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Michael Sude
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Contact Information
Office: Wister 230
Phone: 215-951-1754
Fax: 215-951-5140

As a former clinical director of a community agency, Dr. Sude supervised both marriage and family therapy and professional counseling students. He has experience conducting various forms of supervision including live, video, audio, and facilitating reflecting teams, and is continually interested in training therapists to be more self-aware, culturally sensitive, and use their selves therapeutically in practice. As a clinician he has worked with individuals, couples, and families coping with a variety of clinical issues. He has worked extensively with relational components of trauma and loss, and has been invited to speak about these issues professionally.

Dr. Sude is interested in studying the clinical training of marriage and family therapists (MFTs) in academic and supervisory settings. He is particularly interested in understanding how MFTs are trained to use aspects of self in therapeutic relationships. He also seeks to understand how therapists learn to be self-aware and culturally sensitive, and how they translate this training to clinical practice. Dr. Sude also studies the use of electronic communication and social media in personal relationships, and is currently conducting research on sexting behavior among young adults.

When he is not at work, Dr. Sude enjoys spending time with his family. He is also an avid sports fan and listens to quite a bit of music while he drives and works.

Areas of Expertise
Training the self of the therapist; Treating relational trauma; Ethical uses of technology in clinical practice;


  • B.A. Psychology/Magazine Journalism, Syracuse University
  • M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University
  • Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (Pennsylvania, New York); Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)


  • PCMF 502: Counseling Lab I
  • PCMF 505: Systems & Systems Thinking and Ethics
  • PCMF 614: Working with Families
  • PCMF 616: Contextual Family Therapy
  • PCMF 624: Marital and Couples Therapy
  • PCMF 634: Addictions and the Family
  • PCMF 678: Therapeutic Approaches for Children and Adolescents


Representative Publications
Sude, M. E. (2013). Text messaging and private practice: Ethical challenges and guidelines for developing personal best practices. Journal of Mental Health Counseling [Special Issue: Contemporary Issues in Private Practice].

Sude, M. E. (in preparation). The acknowledge, name, and give (ANG) model: A self of the therapist training exercise rooted in contextual family therapy.

Sude, M. E., & Haas-Cunningham, S. (in preparation). Family therapy supervision: Overcoming systemic challenges in agency settings.

Representative Presentations
Sude, M. E., & Gambrel, L. E. (2013). Professor as supervisor: Facilitating clinical and personal growth in academia. Symposium accepted for presentation at the AFTA 2013 Annual Meeting and Open Conference, “Coupling Today: Love, Parenting, Community,” Chicago, IL.

Wrubleski, A. A., & Sude, M. E. (2013) Perceived & experienced risks & benefits of sexting by gender in young adults. Poster accepted for presentation at the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) 45th Annual Conference, Miami, FL.

Sude, M. E. (2012). Ethical challenges with technology and digital communication. Invited presentation for The Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Membership Conference, Philadelphia, PA.


Professional Memberships
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (PAMFT)
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)

Randy Fingerhut, Ph.D.
Randy Fingerhut, Ph.D.

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1350
Fax 215.951.5140

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