Psy.D. Program Faculty: Katie McGovern, Ph.D.

Katie McGovern, Ph.D.
Full-Time Institute Faculty

B.A. Biology, Carleton College, 1969
B.A. Psychology, Carleton College, 1973
M.A. Clinical Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 1975
Ph.D. Cognitive Experimental Psychology, University of Minnesota, 1981

Dr. McGovern received her doctorate at the University of Minnesota where she trained as a pre-doctoral associate of the interdisciplinary Center for Research in Human Learning. Her specialization was cognition and language, including research on language development and speech perception in chil- dren and adults.

Dr. McGovern has taught courses on cognition and emotion in Bay area clinical psychology programs including the Wright Institute, California School of Professional Psychology, California Institute of Integral Psychology (CIIS), John F. Kennedy University, and Saybrook Graduate School. She joined the Wright Institute faculty in 1992 as adjunct instructor and disser- tation supervisor; she became full-time Institute faculty in the fall of 2016. Dr. McGovern was core faculty in the clinical psychology doctoral program at CIIS from 2001 through 2012 and program director 2006-2011.

Her research interests include the theoretical and empirical under- standing of consciousness and its function in the psychological architecture, empathy and intersubjectivity, mindfulness and gratitude, and spirituality as understood in the Christian Contemplative tradition. Dr. McGovern enjoys supervising doctoral dissertations and continuing to learn new research designs and methods including online technologies. She is a trained spiri- tual director and has led women’s retreats, contemplative retreats, and quiet days since 1985.