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Barry W. McCarthy, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Department of Psychology


BARRY W. MCCARTHY, PhD, ABPP, is a tenured professor of psychology at American University, a board certified clinical psychologist (ABPP), and a certified marital and sex therapist. He recently retired from a private practice at the Washington Psychological Center which focused on individual, couple, and sex therapy. His practice was largely devoted to prevention of marital and sexual problems, assessment, treatment of sexual dysfunctions, and strategies directed toward relapse prevention which will enhance and revitalize the marital bond.

Dr. McCarthy earned his BA from Loyola University and his MA and PhD from Southern Illinois University. His professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, Society for Sex Therapy and Research, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He received a Diplomate in sex therapy from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

As a leading expert in this field, Dr. McCarthy has presented over 350 workshops around the world, and his extensive list of publications includes over 90 professional articles, 22 book chapters, and co-authorship of 14 books, including Rekindling Desire; Coping with Premature Ejaculation; Getting It Right the First Time; Coping with Erectile Dysfunction; Getting It Right This Time; Men’s Sexual Health; Discovering Your Couple Sexual Style; Enduring Desire: Your Guide to Lifelong Intimacy (October, 2010); and his book, Sexual Awareness, 5th edition, was published in 2012.