Robert McGrath

Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology and Counseling

Contact information

Courses

  • Clinical Research Methods (doctoral)
  • Computer Applications in Statistics Laboratory (doctoral)
  • Professional Development (doctoral)

Research

  • Statistical methods in psychology
  • The psychology of character and virtue
  • Psychological measurement

Education

  • BA, Hartwick College (summa cum laude)
  • MS, PhD, Auburn University

Academic Profile

I’m a clinical psychologist who has devoted his career to helping students learn how to help others. I aspire to help them be good researchers and I aspire to be a good research mentor. I love doing research: coming up with a research idea and figuring out how to study that idea. I can give the limitations of research with human participants, finding out what the results say about my ideas. My interest in research is not just about doing research, though. I think we will be better people if we learn how to be humble when data doesn’t support what we hoped to be true. We recognize science is imperfect but the most objective way we have to uncover the truth and understand that our choices will be better if we think in terms of probabilities (even though that’s hard for us to do). My curriculum vitae and publications may be found on www.fdu-psych.com/mcgrath.