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Paula T. McWhirter

Paula T. McWhirter

Department: Educational Psychology
Program Area: Professional Counseling
Phone: 405-325-1504

Paula T. McWhirter, Ph.D. is Professor of Professional Counseling and Psychology, Department of Educational Psychology at The University of Oklahoma.

A Fulbright scholar, McWhirter completed her dissertation on intervention strategies with high-risk youth while training at a school-based community mental health center in Santiago, Chile. She completed her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology from Arizona State University, a post-doctoral fellowship in Statistics and Research Methodology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and another post-doctoral position in the Clinical Neuropsychology Department at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Centers.

Prior to accepting her current position at the University of Oklahoma, McWhirter served as Clinical Director for a comprehensive provider of behavioral health services for over 1000 Medicaid eligible children and their families, directing all aspects involving clinical policies, objectives, and initiatives, and providing counseling consultation and supervision.

McWhirter has authored grants, most recently providing training funds for graduate student support, and previously to investigate the efficacy of services provided to children and mothers who have experienced domestic violence and chemical dependency, resulting in over a half a million dollars in funding.

Dr. McWhirter teaches and investigates positive psychology approaches, interpersonal violence interventions, international issues in counseling psychology and therapeutic factors within group and family/child counseling. She publishes extensively with her students and continues to be inspired by their creativity and broad array of counseling psychology research interests and contributions.


Research Interests:

  • Positive Psychology
  • Group Therapy Interventions
  • Child and Family Counseling Efficacy
  • Interpersonal Violence Interventions
  • International Counseling Psychology