Dr. John McCarthy

  • Professor

    210 Stouffer Hall
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA 15705


    john.mccarthy@iup.edu  Dr. John McCarthy

    John McCarthy earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and has been teaching in the IUP Counseling Department since 2001. He has directed the department’s Center for Creativity and Change (formerly named the Center for Counselor Training and Services) since its inception in 2005.

    From 2009 to 2015, McCarthy participated in the International Academic Fellowship Program in the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute. In this role, he worked with both Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia and Yerevan State University in Armenia. In addition, he has offered professional presentations in Turkey, Singapore, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, England, Canada, and Taiwan. 

    In spring 2011, he served as an academic visitor at the University of Cambridge (UK).

    McCarthy has 29 journal publications and over 50 professional presentations.  His professional writings have been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Buffalo News, Counseling Today, and the Psychotherapy Networker

    He is a national certified counselor and a member of the American Counseling Association, the Association for Creativity in Counseling, and Division 10 (the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts) of the American Psychological Association.

    His interests include creativity and creative problem-solving, international issues in mental health, counseling and wellness, CBT and solution-focused counseling approaches, and Motivational Interviewing.

    Recent Presentations

    McCarthy, J. (November, 2016).  ...and now for something different?  Presented at the 2016 Oregon Mental Health Practitioners Conference, Portland, OR.

    McCarthy, J. (June, 2016). The cat lived! Presented at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (Creative Education Foundation’s 62nd International Conference), Buffalo, NY.

    McCarthy, J. (October, 2015). Water the seeds, not the weeds: Solution-focused creativity and creative problem-solving. Presented at the Symposium of the Singapore Association of Counseling, Singapore.

    McCarthy, J. (June, 2015).  Becoming a CRM (Creative Role Model). Presentation at the Summer School Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute, Indiana, PA.

    McCarthy, J. (June, 2015). Making green bananas yellow: The art of TPQ (Thought-Provoking Questions). Presented at the Creative Problem Solving Institute (Creative Education Foundation’s 61st International Conference), Buffalo, NY.

    McCarthy, J., & Messinger, E. (April, 2015). Wellness: A foundation and corresponding research.  Presentation at the Fifth Annual Chi Sigma Iota Pennsylvania Statewide Conference, State College, PA.

    McCarthy, J. (December 2014). Capturing (more of!) your creative counseling spark.  Keynote speech at the 2014 conference of the Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors Asia Pacific, Singapore. 

    Recent Publications

    McCarthy, J. (in press). Teaching creativity: A look beyond counseling. Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling.

    Wilkinson, R. T., & McCarthy, J. (2016). Economic factors related to enrollment in a counseling program. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 8(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.7729/81.1121

    Bruno, M., McCarthy, J., & Kramer, C. (2015). Mental health literacy and depression among older adolescent males.  Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling, 5 (2).

    McCarthy, J., Habedank, M., and Kane, C. (2015). Syllabi: Change documents for counselor education.  VISTAS 2015. Retrieved from http://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/vistas

    McCarthy, J., & Habedank, M. (2014). Addressing global mental health. VISTAS 2014 (pp. 1-8). Retrieved from http://www.counseling.org/Resources/

    McCarthy, J., Harutyunyan, H., Smbatyan, M., & Cressley, H. (2012). Armenia: Influences and organization of mental health services. International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling.

    McCarthy, J. (2012). Counselor preparation in England and Ireland: A look at six programs. The Professional Counselor, 1 (3). 

    Recent Professional Articles 

    McCarthy, J. (2016, September 10). My daughter's 9/11. Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

    Bannink, F., & McCarthy, J. (2014, May). The solution-focused taxiCounseling Today, Online Exclusives.  Retrieved from http://ct.counseling.org/2014/05/the-solution-focused-taxi/