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Kara McDaniel, PhD, NCC, LCC

Clinical Instructor
Family Medicine/Behavioral Medicine Program

Therapist/Co-Director Behavioral Medicine Program
Emory Family Medicine Clinic Dunwoody

Mailing Address:
Emory Family Medicine Center
4500 North Shallowford Rd.
Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Professional Certification

2004 – present         Georgia Composite Board of PC, SW, and MFT

                                   Licensed Professional Counselor

                                   License No. 004129

1999 – present         National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc.

                                    National Certified Counselor   

    Certification No. 5793

Year started practice at Emory:    2005

Clinical Affiliations:  

Emory Family Medicine Clinic Dunwoody


2007    Ph.D.   Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

1996    MA      University of Louisiana-Monroe, Monroe, LA

1994    BA      Centenary College of Louisiana,Shreveport, LA

2011               Behavioral Health/Family Systems Educator


                       Fellowship  STFM

Areas of Clinical Interest:

Family and Marriage therapy

 Beating stress and burnout

 Anxiety and depression

 Managing interpersonal relationships

Areas of Teaching Interest:


 Stress managment

 Anxiety and depression

 Child abuse and neglect

 Areas of Research Interest:

.   Tailoring remediation plans for problem trainees within accredited

  • Marriage and Family Therapy programs 
  • Integration of Mental Health in Family Medicine residency programs 

Who is Dr. McDaniel:

During her spare time, Dr. McDaniel enjoys spending time with my wonderful husband and beautiful daughter. Additionally, she enjoy spending time with friends and family, playing tennis, dining out at different restaurants, gazing at the changing colors of fall, traveling, watching movies, listening to music, and attending professional baseball games.

Dr. McDaniel describes her personal values as:

    • striving to be the best and most compassionate person I can be both personally and professionally
    • living life to the fullest and not taking anything for granted
      • helping those in need