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Deanna P. Sams, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-3066

Fax: (585) 273-1117

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Professional Background

Dr. Sams has extensive experience in the clinical treatment of children, adolescents, young adults, and families. She specializes in the treatment of anxiety, OCD, mood disorders, and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents. She has extensive training and clinical experience in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and in Collaborative and Proactive Solutions approach (developed by Ross Greene, Ph.D.) in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Dr. Sams is the Director of Therapeutic Services on the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Inpatient Unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. She is also Co-Director of the Psychological Testing Service, Dr. Sams is heavily involved in the training and supervision of pre-doctoral interns, as well as medical students and residents in psychiatry.

Dr. Sams' research evaluates the impact of psychological interventions on Inpatient Psychiatry Units. Specifically, she has examined the applications of of mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy narrative therapy, and Collaborative & Proactive Solutions in the child & adolescent inpatient unit at Strong Memorial Hospital.

Research Focus and Interests - Inpatient psychiatry / child and adolescent / mindfulness / Acceptance & Commitment Therapy / Collaborative & Proactive Solutions



Post-doctoral Training & Residency

09/01/2004 - 08/31/2005
Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester School of Medicine GME

07/01/2002 - 07/30/2003
Internship in Psychology at Child and Adolescent Service Center

08/01/1999 - 09/30/2003
Graduate at SUNY State University of New York-Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (USA)

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The Raymond Babineau. MD Award for Excellence in Psychotherapy Education
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry University of Rochester Scho

Rita Underberg, Ph.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Psychology Training Program,
Sponsor: Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medi
Location: Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medi

Postdoctoral Award, University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry (2005)

1995 - 1998
Cum Laude, University of Rochester (1995-1998)

Sigma Chi Iota (National Honor Society in Counseling)

Graduate assistantship with full tuition remission for three years of doctoral program

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Journal Articles

Sams DP, Handley ED, Alpert-Gillis LJ. "Mindfulness-based group therapy: Impact on psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents." Clinical child psychology and psychiatry.. 2018 Oct; 23(4):582-591. Epub 2018 May 20.

Ghannadpour, J.; Sams, D.P.; Garrison, D. "Pilot Study of a Narrative Exercise on a Child & Adolescent Inpatient Unit". Journal of Systemic Therapies. 2018; 37(1): 47-54.

Sams DP, Garrison D, Bartlett J. "Innovative Strength-Based Care in Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry." Journal of child and adolescent psychiatric nursing : official publication of the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurses, Inc.. 2016 Aug; 29(3):110-7. Epub 2016 Aug 23.