About Dan

Dan graduated from Buffalo State College with a degree in psychology, magna cum laude, in 1984, and the University at Buffalo School of Law, cum laude, in 1988. He is currently the Director of Workplace Wellbeing at the Mental Health Association of Erie County in Buffalo, New York.

Dan’s work on mental health has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, AARP magazine, The National Law Journal, The Huffington Post, Esperanza magazine, on CNN, and many other national and international publications. Click here for a complete list. He has lectured around the country on the topics of stress, anxiety, and depression. Click here to view one of his recent speeches a list of venues he has spoken at.

Ten years ago, Dan created a weekly lawyer support group in his community for those who struggle with depression and a website lawyerwithdepression.com, the first website and blog of its kind in the nation, to help law students, lawyers, and judges cope with and heal from depression. Since it’s launch, the website has grown to serve not only those in the legal profession but anyone who struggles with stress, anxiety, and depression.  The site has had over 2 million page views and been voted one of the top depression blogs in the country five years running by Medical News Today and Healthline.com.

Dan is the Executive Producer for of the original documentary, “A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession,” which has been viewed by mental health organizations, colleges, and universities around the country including at Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Syracuse Law School, the American Bar Association, The American Psychiatric Association’s annual convention, the American Association of Justice’s annual convention, and Mental Health America’s annual convention. He was the recipient of Roger Stone Public Advocacy Award from the Mental Health Association of Erie County, the Spirit Award from Compeer, an organization dedicated to pairing mentors with people struggling with mental illness, the Public Service Merit Award from the New York State Bar Association, and The Distinguished Alumni Award for Public Service from his law school alma mater for his work in assisting those with depression in his community.