Tamara J. Sussman, PhD

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
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Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry)


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY
  • BA, Yale University, New Haven, CT
  • Internship: Rutgers University
  • Fellowship: CUMC/NYSPI Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Research Publications

  • Sussman, T.J. , Baker, B. H., Wakhloo, A. J., Gillet, V., Abdelouahab, N., Whittingstall, K., Lepage, 
    J.F., St-Cyr, L., Boivin, A., Gagnon, A., Baccarelli, A.A., Takser, L. & Posner, J. (2021). The relationship between persistent organic pollutants and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder phenotypes: Evidence from task-based neural activity in an observational study of a community sample of Canadian mother-child dyads. Environmental Research, 112593. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.112593
  • Im, S., Marder, M. A., Imbriano, G., Sussman, T.J., & Mohanty, A. (2021). Effects of a 
    Brief Mindfulness-Based Attentional Intervention on Threat-Related Perceptual Decision-Making. Mindfulness, 12(4), 959-969. DOI: 10.1007/s12671-020-01562-9
  • Margolis, A. E., Pagliaccio, D., Ramphal, B., Banker, S., Thomas, L., Robinson, M., Honda, 
    M., Sussman, T.J., Posner, J., Kannan, K. Herbsman, J., Rauh, V, & Marsh, R. 
    (2021). Prenatal environmental tobacco smoke exposure alters children’s cognitive 
    control circuitry: A preliminary study. Environment International, 155, 106516.
  • Sussman, T.J., Santaella-Tenorio, J., Duarte, C. S., Wall, M. M., Ramos-
    Olazagasti, M., Suglia, S. F., ... & Martins, S. S. (2020). Do trajectories of sensation seeking vary by sex and child maltreatment subtypes?. Journal of interpersonal violence, 0886260520943722. DOI: 10.1177/0886260520943722. PMID: 32783490.
  • Imbriano, G., Sussman, T.J., Jin, J., & Mohanty, A. (2020). The role of imagery in threat-
    related perceptual decision making. Emotion, 20(8), 1495. 
    DOI: 10.1037/emo0000610
  • Uniacke, B., Wang, Y., Biezonski, D., Sussman, T.J., Lee, S., Posner, J., & Steinglass, J. 
    (2019). Resting-state connectivity within and across neural circuits in anorexia 
    nervosa. Brain and behavior, 9(1), e01205.
  • Sussman, T.J., Weinberg, A., Szekely, A., Hajcak, G., & Mohanty, A. (2017). Here comes 
    trouble: prestimulus brain activity predicts enhanced perception of threat. Cerebral Cortex, 27(4), 2695-2707. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhw104
    *Dr. Sussman designed the task used, oversaw data collection, analyzed behavioral data, preprocessed and analyzed fMRI data, analyzed processed ERP data and wrote the manuscript.
  • Sussman, T.J., Szekely, A., Hajcak, G.H., & Mohanty, A. (2015). It’s all in the
     anticipation: How perception of threat is enhanced in anxiety. Emotion, 16(30),
    320-327. DOI:10.1037/emo0000098
    *Dr. Sussman designed the tasks used, oversaw data collection, analyzed behavioral data, and wrote the manuscript.
  • O’Connor, M.F., Sussman, T.J. (2014). Developing the yearning in situations of loss scale: 
    Convergent and discriminant validity for bereavement, romantic breakup, and 
    homesickness. Death Studies, (38), 7, 450-8. DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2013.782928.
    *Dr. Sussman co-developed the scales, collected data, analyzed the data, and co-wrote the manuscript.
  • Sussman, T.J., Heller, W., Miller, G.A., & Mohanty, A. (2013). Emotional Distractors Can 
    Enhance Attention. Psychological Science, 24 (11), 2322-8. DOI:10.1177/0956797613492774
    *Dr. Sussman performed the analyzed behavioral data (which had already been collected) and wrote the manuscript.

Reviews, Chapters, Commentary

  • Sussman, T.J., Jin, J., Mohanty, A., (2020), The impact of top-down factors on threat 
    perception biases in health and anxiety, In T. Aue & H. Okon-Singer (Eds.), 
    Cognitive biases in health and psychiatric disorders, Elsevier.
  • Sussman, T.J., & Posner, J. (2019). Neural Correlates of Sluggish Cognitive Tempo: 
    Biological Evidence of a Distinct Clinical Entity?. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 58(2), 164. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.08.015
  • Sussman, T.J., Jin, J., & Mohanty, A. (2016). Top-down and bottom-up factors in threat-
    related perception and attention in anxiety. Biological psychology, 121, 160-172.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.08.006
  • Mohanty., A., & Sussman, T.J. (2013). Top-down modulation of attention by emotion. 
    Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7: 102. DOI:  10.3389/fnhum.2013.00102