Dr. Susanne Martin Herz's current scholarly work focuses on early child development (ECD)/education (ECE) and prevention of neonatal brain injury and developmental disability in Zimbabwe. She is a consultant to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on neurodevelopmental strategy and programs and is a member of research groups in Zimbabwe. She has a long-standing interest in the impact of chronic stress and trauma on child development, parent and child mental health and parenting.
Dr. Martin Herz' clinical effort is primarily in the assessment of young children with developmental delay, disruptive behavior or concern for autism spectrum disorder. She has a strong background in quality improvement and systems work to increase access and reduce disparities in developmental screening and access to diagnostic assessment and services. She is currently Co-PI on a Mount Zion Health Fund public service grant of co-located Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics service and education within primary care.
Dr. Martin Herz completed medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine and residency in Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital and UCSF. She completed a fellowship in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital, a PhD in Psychology at University of Washington and a Clinical Fellowship in Pediatric Bioethics at the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics in 2011. She joined the faculty at UCSF in 2014.