Marie C. McGrath, Ph.D.

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

Ph.D., M.Ed., Temple University
B.A., Villanova University

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 research interests include the use of novel neuroimaging techniques to examine brain activation patterns associated with the completion of executive functioning tasks, cognitive cross-battery and neuropsychologically-informed assessment methodologies, psychology training practices, and early career issues.
 
Dr. McGrath coordinates the Department of Graduate Psychology’s School Psychology MA/EdS Program and is a core faculty member in the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. In June 2011, Dr. McGrath was named as the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Early Career Psychologist of the Year, and in May 2012, Dr. McGrath was presented with Immaculata University’s Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award.
 
Dr. McGrath is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist, and she holds the nationally certified school psychologist (NCSP) credential.  In addition to her work at Immaculata, Dr. McGrath does clinical work on a part-time basis. Dr. McGrath has served on the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Board of Directors since 2011, and is an active member of several other professional organizations.

Courses Taught: 
  • Psychometrics
  • Assessment I: Cognitive
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • Methods of Research
  • Applied Statistical Analysis for Behavior Science
Publications: 

(recent)

McGrath, M.C. (2015, September). Planning for success: Organizational strategies for students. Psychological News You Can Use: The E-newsletter of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

Esposito, E.*, & McGrath, M. C. (2015, June). PKU: Cognitive, socioemotional, and behavioral implications for affected children. The Pennsylvania Psychologist.

McGrath, M.C. (2014, September). School psychologists: Partners in students’ success. Psychological News You Can Use: The E-newsletter of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association.

Marciano, A.*, & McGrath, M. C. (2013, December). Interventions and supports for children and adolescents with fetal alcohol syndrome. The Pennsylvania Psychologist.

Coluccio, D.*, & McGrath, M. C. (2013, December). Lyme disease: Cognitive and educational implications for children and adolescents. The Pennsylvania Psychologist.

McGrath, M. C. (2012). The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): A summary of recent changes. The Pennsylvania Psychologist.

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.

* student co-author

Presentations: 

(recent)

Painter, D., & McGrath, M. C. (2015, June). Evaluations and assessments of children under the IDEA and Section 504. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

McGrath, M. C., & Hessler, J.* (2015, June). Sluggish cognitive tempo: What do clinicians need to know? Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Snyder, P.*, Heber, S.*, & McGrath, M. C. (2015, June). Migraine and quality of life in postsecondary students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Matthews, J., Herrigel, M., Luckey, F., McGrath, M. C., & Richards, K. (2014, October). How to not only survive, but thrive, as an early career psychologist. Workshop presented at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association Fall Continuing Education Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

Santilli, A.*, McGrath, M. C., Jenny, E., & Martinson, D. (2014, August). Group cognitive behavioral therapy: Treating adolescents with social anxiety disorder. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Otto, M.*, Adler, C.*, & McGrath, M. C. (2014, August). Cyberbullying: Connections with socioeconomic status and parenting style. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Adler, C.*, Otto, M.*, & McGrath, M. C. (2014, June). Traditional bullying and cyberbullying: Prevalence and co-occurrence among college students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

McGrath, M. C., & Mestishen, L.* (2014, June). Universal design in psychological practice: Enhancing services for clients with disabilities. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

McGrath, M. C., & Mestishen, L.* (2014, May). Universal design in psychological practice: A proposed model for providing services to mental health consumers. Poster presented at the Pacific Rim International Conference on Disability and Diversity, Honolulu, HI.

Riley, M.*, & McGrath, M. C. (2013, October). Functional behavior assessment (FBA): Methods and practical applications for psychologists. Workshop presented at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association Fall Continuing Education Conference, Harrisburg, PA.

McColligan, K., Palmiter, D., Knapp, S., & McGrath, M. C. (2013, August). State psychology associations collaborating with state medical associations to screen for mental health problems: A case study. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Irani, F., McGrath, M. C., Dorliae, F., Calkins, M. E., & Gur, R. C. (2013, August). Group discrimination based on executive functioning performance in African Americans with schizophrenia. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

McGrath, M. C., & Ross, V. V. (2013, June). Helping students with disabilities transition successfully to college: Best practices for psychologists. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Zarrella, L.*, McGrath, M. C., Abraham, P. P., & Jenny, E. J. (2013, June). Does therapists’ personal therapy impact the therapeutic alliance? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Chastain Graham, A.*, Guay, J., McGrath, M., & Moon, E. (2013, April). Treatment and rehabilitation of violent sexual offenders: Professional providers’ perceptions of risk factors, treatment models, and their contribution to recidivism. Poster presented at the North Carolina Psychological Foundation's Annual Student Poster Session, Chapel Hill, NC.

Conforto, A.*, Guay, J., Rutstein, R., Abraham, P., & McGrath, M. (2013, April, and 2012, June). Executive functioning in children, adolescents, and young adults with perinatally acquired HIV. Posters presented at the annual National Conference of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, New Orleans, LA, and at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

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 presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, San Diego, CA.

McGrath, M. C., Irani, F., Merzagora, A. C., Brinckman, D., & Schultheis, M. T. (2012, October). Examining resting state functional activity in the medial prefrontal cortex using fNIRS: A “proof-of-concept” study. Poster presented at the Second Biennial fNIRS Conference, London, England.

Dorliae, F. C., McGrath, M. C., Titze, K.*, & James, G.* (2012, June). Understanding immigrants’ psychological needs: Multiculturally competent assessment and service delivery. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Inverso, E. J.*, McGrath, M. C., Guay, J., & Jenny, E. (2012, June). The relationship between resiliency factors and self-injurious behaviors in sexually abused adolescents. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Richards, K.*, Etzi, J., McGrath, M. C., & Domingos, B. (2012, June). The psychological implications of infertility: Do PCOS symptoms exacerbate the infertility diagnosis? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Rupp, J. A.*, Abraham, P. P., McGrath, M. C., & O’Kane, J. (2012, June). Religious involvement, spiritual transcendence, and disability acceptance in individuals with neuromuscular disorders. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association, Harrisburg, PA.

Herrigel, M., McGrath, M., & Fernandez, L. (2012, March). The path to becoming a psychologist: Issues and barriers. Workshop presented at the Pennsylvania Psychological Association Spring Continuing Education Conference, Lancaster, PA.

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 presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, 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 presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, 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, 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.

* student co-presenter

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