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I am Suellen Hamkins, psychiatrist, mother, writer and co-author of The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence. Back in 1996 when my own daughters were two and seven years old, I started meeting regularly with a group of mothers and daughters so we could figure out ways to support our daughters as they were growing up, support one another as mothers and support our relationships with our daughters. What we found out, I have been sharing around the world ever since, and I particularly love meeting with groups of mothers. In addition to my work with the mother-daughter project, I also work in the area of college mental health. I'm the assistant director of the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health at the University of Massachusetts and I'm on the clinical adjunct faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine. The greatest joy and adventure of my life is parenting my two daughters who are now aged 17 and 22. And I take the light in my 28-year marriage to my husband. As a family, what we really like to do is cook together, swim, dance and also lay around in the living room reading.
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SuEllen Hamkins, MD

Psychiatrist & Author

SuEllen Hamkins, MD, is a psychiatrist, author and founding member of the Mother-Daughter Project, a community of women and girls that developed powerful, practical ways to help mothers and daughters stay connected and thrive through adolescence. Co-author of The Mother-Daughter Project: How Mothers and Daughters Can Band Together, Beat the Odds and Thrive Through Adolescence, Dr. Hamkins has given numerous presentations for parents and psychotherapists around the world, focusing on mothers, daughters, their relationships and the kinds of communities that nurture them.  As the psychiatrist for the Smith College Counseling Service from 1992-2004, SuEllen offered consultation to over a thousand women ages 16 to 23 to help them resist and overcome problems such as anorexia, bulimia, depression, anxiety, trauma, assault, and self-injury.  In addition to her work on behalf of mothers and daughters, as the Assistant Director for Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, she has been instrumental in developing strengths-based, narrative approaches to psychotherapy and psychiatric practice, helping people cultivate their values and strengths in the face of serious difficulties.  SuEllen is the mother of two daughters, now 17 and 22, and raising them has been the most thrilling and rewarding work of her life. She lives with her husband and younger daughter in western Massachusetts, where they love to swim outdoors, cross country ski, shoe snow, dance, cook and lounge around in the living room, reading. 

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