Susan van Ost, Ph.D.

Senior Clinical Psychologist
Department of Psychiatry
F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Susan L. Van Ost has been a Senior Clinical Psychologist at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress since 2010.  She received her Bachelors in Psychology from New York University and Masters and Ph.D. in Psychology from the The American University in Washington, D.C.  She completed her adult internship training with the Veterans Administration and child internship training at the Arlington Community Mental Health Center.  Her post-doctoral training has included completion of a two year course of study in neuropsychology. She holds a certificate in family therapy from the Family Therapy Center of Washington, D.C.


Dr. Van Ost was a staff psychologist at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital where she served as staff psychologist, program evaluator, and administrative director of an inpatient service for children. She then served as a staff psychologist at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was a neuropsychologist and family therapist. In addition to many years of private practice working with children and adolescents, Dr. Van Ost directed diagnostic services for the Jewish Social Services Agency from 2004 to 2008. As part of the FOCUS-CI research project at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Dr. Van Ost currently supervises the delivery of resilience training to combat injured families.