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Debra Gilroy

Counseling Psychologist


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,

Counseling Psychology


Fairfield University                       1994

M.A. Applied Psychology



Penn State University                   1972

B.A., Journalism



Professional Affiliations, Designations:

Northwest Pennsylvania  Psychological Association

 - Member




Pennsylvania Psychological Association

 - Member



Professional Experience:


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

Teaching Experience:

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)



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