About Mark

Professional Bio and Publications

Mark McConville Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Beachwood, Ohio, specializing in adult, adolescent, emerging adult, and family psychology. Dr. McConville is a senior faculty member at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and has lectured and taught widely on the subjects of child development, parenting, and counseling methodology.

His book Adolescence: Psychotherapy and the Emergent Self (Jossey-Bass, 1995) was awarded the 1995 Nevis Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Gestalt Therapy theory. He is the author of the Counseling Feedback Report, an innovative and widely used adolescent assessment tool, and is co-editor of The Heart of Development: Gestalt Approaches to Childhood and Adolescence, vols. I & II,(The Analytic Press, 2001). His latest book titled ‘Failure to Launch’ which investigates the root causes of why modern kids are struggling to transition from childhood to adulthood was released in January 2020.

In addition to his private clinical practice, Dr. McConville serves as Consulting Psychologist to Hathaway Brown School and University School, both in the Cleveland area.


  • Editorial Board: The Gestalt Review, 2005 – present.
  • Co-Chair, Advanced Training Program in Child/Adolescent Therapy, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio. 2004 – present.
  • Senior Professional Staff, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Cleveland Ohio. 1992 – present.
  • Co-Chair, Working With Children and Adolescents, 2nd International Conference. Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio, 2001.
  • Co-Chair, The Heart of Development Conference on Child and Adolescent Development and Psychotherapy. Gestalt
  • Institute Of Cleveland, Cleveland Ohio, 1996.
  • Editor, GIC Voice. (1993 – 2001).


  • Relational modes and the evolving field of parent-child contact: a contribution to a Gestalt theory of development. British Gestalt Journal, 2007, 16, (2), 3-12.
  • The Gift. In The Bridge: Dialogues Across Cultures, Talia Levine Bar-Yoseph (Ed.), Gestalt Institute Press, Metarie, La., 2005.
  • Let the straw man speak: Husserl’s phenomenology in context. Gestalt Review, 2001, 5 (3), 195-204.
  • The Heart of Development: Gestalt Approaches to Working With Children and Adolescents, Vols. I & II editor (with Gordon Wheeler), The Analytic Press, New York. 2001, 2004. – Lewinian Field Theory, Development, and Psychotherapy. In The Heart of Development, V. II, 2001.
  • Shame, Interiority, and the Heart-Space of Skateboarding. In The Heart of Development, V. II, 2001.
  • Adolescence: Psychotherapy and the Emergent Self. Josey Bass Publishers, San Francisco, 1995. [Winner of the Nevis Award for Original Contribution to Gestalt Theory, 1995)
  • Approche de l’adolescnce par la Gestalt-therapie. Revue de la Societe Francaise de Gestalt, 1993, 87-101.
  • The Counseling Feedback Report, a computerized interpretation of the High School Personality Questionnaire (H.S.P.Q.),
  • Institute for Personality and Ability Testing, Champaign, Ill. 1989.
  • Gestalt phenomenology of adolescence. Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Review, Vol. 1, No. 1, Oct. 1986.
  • Person level and system perception: toward a phenomenology of family therapy. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada, 1978.
  • The Phenomenological Approach to Perception. In Existential Phenomenological Alternatives for Psychology, R.S. Valle and Mark King, eds., Oxford University Press, New York, 1976.


Duquesne University Ph.D. Clinical Psychology
University of Windsor M.A.
Duquesne University B.A.