Susan Heidrich PhD, RNSusan Heidrich, PhD, RN, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing and teaches graduate courses in gerontological nursing, ethics and research, and nursing research. Heidrich's research focuses on testing interventions to improve physical and psychological well-being and quality of life in old age.
In her advocacy life, Heidrich served as one of the first public participants for the NIMH Interventions and Treatment Scientific Review Group. She has been a member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Dane County Board of Directors and has taught courses on mental illness for family members, teachers, consumers, police officers and front-line service providers. She and her therapy dog, Molly, visit children at Mendota Mental Health Institute and Meriter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Hospital.