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Dr. John McCarthy


210 Stouffer Hall
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705

724-357-3807  Dr. John McCarthy

John McCarthy came to the IUP Counseling Department in fall 2001. He has directed the department’s Center for Creativity and Change since its inception in 2005.

From 2009–15, 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).

His professional writings have been featured in the Buffalo News, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Counseling Today, and the Psychotherapy Networker.

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

Recent Presentations

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., Habedank, M., & Kane, C. (April, 2015). Professional development starts now.  Presentation at the Fifth Annual Chi Sigma Iota Pennsylvania Statewide Conference, State College, PA.

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

Wilkinson, R. T., & McCarthy, J. (2016). Economic factors related to enrollment in a counseling program. The Journal of Counselor Preparation and Supervision, 8(1).

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

McCarthy, J., & Habedank, M. (2014). Addressing global mental health. VISTAS 2014 (pp. 1-8). Retrieved from

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 

Bannink, F., & McCarthy, J. (2014, May). The solution-focused taxiCounseling Today, Online Exclusives.  Retrieved from

McCarthy, J. (2012, July). Are counseling degrees approaching an economic tipping point? Counseling Today, pp. 52-53.    

McCarthy, J. (2012, May/June). “Tweenitis.” Psychotherapy Networker, p. 80. 

  • Department of Counseling
  • Stouffer Hall, Room 206B
    1175 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2306
  • Fax: 724-357-7821
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.