Susan Weitzman, Ph.D,. L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist, educator, researcher, national lecturer and litigation consultant. She was on the clinical staff of the Department of Outpatient Adult Psychiatry at the University of Chicago for 12 years and hastaught for many years at the University of Chicago's Graham School for Continuing Studies and Loyola University's School of Social Work in Chicago. Dr. Weitzman specializes in and lectures on the topics of attachment and separation, and addictive and abusive relationships. Her years of research have resulted in her groundbreaking work, Not to People Like Us: Hidden Abuse in Upscale Marriages (Basic Books, 2000). National media coverage led to a documentary movie on the subject, now in development.
She is also the Founder and President of The Weitzman Center, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization organized in November 2001 to provide support, information, and referral to upscale women and families struggling against the effects of abuse, as well as resources and education to the helping professionals working with this group of women. Until The Weitzman Center was incorporated in November 2001, no other organization was working solely to inform helping professionals and the public about violence in upper educated and/or upscale families. The Center is geared towards heightening awareness of the victimization and re-victimization of these women and to changing the face of what we, as a culture, think of as domestic abuse. Violence against women is not limited and defined by economic or educational boundaries. It can, and does, happen to "people like us."
Dr. Weitzman lectures and conducts workshops nationally and runs intensive weekend retreats for women recovering from upscale abusive relationships. In addition to her private practice,litigation consulting, and expert witness work, she is the mental health expert/commentator on WSBT-TV (a CBS affiliate in Indiana) on their morning news program within a segment called "Moms First," where her commentary on topical issues airs weekly. Dr. Weitzman has been on Oprah, 20/20, Fox News, National Public Radio and in People magazine, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her work including Social Worker of the Year in Illinois in 2002.