Susan H. McDaniel, PhD

Presidential Initiatives

Susan H. McDaniel, PhD Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, will focus primarily on the integration of psychologists and psychological science into comprehensive health care. McDaniel plans to connect APA with other health care professional organizations to further this goal; in particular to improve team functioning, encourage interprofessional education, reduce health disparities, and develop novel and effective payment models. Internally, she will focus on how best to prepare psychologists as leaders in these various areas of health care (team science, inter-professional practice and education, and advocacy).


McDaniel is distinguished professor and director of the Institute for the Family in the department of psychiatry at the University of Rochester, in New York. McDaniel is also associate chair of the department of family medicine and director of the Patient- and Family-Centered Care Coaching Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

An APA fellow and member of the APA Board of Directors, McDaniel has served on multiple APA task forces, was president of Div. 43 (Society for Family Psychology), chair of APA's Publications and Communications Board, and sat on the association's Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice.

Among her many awards are the prestigious APF Cummings PSYCHE prize in 2008 for her contributions to integrated mental and physical health care, the Donald Bloch, MD, Award for Outstanding Contributions to Collaborative Care in 2009 and the Recognition Award from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine in 2011.

McDaniel received her PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a focus on clinical psychology. She is certified in family psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.


McDaniel is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters. In addition, McDaniel was co-editor of Families, Systems & Health for 12 years and is an associate editor of APA's flagship journal, American Psychologist®. She co-authored or co-edited "Medical Family Therapy," "Primary Care Psychology," "Family-Oriented Primary Care" and 12 other books, which have been translated into multiple languages.