Dr. John McCarthy

  • Professor

    210 Stouffer Hall
    Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    Indiana, PA 15705

    724-357-3807

    Dr. John McCarthyjohn.mccarthy@iup.edu

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

    McCarthy has 29 journal publications and over 60 professional presentations.  His professional writings have been featured in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Buffalo News, Cleveland.com, 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, solution-focused, and strengths-based counseling approaches; and motivational interviewing.

    Recent Conference Presentations

    McCarthy, J., & Seltman, C. (November, 2018). Opening the creative mind: Three idea generation techniques for counselors.  Presented at the 2018 Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. 

    McCarthy, J., Shannon, E., & Seltman, C. (November, 2018). Curiosity, question-framing, and counseling: The intersection of creativity.  Presented at the 2018 Pennsylvania Counseling Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA. 

    McCarthy, J. (September, 2018). Strength-based living: Uncovering your assets.  Presented at the Mental Health America of Southwestern Pennsylvania 2018 Conference.  Monroeville, PA. 

    McCarthy, J. (July, 2018). Swimming in counseling creativity.  Presented at the 2018 Summer School of the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health, Indiana, PA. 

    McCarthy, J. (July, 2018). Helping clients identify and soar with strengths.  Presented at the 2018 Summer School of the Mid-Atlantic Research and Training Institute for Community and Behavioral Health, Indiana, PA. 

    McCarthy, J. (February, 2018). Attention, creative role models! Six (or more!) things to brighten your innovative thinking.  Presented at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning., Pittsburgh, PA.

    McCarthy, J. (February, 2018). A strength-based approach to career engagement: Three things to remember.  Presented at the 2018 Mid-Atlantic Conference on Personalized Learning, Pittsburgh, PA.

    McCarthy, J., & Messinger, E. (February, 2018). Why wait? Sparking professional development in tomorrow's counseling professionals. Presented at the 2018 Conference of the North Carolina Counseling Association, Durham, NC.

    McCarthy, J. (February, 2018). Creative thinking and creative problem-solving: Essentials for future counselors. Presented at the 2018 Conference of the North Carolina Counseling Association, Durham, NC.

    Recent Publications

    McCarthy, J. (2018). Do creative thinking and creative problem-solving have a place in counseling curricula?  Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 13(3), 306-317.

    McCarthy, J. (2017). Teaching creativity: A look beyond counseling. Journal of Asia Pacific Counseling, 7, 37-45.

    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). 

    Recent Professional Articles 

    McCarthy, J. (2017, May 15). Aspiring to make suicide a relic of the past.  Counseling Today Online.  Retrieved from https://ct.counseling.org/2017/05/aspiring-make-suicide-relic-past/

    McCarthy, J. (2017, March 3).  U.S. high schools should teach creative problem-solving.  Cleveland.com.  Retrieved from http://www.cleveland.com/opinion/index.ssf/2017/03/us_high_schools_should_teach_c.html#incart_river_index

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

    Recent Local and Regional Presentations

    McCarthy, J., & Shannon, E. (2019, March). Connecting nine dots to crisis readiness.  Presentation at the School Counselor Professional Development Day (IUP Department of Counseling).  Indiana, PA.

    McCarthy, J., & Brown, J.J. (2018, December). Fun with design thinking. Presentation at the Monroeville Public Library.  Monroeville, PA.   

    McCarthy, J. (2018, April). Shining the light on CT and CPS.  Newbury (OH) Junior/Senior High School. Newbury Township, OH. 

    McCarthy, J. (2017, August).  Play to your strengths! Presentation at the Monroeville Public Library. Monroeville, PA.

    McCarthy, J. (2017, August). Pretzels, chips, cookies…and creative thinking? Presentation at the August Institute, Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8. Johnstown, PA.