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Susan Hatters-Friedman, MD

Susan Hatters-Friedman, MD

  • Specialty: Psychiatry-Forensic Psychiatry
  • Languages Spoken: English

Biography: Susan Hatters-Friedman, MD


  • Director, Forensic Psychiatry, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Division Chief, Forensic Psychiatry, UH Cleveland Medical Center
  • Professor of Psychiatry, CWRU School of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics, CWRU School of Medicine

Certifications & Memberships

  • Forensic Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


Fellowship | Forensic Psychiatry
Forensic Psychiatry - University Hospitals Of Cleveland (2004 - 2005)

Research Fellowship | Maternal Mental Health
Maternal Mental Health - University Hospitals Of Cleveland (2003 - 2004)

Residency | Psychiatry
Psychiatry - University Hospitals Of Cleveland (1999 - 2003)

Medical Education
Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine (1999)

Case Western Reserve University (1996)


Dr. Friedman is a forensic and perinatal psychiatrist. She has practiced in forensic hospitals, general hospitals, court clinics, community mental health centers and correctional facilities. She has worked in both the U.S. and overseas in New Zealand. Dr. Friedman currently serves as President of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and has served as Chair of the Law and Psychiatry committee at the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP). She has received the AAPL award for the Best Teacher in a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, the Red AAPL award for outstanding service to organized forensic psychiatry, the Manfred S. Guttmacher award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and AAPL, the Association of Women Psychiatrists’ Marian Butterfield early career psychiatrist award for her contributions to women’s mental health, and the Distinguished Alumna Award from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. She has published more than 100 articles (including in World Psychiatry and the American Journal of Psychiatry) as well as book chapters. Her research has primarily focused on the interface of women’s mental health and forensic psychiatry, including notably child murder by mothers. Dr. Friedman also serves as the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Currently, Dr. Friedman completes evaluations at UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, and Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare.

Industry Relationships

University Hospitals is committed to transparency in our interactions with industry partners, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, or medical device companies. At UH, we disclose practitioner and their family members’ ownership and intellectual property rights that are or in the process of being commercialized. In addition, we disclose payments to employed practitioners of $5,000 or more from companies with which the practitioners interact as part of their professional activities. These practitioner-industry relationships assist in developing new drugs, devices and therapies and in providing medical education aimed at improving quality of care and enhancing clinical outcomes. At the same time, UH understands that these relationships may create a conflict of interest. In providing this information, UH desires to assist patients in talking with their practitioners about industry relationships and how those relationships may impact their medical care.

UH practitioners seek advance approval for certain new industry relationships. In addition, practitioners report their industry relationships and activities, as well as those of their immediate family members, to the UH Office of Outside Interests annually. We review these reports and implement management plans, as appropriate, to address conflicts of interest that may arise in connection with medical research, clinical care and purchasing decisions.

View UH’s policy (PDF) on practitioner-industry relationships.

As of December 31, 2016, Susan Hatters-Friedman did not disclose any Outside Relationships with Industry.