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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.

 

Clinical Senior Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Psychologist, Rochester General Pediatric Associates
Major Interests: bereavement, medical family therapy, pediatric primary care
Olivia Chiang
Clinical Senior Instructor, Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Psychologist, Rochester General Pediatric Associates
Major Interests: primary care psychology, medical family therapy, grief, training medical providers.
Aubree Guiffre
 
Associate Director of Behavioral Health Services, Highland Family Medicine
Associate Professor of Family Medicine & Psychiatry
Major Interests: behavioral health, training and supervision, global health and immigrant and refugee care.
Gawinski
Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health
Director, Institute for the Family, Department of Psychiatry
Associate Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Major Interests: medical family therapy, infertility and new reproductive technologies, genetic testing, somatization, and collaboration between primary care physicians and mental health providers.
Susan McDaniel
Sr. Instructor, Department of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Major Interests: pediatric family, psychology, medical family therapy, chronic illness, developmental and behavioral needs, parenting, advocacy.   Teaching, clinical work, and research interests focus on collaboration and integrated care.
Moore
Associate Professor in Psychiatry
Major Interests: youth suicide prevention, school-based prevention, youth-parent connectedness, clinical responses to suicide risk.
Pisani
 
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.
Podgorski
 
 
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics/Gynecology
Major Interests: women’s health, interventions and services research, depression and pain comorbidity, intimate partner violence.
Poleshuck
 
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Family Medicine
Clinical Director, Family Therapy Services
Major Interests: medial 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.
Tziporah Rosenberg, Ph.D.
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.
Speice
 
Senior Instructor in Psychiatry
Clinical Psychologist, Rochester General Behavioral Pediatrics Program
Major Interests: Family-School Partnerships, Family engagement in children’s education, models of collaborative care, school consultation, intervention implementation fidelity, family therapy with children and youth with behavioral concerns.
Swanger-Gagne
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology
Major Interests: mind/body issues, spirituality and psychotherapy, family issues in the workplace, training and supervision.
Watson

 

Additional Onsite Clinical Supervisors

ErinGerig 

Erin Gerig, MS, LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapy Clinician with Strong Behavioral Health at Strong Family Therapy Services; Clinical Supervisor Family Therapy Training Program.  
Major Interests: medical family therapy, grief and loss, marital therapy, family therapy with adolescents, clinical supervision.




KimLinde 
 


Kim Linde, MS, LMFT
Marriage and Family Therapy Clinician with Strong Behavioral Health at Strong Family Therapy Service; Clinical Supervisor Family Therapy Training Program.
Major Interests:  marital/couples therapy, family reunification, medical family therapy, grief and loss, infertility, clinical supervision.




KristinKoberstein
 

Kristin 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.

 

 

 

 

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