly writes and presents at conferences about her work and is the author of The Art of Narrative Psychiatry, Oxford University Press, 2013.

Certifications/Licenses: Board certified in psychiatry by the Board of Medical Examiners in Psychiatry and Neurology;  Massachusetts Medical License #77733.

Memberships:  American Psychiatric Association

More about me: I have two young adult children and live with my spouse in Western Massachusetts.  Our family loves swimming, cross country skiing, dancing, cooking, being goofy together, and lying around the living room, reading.