Bio

Susan Linn is an Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.   She has written extensively about the effects of media and commercial marketing on children.  Her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe, the Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post.  Her commentaries can be heard on NPR's Marketplace. Her book, Consuming Kids: The Hostile Takeover of Childhood (The New Press) has been praised in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal and Mother Jones hand has been published on four continents.  The Boston Globe called Dr. Linn's new book, The Case for Make-Believe:  Saving Play in a Commercialized World (The New Press), "A wonderful look at how playing can heal children."

Dr. Linn is a co-founder and director of the national coalition Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.   In 2000 she was appointed to the American Psychological Associationís Task Force on Advertising to Children.  She has been featured on Sixty Minutes, Now with Bill Moyers, World  News Tonight, Dateline, and in the acclaimed film, The Corporation.   In 2006 she received the American Psychological Association's Presidential Citation for her work on behalf of children. 

An award winning ventriloquist, Dr. Linn is internationally known for her innovative work using puppets in child psychotherapy, pioneering this work at Childrenís Hospital in Boston, where she used puppets to help children cope with their hospital experiences. 

Combining her skills as a writer and performer with her role as a child therapist, Dr. Linn has written and appeared in a number of video programs designed to help children cope with issues ranging from mental illness to death and loss.  With Family Communications, Inc., the producers of Mister Rogersí Neighborhood, Dr. Linn created Different and the Same: Helping Children Identify and Prevent Prejudice, video based classroom materials designed for first to third graders.  The series won the 1996 Media Award from the Association of Multicultural Educators and is being used in forty-seven states around the country.