Susan Dudley Gold

Susan Dudley Gold is an editor, graphic designer, publisher, and author of more than 60 books, including many on health-related topics, for high school and middle school students. After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1992, she founded the Chronic Pain Support Group of Southern Maine and acted as facilitator for 15 years before turning it over to Ernest Merritt III. She has taught self-help classes for the Arthritis Foundation, served on the member advisory committee of the American Chronic Pain Association, and has been a patient advocacy ambassador for both the Arthritis Foundation and the U.S. Pain Foundation. In 2001 she received a Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work with the chronic pain support group. Her story was among those spotlighted at the University of New England’s Pain Symposium in 2013. Susan and her husband, John Gold, have participated in panel discussions of the effects of chronic pain on the family as part of UNE’s training for health professionals. In 2013, Susan served for a year as a VISTA volunteer at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging in Scarborough, Maine. She currently serves as executive director of Vet to Vet Maine, a nonprofit that matches veteran volunteers with fellow veterans for companionship and assistance in obtaining needed benefits and services.