About Dr. Daley

Current Positions

Dennis C. Daley, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Social Work.  He served for 14 years as the Chief of Addiction Medicine Services (AMS) at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Known internationally for its research in the basic sciences and clinical care, WPIC is one of the leading psychiatric institutions in the world.  AMS has multiple treatment, research, student assistance, prevention and intervention programs and serves thousands of clients each year. It also hosts many funded clinical trials including Dr. Daley's Appalachian Tri-State Node, which is part of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trials Network (CTN).  The CTN involves academic medical centers and hundreds of treament programs throughout the U.S.  The mission is to conduct multi-site trials and bring science-based findings of treatment to community programs and providers.

Dr. Daley has been with WPIC since 1986 and previously served as Director of Family Studies and Social Work. He and his colleagues were one of the first in the country to develop integrated treatment programs for individuals  with psychiatric disorders combined with substance use disorders (co-occurring disorders). He is currently involved in clinical care, teaching and research.


Dr. Daley is involved in the clinical teaching of professionals in the behavioral sciences and psychiatric residents. He served as co-director of the Education Core for the VISN 4 Veteran Administration’s Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Care project, a joint effort between the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh VA Medical Centers.  He has presented clinical workshops, grand rounds and lectures on addiction, mental illness and co-occurring disorders in 35 states, Canada and Europe. 

His previous teaching positions include: adjunct faculty member at the Department of Individual and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University from 1979-1989; and in the department of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania from 1989-2000.

Clinical Care

For more than 30 years, Dr. Daley has been involved in clinical care or developing and managing treatment services for addiction and co-occuring disorders. He has developed models of clinical care for relapse prevention, dual disorders, group treatments and motivational therapy. He has also published several books describing these treatment approaches. 


Dr. Daley has more than 260 publications including books, book chapter, recovery guides and workbooks, journal articles and educational videos on addiction, dual disorders, recovery, relapse prevention and family issues, among others. He was the first in the U.S. to write interactive workbooks for recovery from co-occurring disorders, and one of the first do write similar materials for recovery from addiction.  Dr. Daley has written materials on specific addictions or mental health disorders as well as materials that can be used with any type of disorder(s).  He also authored the following popular videos used in numerous treatment programs:  Staying Sober, Keeping Straight (Relapse Prevention), Double Recovery (Co-occurring Disorders), and Living Sober Series #1, #2 and #3 (Recovery and Relapse Prevention).

His materials have been translated into several foreign languages and used in the United States, Canada and Europe. More than 160,000 copies of his professional books are in print.

Dr. Daley has also written chapters for major textbooks on addiction including the American Society on Addiction Medicine’s Principles of Addiction Medicine and the American Psychiatric Press’s Textbook on Substance Abuse. He has also written publications for the National Institute of Drug Abuse including an evidenced-based manual on Group Drug Counseling.

In addition to print publications, Dr. Daley has produced a body of work that includes videos and DVDs. Among his 35 educational videos for individuals in treatment and families are the interactive recovery Living Sober series, the Promise of Recovery (for recovery from psychiatric illness), Double Trouble (for recovery from co-occurring disorders) and Staying Sober, Keeping Straight, one of the first videos on relapse prevention. He is featured on several of Hazelden’s educational videos in the “Co-Occurring Disorders Series.”


Dr. Daley is currently the Principal Investigator of the Appalachian Tri-State Node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse Clinical Trial Network (CTN) project. The CTN is a national network of Regional Research and Training Centers and Community Treatment Providers that conducts multi-site clinical trials throughout the United States on addiction treatment. The CTN also disseminates information on addiction treatment at conferences, clinical workshops and through publications.

He has been involved at numerous levels with many research studies funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) related to treatment of individuals with alcoholism, cocaine addiction, other substance disorders, depression, bipolar illness and other psychiatric disorders. Dr. Daley has consulted on federally-funded research projects as well, including two at McLean Hospital of the Harvard Medical School.


Dr. Daley has consulted with numerous treatment and research programs in the U.S. and Europe. He is a consultant with the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department and  the UPMC Health Plan.

Personal background

Dr. Daley is the father two adult children. In early 2005, he sadly lost his beloved wife of 30 years, Natalie, to cancer. Dr. Daley wrote the “Grief Journal” with Antoine Douaihy, M.D., and shares some of his personal experiences with grief in this publication.

A veteran of the United States Army, Dr. Daley served in the U.S. and Germany. He worked his way through undergraduate and graduate school as a clerk-typist, courier and  computer operator for the government in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Daley was a member of the first “Upward Bound” class in 1966 and 1967, and spent two consecutive summers during high school at St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa.

He is an avid sports fan, enjoying basketball, hockey and football. On his 60th birthday, his son videotaped him playing an imaginary basketball game against Michael Jordan on his court in his driveway. Jordan lost the game! Dr. Daley is also a dedicated Steelers fan.

He enjoys reading classic literature and is a fan of the Russian authors.  Dr. Daley loves to travel and has lived abroad in Greece and Germany, and traveled throughout Europe. The city of Paris holds a special place in his heart, as he finds it to be one of the most beautiful, charming and interesting places in the world.