Meet The Team
Beth Mark, MD, MES. Staff Psychiatrist, Student Health and Counseling of the University of Pennsylvania. Steering Committee Member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance. Climate Psychiatry Committee Member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. I have a love and appreciation for the natural world, and a drive to minimize the damage and loss of it. As a physician, I have a duty to warn others about health risks and to educate and make recommendations as to how to best navigate these risks. This includes the significant health impacts from our changing climate and environment. Areas of interest and expertise: Developing best pedagogical practices to emotionally support students and teachers while teaching and learning about climate change and its impacts.
Elizabeth Allured, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst on the teaching faculty of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University, New York. She is a founding member and the co-president of Climate Psychology Alliance – North America, a legal nonprofit organization focused on educating mental health practitioners, the media, and the public at large about the mental health implications of the climate and environmental crises, and how to address these. She has presented numerous papers on the interface of mental health and the environment since 2007 at international and national conferences. She has published several papers on this topic as book chapters, and continues to teach at the doctoral and pre-doctoral levels. She has been quoted by numerous large media outlets including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chinese Governmental TV Network (CGTN), and the National Post (Toronto).
Janet L. Lewis, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice, Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester, a founding member of the Climate Psychiatry Alliance, and co-chair of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry’s Climate Committee. With particular expertise in climate related distress, she has given numerous academic presentations on climate mental health including at annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association and is an author on climate papers in professional journals, including Psychodynamic Psychiatry, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders, and JAMA Open. Interviews with her are quoted in lay press publications, such as US News and World Report, NBC News, and Rolling Stone Magazine.
Lise Van Susteren
Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a general and forensic psychiatrist in Washington, DC, is an expert on the physical and mental health effects of climate change. In 2011 she co-authored "The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the U.S. - Why the US Mental Health System Is Not Prepared". In addition to community organizing on climate issues, Van Susteren serves on several boards including the Climate Psychology Alliance. She is a frequent contributor on television, radio and in the print media. In 2006 Dr. Van Susteren sought the Democratic nomination for the US Senate
from Maryland. Her book, “Emotional Inflammation” was released in April 2020.
Psychoanalyst. Fellow, British Psychoanalytic Society, Member, Climate Psychology Alliance (CPA); Chair, International Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Climate. Talks, blogs and writes on the climate crisis. Short-listed for International Gradiva Prize in 2014 for contributions to psychoanalysis for edited book Engaging with Climate Change. One of the 31 Global Commissioners for the Cambridge Sustainability Report in 2020. Won Award from the International Psychoanalytic Association for climate work in 2021. Edited and contributed to Engaging with Climate Change: Psychoanalytic and Interdisciplinary Perspectives in 2012. My book entitled Psychological Roots of the Climate Crisis: Neoliberal Exceptionalism and the Culture of Uncare came out in 2021.
Stephen Peterson MD is a practicing psychiatrist in Washington DC who joined CPA in 2019 and the CPA steering committee in 2020. He is former chairperson of the Medstar Washington Hospital Center Department of Psychiatry for 25 years and continues to work as an inpatient, outpatient and CL attending at MWHC. He is assistant professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Department of Psychiatry and with humility acknowledges he has been selected as a TOP DOCTOR by his peers in Washingtonian Magazine for the past 20 years. As his first grandchild came along in 2017, he became more deeply concerned about her future and everyone else for that matter. He joined the CPA to work for ways to cope with and, if possible, prevent the profound health impacts of climate change.
serves as consultant at the Climate School at Columbia University and on the Board of Directors of the Climate Psychology Alliance- North America. She is faculty and supervisor at the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis, at the Adelphi University Postgraduate Program in Marriage and Couples Therapy and is on faculty at the William Alanson White Couple Therapy Training and Education Program. She served as co-chair for the Manhattan Institute conference on Psychoanalysis and Climate Change. She has presented papers and workshops nationally and internationally on climate psychology and provides workshops and courses for mental health professionals on ways to work with climate distress and grief. She provides workshops on building emotional resilience for climate activists and students and has run group forums (climate cafes) for processing climate distress. She is in private practice in New York City and specializes in climate-aware therapy.
Merritt serves on the Steering Committee of the Climate Psychology Alliance North America, as well as the 2021 American Psychological Association (APA) Task Force on Climate Change. Merritt is a trained Climate Reality Project Leader, and facilitates reflective Climate Cafes for helping individuals process thoughts, feelings and experiences related to our planetary crisis in small group dynamics.
Merritt is also a psychodynamically-oriented systems psychotherapist in private practice in Westport, CT where she works with adults, adolescents and families navigating through conflict and life transitions. In her work, Merritt specializes in anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief and loss, existential distress, reflective parenting, and stress management. Merritt also works to build ecological intelligence in individuals, groups and families for planetary health and wellness by leading Mindful Outdoor Experiences. Prior to becoming a clinical social worker, Merritt worked as a mediator and attorney.
Dr. Zoey Rogers earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the University of San Francisco’s Counseling and Psychological Services. After eight years in the California Bay Area, Zoey returned to her hometown of Seattle for her post-doctoral fellowship at The Seattle Clinic.
Zoey is particularly passionate about the impact climate change has on mental health, including eco-anxiety and ecological grief, and is actively involved with the Climate Psychological Alliance. She was recently quoted in APA’s Continuing Education article, “Addressing climate change concerns in practice” and is currently working with several psychologists on publishing an article (“Clinical Psychology Responses to the Climate Crisis”) in the academic journal, Comprehensive Clinical Psychology, 2nd Edition. She has found a great sense of community and connection through her involvement with Eco-Pscyepedia and continues to feel grateful to be part of this group.