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Dr. Michael McGuire

SCHOOL OF Arts and Sciences

Dr. Michael McGuire, Ph.D

Professor of Psychology



Michael McGuire Ph.D.



Dr. Michael J. McGuire is a professor of psychology and has been a faculty member with the University since 1986. His teaching interests include history, psychology, and social work. He teaches and develops undergraduate and graduate courses that have included history of psychology, group therapy, psychopathology, family and individual therapy, psychological assessment, case management, geriatric mental health, and the American West, to name a few. His approach to teaching is to develop a dynamic and interactive experience for the student within a comfortable atmosphere of uninhibited discourse that emphasizes courtesy and respect. Dr. McGuire has served the university as associate dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Faculty Personnel Committee, a member of the Faculty Executive Committee, and a member of the Provost Search Committee, among other duties and responsibilities. He has made scholarly presentations at international, national, and regional conferences that have included the American Association of Colleges & Universities, the Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences, the International Institute of Logotherapy, and the Washington State Mental Health Professionals Association of which he is a founding member. During the past 41 years his clinical experience has included community mental health, adult and juvenile probation services, sexual offender treatment programs, maximum security prisons, hospital emergency rooms, and civil commitment of the mentally ill. In addition to teaching Dr. McGuire serves as a docent for Historic Ft. Steilacoom (1849-1868) in Lakewood, Washington where he discusses the historical significance of the site to visitors.



  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • History


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, San Francisco, CA

Dissertation: “Quality of Life of Chronically Mentally Ill Persons Receiving Assertive Community Treatment”

M.A. in History

American Public University, WV
Emphasis in American History, with Honors

Master of Social Work

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Emphasis in Mental Health Management and Administration


M.A. in Counseling

Chapman University, Orange, CA

Emphasis in Mental Health


Scholarly Activities

Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) - Committee on Associate & Assistant Deans

Historic For Steilacoom Association, Steilacoom, WA - Historic Research and Preservation

Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy - Diplomate of Logotherapy

Professional Experiences


Statewide Committee Chair and Legislative Consultant

Washington State, Department of Corrections
Dangerous Mentally Ill Offender Program

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Psychologist, Inpatient Treatment Program

Washington State, Women's Correction Center

Evaluation and treatment of chronically mentally ill inmates.

Program Manager

Pierce County, WA
Involuntary Commitment Services

Program Manager of civil involuntary commitment of mentally ill persons.

Program Manager, Emergency Services

Good Samaritan Mental Health Center, Puyallup, WA

Provided intervention recommendation to juvenile and adult court in felony and misdemeanor cases.

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