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Professor, Psychology
Undergraduate Coordinator, Psychology Program

Robert McInerney, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology.Contact Information


  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Montclair State University
  • Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Duquesne University
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Clinical Psychology, Duquesne University

Courses Taught

  • Research in the Human Sciences
  • Psychology of Consciousness
  • Social Psychology
  • Critical Approaches to Psychology
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Seminar in the Human Sciences
  • Institutional Practicum
  • Foundations to Community Psychology (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Characterological and Psychotic in Film
  • Zombies and Psychological Life


Robert G. McInerney, Ph.D., joined the Point Park University faculty in 2006 and is a professor of psychology. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Duquesne University and did both his pre- and post-doctoral training as a psychotherapist at Carnegie Mellon Counseling and Psychological Services. McInerney received certification in human science research from the Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research at Duquesne University in 2008. His interests are in hermeneutic phenomenology, social constructionism, critical and liberation social psychology, community psychology and feminist epistemology.

Dr. McInerney is the coordinator of the undergraduate psychology program and founded and advises Point Park's Confluence Psychology Alliance. He is a SafeZone advisor and Title IX Investigator.

Additionally, Dr. McInerney is the lead analyst, supervisor of research and community internship coordinator with Operation Safety Net (Pittsburgh Mercy Health System). His role includes ongoing advocate ethnography and community-based, participatory action research. He is the internship coordinator for Bridge to the Mountains, Inside Our Minds, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape and the Pennsylvania Care Partnership. Currently (2019), Dr. McInerney has founded the Mobile Thriving Respite with the street community and is working with Allies for Health and Wellbeing, The First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, The First Lutheran Church of Pittsburgh, Allegheny Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Mayor’s office and the Smithfield Street Winter Shelter as part of the continued effort to help those homeless in our city. In 2019, he was awarded the Social Impact Micro Grant from the Center for Inclusive Excellence and the Department of Community Engagement.

Professional Certifications

  • Certification in Interpretive and Qualitative Research: Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research, Duquesne University

Selected Publications

Selected Presentations

  • McInerney, R.G. A Hermeneutics of Love for Community Research: Suffering and Acting on the Trembling Ground of Humility, The Society of Humanistic Psychology, APA Division 32 Annual Conference, Pacifica Graduate Institute: Community in Difference: Cultivating a Home for Love and Justice in an Indifferent World, Feb. 28 - March 3, 2013.
  • McInerney, R.G. Agency and the Neurophenomenological Self: Anecdotes of Privacy, Sociality, Habit and Distinction. Presented at the 2012, American Psychological Association Convention, Aug. 2-5, 2012, Orlando, Fla.
  • McInerney, R.G. Visual Representations of Childhood Mental Disorder: A Critical Discourse and Semiotic Analysis of Media Images. Presented at the 2011, American Psychological Association Convention, Aug. 4-7, 2011, Washington, D.C.
  • McInerney, R.G. The Discursive Construction of Childhood Consciousness: Improperly Mooded, Out of Control, Split, and Monstrous. Presented at the 119th, 2011 American Psychological Association, Hospitality Suite, The Society for Humanistic Psychology, Aug. 4-7, 2011.
  • McInerney, R.G. Aspiration and Inspiration: The Psychological Life of Being a Student, presented at In the World...On the Edge 2011 Annual Conference of The Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. April 15-17, 2011.
  • McInerney, R.G. Herman Hesse's Siddhartha and Humanistic Psychology. Presented at In the World...On the Edge 2011 Annual Conference of The Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. April 15-17, 2011.

Research Interests

  • Hermeneutic phenomenology
  • Social constructionism
  • Post-structural psychology
  • Community psychology
  • Neurophenomenology

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