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About Dr. Susan Noonan

Credit: Martha Stewart Photography

Credit: Martha Stewart Photography

This book is emblematic of Dr. Noonan’s persistence, courage, expertise, willingness to disclose, and desire to share with others practical ways to successfully cope with and manage a mood disorder. We thank her for a contribution that will undoubtedly enhance the health and quality of life of many readers.”
Timothy J. Petersen, Ph.D.
Jonathan E. Alpert, M.D., Ph.D.
Andrew A. Nierenberg, M.D.
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry
Boston, Massachusetts


Dr. Susan Noonan is a medical doctor and certified Peer Specialist about to begin a new job as a certified Peer Specialist in the Department of Psychiatry at a Boston teaching hospital. Her role will include working with patients, advising staff and faculty, and teaching residents and medical students about depression and Recovery.

Dr. Noonan graduated with an AB from Mount Holyoke College, where she was the recipient of the Abbey Howe Turner Award for excellence in Biology. She then earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the Harvard University School of Public Health, with a concentration in Quality of Care.

After achieving board certification in Emergency Medicine, Dr. Noonan focused her clinical career in the greater Boston area. Emergency Medicine gave her an opportunity to treat patients with a variety of medical conditions at different stages of their illness, including many years counseling, treating and advocating for individuals with mental illness.

For the past eight years Dr. Noonan has also volunteered her time at the Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room of The Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, counseling patients and helping them find information. In 2006 she was presented with an esteemed MGH Volunteer Service Award in recognition for her exemplary service.

Outside of work, Dr. Noonan enjoys fitness, the arts, music, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She works out regularly, swims, enjoys long fitness walks, bicycling, learning to golf, amateur photography, and plays the piano.


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