Robert McGrath

Professor, School Director

School of Psychology - Metropolitan Campus

Courses I've recently taught (all doctoral level):

  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Computer Applications
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Professional Development

The main stuff I'm doing these days:

  • Director, FDU School of Psychology (beginning 2018)
  • Director, Integrated Care for the Underserved of Northeastern New Jersey (2014 to present)
  • Senior Scientist, VIA Institute on Character (2015 to present)

Other recent stuff:

  • Participant, NYC Wisdom Seminar, Fordham University (June 2017)
  • Evaluator, Partnerships for Advancing Character Program Evaluation/PACE Project (2016-2017)
  • New Jersey Psychological Association Psychologist of the Year (2013)
  • Member, American Psychological Association Finance Committee (2012-2016)
  • Member, American Psychological Association Council of Representatives (2011-2016)
  • 2011 Recipient of the Fairleigh Dickinson University Distinguished Faculty Award in Research and Scholarship

Recent books and chapters:

  • McGrath, R. E., & O’Donohue, W. T. (2015). The importance of stepped care protocols for the redesign of behavioral health care in patient centered medical homes. In W. T. O’Donohue & A. Maragakis (Ed.), Integrated primary and behavioral care: Role in medical homes and chronic disease management (pp. 97-114). New York, NY: Springer.
  • McGrath, R. E. (2015). Creating and verifying data sets with Excel. Los Angeles, CA: Sage.
  • McGrath, R. E. (2011). Quantitative models in psychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • McGrath, R. E., & Moore, B. A. (Eds.). (2010). Pharmacotherapy for psychologists: Prescribing and collaborative roles. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Some of my recent articles: 

  • Linda, W. P., & McGrath, R. E. (2017). The current status of prescribing psychologists: Practice patterns and medical professional evaluations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48, 38-45.
  • McGrath, R. E., & Walker, D. I. (2016). Factor structure of character strengths in youth: Consistency across ages and measures. Journal of Moral Education, 45, 400-418.
  • Bates-Krakoff, J., McGrath, R. E., Graves, K., & Ochs, L. (in press). Beyond a deficit model of strengths training in schools: Teaching targeted-strength use to gifted students. Gifted Education International.
  • McGrath, R. E. (2016). Measurement invariance in translations of the VIA Inventory of Strengths. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 32, 187-194.
  • McGrath, R. E. (2015). Integrating psychological and cultural perspectives on virtue: The hierarchical structure of character strengths. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10, 407-424.
  • Greenberg, M. J., Pievsky, M. A., & McGrath, R. E. (2015). Navigation of ethical conflicts among religious psychotherapists treating lesbian and gay patients. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 2, 134-144.
  • McGrath, R. E. (2014). Character strengths in 75 nations: An update. Journal of Positive Psychology, 10, 41-52.
  • McGrath, R. E. (2014). Scale- and item-level factor analysis of the VIA Inventory of Strengths. Assessment, 21, 4-14.

Links of interest (at least to me):

Short Abstract

University College

School of Psychology
Fairleigh Dickinson University
1000 River Road, (T-WH1-01)
Teaneck, NJ 07666

The only thing better than teaching is learning.


  • B.A. in Psychology (Philosophy minor), summa cum laude, Hartwick College
  • M.S. in Psychology, Auburn University
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Auburn University

People have asked me why I look so stern in the picture. I was actually holding my new kitten. So much for body language!