Susan McDaniel

Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D., ABPP is the Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, Director of the Institute for the Family in Psychiatry, Associate Chair of Family Medicine, and Director of the Physician Faculty Communication Coaching Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. She is known for her publications in the areas of behavioral health and primary care, genetic conditions and family dynamics, and doctor-patient communication. She is a frequent speaker at meetings of both health and mental health professionals.

Dr. McDaniel has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-authored or co-edited 15 books translated into 8 languages, including: Systems Consultation (1986) Family-Oriented Primary Care (1990 and 2005), Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care (1992 and 2014), Primary Care Psychology (2004), and Family Therapy (2009), and Psychosomatic Medicine: An International Primer for the Primary Care Setting (2014). Dr. McDaniel was co-editor, with Thomas Campbell, M.D., of the multidisciplinary journal, Families, Systems & Health from 1997-2009. She is now an Associate Editor of the American Psychologist, and was the Editor of the 2014 May-June Special Issue on Psychology and Primary Care.

In 1998 Dr. McDaniel was the first psychologist to be a Fellow in the Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship. She has held many national offices: she was Chair of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education in 1998, President of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1999, Chair of the Publications and Communications Board for the APA in 2004. She has served recently on the APA Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, and the Council of Representatives. She is now on the Board of Directors of the APA, the Board of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, and is currently running for President of APA.

Dr. McDaniel was recognized by the American Psychological Association as the 1995 Family Psychologist of the Year. In 1998, she received the Academic Mentoring award from the School of Medicine at the University of Rochester. In 2000 she received the award for Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy from the American Family Therapy Academy, and in 2004 she received the Association for Medical Psychologists Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching. In 2008 Dr. McDaniel received the prestigious Cummings Foundation PSYCHE prize for her contributions to integrated mental and physical healthcare. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Dr. Donald Bloch Award for Outstanding Contributions to Collaborative Care, in 2011 the Recognition Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and in 2012 the Elizabeth H Beckman Mentoring Award. In 2013, she was honored with the Exceptional Leadership Award in Health Psychology, and the Distinguished Leadership Award on behalf of Women in Psychology.

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