Dr. Marie C. McGrath

Dr. Marie C. McGrath
Title: 
Associate Professor of Psychology
Office: 
Nazareth Hall 30
Phone Extension: 
3437
Email Address: 
mmcgrath@immaculata.edu
Education: 

Ph.D., M.Ed., B.A., Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Biography: 

Dr. Marie McGrath joined the Immaculata University faculty in 2004. She earned both her M.Ed. and her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University. Her dissertation investigated the use of novel neuroimaging techniques in examining brain activation patterns associated with the completion of executive functioning tasks. Her other interests include psychology training practices, early career issues, and cognitive assessment, particularly cross-battery and neuropsychologically-informed assessment methodologies.
 
Dr. McGrath coordinates the Department of Graduate Psychology’s school psychology certification, M.A. in clinical mental health counseling with school psychology certification, and Psy.D. in school psychology programs, and she is the academic advisor for all students in these programs.  She also currently serves as the field site visitor for master’s/certification-level school psychology internship placements.
 
Dr. McGrath is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist, and she holds the nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) credential.  She currently serves as an application reviewer for the National School Psychology Certification Board.  Dr. McGrath is a member of several professional organizations in psychology and education, including the National Association of School Psychologists, the American Psychological Association, and the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. In addition to her work at Immaculata, Dr. McGrath does clinical work on a part-time basis.

Courses Taught: 
  • Children with Exceptional Needs
  • Neuropsychology and Learning with Children and Adolescents
  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • Psychometrics
  • Assessment I: Cognitive
  • Assessment III: Psychoeducational
  • Internship Seminars in School Psychology
Publications: 

McGrath, M. C. (2011). Psychometrics. In S. Goldstein and J. Naglieri (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Behavior and Development. New York: Springer. 

Rabadi, C.*; & McGrath, M. C. (2010, December). Adolescent suicide: Cultural considerations for school psychologists. The Pennsylvania Psychologist.

Yalof, J.; & McGrath, M. C. (2009). Best practices in assessing and intervening with children with nonverbal learning disabilities. In D.C. Miller (Ed.), Best Practices in School Neuropsychology (pp. 579-596). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Thurman, S. K.; & McGrath, M. C. (2008). Environmentally based assessment practices: Viable alternatives to standardized assessment for assessing emergent literacy skills in young children. Reading and Writing Quarterly, 24, 7-24.

Yares, A.; Riley-Tillman, T. C.; Fiorello, C. A.; & McGrath, M. C. (2005). The virtual student:  Using technology to teach school psychology. In M. O. Thirunarayanan and A. Perez-Prado (Eds.), Integrating Technology in Higher Education (pp. 259-272). Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Fiorello, C. A.; Hale, J. B.; McGrath, M.; Ryan, K.; & Quinn, S. (2002). IQ interpretation for children with flat and variable test profiles. Learning and Individual Differences, 13, 115-125.

Tillman, T. C.; Fiorello, C. A.; & McGrath, M. C. (2001). The virtual student: Using technology to facilitate learning of the diagnostic process. Trainers’ Forum: Periodical of the Trainers of School Psychologists, 19, 6-7.

* student co-author

Presentations: 

Peters, K., Yalof, J., McGrath, M., Moon, E. (2013, March). Entrenched child custody battles: Are parents lone fighters or dueling warriors? In. E. Hartmann, (Chair). Forensic applications. Paper Session conducted at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, San Diego, CA.

McGrath, M. C.; Dorliae, F. C.; Jenny, E.; & Guay, J. (2011, August). Experiences of ethnically diverse early career psychologists in U.S. postsecondary academic settings. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), Washington, DC.

Row, L.*; Stone, J.*; & McGrath, M. C. (2011, August). Doctoral psychology students' access to and perception of existential-humanistic training and applicability. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology), Washington, DC.

McGrath, M. C.; Jenny, E.; Dorliae, F. C.; & Guay, J. (2010, August). ECPs in academic settings: Characteristics, roles, and challenges. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (Division 1: Society for General Psychology), San Diego, CA.

Ross, V. V.*; & McGrath, M. C. (2010, June). Disability laws: Implications for college-bound students with learning disabilities. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Calabro, P.*; McGrath, M. C.; Lewis, T.; & Shuman, L. (2010, June). Differentiating early stage Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type from depressive pseudodementia: What assessment instruments do clinicians use? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Frankel, A.*; Yalof, J.; McGrath, M. C.; & Chambers, C. (2010, June). Sensory processing abnormalities and development of attachment in children diagnosed with PDD. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Memon, F.*; McGrath, M. C.; Dorliae, F. C.; & Guay, J. (2010, June). Perceived racial discrimination: Impact on executive functioning. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Rabadi, C.*; McGrath, M. C.; Jenny, E.; & Dorliae, F. C. (2010, June). Suicide prevention in schools: Culturally competent practice. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Dorliae, F. C.; Guay, J.; Jenny, E.; & McGrath, M. C. (2009, June). Early career psychologists in academia: Balancing roles, creating professional identities. Panel discussion presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Row, L.*; Inverso, E.*; Irey, C.*; & McGrath, M. C. (2009, June). Stress awareness: Helping teachers help their students and themselves. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Erion, J.; John, K.; & McGrath, M. C. (2009, February). Relationship of select admission and outcome characteristics for graduates of a specialist-level school psychology program. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Trainers of School Psychologists, Boston, MA.

Szuchyt, J.*; & McGrath, M. C. (2008, June). Clinicians’ attitudes and practices regarding emotional trauma, attachment, and the developing brain. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

McGrath, M. C.; & Yalof, J. (2008, February). School neuropsychology: Practitioners’ perceptions of training.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

McGrath, M. C.; & Yalof, J. (2007, March). School neuropsychology: Impact on school psychology program training practices.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New York, NY.

McGrath, M. C.; Fiorello, C.A.; & Thurman, S.K. (2005, April). Investigating executive functioning abilities using a novel neuroimaging technique.  Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, Atlanta, GA.

McGrath, M. C.; Fiorello, C. A.; Kildebeck, E.; Rashedi, L.; Zakhidova, A.; Thurman, S. K.; Nioka, S.; & Chance, B. (2003, August). Using neuroimaging to identify cognitive components of psychometric tests. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.

* student co-presenter


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