Susan H. McDaniel, PhD, distinguished
professor and director of the Institute
for the Family in the department of
psychiatry at the University of Rochester,
has been elected APA’s 2016 president.
She will serve as APA’s president-elect in
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.
During her presidency, McDaniel
is expected to focus on the integration
of psychology into comprehensive
health care. She will also focus on how
best to prepare psychologists as leaders
in team science, inter-professional
practice, interdisciplinary education,
and advocacy to increase diversity and
reduce health disparities.
“I am proud and excited to
have the opportunity to lead the
American Psychological Association
as president in 2016,” she says. “One of
my primary goals will be to advance
psychology as integral to a national
health-care system that recognizes
behavioral health as fundamental for
overall health and wellness.
As experts on human
behavior, psychologists bring
psychological science and
practice to bear on our major
social problems — including
health care, violence and
climate change. I look forward
to working with the members
of APA as we reach out to
collaborate with other scientists
and practitioners to effect
changes that are so needed.”
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
Among her many awards
are the prestigious Cummings
Foundation 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.
She 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 coauthored or co-edited “Medical Family
Therapy,” “Primary Care Psychology,”
“Family-Oriented Primary Care” and 12
other books, which have been translated
into multiple languages.
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
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Members elect Susan H. McDaniel as APA’s 2016 president