Breeda McGrath



Dean, Academic Affairs

  • Campus:
  • Online
Campus President
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Dr. Breeda McGrath is the Dean of Academic Affairs online and Department Chair of the International Psychology program online. Dr. Breeda McGrath joined TCSPP in 2007 and has served in a number of roles including Dean of Academic Affairs for the Chicago campus, Associate Dean, Associate Chair, Faculty Council Chair, and Associate Professor in the School Psychology program. Dr. McGrath worked as a psychologist in public schools in Illinois for over 9 years before coming to TCSPP. As a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified school psychologist, Breeda holds a doctorate and masters in school psychology from Loyola University Chicago.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ph.D. Psychology Loyola University, Chicago, IL 2002
M.Ed. School Psychology Loyola University, Chicago, IL 1998
B. Rel. Sc. - Religious Education & Music Mater Dei Institute, Ireland 1990
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member American Psychological Association
Member International School Psychologists Association
Member National Association of School Psychologists
Member Comparative and International Education Society
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Chicago, IL
Certified School Psychologist, National
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Consultant Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights
Consultant Unaccompanied Children Interfaith Ministry
Consultant Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Child & Adolescent Development Adolescence
Identity Development
Learning/Learning Disabilities
Social Development
Clinical Psychology / Mental Health Anxiety Disorders
Assessment/Psychological Testing
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Mood Affective Disorders / Suicide
Oppositional-Defiant Disorders
Diversity Diversity Issues
Immigration/Immigrant Issues
Mood Disorders Bipolar Disorder
Subdisciplines - International Psychology
Psychology Subdisciplines - School Psychology
PTSD/Trauma Crisis Intervention
School Psychology Academic Interventions
Cognitive Assessment
Systems Change
Violence Bullying
School Violence
Title Location Date
The Role of the Counselor in Inclusive Schools in Indonesia Yogyakarta, Indonesia May 2016
Spiritual Care with Migrant Families Chicago, IL April 2016
Impact of Detention on Children and Families American Bar Assoc, Chicago, IL July 2015
Protecting Children's Rights through Multidisciplinary Forensics Chicago, IL Nov 2011

Stevens, M. & McGrath, B. (2017). A stand-alone course on international psychology.. In G. Rich, U.P. Gielen, & H. Takooshian (Ed.) Internationalizing the teaching of psychologyCharlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.


McGrath, B. (2014). Special education in Ireland. In C.R. Reynolds, K.J. Vannest, & E. Fletcher (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Special Education–fourth edition: A reference for the education of children, adolescents, and adults with disabilities and other exceptional individuals.. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.


Villarreal Sosa, L. & McGrath, B. (2013). Collaboration from the ground up: Creating effective teams.. School Social Work Journal, 38 (1),


DeHoff, L., Hatzichristou, C., Mayes, F., McGrath, B., Rexilius, A., Sundvall, J. & Zarqa- Lederman, S.. "International collaboration on psychosocial support for refugee children in Greece.." NASP Communique. [] 2016: . Print.

Question and Answer
Please describe your teaching philosophy.

Teaching is an exciting form of learning - savor each moment

Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?

I was just following my passion! Psychology has interested me since adolescence.

What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?

Read as much as you can - it will help you define and explore your passion.

Professional Skills
School Psychology, Social Emotional Skill Development, Child and Adolescent psychology, Anxiety and Stress, Aspergers Syndrome, Disability advocacy, Diversity issues, Learning disabilities, Mood disorders, Personality disorders, Assessment and Evaluation, International Psychology