Dr. Lipkins Bio

Dr. Susan Lipkins, a psychologist for twenty five years, specializes in issues which confront children, tweens and teens. Grappling with the extreme behaviors that characterize today’s culture is not easy. From Lipkins’ point of view it is harder to be a parent in the twenty-first century than ever before. To help, Lipkins provides bite-sized, practical help to her patients, her readers, listeners and viewers.

Lipkins has dealt with students who bully as well as victims of bullying and cyberbullying. She has treated patients who are extreme: too thin, too fat, too lonely, too plugged in; too afraid, too sad, too disconnected and too overwhelmed. Likewise, she has helped parents understand and discipline their children. She has taught physically handicapped preschoolers, early childhood educators, as well as athletes, coaches, administrators and lawyers.

Dr. Lipkins is a leading authority in campus conflict and violence in high schools and colleges. She is an author and expert in the field of hazing. Lipkins has appeared on Oprah (3x), The Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Good Morning America, CBS, ABC and CNN News, Nancy Grace, E! Entertainment, NPR, Larry King Live, and hundreds of other radio and television programs.

In addition, Dr. Lipkins has been quoted in USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, The Daily News, Newsday, as well as many other national and international newspapers, magazines and websites.

Dr. Lipkins’ book, Preventing Hazing: How Parents, Teachers and Coaches Can Stop the Violence, Harassment, and Humiliation uncovers the deep roots of hazing, how and why it permeates schools, colleges, and communities, and what parents, teachers, and coaches can do to prevent it. Insidehazing.com is a well trafficked website which provides a psychological perspective as well as up-to-date news and information regarding hazing incidents.

Dr. Lipkins established a production company, Reel Psychology, with the primary goal of creating films and television programs that reduce the stigma towards psychological issues. She produced a documentary entitled “Betrayal“, which tells the stories of hazardous hazing in high schools. A segment of Betrayal  was sold to and currently airs on E! Entertainment.

Dr. Lipkins invented a behavior modification system, Be A Star , which is a simple and effective rewards chart that gives parents an easy, appropriate and structured method of discipline. This game increases self-control in children aged 4-12 while improving communication and self-esteem.

To further her goals, Dr. Lipkins developed this website, Real Psychology, to provide user-friendly information on a wide variety of issues relating to mental health. She also responds to news events on herblog.

Dr. Lipkins’ first investigative research occurred under the direct supervision of famed cultural anthropologist, Dr. Margaret Mead, and resulted in a paper entitled Marriage Patterns on the Kibbutz. Her master’s thesis, The Process of Art in Young Children and her doctoral dissertation, Recurrent Abdominal Pain in Pre-Adolescent Girls, are among her early works.

Dr. Lipkins earned her B.A. from Fordham University, and a M.S. in Early Childhood Education and Special Education from the Bank Street College of Education. She has Ph.D. in School Psychology from Yeshiva University. Dr. Lipkins also graduated from Adelphi University’s Derner Institute, receiving post-doctoral certification in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy.