Susan Robison Bio

  • Susan Robison, PhD is a psychologist, author, and faculty development consultant. Susan’s Professor Destressor workshops and coaching help faculty improve their time and stress management, leadership, work-life balance, productivity and communication skills. Her book, The Peak Performing Professor: A Practical Guide to Productivity and Happiness, has been selected for faculty book clubs all over North America. 

    In addition to authoring The Peak Performing Professor: A Practical Guide to Productivity and Happiness, published by Jossey-Bass in October, 2013, Susan is also the author of two leadership books ( Discovering Our Gifts and Sharing Our Gifts), and a co-author with Barbara Walvoord et al. of a faculty development book, Thinking and Writing in College.

    Susan is currently serving as a co-editor of a special issue on Coaching and Leadership of the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching. She is a frequent workshop presenter at higher education conferences and colleges and universities on “The Peak Performing Professor” and “The Academic Leader as Coach.” Her workshops have been described as “mind blowing,” “transformational,” and “life-changing.”

    A former academic department chair and professor of psychology at Notre Dame of Maryland University, Susan has provided leadership consultation work with non-profits and maintained a clinical practice at the Center for Extraordinary Marriages, where she is co-director with her husband of over 40 years.

    Her awards include an early career NSF award and several business awards including the 2004 Mandy Goetze award from the Executive Women’s Network for service and leadership to business women in the Baltimore area and, in 2008, one of the Top 100 Minority Business Entrepreneurs in the Maryland, D.C., and Virginia areas.