Dean, Academic Affairs
- Campus President
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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 Self-Injury Diversity Diversity Issues Immigration/Immigrant Issues Mood Disorders Bipolar Disorder Depression Dysthymia 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