Dawn McDaniel, Ph.D. 

Dawn McDaniel

Dawn McDaniel, Ph.D. is a Research Director at Virtually Better. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California and undergraduate degree from Brown University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. After graduate training, Dr. McDaniel completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in applied epidemiology and was a research scientist in CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention. Dr. McDaniel’s research focuses on trauma, youth violence, child maltreatment, health disparities, and violence prevention. In her clinical work, Dr. McDaniel uses evidence-based techniques that have the best available scientific support. She has specialized training in the treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specifically, with additional emphasis on emotional distress and trauma. Dr. McDaniel also treats adults with issues relating to depression, anxiety or adjustment, and couples with marital distress or conflict. She uses behavioral, cognitive behavioral, strengths-based, and family systems approaches in her work. Dr. McDaniel believes the keys to treatment are to establish a collaborative client-therapist relationship and to provide clients the best tools to achieve their goals.