Early life and education
Susan Jeffers was born Susan Gildenberg at Hazleton, Pennsylvania on March 3, 1938.
Susan Jeffers started her academic education at Penn State University, but abandoned her studies when she married her first husband. In the years following 1960 the family moved to Manhattan, where Jeffers took degrees, followed by a doctorate in psychology, at Hunter College and at Columbia University.
She published her first and presumably most well-known self-help book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway in 1987. It was sold in millions of copies and translated into more than thirty-five languages. In addition to her work as an author Jeffers also held workshops and seminars.