She has been a university professor at the University of Virginia and at Tulane University, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She served on the faculty at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and as a supervising psychologist and clinical faculty member at Louisiana State University Health Sciences. She was a psychoanalytic fellow and member of the teaching faculty at the New Orleans-Birmingham Psychoanalytic Center. She is a recipient of faculty scholar awards from the William T. Grant Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, as well as research funding from the National Institutes of Health. She has published and presented scholarly research on topics in developmental psychopathology, psychiatric epidemiology, ethnic minority children's development, and on Native American mental health and personality development. She has lectured nationally on topics related to the development of depression, anxiety, substance use, attention problems, disruptive behavior, personality and identity development, stress and trauma in preschool, adolescence, and during the transition to young adulthood.
She is in private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dr. Newman's treatment orientation takes a modern neuro-psychoanalytic approach: She has special interest in developmental and depth-oriented processes focussing on the childhood, unconscious, and cultural meanings of the mind in the context of a safe therapeutic relationship.