Pip McGirl



Pip McGirl

Department Faculty

  • Associate Professor

  • Campus:
  • Chicago, IL
School Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Pip McGirl earned her Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Bristol, England. She worked as a specialist educational psychologist in the UK for 10 years before moving to Chicago in August 2010. The focus of Dr. McGirl's work has been on increasing accessibility of mental health services for children and adolescents through the development of a community model of mental health delivered in the schools, working in partnership with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Social Care. As project manager for the UK government funded Targeted Mental Health for Schools (TaMHS) initiative she developed training in ‘Mental Health Skills for Schools' and established a team of school based counselor/therapists and family workers. Dr. McGirl is an advocate of multidisciplinary working and has been involved in a number of projects focused on developing parenting programs and pathways for multidisciplinary, ecological assessment and personalized intervention for children and young people with behavior difficulties arising from complex neuro developmental conditions. She has provided training for schools in cognition and learning, and promotion of social and emotional wellbeing for pupils with ADHD, ASC, Attachment Disorder and PDD.

Dr. McGirl is the lead for Child & Adolescent Concentration in the Counseling. Dr. McGirl completed her Post Doctoral Fellowship with the Department of School Psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, before joining The Counseling Department in 2011.

Education History
Degree Institution
BSc Hons. Loughborough University, England
PGCE Secondary Science Education University of Warwick, England
M.Ed. Educational Psychology University of Bristol, England
Ed.D Educational Psychology University of Bristol, England
Certified School Psychologist (Illinois)
Chartered Educational & Child Psychologist (British Psychological Society)
Member of Health Professionals Council (UK Licensure Equivalent)
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Autism/Developmental Disorders Asperger’s
Autistic Spectrum
Social Development
Child & Adolescent Development Adolescence
Cognitive Development
Identity Development
Learning/Learning Disabilities
Parenting Styles
Parenting Styles
School Issues (Bullying)
Social Development
Social Development
Marriage & Family Parenting
Psychology Subdisciplines - Counselor Education
Subdisciplines - Educational Psychology
Subdisciplines - International Psychology
Subdisciplines - Positive Psychology
Subdisciplines - School Psychology
PTSD/Trauma Crisis Intervention
Post-Traumatic Growth
School Psychology Academic Interventions
Cognitive Assessment
International School Psychology
School Supervision
Systems Change
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Brief Therapy
Developmental Psychology
Positive Psychology
Solution-Focused Counseling Therapy
Violence Bullying

McGirl, P. (2009). Mental Health Skills for Schools Handbook. Worcestershire: Worcestershire County Council.

McGirl, P. J. ( In press). Attachment Disorder. In K. Vannest, C.R. Reynolds, & E Fletcher-Janzen (Eds). The Encyclopedia of Special Education (4th Ed.). NY: John Wiley & Sons.

McGirl, P. J. ( In press). School Refusal. In K. Vannest, C.R. Reynolds, & E Fletcher-Janzen (Eds). The Encyclopedia of Special Education (4th Ed.). NY: John Wiley & Sons.

Professional Skills
Social & Emotional Development, Trauma & Attachment, Crisis Prevention & Intervention, Community Resilience & Healing, Parenting, Positive psychology, Autistic Spectrum, Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder, Bullying, Developmental Disabilities