My Brains are in My


‍Always adjusts to life's challenges, never says never.

SUSAN is a scientist, stricken down in 2004 from the effects of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Complications from this disease have affected many of her systems, including the central nervous system. Because connective tissues between her head and neck have dissolved, Susan S. suffers from functional cranial settling with idiopathic intracranial hypertension. These problems cause her to have a whole mess of transient symptoms including loss of vision, speech, hearing, and temperature regulation under some conditions, such as riding in a car. Susan still manages to stay active and enjoy life through family and social activism within her community. “… a research psychologist since the early 1980′s, most of my work has been in the area of physiology with an emphasis on statistical methodology. My publications primarily focused on physiological responses to different types of stress, but my dream was to research the specific effects of trauma on mental and physical health…. I was in the process of writing up my dream paper when I was stricken down. Life has since woken me up to enjoy other dreams. Although I developed a passion for recumbent cycling, physical limitations have lead me to the universe of digital art. I consider myself to be a student of the world and welcome lessons from all corners!”


University of Miami
Ph.D., Psychology, 1987-1988.
Dissertation: "Ambulatory Blood Pressure Levels When Posture is Controlled."

University of Miami
MS, Psychology, 1983-1987.
Thesis: "John Henryism and Blood Pressure in Urban Black and White Males and Females."

Florida International University
BS, Psychology, 1980-1983.
Focus: Experimental Methodology.

Miami Dade College
General Studies, 1979-1980.

University of South Florida
General Studies, 1978-1979.

South Miami Senior High
Hanging out behind the 7-11, 1975-1978.

South Miami Junior High
The worst years of my life!, 1972-1975.

Everglades Elementary School
Great years! Loved that school...and all the teachers...except maybe Mrs. Park, 1966-1972.

Flagler Granada School
Learned how to tell time, 1965-1966

A few Jewish Pre-schools
Butt wiping and bugger eating, 1963-1965


University of Miami
Associate Scientist, 2000-2004

University of Miami
Research Associate, 1990-2000

University of Miami
Postdoctoral Fellow, 1988-1990

University of Miami
Research Assistant, 1985-1988

University of Miami
Graduate Assistant, 1983-1985

University of Miami
Statistical Programming Advisor, 1995-2004

University of Miami
Instructor, 1985-1995

University of Miami
Teaching Assistant, 1983-1985

Kwanis Youthland
Bookkeeper, 1979-1982

(c) Susan B Spitzer, PhD 2019

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