Dr. Susan Hannan is a Licensed Psychologist in Pennsylvania, as well as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lafayette College. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois University following a pre-doctoral clinical internship at the University of California San Diego/Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. She also attended a post-doctoral fellowship at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.
Dr. Hannan specializes in the treatment of trauma-related disorders (such as Posttraumatic Stress Disorder), Borderline Personality Disorder, and anxiety disorders. She believes in the importance of fostering a supportive, collaborative, and validating therapeutic environment while delivering evidenced-based therapies. Dr. Hannan has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Specifically, she has extensive experience providing trauma-focused treatments, such as Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). In addition, she completed Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Intensive Training from The Linehan Institute, and has received formal training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) under the supervision of Dr. Robyn Walser.
As an Assistant Professor, Dr. Hannan conducts research in the broad field of traumatic-stress. She is particularly interested in how emotion dysregulation may serve to maintain trauma-related symptoms over time. Dr. Hannan is also very interested in examining the ways in which we utilize other people to help regulate our emotions (for example, seeking out a friend for validation). Dr. Hannan truly values the integration of research and practice. She uses the scientific literature to inform her treatment plans; in addition, she uses her experiences with clients to inform her research.
Dr. Hannan is a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.