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Martha Jean McCormack
Martha Jean McCormack


Doctoral Student, Graduate Research Assistant


M.S, Counseling Psychology, 1984 Current doctoral student

PSU History

2013 - 2016 Embedded researcher position at Big Brothers Big Sisters sponsored by Tom Keller and the Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research. Graduate Research Assistant 2016 to current on two OJJDP-funded research projects, under the direction of Tom Keller.

Professional Focus

Families raising children with mental health needs Youth mentoring

Personal Interests


Martha received her BS degree from the University of Oregon in 1974 and her MS degree in Counseling Psychology from Central Washington University in 1984.  She entered the PSU PhD program in 2011 after 25 years experience in publicly-funded mental health services in Oregon and Washington state. She has held such positions as therapist, clinical supervisor, program manager, consultant, and administrator.  During the five years prior to starting her doctoral program, Martha supervised a team of facilitators and family partners in a SAMHSA-funded early childhood wraparound project in Portland, Oregon.   Her professional areas of expertise are systems of care, peer-delivered services, team-based planning, and program design and evaluation. Her research area of study during her doctoral program is caregiver strain in families raising children with mental health conditions. She currently holds a research fellow position with Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, in connection with The Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research at PSU. E mail: