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Susan Cayleff, PhD

Susan E. Cayleff, PhD, is the author of two notable books on naturopathic medicine. She serves as a Professor of Women’s Studies at SDSU, where she has taken on multiple roles, including co-chairing SafeZones@SDSU, directing the LGBT Studies Internship Program, and mentoring the Young Women’s Studies Club at Hoover High School. Cayleff has also worked as adjunct faculty in American Indian Studies and Chicano/Chicana Studies, and was the Department Chair from 1997-2005. Before joining SDSU in 1987, she taught at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.

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Susan E. Cayleff, PhD, has written two books on naturopathic medicine during her tenure: Nature’s Path: A History of Naturopathic Healing in America (2016) and Wash and Be Healed: The Water Cure Movement and Women’s Health (1987, 1992). Her curriculum vitae includes Professor of Women’s Studies and co-chair of SafeZones@SDSU (an ally training and social justice event program for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff and administrators), directing the LGBT Studies Internship Program (places students at 15 different community-based organizations and services), faculty director and mentor of the Young Women’s Studies Club at Hoover High School (a multi-tiered mentoring program that works to create feminist and racial awareness and bridge the academy and the community), and adjunct faculty in American Indian Studies and Chicano/Chicana Studies. She served as Department Chair 1997-2005 and joined the faculty at SDSU in 1987. Prior to her arrival at SDSU she was an Assistant Professor in the Institute for the Medical Humanities, Preventive Medicine and Community Health Division, at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX, 1983-1987.

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