As a researcher, Nan Sussman has maintained a 30 year program of research focusing on the psychological aspects of cultural transitions. She has been awarded two Fulbright Senior Research Awards, conducting studies in Japan and Hong Kong. Other research has focused on acculturation and health, and culture and nonverbal behavior. Her recent book, Return Migration and Identity: A Global Phenomenon, A Hong Kong Case, is published by Hong Kong University Press. As an educator, she taught at five US and six international universities and is currently a Professor of Psychology, College of Staten Island, and Graduate Center, City University of New York.
As a practitioner, she specializes in training people for the global workplace and in preparing employees to live and work abroad and successfully return home. She has trained Indo-Chinese refugees, American executives, Nigerian trainees, American students embarking on study abroad, repatriated JET teachers, World Bank staff, Chinese technicians, foreign service officers and managers from developing countries. She wrote and produced the training series, American Social Behavior: Sources of Cultural Misunderstanding.