Gary McClain, PhD.

Gary McClain PhDFaculty, School of Health Sciences

Gary McClain is a faculty member in the School of Health Science, focusing on course development and instruction in end of life care, stress management and wellness-related curriculum.  His areas of expertise include coping with catastrophic illness and treatment decisions; end of life issues and grief counseling, stress management and life skills, organizational and personal transition. He is an experienced, professional coach and career counselor, combining interactive teaching with group facilitation, and conducts workshops on mental health topics to government and business organizations. He is a licensed mental health counselor in New York City, in addition to his duties as an adjunct faculty member at Excelsior. His professional website is


  • Caregivers and Patients Coping with Serious Illness
  • End of Life Care
  • Stress Management


  • Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education, University of Michigan, 1981
  • Master of Science, Clinical Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, 1978
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Spanish, Albion College, 1976


  • Board Certified Coach, Institute for Life Coach Training Program
  • Certified Employee Assistance Professional, Employee Assistance Professionals Association
  • Advanced certificate Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Albert Ellis Institute, New York City
  • Certificate in Critical Incident Stress Management, International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
  • Certified Grief Recovery Counselor, Grief Recovery Institute

Selected Presentations

  • “Friends, Family, and Older Men,” co-presenter, American Counseling Association Conference, in San Francisco,  March 2012.

Selected Publications

  • “After the Diagnosis: How Patients React and How to Help Them Cope”, Cengage/Delmar, 2010
  • “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zen Living”, co-author, Alpha, 2004″The Facts on File. Encyclopedia of Health and Medicine”, Expert Reviewer, Psychology and Human Relations Sections, 2006.
  • “Diagnosed with a catastrophic medical condition: How patients react”,, November 2011.
  •  “Mind/Manner”, bi-monthly column published in HIV Plus Magazine, 2008 to present.
  • “Caregiving: Recognizing the Joys Beyond the Challenges”, Penn Home Schooler, February, 2009.

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
    • President, Association for Adult Development and Aging (division of ACA)
    • Former secretary and chairperson, Professional Development Committee
  • New York Mental Health Counselors Association (Chairperson, 2008 State Convention)
  • Employee Assistance Professionals Association
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Association for Assessment in Counseling and Testing
  • Member, Editorial Board, AADA Journal, published by the Association of Adult Development and Aging