Mary Beth Medvide, PhD

Assistant Professor, Psychology

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  • PhD, Boston College
  • MA, Boston College
  • MA, Columbia University
  • BS, Lehigh University
  • Predoctoral Internship: Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth College
  • Licensed Psychologist in MA

Research Interests

Adolescent career development, school-to-work transitions, hope and purpose in the lives of marginalized youth, qualitative research methodologies, philosophy of science

Current Research

What gives marginalized youth a sense of purpose and hope that they can achieve their goals, overcome barriers, and find meaningful work? My current research focuses on the organizational, social, and relational factors that foster hope in young people as they set goals in high school and plan their academic and vocational futures. I utilize qualitative methodologies to explore the experiences of marginalized youth who face structural and systemic barriers to academic attainment in high school and decent work. I am also interested in work-based learning programs and the potential benefits to introduce young people to the world of work, form mentoring relationships, and develop skills that will help them achieve their vocational goals.

Selected Publications

Medvide, M.B., Kozan, S., Blustein, D.L., Kenny, M.E. (2019). School-to-work transition of noncollege-bound youth: An integration of life design paradigm and the psychology of working theory. In J.G. Maree (Ed). Handbook of innovative career counselling (pp. 157-172). Cham, Switzerland, Springer. 

Kenny, M. E., Medvide, M. B., Minor, K. M., Walsh-Blair, L. Y., Bemphechat, J., Seltzer, J., & Blustein, D. L. (2015). A qualitative inquiry of the roles, responsibilities, and relationships within work-based learning supervision. Journal of Career Development, 42, 117-132.

Kenny, M. E., & Medvide, M. B. (2013). The prevention imperative and the work of the counselor. In A. DiFabio (Ed.). The psychology of counseling (pp. 75-96). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Franklin, A. J., & Medvide, M. B. (2013). Psychotherapy and the integration of the psychology of working into therapeutic practices. In D. L. Blustein (Ed.). The Oxford handbook of the psychology of working (pp. 252-270). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 

Kenny, M. E., & Medvide, M. B. (2013). Relational influences on career development. In S. D. Brown & R. W. Lent (Eds.). Career development and counseling: Putting theory and research to work. 2nd ed (pp. 329-356). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. 

Kenny, M. E., & Medvide, M. B. (2012). Prevention in the pursuit of social justice. In E. Vera (Ed.). The Oxford handbook of prevention in counseling psychology (pp. 125-140). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 

Blustein, D. L., Medvide, M. B., & Kozan, S. (2012). A tour of a new paradigm: Relationships and work. The Counseling Psychologist, 40, 243-254. 

Blustein, D. L., Medvide, M. B., & Wan, C. M. (2012). A critical perspective on contemporary unemployment policy and practices. Journal of Career Development, 39, 341-356. 

Medvide, M. B. & Blustein, D. L. (2010). Exploring the educational and career plans of urban minority students in a dual enrollment program. Journal of Career Development. 37, 541-558.

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Courses Taught

  • COUNS-712 Life Span Development
  • COUNS-717 Introduction to Psychological Testing
  • COUNS-732 Psychological Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
  • COUNS-733 Counseling for Diverse Populations