Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D.

Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 276-3000

  • Primary Care Physician Primary Care Physician

Patient Care Bio

Susan McDaniel, PHD, a family psychologist on our faculty, is the Dr Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry. She received a PhD in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in clinical psychology, did her internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and was a fellow in family therapy at the Texas Research Institute for Mental Services in Houston.

She enjoys the many philosophical, theoretical, and clinical commonalities between family therapy and family medicine and their integration into the practice of biopsychosocial medicine. Her special interests are in the family in family medicine and collaboration between mental health specialists and primary care practitioners.

Publications include books entitled Systems Consultation with Lyman Wynne and Timothy Weber, Family-Oriented Primary Care: A Manual for Medical Providers (1990 and 2003) with Tom Campbell, Jeri Hepworth, and Alan Lorenz; Counseling Families with Chronic Illness (1995), Integrating Family Therapy: Handbook of Family Psychology and Systems Theory (1995) with Richard Mikesell and Don-David Lusterman, The Shared Experience of Illness (1997) with Jeri Hepworth and Bill Doherty, A Casebook for Integrating Family Therapy (2002) with Don-David Lusterman and Carol Philpot, Primary Care Psychology (2004) with Robert Frank, James Bray, and Margaret Heldring, Individuals, Families, and the New Era of Genetics (2006) with Suzanne Miller, John Rolland, and Suzanne Feetham, and Family Therapy (2009) with Bill Doherty.

Awards & Honors (National)

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Recognition Award | Society of Teachers of Family Medicine | New Orleans LA 2011
Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award | Presented at Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia 2011
Outstanding Psychologist of the Year Award | Genesee Valley Psychological Association | Rochester NY 2009
The Donald Bloch MD Award for Outstanding Contributions to Collaborative Care | Collaborative Family Healthcare Association | San Diego 2009
Cummings PSYCHE Prize - $50,000 | American Psychological Foundation | San Francisco CA 2007
Fellowship for Associate Chairs to Assocation of Departments of Family Medicine 2005 - 2007
Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching | Association of Medical School Psychologists 2004
Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy | American Family Therapy Academy 2000 - 2000
Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology | National Academies of Practice 1999
Family Psychologist of the Year | American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology 1995
Who's Who of American Women 1991
Outstanding Young Women of America 1985

Awards & Honors (Local)

Fellow | National Academy of Psychology in India | Allahbad, India 2016
Susan H. McDaniel Ph.D Collaborative Care Award | University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry | Rochester, NY 2016
Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award | Society of Family Psychology | American Psychological Association Annual Meeting 2015
The Committee of Early Career Psychologists Award of Appreciation | American Psychological Association | Toronto, CA 2015
Distinguished Leadership on behalf of Women in Psychology | The Committee on Women in Psychology of the American Psychologic | American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu Hawa 2013
Dr. Laurie Sands DIstinguished Professor of Families & Health 2009 - Present
Ittleson Consultant to the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry 2006 - 2007
Initiation of the Susan H. McDaniel Award for Excellence in Teaching | Department of Psychiatry, Family Programs Colleagues 2002
Postdoctoral Academic Mentoring Award | University of Rochester 1998
National Patient Care Award for Innovation in Family Medicine Education - w/Thomas Campbell | Society of Teachers of Family Medicine 1988
Michael Wallach Award for Outstanding Doctoral Candidate in Psychology | U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1979
National Institute of Mental Health Traineeship 1975 - 1977
National Institute of Mental Health Traineeship 1974 - 1975
First Place - Student Research Award--Undergraduate Level | North Carolina Psychological Association 1973

Current Appointments

Associate Chair - Department of Family Medicine (SMD)
Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Prof. of Families & Health - Department of Psychiatry (SMD)
Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Family/Marriage (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Department of Family Medicine (SMD)


Family Medicine - American Board of Professional Psychology


PhD | Clinical Psychology | U of N Carolina Chapel Hill1979
BA | Psychology | Duke University1973

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Family Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Science Center School08/01/1979 - 06/30/1980