Dr. Susan Schenkel


Dr. Susan Schenkel is a psychologist who specializes in the psychology of action and the psychology of self-management. In counseling and consultation, she teaches the application of action and self-management strategies in the areas of work, health, habit change, relationships, and money matters. Her special interest is in helping people overcome internal resistance to action.

She believes that one reason people feel stuck is that when they experience resistance they look for answers in all the wrong places. They look to psychological issues and often get lost in a sea of psychobabble. The answers are found in behavior: what to do and what not to do. Once people understand this and get the skills for doing what needs to be done, taking action is often much easier than ever imagined.

Dr. Schenkel enjoys teaching action skills and is gratified when her ideas have an impact. She is pleased to get feedback such as, “Your book saved my life.” “How could you know me so well without ever having met me.” “I got my job because of your book.” “Such an effective and powerful book is becoming required reading for any prospective women employees.”

Regarded as an excellent speaker, Dr. Schenkel has given lectures and workshops at corporations, universities, government agencies, medical institutions, adult education programs, professional organizations, management training programs, and women’s groups. She has spoken on television and radio, and has been interviewed by numerous newspapers and magazines.

Before going into private practice, Dr. Schenkel was a clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Chief Psychologist at the Cambridge Court Clinic. She has worked in the field of alcoholism where she trained alcoholism counselors at Boston City Hospital. She has also done counseling in a variety of clinical settings.

From the beginning of her career, she was interested in the psychology of women. She published widely cited groundbreaking research on identity formation in college women, and she designed and taught courses on the psychology of women at various colleges.

Dr. Schenkel received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She did her internship at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her biographical sketch appears in Who’s Who of America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who of Medicine and Healthcare, and Who’s Who of American Education.

Selected Works

Psychology Self-Help
Giving Away Success: Why Women Get Stuck And What To Do About It
" ...the book is clear, well written, sensible, and, in fact, a little gem."
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