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About Dr. Daley

Positions Held

Dr. Daley served in multiple clinical leadership positions for over 30 years in the Department of Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine Services (AMS) at Western Psychiatric Hospital of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. These positions include Chief of AMS (14 years), Director of the Center for Psychiatric and Chemical Dependency Services (12 years), Director of the Regional Research and Training Center in the Appalachian Tri-State (ATS) node of the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) Clinical Trials Network (11 years), and Director of Social Work and Family Studies (2 years). During his tenure, AMS expanded into a large continuum of clinical services, established a clinical trials research center, and engaged in training and education of practitioners from all disciplines, addiction fellows, psychiatric residents, medical students, and doctoral and master level students. Dr. Daley is also professor of psychiatry at WPH. He was also an adjunct professor of social work at the University of Pittsburgh.

Clinical Care and Consultation

For over 40 years, Dr. Daley has been involved in direct clinical care, and developing and managing treatment services for substance use and co-occurring disorders. He continues to conduct treatment groups. Dr. Daley has developed models of clinical care for relapse prevention, co-occurring disorders, group treatments and motivational therapy. He has published several books describing these treatment approaches including a Therapy Manual for NIDA as well as recovery guides for individuals or families in recovery.

He has consulted with numerous organizations and practitioners on program development and clinical cases. Dr. Daley continues to provide clinical case discussions on substance use and related disorders.

Teaching and Education

Dr. Daley has been active for decades in clinical teaching. He provided supervision and education for psychiatric residents and addiction fellows for over 33 years, and served as co-director of the Education Core for the VISN 4 Veteran Administration’s Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Care project for many years. At WPH and in collaboration with the community and NIDA, Dr. Daley helped to organize and implement numerous national, regional and local conferences on the treatment of substance use disorders and co-occurring psychiatric disorders. He works closely with the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute at Indiana University of PA in developing conferences for behavioral health and social service professionals.

Dr. Daley has presented clinical workshops, grand rounds and lectures on substance use disorders, mental illness and

co-occurring disorders throughout the U.S. and Canada, and in Europe, Mexico, Taiwan and Vietnam. He recently provided training and consultation to medical and social service professionals in Vietnam to address a significant problem with drug addiction.   

His previous teaching positions include: adjunct faculty member at the Department of Individual and Family Studies
at The Pennsylvania State University from 1979-1989; the department of Sociology at Indiana University of
Pennsylvania from 1989-2000; and School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh from 1999-2000.


Dr. Daley has more than 400 publications including books, book chapter, recovery guides and workbooks, journal articles and educational videos on substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, recovery, relapse prevention and family issues, among others. He was the first in the U.S. to write interactive recovery workbooks for co-occurring disorders, and one of the first to write workbooks on recovery from substance use disorders. He also authored the following videos used in treatment programs:  Staying Sober, Keeping Straight (relapse prevention), Double Recovery (co-occurring disorders), Living Sober Series #1, #2 and #3 (recovery from substance use disorders), and the Promise of Recovery (for mental health disorders).


His practitioner and client recovery materials have been translated into several foreign languages. These materials are used in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Sweden, Norway, China, Vietnam and other countries. Dr. Daley has 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.


He also writes regular columns for Counselor and other publications. Dr. Daley has a strong interest in disseminating information about the positive effects of treatment and recovery for individuals and family members affected by a substance use disorder.


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 and grandfather of eight grandchildren. He shares his personal experiences growing up in an addicted family in some of his writings, and his grief related to losing a wife of 30 years to cancer.

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, football and other sports (all of which he played or still plays with grandkids!).  Dr. Daley loves to travel and has lived abroad in Greece and Germany, and traveled in Europe, China and Vietnam. 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. He also has a strong interest in U.S. history and considers himself an avid, life long learner. Dr. Daley also loves to write.

Dr. Daley served as Principal Investigator of the ATS node of NIDA’s Clinical Trials Network. He developed a regional
research network in the tri-state area, and he and colleagues participated in numerous multi-site clinical trials. Dr.
Daley also participated as an investigator, trainer or consultant in many other federally funded projects. He
consulted on several studies at McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School.

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