Counselors Specializing in Infertility

Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D.

Susan H. McDaniel, Ph.D., if a professor or Psychiatry (Psychology) and Family Medicine, director of Family Programs, and director of the Wayne Center for Family Research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. McDaniel earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She did her internship at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, and her postdoctoral training in family therapy at the Texas Research Institute for Mental Sciences at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Dr. McDaniel is a diplomat in Family Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. McDaniel has focused her career on the effect of illness on families, and is a frequent speaker at meetings of both health and mental health professionals. She is co-editor of the journal “Families, Systems, & Health” and is the author of nine books, including one for physicians on how to include families in healthcare and one for mental health professionals on the effects of physical illness on the emotional and family experiences of patients. Throughout her work, Dr. McDaniel has had a special interest in gender issues and illness focusing of such issues as women as caregivers, the challenges of infertility and the new reproductive technologies for women and their partners, and the experience of genetic testing for breast cancer.

Dr. McDaniel is the past chair of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, the past President of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the 1995 Family Psychologist of the Year, and was the first psychologist in 1998 to be a fellow of the Public Health Service Primary Care Policy Fellowship in Washington DC. She is the past recipient of the Innovative Contributions to Family Therapy from the American Family Therapy Academy.

Phone: 585-275-7101

Ellen L. Poleshuck, Ph.D.

Ellen L. Poleshuck, Ph.D., is a senior instructor of Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Family Medicine at the University of Rochester. She serves as director of Behavior Health Services in OB/GYN Specialties and as coordinator of the Primary Care Family Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Dr. Poleshuck graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and with her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Kent State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Medical Family Therapy at the University or Rochester and is licensed to practice by the State of New York.

Dr. Poleshuck specializes in the evaluation and treatment of patients and families coping with women’s health issues, including gynecological pain, infertility, pregnancy loss, post-partum adjustment, and sexual and physical abuse. She also has advanced training in couples and family therapy and in providing collaborative care with other health care providers. Her presentations and publications have focused on women’s health, stress and family functioning, and education and training.

Phone: 585-275-3138

Jenny Speice, Ph.D.

Jenny Speice, PhD., is the director of the Strong Behavioral Health Family Therapy Services and assistant professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Speice completed her graduate degrees at Gannon University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She completed a medical family therapy internship and post-doctoral fellowship in the departments of family medicine and internal medicine at the University of Rochester.

She specializes in helping individuals, couples and families manage the challenges of chronic concerns, and genetic screening in families. Dr. Speice’s national and international presentations and publications have focused on families and health, collaborative family healthcare and healthcare communication.

Phone: 585-275-8321

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