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Kevin McCarthy, Ph.D.

Kevin McCarthy, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Psychology
St. Joseph Hall, 4th flr., North Wing, SJ452

Educational Background 

A.B., Boston College 
A.M., University of Pennsylvania 
Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 

Courses Taught 

Human Development 
Personality and Individual Differences 
Research Design and Methodology

Scholarly Interests 

Client, therapist, and observer perceptions of interventions in psychotherapy
Adherence and competence in manualized treatments
Process of change in therapy and naturalistic settings
Relationship patterns and correlates to personality and interpersonal attraction
Adjustment and achievement inhibitions in young adults
Gay and lesbian mental health issues

Recent Presentations

McCarthy, K.S., Butman, D., Dinger, U., Chambless, D.L., Milrod, B.M., and Barber, J.P. (2014) Differences and Similarities in the Use of Common Factors in Psychodynamic, Cognitive, and Behavioral Therapies. Paper presented at teh Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, Montreal, Canada.
McCarthy, K.S. (2014). Discussant in exploring the process of therapy with adolescents:  Comparison of three measures. Preconference workshop presented at the International Society for Psychotherapy Research, Copenhagen, Demark.
McCarthy, K.S., Dinger, U., Zilcha-Mano, S., Barrett, M.S., and Barber, J.P. (2013) Development of the therapeutic alliance in minority and nonminority status individuals and its predictors. Paper presented at the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, Memphis, TN.

Fallig*, R., McCarthy, K.S., Chambless, D. L., Milrod, B., & Barber, J. P. (2016). “Change in Patients’ Expectations in Psychotherapy and Correlations with Therapist Interventions.” Paper presented at the 47th annual meeting of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research, Jerusalem, Israel.

Barber, J. P., Gallop, R., Milrod, B., Chambless, D., Solomonov, N., & McCarthy, K. S. (2016). “Mechanism of Change vs. Mediators in Psychotherapies for Panic.” Paper presented at the 47th annual meeting of the International Society for Psychotherapy Research, Jerusalem, Israel.

Solomonov, N., & McCarthy, K. S. (2016). “Training Workshop for Coding Therapy Sessions Using the Multitheoretical List of Interventions (MULTI).” Workshop presented at the 47th annual meeting of the In-ternational Society of Psychotherapy Research, Jerusalem, Israel.

McCarthy, K. S., Sellers, A. L., & Butler, J. P. (2016). “Adult Attachment Style Moderates Treatment Process in Three Treatments for Depression.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, Dublin, Ireland.

Selected Publications 

Dinger, U., Zilcha-Mano, S., McCarthy, K.S., Barrett, M.S., Barber, J.P. (2014) Interpersonal problems as predictors of alliance, symptomatic improvement, and premature termaintation in treatment of depression.  Journal of Affective Disorders, 151.2, 800 - 803.
McCarthy, K.S. (2014) Drifting Away:  A Case of Depression and Obsessionality. In R.F. Summers and J.P. Barber (Eds.), Practicing Psychodynamic Therapy:  A Casebook.  Guilford Press.
McCarthy, K.S. (2014) Never turn down the opportunity to give a talk.  Psychotherapy Bulletin, 49.
Keefe, J.R., McCarthy, K.S., Dinger, U., Zilcha-Mano, S., Barber, J.P. (2014). A meta-analytic review of psychodynamic therapies for anxiety disorders.  Clinical Psychology Review, 34, 309-323.
Zilcha-Mano, S., McCarthy, K.S., Dinger, U., Barber, J.P. (2014) To what extent is alliance affected by transference?  An empirical exploration. Psychotherapy 51(3):424-33.
Zilcha-Mano, S., Dinger, U., McCarthy, K.S., Barrett, M.S., Barber, J.P. (2014). Changes in well-being and quality of life in a randomized trial comparing dynamic psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy for major depressive disorder." Journal of Affective Disorers, 152-1154, 538-542.
Barber, J.P., Zilcha-Mano, S., Gallop, R., Barrett, M., McCarthy, K.S., Dinger, U. (2014) The associations among improvement and alliance expectations, alliance during treatment, and treatment outcome for major depressive disorder. Psychotherapy Research, 24 (3), 257-268.
Zilcha-Mano, S., Dinger, U., McCarthy, K., Barber, J. (2013). Does Alliance Predict Symptoms Throughout Treatment, or Is It the Other Way Around? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 
Khalsa, S.-R.,   McCarthy, K.S., Sharpless, B.A., Barrett, M.S., & Barber, J.P. (2011). Beliefs about the causes of depression and treatment preferences. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67,1-11.
Chambless, D.L., Sharpless, B.A., Rodriguez, D., McCarthy, K. S., Barber, J.P., Milrod, B.L., & Khalsa S. -R. (2011).  Psychometric properties of the Mobility Inventory for Agoraphobia: Convergent, discriminant, and criterion-related validity. Behavior Therapy. 
Matejkowski, J.C., McCarthy, K.S., & Draine, J. (2010). Personal norm of reciprocity among mental health service users: Conceptual development and measurement. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 34, 202-213.
McCarthy, K. S., & Barber, J. P. (2009). The Multitheoretical List of Therapeutic Interventions (MULTI): Initial report. Psychotherapy Research, 19, 96-113. 
McCarthy, K. S., Connolly Gibbons, M. B., & Barber, J. P. (2008). The relation of consistency in interpersonal patterns to symptoms and functioning: An investigation using the Central Relationship Questionnaire. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 55, 346-358. 
Iacoviello B., McCarthy, K. S., Barrett, M. S., Rynn M. A., Gallop, R., & Barber, J. P. (2007). Treatment preferences affect the development of the therapeutic alliance: Implications for randomized controlled trials.Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 194-198. 

Chambless, D. L., Allred, K. M., Chen, F. F., McCarthy, K. S., Milrod, B. M., & Barber, J. P. (in press). Perceived criticism predicts outcome of psychotherapy for panic disorder: Replication and extension. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

McCarthy, K. S., Keefe, J. R., & Barber, J. P. (2016). Goldilocks on the couch: Moderate levels of psychodynamic and process-experiential technique predict outcome in psychodynamic therapy. Psychotherapy Re-search, 26, 307-317. doi: 10.1080/10503307.2014.973921.

Zilcha-Mano, S., Chui, H., Dolev, T., McCarthy, K. S., Dinger, U., & Barber, J. P. (2016). Changes in casual attributions and relationship representations: Are they specific or common mechanisms in the treatment of depression? Journal of Affective Disorders, 193, 73-180.

Zickgraf, H. F., Chambless, D. L., McCarthy, K. S., Gallop, R., Sharpless, B. A., Milrod, B. L., & Barber, J. P. (2016). Interpersonal factors are associated with lower therapist adherence in cognitive-behavioral therapy for panic disorder. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, 23, 272-284. doi: 10.1002/cpp.1955.

Milrod, B., Chambless, D. L., Gallop, R., Busch, F. N., Schwalberg, M., McCarthy, K. S., Gross, C., Sharpless, B.A., Leon, A. C., Barber, J. P., (2015). Psychotherapies for panic disorder: A tale of two sites. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 76, 1-15.

McCarthy, K. S. (2015). Review of “Creatures of a Day: And Other Tales of Psychotherapy.” Psychotherapy Bulletin, 50, 65-71


Educational Background: 

PhD, University of Pennsylvania; A.M., University of Pennsylvania; A.B., Boston College