Dr. Strauss is an avid supporter of the Humane Society of Silicon Valley where she volunteers time at the Westgate Petco to help adopt out the many deserving pets. She belongs to the West San Jose Lions Club and supports her local Campbell Chamber of Commerce. She donates to many charitable organizations: Physicians For Responsible Medicine, National Antivivisection Society, KQED Radio, Wildlife Waystation, Relay For Life, Environmental Defense Fund, National Resource Defense Council, Move On, and the Nature Conservancy to name a few.
Dr. Strauss enjoys rock climbing, tennis, and reading in her spare time. She has a husband and three cats: Boo Boo, Beauty, and Jack.