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McDaniel Appointed Associate Chair of Family Medicine

Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D., professor of Psychiatry, has been named associate chair of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center. McDaniel will focus on faculty development and academic affairs. 

“I am very pleased to have Dr. McDaniel’s considerable skills and energy in this important position as we continue to build the Department of Family Medicine and the Center for Primary Care,” said Thomas L. Campbell, M.D., William Rocktaschel Chair and Professor of Family Medicine, and associate director of the Center for Primary Care.

McDaniel has served as interim associate chair of Family Medicine since 2002. She is an expert in behavioral and mental health problems in primary care, and has taught family medicine residents and fellows to care for the psychosocial problems of their patients. McDaniel joined the Family Medicine faculty in 1982 and Psychiatry in 1984.

In addition, McDaniel serves as director of Family Programs and the Wynne Center for Family Research at the UR. She trains and teaches mental health professionals about medical family therapy, an approach that concentrates on the reciprocal effect of illness or disability on family relationships.

McDaniel is an author of 72 peer-reviewed journal articles and 11 books, including the text, Family-Oriented Primary Care.  She and Campbell are co-editors of the journal Families, Systems & Health.

The recipient of many distinguished awards, in 1995 McDaniel was named the American Psychological Association Family Psychologist of the Year, and in 2000 won the American Family Therapy Academy’s award for Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy. This week she will receive an award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching from the Association of Medical School Psychologists.

McDaniel’s educational background includes a B.A., magna cum laude, in psychology and anthropology from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed a clinical psychology internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and a postdoctoral fellowship in family therapy at the Texas Research Institute for Mental Sciences. McDaniel is married, with two daughters and resides in Rochester.

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