Dana Snyder-Grant

18 Half Moon Hill

Acton, Massachusetts 01720

(978) 266-9409

L.I.C.S.W.: Massachusetts Registration No. 1019380





Certificate Program, Institute of Clinical Health Psychology, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, Boston, Massachusetts, Sept 1993-May, 1994.

M.S.W., Simmons College, School of Social Work, Boston, Massachusetts, 1986.

M.A., History, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, 1981.

B.A., History, Goucher College. Towson, Maryland, 1977.






  • Prepared and delivered original presentations on the psychology of chronic illness to health-care and mental health professionals and patients.

  • Facilitated support groups -- "But You Look So Well" -- for the emotional needs of individuals with multiple sclerosis with few visible symptoms.

  • Developed and implemented psychotherapy group, "Living with Chronic Illness," for adults, ages 25 and over.

  • Provided therapy and case management services to families of medically-involved children.

  • Facilitated support groups for parents and siblings of multi-handicapped children.

  • Screened and assessed Chapter 766 eligible, multi-handicapped children and their families.

  • Consulted with therapy and nursing personnel.



  • Led psychotherapy group for adults with chronic illness and disability.

  • Provided outpatient therapy and case management services to children, adults and families in ethnically and economically mixed communities. Treatment areas included chronic mental illness, geriatric mental health, substance abuse and eating disorders.

  • Performed intake and diagnostic evaluations of individual adults and couples.


  • Designed and taught adult education course, "Living with Chronic Illness".

  • Clinical supervision to Boston University social work interns, 1990 - 1992.

  • Consulted to MS Center, Mt. Auburn Hospital -- developed and taught peer counselor training program for MS patients.




  • Liaison with local hospitals and health-care agencies, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, and Department of Public Welfare.

  • Collaborated with public and private agencies, including Department of Social Services, Department of Public Health, Office for Children, Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, agencies for elderly, detoxification centers, and shelters for homeless.

  • Member of multi-disciplinary educational planning team.




Clinical Social Worker, The Eliot Center, Concord, Massachusetts, 1994-present.

Consultant and Educator, psychology of chronic illness and disability, 1994-present.

Facilitator, Parkinson's Support Group at Emerson Hospital, 1999-2002.

Faculty, Acton-Boxborough and Concord-Carlisle Community Education, 1994-2000.

Staff Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, 1993 - 1994.

Private Practice, psychotherapy and consultation, Jamaica Plain and Brookline, Massachusetts, 1992 - 1994.

Group Facilitator, Massachusetts Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1986 - present.

Day Program Social Work Coordinator, Franciscan Children's Hospital, Brighton, Massachusetts, 1986 - 1992.

Clinical Social Worker, Franciscan Children's Hospital, Brighton, Massachusetts, October 1986 - 1992.

Clinical Social Worker, Brighton-Allston Mental Health Clinic, Brighton, Massachusetts, second year field placement, September 1985 - May 1986.

Bay Cove ("D Street") Mental Health Center, South Boston, Massachusetts, first year field placement (outpatient mental health), September 1984 - May 1985.

Secondary School History Teacher and Student Advisor, The Cambridge School of Weston, Weston Massachusetts, 1981 - 1984.




"Clinical Work with Clients with Illness and Disability: The Continuing Challenge of Chronic Illness." NASW Conference. September 10, 2004.

"Am I My Sibling's Keeper?" Understanding Siblings of Children with Special Needs. Boston University School of Social Work Professional Education Programs. Boston, MA, August 5, 2004. Tyngsboro, MA, October 31, 2003. Massacusetts School of Professional Psychology. W. Roxbury, MA, June 18, 2004. NASW 2004 Symposium. Marlborough, MA, April 16, 2004. Children's Hospital Social Work Department. Boston, MA, April 13, 1999. Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, Annual Conference. Spring 1996. Reading, Massachusetts Parent Advisory Council, Spring 1995.

"The Patient's Point of View." Massachusetts College of Pharmacy. Boston, MA, September 8, 2003, September 9, 2002, September 29, 2001, September 19, 2000, November 2, 1999, November 24, 1998.

"The Challenge of Chronic Illness." Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary. Boston, MA. September 22 and 29, 2004. Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Continuing Education Series, June 28, 2003. Salem Hospital. Salem, MA, June 6, 2003. NASW 2002 Symposium, May 10, 2002. Cambridge Health Alliance. Cambridge, MA. March 21, 2002; Boston University School of Social Work. Boston, MA, September 13, 2002, July 7, 2000. Tyngsboro, MA, October 19, 2001; Riverside Community Care, Dedham, MA, November 7, 2001. Simmons College School of Social Work. Boston, MA, June 12, 2001. Emerson Hospital. Friday Morning Clinical Conference. Concord, MA, January 12, 2001. Massacusetts School of Professional Psychology. W. Roxbury, MA, September 23, 2000, October 16, 1999; Saints Memorial Medical Center. Lowell, MA, June 23, 1999, February 10, 1998. Boston College Counseling Center. Newton, MA, March, 1997.

"The Continuing Challenge of Chronic Illness: Complementary Therapies and Interventions." Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. W. Roxbury, MA, May 3, 2003, May 11, 2002; Cambridge Health Alliance, September 19, 2002.

"Group Dynamics". "Growing, Nurturing and Maintaining your Group". 2002 Self Help Group Leader Training, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, September 21, 2002.

"To Manage and Live with Chronic Illness." Keynote Presentation, Fallon Conference on Women's Health. W. Roxbury, MA, June 7, 2002.

"Living With Chronic Illness." Facilitation and Lecture. Massachusetts Association for the Chemically Injured, Concord, MA, November 28, 2001.

"Groups for Individuals with Chronic Illness and Disability." Northeast Society for Group Psychotherapy, 1999 Annual Conference. Wellesley, MA, June 12, 1999.

"Living with a Chronic Illness." Merrimack Valley Lupus Group, a Support Group of the Lupus Foundation of America, Massachusetts Chapter. Chelmsford, MA, May 3, 1999.

"Women with Chronic Illness: Overcoming Disconnection." Association for Women in Psychology, Annual Conference. Providence, Rhode Island, March 7, 1999. Massacusetts School of Professional Psychology. W. Roxbury, MA, September 19, 1998. Eliot Community Human Services. Concord, MA, October 19, 1998.

"The Emotional Life of a Person with a Chronic Illness." Parkinson's Support Group, Emerson Hospital. Concord, MA, October 28, 1998.

"Women with Chronic Illness and Disability: A Relational Approach." Massachusetts NASW Symposium. Boston, MA, April 15, 1998.

"Families of Children with Special Needs: Working Effectively with a Difference." 1996-97 Colloquia on Family and Adolescence, Concord-Assabet Family and Adolescent Services. Concord, MA, May 16, 1997.

"Women with Chronic Illness and Disabilities: A Conversation." The Stone Center, Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA, December 4, 1996.

"Working with Women with Chronic Illness and/or Disability: Relational Theory in Action." Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. W. Roxbury, MA, November 2, 1996.

"A Conversation About Women with Chronic Illness and/or Disability." Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. W. Roxbury, MA, September 30, 1996.

"Understanding Brothers and Sisters of Children with Special Needs." "Acquiring a Disability or Chronic Illness: Losses, Transitions and Gains." The National Conference on Loss and Transition/East, Boston. MA, 1995.

"Group Work with Individuals with Chronic Illness and Disability." Beth Israel Hospital Behavior and Health Care Conference, Boston, MA, 1994.