Dr. McGrath’s psychotherapeutic orientation is cognitive behavioral (CBT). His clinical training has included traditional behaviour therapy, cognitive behavior therapy and third wave CBT.
Dr. McGrath was born and raised in Ottawa. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at the University of Saskatchewan and his PhD from Queen’s University in Kingston.
He was a senior psychologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario for a decade and has been a Professor in Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics and Community Health and Epidemiology at Dalhousie University in Halifax for 3 decades. He founded the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Dalhousie and has been a Vice President in the two health authorities in Nova Scotia.
Dr. McGrath is known worldwide for his research on child pain. In the last decade, he has focused on developing, evaluating and disseminating e-health interventions in child and adult mental health.
Dr. McGrath has received many awards and recognitions for his work including being an Officer of the Order of Canada and receiving the Governor General’s Award for innovation. He is registered as a practicing clinical psychologist in Ontario and in Nova Scotia.