Christopher McCarthy

Christopher McCarthy

Professor, Graduate Adviser and Associate Chair

Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 504B
Hours: by appointment

(512) 232-4835


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Courses of Instruction
Group Counseling 
Counseling Skills and Procedures
Career Development
EDP Department Colloquium 

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educational Psychology
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289

Full Vita
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Dr. Christopher McCarthy is a leading authority on stress and coping. His research focuses on three distinct lines of inquiry in stress and coping: (a) wellness and health psychology, (b) the identification of psychological resources that can help prevent stress, and (c) extending basic research on stress and coping to educational settings, particularly in understanding the stress that educators and counselors experience. In recent years Dr. McCarthy has served as the Training Director of the Counseling Psychology program, Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, and Director of the Counselor Education program.


B.A., Psychology, University of Virginia, 1988

M.A., Counseling, Boston College, 1990/p>

Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, Georgia State University, 1995

Representative Publications

McCarthy, C. J., Lambert, R. G., & Reiser, J. (2014). Vocational concerns of elementary teachers: Stress, job satisfaction, and occupational commitment. Journal of Employment Counseling, 51(2), 59-74.

McCarthy, C.J., Lambert, R.G.,  & Ullrich, A. (Eds.) (2012). International perspectives on teacher stress. Greenwich, Connecticut: Information Age Publishing, Inc. 

McCarthy, C.J., Lambert, R.G., Crowe, R. W., & McCarthy, C.J. (2010) Coping, Stress, and Job Satisfaction as Predictors of Advanced Placement Statistics Teachers’ Intention to Leave the Field.  NASSP Bulletin, 94, 306-326.

McCarthy, C. J., Kerne, Valerie, V. H., Calfa, N., Lambert, R. G., & Guzmán, M. (2010).  An exploration of school counselors’ demands and resources: Relationship to stress, biographic, and caseload characteristics.  Professional School Counselor, 13, 146-158.  

Westheimer, J., Capello, J., McCarthy, C. J., & Denny, N.  (2009). Employing a group medical intervention for hypertensive male veterans: An exploratory analysis.  The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 151-174.  

McCarthy, C., Lambert, R., O’Donnell, M. & Melendres, L. (2009). The relation of elementary teachers’ experience, stress, and coping resources to burnout symptoms. The Elementary School Journal, 109, 1-19.

Archer, J., Jr., & McCarthy, C. J.  (2006).  Counseling theories: Contemporary applications and approaches.  Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.   

Lambert, R. G., & McCarthy, C. J. (Eds.).  (2006).  Understanding teacher stress in an era of accountability.  (Vol. III).  Greenwich, Connecticut: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Recent Awards

President’s Award, Association for Specialists in Group Work, 2007-2009

Dean’s Fellow, Spring, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin, 2007

Fellow, Lawrence and Stel Marie Lowman College of Education Endowed Excellent Fund, 2006 – present

Current Research Projects and Grants

Graduate students working with Dr. McCarthy have developed research projects in a number of different areas that fall within the scope of research on stress and coping. These projects includes better understanding parental attachment as a coping resource, assessing the role of religion and spirituality in wellness, the identification of wellness factors in counselor trainees, factors that make athletes vulnerable to stress, and understanding risk factors for children and adolescents.

Dr. McCarthy leads a research team composed primarily of doctoral graduate students in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Texas at Austin. Undergraduate and graduate students in other areas of study are welcome to contact Dr. McCarthy if interested in joining any of the numerous ongoing research projects.

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. McCarthy is chiefly interested in improving the understanding of stress that educators and counselors face in their daily work. He has collaborated with colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin and other institutions to compile several international datasets of school teachers ranging from preschool to high school, as well as counselors in the state of Texas. Dr. McCarthy’s foremost goal is to better understand teacher and counselor perceptions of daily demands and the resources they have to meet challenges in their environment.