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Eberly Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology
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Dr. Dan McNeil's Biosketch

                         Daniel W. McNeil, PhD


Daniel W. McNeil, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology (with tenure) at West Virginia University (WVU), a Distinguished Eberly Family Professor of Public Service, and a Clinical Professor of Dental Practice & Rural Health. As director of his Anxiety, Psychophysiology, and Pain (APP) Research Laboratory, he is involved in the training of undergraduate and graduate students, chairing dissertation, thesis, senior honors thesis, and McNair scholar project committees. 

A licensed and practicing Clinical Psychologist, Dr. McNeil is a clinical researcher with interdisciplinary interests in health psychology, including behavioral dentistry, studying the experience and expression of emotion, particularly anxiety and pain. He is a supervising Psychologist in the Department of Psychology’s training clinic, the Quin Curtis Center. Dr. McNeil has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 10 years for Behavioral Dentistry and other oral health research. 

With a particular focus on behavioral dentistry and other clinic-based studies in health care settings, the APP lab also encompasses basic laboratory studies on human behavior related to pain and emotion, including such constructs as emotional pain. Initiated into Psi Chi in 1977 as an undergraduate (New College) at the University of Alabama, McNeil also earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees there. Dr. McNeil has served as faculty advisor to Psi Chi at WVU for 10+ years. The WVU Psi Chi chapter was awarded the Ruth Hubbard Cousins Chapter Award in 2011-2012, presented annually to the best chapter, across 1,100+ chapters worldwide. 

A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Dr. McNeil provides workshops and other training on Motivational Interviewing internationally. A Fulbright Senior Scholar in New Zealand in 2010, Professor McNeil also is interested in psychological implications of cross-cultural interactions, including groups for whom health disparities exist, including Appalachian populations and indigenous peoples, particularly including American Indians and Alaska Natives. Dr. McNeil has been recognized nationally for his role as a mentor, his service activities, and his research.