Skip to main content
Explore URMC


The Family Therapy Training Program was first established in 1983 under the leadership of Drs. M. Duncan Stanton and Judith Landau. Subsequent Directors were Dr. Susan H. McDaniel (1994-2000), who initiated the accreditation of the Post-degree Certificate Program, and Dr. David B. Seaburn (1998-2000) who, in 1998, initiated the establishment of the graduate program in marriage and family therapy. Dr. Pieter Le Roux was the Director of the Family Therapy Training Program from 2000 until June, 2012.   As of July, 2012, Dr. Jenny Speice and Dr. Carol Podgorski have taken on the Directorship of the Program.  The faculty is recognized for developing Transitional Family Therapy, a model that blends transgenerational, ecosystemic and here and now approaches to the family, while utilizing family strengths and competence in therapy. Dr. McDaniel and her colleagues, Jeri Hepworth and William Doherty, are recognized for establishing the field of Medical Family Therapy with their 1992 seminal text.

Current Faculty

Jessica Goodman, PhD, LMFTGoodman

Senior Instructor Family/Marriage (SMD)

Major Interests

Medical family therapy, integrated behavioral healthcare, narrative-informed medical family therapy, social and political advocacy in family therapy, emergency department utilization, relational healthcare utilization decision-making, translational research using machine learning, healthcare provider burnout prevention, medical residency education and coaching


Aubree M. Guiffre, PhDAubree M. Guiffre, PhD

Clinical Senior Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Psychologist at Rochester General Pediatric Associates

Major Interests

primary care psychology, medical family therapy, grief, training medical providers, parenting and mindfulness based interventions.

Kristin Koberstein, MA, LMFTKristin Koberstein, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapy Clinician with Strong Behavioral Health at Highland Family Medicine; AAMFT Supervisor in Training.

Major Interests

medical family therapy, clinical supervision, collaboration between primary care and mental health, refugee care, and postpartum adjustment for families

Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, LMFTSusan H McDaniel

Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health
Director, Institute for the Family, Department of Psychiatry
Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine

Major Interests

medical family therapy, integrated primary and specialty care, healthcare teams and collaboration, inter-professional education, reproductive technologies, genetic testing, unexplained medical symptoms, physician-patient communication, and communication coaching for physician and other health professionals.

Jessica Moore, Ph.D.Jessica A. Moore, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics

Major Interests

pediatric family psychology, medical family therapy, chronic illness, Developmental and behavioral needs, parenting, and advocacy. Teaching, clinical work, and research interests focus on collaboration and integrated care.

Anthony Pisani Ph.D., L.M.F.T.Anthony Pisani Ph.D., L.M.F.T.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and Pediatrics

Major Interests

population oriented suicide prevention, extending prevention through technology, crisis tech intervention, Zero Suicide

Carol Podgorski, PhD, MPH, LMFT Carol Podgorski, PhD, MPH, MS

Co-Director: Family Therapy Training Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Major Interests

family therapy in dementia and long term care, academic-community partnerships, and evidence-informed program development.

Ellen Poleshuck, PhD, LMFTEllen Poleshuck, PhD, LMFT

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology

Major Interests

women’s health, interventions and services research, depression And pain comorbidity, intimate partner violence.

Tziporah Rosenberg, PhD, LMFTTziporah E. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Family/Marriage (SMD)
Associate Professor Department of Family Medicine (SMD) - Joint

Major Interests

medical family therapy, models of collaborative and integrative healthcare, couple and family therapy training and education, outcome-based education and assessment, effects of illness and health on family relationships.

Jenny Speice, PhD, LMFTJenny Speice, PhD

Co-Director: Family Therapy Training Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Major Interests

families and health, particularly related to genetic concerns and infertility/fertility treatments; grief and loss; ethics and professional practice.

Michelle Swanger-Gagne, PhD, NCSPMichelle Swanger-Gagne, PhD, NCSP

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Pediatrics at URMC
Psychologist at Golisano Children’s Hospital’s Amplified Musculoskeletal Pain Program in collaboration with Pediatric Rheumatology and Physical Rehabilitation
Team Leader and Licensed Psychologist at Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Rochester Regional Health

Major Interests

family engagement in children’s education and healthcare, Family-School-Community Partnerships, Pediatric Collaborative and Integrative Care, School and Healthcare Consultation, Specific clinical interests include pediatric pain, chronic health conditions in children/youth, and children/youth with behavioral concerns and school challenges.

Traci Terrance, Ph.D., LCSW, Ph.D. CandidateTTerrance

Behavioral Health Services at Highland Family Medicine
Major Interests: cultural humility; development integrated clinical training; integrate care and community engagement; dismantling structural racism and oppression; narrative therapy. 

William H. Watson, PhDWilliam H. Watson, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology

Major Interests

mind/body issues, spirituality and psychotherapy, family issues in the workplace, training and supervision.

Additional Onsite Clinical Supervisors

Community Faculty

Maisha Enaharo, MPH, MSKim Linde, MS, LMFT

Clinical Associate in Psychiatry Director, Department of Pediatrics Rochester Regional Health

Major Interests

trainings/group facilitation: Internalized Racism; Structural/Systemic Racism; Intersectionality of Identities, Leadership Coaching, Effective Black Parenting.

Clinical Staff

Shanice Aluko, MS, MFTAluko, Shanice

Marriage and Family Therapy Clinician with Strong Behavioral Health at Strong Family Therapy Service

Major Interests 
couple/marital and family therapy, faith/spirituality and psychotherapy, medical family therapy, Black/African American family issues and Parenting, children/youth with behavioral concerns, and collaboration between primary care, mental health, and faith-based organizations.

Jamie Carr, MS, LMFTJamie Carr

Marriage and Family Therapy Clinician with Strong Behavioral Health at Women’s Behavioral Health Service at Lattimore

Major interests                                                                                                   
women’s Health, trauma, marital and couple therapy, parenting, positive reinforcement, and self-care.

Tonya Girard, MS, LMFTTonya Girard

Marriage and Family Therapy Clinician with Strong Behavioral Health at Highland Family Medicine                                                                                                               

Major Interests

medical family therapy, collaborative/integrated health practice, trauma informed care and treatment, mind-body integration, women’s and LGBTQIA+ health.

Rachael Zoller, MS, LMFTRachael Zoller

Senior Marriage and Family Therapist with Strong Behavioral Health at Women’s Behavioral Health Service​.   AAMFT Supervisor in Training with the Family Therapy Training Program

Major interests

women’s health, couple/marital/family therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), individual and family therapy with adolescents, clinical supervision.

Facebook Institute for the Family Logo

Back to top