Michael Sude, Ph.D., LMFT
Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Program
Associate Professor, Psychology
Wister Hall 230
Dr. Sude received his M.A. and Ph.D. Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University. He completed internships in Syracuse, NY at the Goldberg Couple and Family Therapy Center, Syracuse Jewish Family Service, and Family Medicine at the Irving Medical Center. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist in New York (inactive) and Pennsylvania, and an Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
As a former clinical director of a community agency, Dr. Sude supervised both marriage and family therapy and professional clinical counseling students. He has experience conducting various forms of supervision including live, video, audio, and facilitating reflecting teams. As a clinician he has worked with individuals, couples, and families coping with a variety of clinical issues. He has worked extensively with adults and children coping with traumatic loss, adults and children with histories of physical and sexual abuse, as well as couples therapy issues such as infidelity and gender inequality.
As an educator, Dr. Sude is interested in training the self of the therapist, as well as training therapists to be culturally sensitive and promote social justice. He utilizes numerous experiential activities in his courses to help expand students’ cognitive and emotional connection to many couple and family therapy concepts and techniques. He strives to facilitate a classroom environment where students feel respected, stimulated, as well as connected to the course content.
Dr. Sude’s scholarship focuses on training couple and family therapists and other clinicians, contextual family therapy, and ethical uses of technology in clinical practice. Recently he has engaged in research centered on training white therapists about whiteness, and he has chaired several dissertation projects that explored many elements of sociocultural power and privilege. Dr. Sude has also worked to promote training therapists through constructs and techniques particular to contextual family therapy, and his recent scholarship has focused on training couple and family therapists to be more self-aware and culturally sensitive.
When he is not at work, Dr. Sude enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys staying physically active and can often be found in a martial arts studio or on a roller hockey rink.
Areas of Expertise
Training the Self of the Therapist
Training Therapists to be Culturally Sensitive and Promote Social Justice
Contextual Family Therapy
Best Practices for Ethical Use 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 in Pennsylvania and New York (Inactive)
- Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- PCMF 502: Counseling Lab I
- PCMF 505: Systems & Systems Thinking and Ethics
- PCMF 607: Graduate Research
- PCMF 608: Therapeutic Approaches for Children and Adolescents
- PCMF 614: Working with Families
- PCMF 616: Contextual Family Therapy
- PCMF 624: Marital and Couples Therapy
- PCMF 634: Addictions and the Family
- PCMF 661/690/691/692/693: Professional Seminar
Baima, T., & Sude, M. E. (2020). The whole name exercise: A self of the therapist activity to support culturally attuned and inclusive communities in MFT training. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1080/08975353.2020.1761225
Baima, T., & Sude, M. E. (2020). What white mental health professionals need to understand about whiteness: A Delphi study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 46(1), 62-80. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12385
Gambrel, L. E., Burge, A., & Sude, M. E. (2020). Creativity, acceptance, and the pause: A case example of mindfulness and art in therapy with an adolescent. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 15(1), 81-89. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2019.1640151
Sude, M. E. (2018). Person of the therapist in couple and family therapy. In J. Lebow, A. Chambers, & D. Bruenlin (Eds.), The encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. Springer, Cham. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_1058-1
Sude, M. E., & Gambrel, L. E. (2017). A contextual therapy framework for MFT educators: Facilitating trustworthy asymmetrical training relationships. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43(4), 617-630. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12224
Sude, M. E. (2017). Cybernetics. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couples counseling (pp. 407-410). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. doi: 10.4135/9781483369532.n127
Sude, M. E. (2017). Entitlement. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couples counseling (pp. 547-549). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. doi:10.4135/9781483369532.n169
Sude, M. E. (2017). Sentiment override, positive and negative. In J. Carlson & S. Dermer (Eds.), The SAGE encyclopedia of marriage, family, and couples counseling (pp. 1498-1500). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. doi: 10.4135/9781483369532.n449
Sude, M. E., & Gambrel, L. E. (2016). Talking about versus talking with: An experiential self of the therapist exercise for family therapy training. Journal of Family Therapy, 38(3), 435-442. doi: 10.1111/1467-6427.12121
Sude, M. E. (2015). The acknowledgment, naming, and giving (ANG) activity: A systemic self of the therapist training exercise. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 34(1), 1-15. doi: 10.1521/jsyt.2015.34.1.1
Sude, M. E. (2013). Text messaging and private practice: Ethical challenges and guidelines for developing personal best practices. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 35(3), 211-227. doi: 10.17744/mehc.35.3.q37l2236up62l713
Baima, T., & Sude, M. E. (2018, June). Training white therapists about being white. Presentation for the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) 40th Annual Meeting, “Relational Activism: Supporting Just Relationships in Family Therapy,” Austin, TX.
Sude, M. E. (2017, July). Technology, electronic communication, and clinical practice: Ethical considerations and best practices. Invited Grand Rounds presentation for Princeton House Behavioral Health, Princeton, NJ.
Baima, T., & Sude, M. E. (2017, June). Power, privilege, and the importance of self-love. Presentation for the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) 39th Annual Meeting, “Innovative Family Therapy: Today and Tomorrow,” Philadelphia, PA.
Gambrel, L.E., Sude, M. E., Reed, K., & Wilson, S. (2017, June). Using video to enhance learning of systems theory. Presentation for the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) 39th Annual Meeting, “Innovative Family Therapy: Today and Tomorrow,” Philadelphia, PA.
Sude, M. E., & Gambrel, L.E. (2016, June). Experiential self of the therapist training. Presentation for the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) 38th Annual Meeting, “Creating a Context for Change in Couple and Family Life: Collaboration in Clinical Practice,” Denver, CO.
Sude, M. E. (2014, June). Addressing issues of power and privilege through self of the therapist supervision. Roundtable presentation at the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) 36th Annual Meeting, “Family Health and Wellbeing: Embracing Wholeness & Complexity,” Athens, GA.
Sude, M. E. (2013, September). Technology, electronic communication, and clinical practice: Ethical considerations and best practices for emerging trends and challenges. Invited continuing education biennial ethics workshop for the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (PBTA), Philadelphia, PA.
Sude, M. E., & Gambrel, L. E. (2013, June). Professor as supervisor: Facilitating personal and clinical growth in academia. Brief presentation at the American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA) 35th Annual Meeting, “Coupling Today: Love, Parenting, Community,” Chicago, IL.
Sude, M. E. (2012, April). Ethical challenges with technology and digital communication. Invited presentation for the Pennsylvania Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (PAMFT) Annual Membership Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)