Mary McKinney, PhD

For almost two decades, 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

 

1981 B.A., Communications, Brown University
1990 M.A., Psychology, City College of New York
1991-92 Clinical Internship, Child Psychology, Albert Einstein Medical College, N.Y.
1994 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, City University of New York
1993-96 Post-doctoral Fellowship in Psychology, University of Michigan
1996-01 Senior Staff Member, University of Michigan Psychological Clinic
2001 – ongoing Taught classes, gave workshops and presentations for graduate students, post docs and junior faculty at Michigan State University, Texas A & M University, the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Virginia.

Member, American Psychological Association since 1994 State of North Carolina Doctoral Level Clinical Psychology License #2752 To learn more about my role at the University of Michigan, you may read a letter of reference provided by the Dean of The Rackham Graduate School. 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:

  • depression
  • 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 talk with me directly:

If you’d like to explore the possibility of working together, let’s set up an appointment to talk by phone or in person. Just email me at mckinney@successfulacademic.com or call my office number at 919-969-2616. Again, welcome to my Web site. I hope that you find these tenure track tips useful. Sincerely, Mary McKinney, Ph.D. mckinney@SuccessfulAcademic.com 919-969-2616