Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

McCarthy, Barry

  • Stephen SouthernEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_1056


Barry W. McCarthy is a major contributor to sexuality education and therapy. He was born on September 7, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois. He is married to Emily McCarthy, who was coauthor of several award-winning self-help books on sexual health issues for couples, especially those needing support in rekindling desire. Dr. McCarthy integrated in his career the roles of author, faculty member, clinician, and trainer. He received in 2016 the Masters and Johnson award for lifetime contributions to the sexuality field by the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.


Dr. McCarthy received his B.A. degree from Loyola University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University. He enjoyed a distinguished career in the Department of Psychology at The American University, where he was elected outstanding professor. Dr. McCarthy received the Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the Board of Professional Psychology. He also practiced individual, couple, and sex therapy as a...

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  1. McCarthy, B. (2015). Sex made simple: Clinical strategies for sexual issues in therapy. Eau Clare: PESI Publishing.Google Scholar
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  3. McCarthy, B., & McCarthy, E. (2014). Rekindling desire (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge.Google Scholar
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  6. Metz, M., Epstein, N. B., & McCarthy, B. (2018). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for sexual dysfunction. New York: Routledge.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Corinne Datchi
    • 1
  • Ryan M. Earl
    • 2
  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA