Susan Benjamin Feingold, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, perinatal legal advocate, author and adjunct professor at Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus of Argosy University. In her clinical practice, she has specialized for over twenty-five years in the treatment of women's reproductive-related mental health issues; Pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety disorders; Couple-relationship issues and sexual disorders.
Recipient of, THE 2018 MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH INNOVATION AWARD IN POLICY AND ADVOCACY.
Dr. Feingold is the author of the book, Happy Endings, New Beginnings: Navigating Postpartum Disorders (New Horizon Press, 2013).
Dr. Feingold presented expert testimony in the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee and in the Senate Criminal Law Committee, and has advocated for PA100-0574, the new 2018 law in Illinois. It is the first criminal law in the nation to recognize the effects of postpartum illness.
Dr. Feingold was asked to address PRGLAC, the Federal Task Force developing clinical and practice guidelines for safe, effective strategies for pregnant and lactating women.
Dr. Feingold has presented on perinatal mental health issues and legal advocacy at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association (2018), at the annual Postpartum Support International Conference (2018), at the Biennial Perinatal Mental Health Conference (2017), as well as hosting webinars on perinatal legal advocacy for Postpartum Support International and MOMS 2020.
Recipient of, 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from Argosy University and The Illinois School of Professional Psychology for work in perinatal issues and women’s mental health.
She is a member of The President’s Advisory Board at Postpartum Support International (PSI) and has served as President of the Board of Trustees of Depression After Delivery, Inc., and on the executive board for many years.
Advisory Board Member for UBS Financial, Barry Wealth Consulting Group.
Over the past few years, Dr. Feingold has taught training workshops for mental health workers sponsored by NAMI and the Lake County Health Department, presented at the Illinois Psychological Association and at the National Association of Social Workers, as well as has been a guest on radio talk shows in 10 major cities around the country.
Dr. Feingold served as an expert witness in the petition for Executive Clemency of Debra Gindorf. She participated in a national presentation at the Maternal Mental Illness & Criminal Justice System seminar sponsored by Postpartum Support, International.
Past honors include being a representative for the American Psychological Association at several local press conferences with Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL), as well as in the U.S. House of Representatives at the presentation and passage of the Melanie Blocker Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act.
Other distinctions include being a keynote speaker at the 2014 conference of Postpartum Support, International.
Dr. Feingold has been involved in facilitating support groups for perinatal women over the past eighteen years, has provided continuing education to nurses, physicians, medical students, mental health providers, midwives, doulas, social workers and lay audiences in the area of reproductive mental health, and has been involved in legislative efforts for women with postpartum depression on a state and national level.
Provider on PROS NETWORK Chicago, offering clinical treatment and resources to women sex workers in Chicago.
Her earlier clinical work was in such varied settings as a VA Medical Center, an outpatient community clinic, an alternative school, and at Great Lakes Naval Hospital. She also worked as a school psychologist providing assessments and psychotherapy to children and adolescents.
Interviews of Dr. Feingold have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, People magazine, Self magazine, and the APA Monitor, and been featured on The Point, a production of Bill Kurtis TV; Channel 7 TV News Report; WTTW Chicago Tonight with Phil Ponce.
Her published articles include: “The Illness That Robs New Mothers of Joy” in Motherhood: Pakistan’s First Parenting Magazine; “Adjusting After Baby” in Chicago Baby Resource Guide; “Postpartum Depression” in Birth Gazette: An International Journal for Midwives; and “There’s Help for Postpartum Depression” in Chicago Parent magazine and co-author of, “The New Law in Illinois PA 100-0574: Ground-breaking Legislation.”