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Dr. John McCarthy

Dr. John McCarthy Professor

210 Stouffer Hall
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA 15705



Dr. John McCarthy came to the IUP Counseling Department in fall 2000. He has directed the department’s Center for Creativity and Change since its inception in 2005.

Since fall 2009, Dr. McCarthy has participated in the International Academic Fellowship Program in the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Institute. In this role, he works with the Direction of Psychology at Tbilisi State University in the Republic of Georgia. Prior to that, he consulted in Armenia. In addition, he has offered professional presentations in Turkey, Singapore, Ukraine, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, England, Canada, and Taiwan. 

Dr. McCarthy serves as chair for the Ambassadors of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Foundation.

His interests include international issues in counseling; wellness; creativity; solution-focused approaches; and motivational interviewing.

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.

Recent Publications

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

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).

McCarthy, J. (2011). Motivational interviewing: Resolving ambivalence in pursuit of change. Journal of Counseling (Association of Psychological and Educational Counselors of Asia-Pacific), 2(1), 70-78.

McCarthy, J., Bruno, M., & Fernandes, T.E. (2011). Evaluating mental health literacy and adolescent depression: What do teenagers “know?” The Professional Counselor, 2 (1).

Recent Presentations

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.

McCarthy (April, 2014). Bringing out the creative you as a professional counselor.  Presentation at the 4th Annual Chi Sigma Iota Pennsylvania Conference, State College, PA.

McCarthy, J. (October, 2013).  Teaching creativity: Lessons learned from the first time. Presentation at the 2013 Conference of the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Denver, CO. 

Wilkinson, R.T., & McCarthy, J. (October, 2013). Economic factors and student choice: How might they affect Counseling programs? Presentation at the 2013 Conference of the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Denver, CO.

McCarthy, J. (July, 2012). Finding hope in teen depression. Presented at the Summer School Conference of the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute, Indiana, PA. 

  • Counseling Department
  • 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.