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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

  • Critical Social Psychology
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Institutional Practicum (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Foundations to Community Psychology (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Characterological and Psychotic in Film
  • Zombies and Psychological Life
  • Music and Psychology Life 
  • Ecopsychology, Posthumanism, Cyborgs, and the Anthropocene


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 

Additionally, Dr. McInerney is the internship placement coordinator and supervisor for Bridge to the Mountains, Inside Our Minds, Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, Integrative Community Therapy and the Abolitionist Law Center/Courtwatch. He is a board member for Bridge Outreach and on the Community Education Committee of Pittsburgh’s Housing Advisory Board. Dr. McInerney’s work with the CEC currently entails creating and maintaining a centralized website with Allegheny County’s Office of Community Relations, which will provide supportive resources, accounts of peoples’ lived experiences of homelessness, training videos and links to various providers throughout the city.    

Dr. McInerney founded the Mobile Thriving Respite in solidarity with the street community. The thriving respite takes place at the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh, the First Lutheran Church of Pittsburgh, and the East End Cooperative Ministry. In 2022, the Mobile Thriving Respite has partnered with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, having respites at the Allegheny Commons, Northside Park.  

In 2019, he was awarded the Social Impact Micro Grant from the Center for Inclusive Excellence and the Department of Community Engagement. 

In 2020, he was awarded a grant from The Awesome Pittsburgh Foundation for the Mobile Thriving Respite.  


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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