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McDermott, Courtney

MS, Counseling, Pace University (2007)
BA, Political Science, SUNY Oneonta (1998)

EOP Advisor

Department: Educational Opportunity Program
Office: HAB 407
Phone: (845) 257-3226
E-mail: mcdermoc@newpaltz.edu

Career History

Courtney has worked in higher education for the majority of her career, and also has professional experience in mental health counseling. She began her early work in Residential Life and Housing at Dominican College and Fordham University before working in admissions at Pace University School of Law and Mount Saint Mary College. While at MSMC she moved into the role of academic advisor.

During graduate school, Courtney gained valuable experience providing vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with psychiatric disabilities. She later worked in private practice as a mental health counselor.

Teaching Interests

Courtney teaches Key Issues in the Education of Underrepresented College Students at SUNY New Paltz. She has taught General Psychology at Mount Saint Mary College and currently teaches for the graduate programs in Mental Health and School Counseling at Long Island University's Hudson-West Point campus. Her areas of teaching include Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Counseling, Family Counseling, and Career Development.

Awards, Honors & Recognition

Rising Star Award Recipient: Orange County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Orange, and The Junior League of Orange County, 2012

Outstanding Graduate Student, Pace University, Dyson College of Arts & Sciences, 2007


“An Argument for the Inclusion of Human Development and Career Counseling in Counselor Education Programs” Finalist, American Counseling Association Foundation Essay Competition. Counseling Today, July 2005

Committee Memberships & Professional Organizations

President, Down Syndrome Association of the Hudson Valley