- Ph.D., Psychology, New York University
Susan is co-Chair of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization and a community psychologist and digital media producer. Dr. James’ work focuses on understanding cultural ecologies and disseminating social science research findings using visual design solutions and film, a practice she pioneered over a decade ago. James established innovative action research agendas and directed large-scale projects while holding senior positions at New York University, University of Chicago, and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University. Her own research focuses on structural violence as a determinant of well-being, and is published in American Journal of Community Psychology and Violence Against Women. She created Research Imaging Productions, a research and design consultancy that conducts social research and produces digital communications products for the nonprofit sector. She earned a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from New York University. Dr. James has been a guest member of the psychology faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, and a faculty member in the department of Africology at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.