Mercyhurst University

Gerard Tobin

Associate Professor

Briggs 100


Along with courses in the psychology department, Dr. Tobin has taught Organizational Communication in the Graduate School program in Organizational Leadership.  Dr. Tobin is also a member of the Assessment and Planning Office for the University and is responsible for institutional. and co-curricular assessment.

Dr. Tobin is a licensed psychologist.  Since coming to Mercyhurst in 1998, he has served as the Director of the Counseling Center (1998-2006) and as Vice President for Student Life (2006-2013). In 2013 Dr. Tobin joined the psychology department and assumed responsibility for coordinating and overseeing students’ clinical experiences.  His interests are in the areas of counseling psychology and insight oriented practices that can assist college aged students in being their best selves.  His wife, Michelle, is a licensed clinical social worker in the University Counseling Center.






Ph.D.  Loyola University Chicago, 1999, Counseling Psychology


M.A.   Loyola University Chicago, 1983, Philosophy


A.B.    College of the Holy Cross, 1977, Philosphy



Selected Presentations



Notre Dame College, Cleveland Ohio                                                                                                                          2011


  • Conflict resolution workshop for Department of Nursing faculty


Mercyhurst University, Ash Wednesday                                                                                                                   2011


  • Invited Reflection to campus community:  Re-Lenting: Forgiving and Forgetting



National Association of Student Personnel Admin. Mental Health Conference                      January 2011


  • Campus Collaboration:  The Success of the Asperger Initiative at Mercyhurst


Mercyhurst University, Christmas Tree Lighting                                                                                                     2010


  • Invited Reflection to campus community:  It’s in every one of us, to be wise


Power of One: Mercy Student Leadership Symposium                                                                             June 2008


  • Inaugural Steering Committee:  Member


Corry Higher Education Commission                                                                                                                  July 2006


  • Invited half-day seminar:  The Educator as Counselor                                                                 


UPMC Hamot Hospital:  Hamot Wellness Connection                                                          Spring 2004 & 2005


  • Finding your life’s meaning


Mercyhurst University, Mercy Heritage Foundation                                                                           January 2002


  • Counseling as a spiritual work of mercy


Common Boundary / Institute of Noetic Sciences                                                                                 Spring 1999


  • Finalist: Tenth Annual Dissertation Award Competition


Gannon University - Counseling and Spirituality: History and Horizons                                 September 1999


  • Impact of spiritual development on process of meaning making among late adolescents


Northwest Pennsylvania Psychological Association                                                                                   April 1999


  • Adolescent recapitulation of significant life events in context of religious experience