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Kevin McCarthy, Ph.D.

Kevin McCarthy, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor of Psychology
Executive Director, Center for Concussion Education and Research
St. Joseph Hall, 4th flr., North Wing, SJ452

Dr. McCarthy’s professional interests include depression and adjustment problems in adulthood and couples therapy.  He also has interest and experience in working with gay and lesbian individuals.  He specializes in both short-term and open-ended psychodynamic and supportive psychotherapies.  His scholarly interests include perceptions of intervention use in psychotherapy; processes of change in therapy and naturalistic settings; relationship patterns and correlates to personality and interpersonal attraction; adjustment and achievement inhibitions in young adults; and gay and lesbian mental health issues.  Dr. McCarthy is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. 

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


Chair, Early Career Psychologists, Division 29 Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.

President-Elect, North American Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Selected Publications: 

McCarthy, K.S. & Summers, R.F. (2020). Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. In J.G. Csernansky, M., A. Reinecke, E. Ryznar, and A.B. Pederson (Eds.), Landmark Papers in Psychiatry. Oxford, UK: Oxford.

McCarthy, K.S., Zilcha-Mano, S. & Barber, J.P. (2019). Process research in psychodynamic psychotherapy: Interventions and therapeutic relationship. In J. Ogrodniczuk and D. Kealy (Eds.) Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Elsevier.

Solomonov, N., McCarthy, K.S., Gorman, B.S., & Barber, J.P. (2019). The Multitheoretical List of Interventions - 30 items (MULTI-30). Psychotherapy Research.

McCarthy, K.S., Chambless, D.L., Solomonov, N., Milrod, B., & Barber, J.P. (2018). Twelve-month outcomes following successful Panic-Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Panic-Control Treatment, or Applied Relaxation Training for panic disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Barber, J.P., Porter, E., Chambless, D.L., McCarthy, K.S., De Rubeis, R.J., Sharpless, B.A., Barrett, M.S., Mildrod, B., Hollon S.D. (2017). Psychometric properties of the Reconstructed Hamilton Depression and Anxiety Scales. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 205 (8), p. 656-664.

Chambless, D.L., Milrod, B., Porter, E., Gallop, R., McCarthy, K.S., Graf, E., Rudden, M., Sharpless, B., Barber, J.P. (2017). Prediction and moderation in improvement in cogntive-behavioral and psychodynamic psychotherapy for panic disorder. Journal of Counsulting and Clinical Psychology.

Chambless, D. L., Allred, K. M., Chen, F. F., McCarthy, K. S., Milrod, B. M., & Barber, J. P. (2017). Perceived criticism predicts outcome of psychotherapy for panic disorder: Replication and extension. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Dolev, T., Zilcha-Mano, S., Chui, H., Barrett, M.S., McCarthy, K.S., Barber, J.P. (2017). The process of change in ethnic minority males undergoing psychodynamic psychotherapy: The analyses of good and poor outcome cases. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

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 Research, 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.

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 termination 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 Disorders, 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.

Selected Presentations and Workshops: 

McCarthy, K.S. (2017). "Demonstration of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy."  Outpatient Psychiatry Center Externship DidactIcs, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania.

McCarthy, K.S. (2017) "Demonstration of Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Psychotherapy". Research Assistant Colloquium, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

McCarthy, K.S. (2016). "Goldilocks and the Three Treatments:  An Investigation of Curvilinear Relations between Technique Use and Outcome in Applied Relaxation, Cognitive-Behavioral and Psychodynamic Therapies for Panic Disorder". Departmental Colloquium, Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University, New York, NY.

McCarthy, K.S. (2016). "Analysis Terminable or Interminable:  Some Evidence for Psychodynamic Psychotherapy." Resident Didactics, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania.

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.

McCarthy, K.S. (2016). "Supervision in the Community Behavioral Health Network:  Preliminary Results of a Qualitative study of Supervisors' and Providers' Experiences, Needs, and Barriers."  Presentation to the executive administration of Community Behavioral Health, Philadelphia, PA.

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 International 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.

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 the 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.