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Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D.

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

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Fax: (585) 271-7706

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Susan McDaniel, PHD, a family psychologist on our faculty, is the Dr Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine. She received a PhD in 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in clinical psychology, did an internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and was a postdoctoral fellow in family therapy at the Texas Research Institute for Mental Services in Houston. She came to the University of Rochester in 1980 after completing her fellowship.

Dr. McDaniel now serves as the Director of the Institute for the Family in the Department of Psychiatry, the Vice Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and developed and directs the University of Rochester Physician Communication Coaching Program. She has had leadership positions and served on boards and committees on national medical and mental health associations. In 2016, Dr. McDaniel served as President of the American Psychological Association.


Dr. McDaniel's career is focused on the integration of psychological science and behavioral health services into healthcare more broadly.

Dr McDaniel has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and 16 books translated into 9 languages. They include: Family-Oriented Primary Care: A Manual for Medical Providers (1990 and 2003) with Tom Campbell, Jeri Hepworth, and Alan Lorenz; 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, 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, Family Therapy (2009) with Bill Doherty, and Medical Family Therapy and Integrated Care, 2nd edition (2014) with Bill Doherty and Jeri Hepworth. Her latest effort is a Special Issue of the journal, American Psychologist, co-edited with Eduardo Salas, on the Science of Teams.



PhD | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/1979 - 06/30/1980
Fellowship in Family Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Science Center School


Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Annual Lectureship Award

Joseph D Matarazzo Award for Distinguished Contributions for Psychology in Academic Health Centers
Sponsor: Assoc. of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers
Location: Detroit, MI

The 1st recipient of the Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D. Collaborative Care Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Department of Psychiatry
Location: Rochester, NY

Sponsor: National Academy of Psychology in India
Location: Allahbad, India

Distinguished Contribution to Family Psychology Award
Sponsor: Society of Family Psychology
Location: American Psychological Association Annual Meeting

The Committee of Early Career Psychologists Award of Appreciation
Sponsor: American Psychological Association
Location: Toronto, CA

Distinguished Leadership on behalf of Women in Psychology
Sponsor: The Committee on Women in Psychology of the American Psychologic
Location: American Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Honolulu Hawa

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Recognition Award
Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
Location: New Orleans LA

Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award
Location: Presented at Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia

2009 - Present
Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health

The Donald Bloch MD Award for Outstanding Contributions to Collaborative Care
Sponsor: Collaborative Family Healthcare Association
Location: San Diego

Outstanding Psychologist of the Year Award
Sponsor: Genesee Valley Psychological Association
Location: Rochester NY

Cummings PSYCHE Prize - $50,000
Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation
Location: San Francisco CA

2006 - 2007
Ittleson Consultant to the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry

2005 - 2007
Fellowship for Associate Chairs to Assocation of Departments of Family Medicine

Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching
Sponsor: Association of Medical School Psychologists

Initiation of the Susan H. McDaniel Award for Excellence in Teaching
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry, Family Programs Colleagues

2000 - 2000
Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy
Sponsor: American Family Therapy Academy

Distinguished Practitioner in Psychology
Sponsor: National Academies of Practice

Postdoctoral Academic Mentoring Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester

Family Psychologist of the Year
Sponsor: American Psychological Association Division of Family Psychology

Who's Who of American Women

National Patient Care Award for Innovation in Family Medicine Education - w/Thomas Campbell
Sponsor: Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Outstanding Young Women of America

Michael Wallach Award for Outstanding Doctoral Candidate in Psychology
Sponsor: U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1975 - 1977
National Institute of Mental Health Traineeship

1974 - 1975
National Institute of Mental Health Traineeship

First Place - Student Research Award--Undergraduate Level
Sponsor: North Carolina Psychological Association

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Journal Articles

Russell H, Fogarty C, McDaniel SH, Naumburg E, Nofziger A, Rosenberg T, Sanders M, & Fiscella K. "Am I making more of it than I should? Reporting and responding to sexual harassment and gender discrimination, Family Medicine". Family Medicine. 2021; 53(6): 408-415.

McDaniel SH, Morse D, Edwardsen E, Taupin A, Gurnsey, Griggs J, Shields C, & Reis S. "Empathy and boundary turbulence in cancer communication. Patient Education & Counseling". 2021; .

Wittink M, Rosenberg T, McDaniel SH. "(In Preparation) Real-world implementation of the Biopsychosocial Approach to Healthcare, A Special Issue of Frontiers in Psychiatry". 2021; .

Books & Chapters

Book Title: (In Preparation) Systemic Integrated Healthcare.
Author List: Ruddy N & McDaniel SH.
Published By: American Psychological Association in Pulbications 2021 in Washington DC

Book Title: (In Press) Family Systems, In Feldman H, Elias E, Blum N, Stancin T, & Jimenez M.
Author List: Moore J, Mule C, & McDaniel SH.
Published By: Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics, 5th Ed. 2021

Chapter Title: Lyman Wynne
Book Title: In: Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy
Author List: O'Connor T and McDaniel SH.
Published By: Springer Publications 2020 in New York




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