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Dr. Debra Thaler Gilroy earned her Bachelor’s degree from Penn State University, her Masters from Fairfield University in Connecticut, and her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Gannon University in Counseling Psychology. Her American Psychological Association approved predoctoral internship was completed at the Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services at West Virginia University, where she provided services for traditional and non-traditional college students. Post doctoral training was obtained at Allegheny College Counseling Center and a private practice in Meadville, PA.
As a member of the Northshore Neurosciences team, Dr. Gilroy provides counseling services, psychoeducational testing and ADHD evaluations for adults, dementia evaluations and neuropsychological assessments. She works in conjunction with UPMC Northshore Neurology as a member of the Memory Disorders Clinic team as well. Additionally, she has a special interest in grief counseling for those experiencing loss.
Dr. Gilroy also has several years experience working in Human Resources for pharmaceutical companies Johnson and Johnson and Glaxo SmithKline, where she provided services in Employee Communications, Counseling, Training and Management Consulting.
Gannon University 2004
Doctor of Philosophy,
Fairfield University 1994
M.A. Applied Psychology
Penn State University 1972
Professional Affiliations, Designations:
Northwest Pennsylvania Psychological Association
Pennsylvania Psychological Association
2014 Northshore Psychological Associates
1999 –2006 Michael Mercatoris, PhD. & Associates, Psychology Private Practice, Meadville PA
2003 –2006 Allegheny College Counseling Center, Counselor; Director
2004- 2006 Post- Doctoral Training: Allegheny College Counseling Center
2003 – 2004 Pre-Doctoral APA Internship: Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services, West Virginia University
Fall 2014 2014-2016 - Adjunct Professor, Community Mental Health Counseling Masters Program, Gannon University; Addictions Counseling, Motivational Interviewing, and Life Span Development
2001; 2004 Adjunct Professor - Gannon University, Erie PA .Masters Counseling Program, Life Span Development
2000-2001 Instructor – Gannon University, Erie, PA. Undergraduate Intro to Psychology, Psychopathology
1999 Instructor – “College at the High School Outreach Program”, Penncrest School District, Advanced Placement Intro to Psychology
Certified Myers Briggs Personality Inventory Trainer
Presentations / Publications:
Thaler, D. & Fleming, L.M., Family Cohesion and Adaptability and Psychological Distress in Bosnian Refugees. Poster presentation, APA annual convention, 2005, Washington, D.C.
Thaler, D. (2002). Between sky and earth: A phenomenological study of Bosnian refugees. Poster presentation, Pennsylvania Psychological Association 2002 Annual Convention, Lancaster, PA.
Ashbaugh, C., Kordes, T. & Thaler, D. (2001). Empathy training: An historical perspective. Poster presentation, Great Lakes Conference, University of Akron, Akron, OH.
Ashbaugh, C., Berkey, K., Dunbar, M., Hosick, D. & Thaler, D. (2001). Counseling issues affected by spirituality concerns for bereaved parents. Presentation. Counseling and Spirituality Conference, Gannon University, Erie, PA.
Ashbaugh, C., Kordes, T., & Thaler, D. (2000). A history of the concept of empathy in the field of psychology. Presentation. Gannon University, Erie, PA.
Thaler, D., (2000). Lessons learned: A synopsis of professional readings in doctoral seminar. Northwestern Pennsylvania Psychology Association Newsletter, Vol 1 (3)