For more than a decade, I've counseled academics at all phases of their careers. During this time, I've helped
- junior faculty get tenure
- post-docs find jobs
- grad students finish their dissertations
Each person's path is unique, and I find it a privilege to share the journey.
In addition to my psychotherapy and coaching practices, additional professional services include:
- teaching university classes
- leading workshops
- giving presentations
- providing individual consultations
- providing consultations for university departments
My current teaching position:
Adjunct Assistant Professor,
Department of Clinical Psychology,
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
My education and professional qualifications:
B.A., Communications, Brown
M.A., Psychology, City
College of New York
Clinical Internship, Child Psychology, Albert
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, City University of New York
Post-doctoral Fellowship in Psychology, University of Michigan
Senior Staff Member, University of Michigan Psychological Clinic
Psychological Association since 1994
State of North Carolina Doctoral Level Clinical Psychology License #2752
Other areas of counseling expertise:
Working with people whose personal problems are interfering with their academic productivity is one of my specialties. I also help people overcome:
- anxiety disorders
- relationship difficulties
- mid-life career transitions
- reproductive loss such as stillbirth and infertility
How did I get interested in helping academics?
While still collecting data for my own dissertation, I moved from New York City to Ann Arbor. Working on my thesis long-distance was challenging, and I missed the social support of committee members and friends in my doctoral program. Slowly, I developed techniques for structuring my time, reducing procrastination and writing more easily. I became committed to helping people who face similar problems.
How did I become interested in helping people make career transitions?
During my work with struggling students, I occasionally helped them decide to leave academia and pursue alternate careers. Over time, I developed techniques for assisting professionals as they make mid-life career transitions.
My interest in career changes is also personal. Before entering the field of psychology in my late twenties, I worked in television news and print journalism. I was a magazine correspondent in Bangkok, Thailand and Sydney, Australia. I worked as a TV news editor and videographer for ABC and CBS in Providence, Rhode Island and for CBS in New York City. I enjoyed my days as a journalist, but I find my work as a psychotherapist and coach even more rewarding.
To learn more:
If you are interested in reading more about my professional qualifications, job experiences, and publications, my curriculum vitae provides additional details.
To talk with me directly:
Again, welcome to my Web site. I hope that you find these tenure track tips useful.
Mary McKinney, Ph.D.