Deanna P. Sams, Ph.D.

Deanna P. Sams, Ph.D.

Contact Information

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

Office: (585) 275-3066
Fax: (585) 273-1117

Professional Bio

Dr. Sams has extensive experience in the clinical treatment of children, adolescents, and families. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents. She has extensive training and clinical experience in use of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach (developed by Ross Greene, Ph.D.) in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Dr. Sams also has training and experience in the therapeutic treatment of children with medical conditions, especially Type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Sams' current research focus is evaluating the impact of the implementation of the Collaborative Problem Solving approach on the Child Inpatient Unit. Specific factors being examined include the impact of length of stay, diagnosis, age, and sex on use of seclusion and restraint, as well as patient and parent satisfaction following an inpatient stay.

Dr. Sams is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Genesee Valley Psychological Association.

Research Focus and Interests - Inpatient child psychiatry, reduction of seclusion / restraint, assessment of the implementation of the Collaborative Problem Solving model on the child inpatient unit

Awards & Honors (Local)

Rita Underberg, Ph.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Psychology Training Program, | Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medi | Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medi 2010
Postdoctoral Award, University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry (2005) 2005
Cum Laude, University of Rochester (1995-1998) 1995 - 1998
Sigma Chi Iota (National Honor Society in Counseling)
Graduate assistantship with full tuition remission for three years of doctoral program

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor (Part-Time) - Department of Psychiatry, Child & Adoles Serv (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Counseling Psychology | St Univ at Buffalo2003
MS | Counseling & Human Development | University of Rochester1999
BA | Psychology | University of Rochester1998

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester09/01/2004 - 08/31/2005
Internship in Psychology at Child and Adolescent Service Center07/01/2002 - 07/2003