Gary R. McClain, Ph.D. is a patient advocate, therapist, and author, who specializes in working with clients who are facing chronic and catastrophic medical diagnoses, as well as their caregivers and healthcare professionals.
He works with clients on issues that include coping with emotions, improving self-image, handling relationship issues, communicating with healthcare professionals, staying informed, making treatment decisions, embracing change, and planning for the future.
He consults with organizations on the needs of newly-diagnosed patients, and has spoken on topics such as dealing with a medical diagnosis, being one’s own patient advocate, and communication between patients and family caregivers, for local and national organizations, including the National Hemophilia Foundation, the American Counseling Association, and the American Cancer Society.
He completed graduate work in Clinical Psychology and Education, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He is a New York State licensed counselor. He has served as Secretary of the board of directors of Miracle House, a non-profit organization that provides temporary housing to out-of-town patients and caregivers in New York City. He is active in a variety of professional organizations, and served as the President of the Association for Adult Development and Aging.
He has authored co-authored books including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Breaking Bad Habits, The Everything Managing People Book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zen Living, and Empowering Your Life with Joy, as well as a supplementary textbook for nursing and allied healthcare programs, After the Diagnosis: How Patients React and How to Help Them Cope (Cengage/Delmar, 2010). He has published articles for numerous health-related publications such as Body Positive Magazine and Caring for Cancer, and writes a regular column on mental health issues for HIV Plus Magazine.
His website, www.JustGotDiagnosed.com, provides information and inspiration for individuals living with chronic illness, caregivers, and professionals. He also conducts discussions and blogs as “Dr. Gary” for the online patient communities provided on www.AllianceHealth.com.