Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, ABPP
LIWP Executive Committee

Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, ABPP

Dr. McDaniel is the Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine, director of the Institute for the Family in Psychiatry, and associate chair of family medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry. She is known for her publications in the areas of behavioral health and primary care, genetic conditions and family dynamics, and doctor-patient communication. She is a frequent speaker at meetings of both health and mental health professionals. 

Dr. McDaniel has published 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and co-authored or co-edited 12 books, including: "Systems Consultation" (1986), "Family-Oriented Primary Care" (1990 and 2005), "Medical Family Therapy" (1992 and 2012), "Integrating Family Therapy" (1995), "Counseling Families with Chronic Illness" (1995), "The Shared Experience of Illness" (1997), "the Casebook for Integrating Family Therapy" (2001), "The Biopsychosocial Approach" (2003), "Primary Care Psychology" (2004), and "Family Therapy" (2009). Several have been translated into 11 different languages, and one is exclusively in German. Dr. McDaniel was co-editor, with Thomas Campbell, MD, of the multidisciplinary journal Families, Systems & Health from 1997 to 2009. She is now associate editor of the American Psychologist, and serves on several other journal boards.

In 1998 Dr. McDaniel was the first psychologist to be a fellow in the Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship. She has held many national offices: she was chair, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education in 1998, president of the Society for Family Psychology (Division 43) of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1999, and chair of the Publications and Communications Board for APA in 2004. She has served recently on the APA Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice, and the Council of Representatives. She is now on the Board of Directors of APA, and the Board of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association.

Dr. McDaniel was recognized by APA as the 1995 Family Psychologist of the Year. In 1998, she received the Academic Mentoring award from the School of Medicine at the University of Rochester. In 2000, she received the award for Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy from the American Family Therapy Academy, and in 2004 she received the Association for Medical Psychologists Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching. In 2008 Dr. McDaniel received the prestigious Cummings Foundation PSYCHE prize for her contributions to integrated mental and physical healthcare. In 2009 she was the recipient of the Dr. Donald Bloch Award for Outstanding Contributions to Collaborative Care, in 2011 the Recognition Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and in 2012 the Elizabeth H. Beckman Mentoring Award.