Dr. Mark R. McGowan
I am Dr. Mark R. McGowan and I am a licensed psychologist. I work with children, adolescents and adults providing psychotherapy and psychological assessment services to individuals, couples, and families. I hold a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Northern Arizona University. I have trained and worked in a variety of clinical settings, including medical centers, psychiatric hospitals, community mental health centers, schools, university based clinics, and private practice.
My office is in a private professional suite located in the University Square complex on 1176 Grant Street near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus. Parking is free and readily available directly in front of the building.
My theoretical orientation is most aptly described as integrative in nature. I draw heavily on my understandings of humanistic psychology to direct treatment efforts based specifically on the individual’s presenting needs by initially developing an appreciation for the person’s unique experiences and perceptions. Working with you in this manner, I am better prepared to offer support and guidance in your efforts to reach desired goals or make healthy changes in your life. In our work together, I will routinely use evidenced based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy approaches, to aid in these efforts. In my work with younger children, I tend to approach issues from a family systems perspective that utilizes behavioral strategies to reach goals that are based upon the developmental needs of the child.
This integrative approach has developed from my years of experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. While practicing in northern Arizona, I had the privilege to work with a great many people from various Native American and Hispanic cultures. These experiences sensitized me to the important role culture plays in healthy development and functioning in today’s world.
abbreviated list of most current publications
- McGowan, M. R., Horn R. A., & Mellott, R. N. (2011). The predictive validity of the Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth in secondary educational settings. Psychological Assessment.
- McGowan, M., McCloskey, G., Maerlender, A., & Whitaker, J. (2011). Neuropsychology of auditory processing disorders. In Andrew Davis (Ed). Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Springer Publishing.
- McGowan, M. R. (2010). Ethics workshops: Keeping pace with ethical and legal parameters for practice. The Pennsylvania Psychologist, 70, 15.
- McGowan, M. R. (2009). Reaching out to early career psychologists. The Pennsylvania Psychologist, 69, 15.
American Psychological Association
Pennsylvania Psychological Association
National Association of School Psychologists
Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania
Gestalt Institute of Phoenix
Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Licenses and Certifications
Licensed Psychologist, PS 016568 (Pennsylvania)
National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, #52923
Nationally Certified School Psychologist