Susan Lord

Phone: (603) 862-3150
Office: Social Work, Pettee Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Susan A. Lord, Clinical Associate Professor, Social Work

Susan Lord is a Professor in the Social Work Department at the University of New Hampshire where she strives to engage in collaborative learning/teaching processes in practice, trauma and family therapy courses in the MSW Program. She has worked in a number of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings, and has a private psychotherapy practice in York, Maine.

Areas of special interest, national and international presentation and publication include integrating social constructionist, family systems, and psychodynamic ideas and practices into trauma work, and the cultivation of mindfulness and spirituality in psychotherapy.


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of New Hampshire
  • M.S.W., Smith College
  • B.A., University of New Hampshire
  • B.S.W., University of New Hampshire

Research Interests

  • Family/Marriage Counseling
  • Meditation
  • Mind-Body Health/Medicine
  • Psychotherapy

Courses Taught

  • SW 830: Social Work Practice I
  • SW 897: Spec Top\Trauma Info. Practice
  • SW 930: Advanced General Practice III
  • SW 975: Theory & Prac Family Therapy
  • SW 983: Field Internship IV

Selected Publications

Lord, S., & Edward, J. (2019). An Interview with Joyce Edward. In S. Lord (Ed.), Reflections on Long-term Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Relational Analysis Interminable. Routledge.

Lord, S. A. (2019). Reflections on Long-Term Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Relational Analysis Interminable. S. A. Lord (Ed.), Oxford, UK: Routledge.

Lord, S. (2019). Till Death Do Us Part. In S. Lord (Ed.), Reflections on Long-Term Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis: Relational Analysis Interminable. Routledge.

Lord, S. (2017). Moments of Meeting in Psychoanalysis Interaction and Change in the Therapeutic Encounter. Routledge.

Lord, S. A. (2017). Beginning with the system: Using Meditative Dialogue to help couples develop compassion and empathy for themselves and for each other.. In T. Northcut (Ed.), Cultivating Mindfulness in Clinical Social Work Narratives from Practice. Springer.

Lord, S. A., & Iudice, J. (2012). Social Workers in Private Practice: A Descriptive Study of What they do. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40(1), 85-94. doi:10.1007/s10615-011-0316-7

Lord, S. A. (2010). Meditative Dialogue: Cultivating Sacred Space in Psychotherapy – An Intersubjective Fourth?. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 80(2-3), 269-285. doi:10.1080/00377311003754187

Lord, S. A. (2008). Therapeutic Work with Trauma, Revictimization, and Perpetration: Bearing Witness, Offering Hope, Embracing Despair. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 15(2), 110-131. doi:10.1080/15228870802103671

Lord, S. A. (2007). Meditative dialogue: A tool for engaging students in collaborative learning processes. Journal of Family Therapy, 29(4), 334-337. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6427.2007.00396.x

Lord, S. A. (2007). Systemic work with clients with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Family Therapy, 29(3), 203-221. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6427.2007.00382.x

Most Cited Publications