Ellen McGrath
Clinical Associate Professor of Public Administration

Dr. McGrath, a clinical psychologist currently practicing in New York City, is consistently rated as one of America’s most “outstanding” psychologists.  Author of three books on stress and depression management and four books on executive coaching, Dr. McGrath is the only Senior Media Consultant to the American Psychological Association. She was the psychology expert on ABC’s “Good Morning America” for two years, and continues to appear on ABC News, 20/20, and other national media. She is a past President of both the Media Psychology Division and the Division of Psychotherapy of the APA, and an APA Council Representative.

Listed by three national magazines as one of the top therapists in the country, Dr. McGrath was honored again in 2001 as the Outstanding Psychologist of the Year by the Psychotherapy Division of the APA. In 1995, she was chosen “Business Woman of the Month” by Orange Coast Magazine. As a retreat leader for the Women’s Young President Organization, she is also an international speaker and teacher on the newest success skill applications.

With over thirty years of experience, Dr. McGrath also works with a number of Fortune 500 Executives, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators.  She is the President and Founder of the educational and training center, Bridge Coaching Institute, and leads numerous trainings for various profit and not-for-profit organizations.

 

Dr. McGrath spent twelve years on the faculty at the University of California Irvine Medical School, and four years at the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  Currently, she teaches as a full time clinical associate professor at New York University in the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Stern School of Business.  She teaches four courses on social entrepreneurship: 1) a Fundamentals class for students practice success skills and study the history and trends of social entrepreneurship, 2) an Advanced, and 3) Incubator course to support students on starting their own social impact projects, and 4) a Global course that ravel to Shanghai, China to study international entrepreneurship and innovation.  Her classes are consistently rated #1 by the students and received feedback such as, "This class changed my life!," and "This class is the best at NYU!"  Her new book, CORE 4: Just Connect It., is used as one of the textbooks for all the classes.  

Dr. McGrath is an inspiring presenter and teacher who is able to genuinely connect with her audience, while making her classes and workshops fun!  A mother of now-grown sons, Dr. McGrath combines a warm, energy with the knowledge and wisdom of 30 years of experience as a social innovator and executive consultant to bring out the best in all of her clients, students, and those around her.

Semester Course
Spring 2014 UPADM-GP.270.001 Global Social Entrepreneurship: Field Experience

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an academic overview and direct experience with the issues and challenges in contemporary Global Social Entrepreneurship. This area has become one of the fastest growing segments for business and academic development, and this course is a component of the Minor in Social Entrepreneurship for NYU undergraduates. Both business applications and social entrepreneurship areas will be explored in research, theory and practice during this class, through relevant readings, case studies, discussion and presentations by global social entrepreneurs. There will also be an experiential component to the class: students will both learn skills for cultural competency and global social entrepreneurship, and engage in a week long field experience in cultural immersion in a country outside of the United States. The field experience will focus on the various issues, possibilities and results, and the people involved with social entrepreneurial ventures in that country. To accomplish this goal, students will attend 15 hours of class at NYU during the spring semester and 35 hours of class in Shanghai, China the last week in May, 2012. The Shanghai segment includes 3 hours each morning in the classroom and at least 4 hours each afternoon in a cultural immersion practicum experience in the field. Altogether in Shanghai and NYC, the students will have at least 50 hours of class time and supervised practical experience for this 4 credit course. The New York-based classes are combined into longer meetings on two weekends rather than the more typical weekly sessions across the semester. Each class will include a segment on skill building and practice. The primary text here is CORE 4, with a focus on skills related to global experience. Global social entrepreneur skills center on cultural competency, emphasizing four specific themes: connection, liner (setting boundaries), convertor and strategist. These skill sets will enable students to be more effective global citizens and contributors for positive change in the world.


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Spring 2013 UPADM-GP.266.001 Advanced Social Entrepreneurship

This is an advanced seminar for students who have taken the introductory course on social entrepreneurship, or have focused on similar coursework in past study. Each student will be responsible for developing an original blueprint for social innovation: a creative proposal for solving a societal problem. Over the course of the term, students are expected to turn their blueprint into a reality. To help them do so, the coursework will focus on the skill building necessary to complete the projects. Students will also find support in the instructor, teaching assistant, and their fellow classmates, as well as financial support in the form of seed money, provided by a generous donor, who has "adopted the class," for project completion. Guest lecturers who have particular experience and expertise on the weekly topic will be presenting at various points throughout the term.


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Spring 2013 UPADM-GP.270.001 Global Social Entrepreneurship: Field Experience

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an academic overview and direct experience with the issues and challenges in contemporary Global Social Entrepreneurship. This area has become one of the fastest growing segments for business and academic development, and this course is a component of the Minor in Social Entrepreneurship for NYU undergraduates. Both business applications and social entrepreneurship areas will be explored in research, theory and practice during this class, through relevant readings, case studies, discussion and presentations by global social entrepreneurs. There will also be an experiential component to the class: students will both learn skills for cultural competency and global social entrepreneurship, and engage in a week long field experience in cultural immersion in a country outside of the United States. The field experience will focus on the various issues, possibilities and results, and the people involved with social entrepreneurial ventures in that country. To accomplish this goal, students will attend 15 hours of class at NYU during the spring semester and 35 hours of class in Shanghai, China the last week in May, 2012. The Shanghai segment includes 3 hours each morning in the classroom and at least 4 hours each afternoon in a cultural immersion practicum experience in the field. Altogether in Shanghai and NYC, the students will have at least 50 hours of class time and supervised practical experience for this 4 credit course. The New York-based classes are combined into longer meetings on two weekends rather than the more typical weekly sessions across the semester. Each class will include a segment on skill building and practice. The primary text here is CORE 4, with a focus on skills related to global experience. Global social entrepreneur skills center on cultural competency, emphasizing four specific themes: connection, liner (setting boundaries), convertor and strategist. These skill sets will enable students to be more effective global citizens and contributors for positive change in the world.


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Spring 2013 UPADM-GP.267.001 Practicum in Social Entrepreneurship
Fall 2012 UPADM-GP.265.001 Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators & Problem Solvers

The course will highlight innovative case studies of success in restoring the environment, resolving conflicts, curing diseases, overcoming poverty, and addressing other problems of social injustice. During the term, each student will develop an original blueprint for social innovation: a creative proposal for solving a societal problem.


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Spring 2012 UPADM-GP.270.001 Global Social Entrepreneurship: Field Experience

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an academic overview and direct experience with the issues and challenges in contemporary Global Social Entrepreneurship. This area has become one of the fastest growing segments for business and academic development, and this course is a component of the Minor in Social Entrepreneurship for NYU undergraduates. Both business applications and social entrepreneurship areas will be explored in research, theory and practice during this class, through relevant readings, case studies, discussion and presentations by global social entrepreneurs. There will also be an experiential component to the class: students will both learn skills for cultural competency and global social entrepreneurship, and engage in a week long field experience in cultural immersion in a country outside of the United States. The field experience will focus on the various issues, possibilities and results, and the people involved with social entrepreneurial ventures in that country. To accomplish this goal, students will attend 15 hours of class at NYU during the spring semester and 35 hours of class in Shanghai, China the last week in May, 2012. The Shanghai segment includes 3 hours each morning in the classroom and at least 4 hours each afternoon in a cultural immersion practicum experience in the field. Altogether in Shanghai and NYC, the students will have at least 50 hours of class time and supervised practical experience for this 4 credit course. The New York-based classes are combined into longer meetings on two weekends rather than the more typical weekly sessions across the semester. Each class will include a segment on skill building and practice. The primary text here is CORE 4, with a focus on skills related to global experience. Global social entrepreneur skills center on cultural competency, emphasizing four specific themes: connection, liner (setting boundaries), convertor and strategist. These skill sets will enable students to be more effective global citizens and contributors for positive change in the world.


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Spring 2011 UPADM-GP.270.001 Global Social Entrepreneurship: Field Experience

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an academic overview and direct experience with the issues and challenges in contemporary Global Social Entrepreneurship. This area has become one of the fastest growing segments for business and academic development, and this course is a component of the Minor in Social Entrepreneurship for NYU undergraduates. Both business applications and social entrepreneurship areas will be explored in research, theory and practice during this class, through relevant readings, case studies, discussion and presentations by global social entrepreneurs. There will also be an experiential component to the class: students will both learn skills for cultural competency and global social entrepreneurship, and engage in a week long field experience in cultural immersion in a country outside of the United States. The field experience will focus on the various issues, possibilities and results, and the people involved with social entrepreneurial ventures in that country. To accomplish this goal, students will attend 15 hours of class at NYU during the spring semester and 35 hours of class in Shanghai, China the last week in May, 2012. The Shanghai segment includes 3 hours each morning in the classroom and at least 4 hours each afternoon in a cultural immersion practicum experience in the field. Altogether in Shanghai and NYC, the students will have at least 50 hours of class time and supervised practical experience for this 4 credit course. The New York-based classes are combined into longer meetings on two weekends rather than the more typical weekly sessions across the semester. Each class will include a segment on skill building and practice. The primary text here is CORE 4, with a focus on skills related to global experience. Global social entrepreneur skills center on cultural competency, emphasizing four specific themes: connection, liner (setting boundaries), convertor and strategist. These skill sets will enable students to be more effective global citizens and contributors for positive change in the world.


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Spring 2011 UPADM-GP.0266.001 Advanced Social Entrepreneurship

This is an advanced seminar for students who have taken the introductory course on social entrepreneurship, or have focused on similar coursework in past study. Each student will be responsible for developing an original blueprint for social innovation: a creative proposal for solving a societal problem. Over the course of the term, students are expected to turn their blueprint into a reality. To help them do so, the coursework will focus on the skill building necessary to complete the projects. Students will also find support in the instructor, teaching assistant, and their fellow classmates, as well as financial support in the form of seed money, provided by a generous donor, who has "adopted the class," for project completion. Guest lecturers who have particular experience and expertise on the weekly topic will be presenting at various points throughout the term.


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Fall 2009 UPADM-GP.0265.001 Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators & Problem Solvers

The course will highlight innovative case studies of success in restoring the environment, resolving conflicts, curing diseases, overcoming poverty, and addressing other problems of social injustice. During the term, each student will develop an original blueprint for social innovation: a creative proposal for solving a societal problem.


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Spring 2009 UPADM-GP.0266.001 Advanced Social Entrepreneurship

This is an advanced seminar for students who have taken the introductory course on social entrepreneurship, or have focused on similar coursework in past study. Each student will be responsible for developing an original blueprint for social innovation: a creative proposal for solving a societal problem. Over the course of the term, students are expected to turn their blueprint into a reality. To help them do so, the coursework will focus on the skill building necessary to complete the projects. Students will also find support in the instructor, teaching assistant, and their fellow classmates, as well as financial support in the form of seed money, provided by a generous donor, who has "adopted the class," for project completion. Guest lecturers who have particular experience and expertise on the weekly topic will be presenting at various points throughout the term.


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Fall 2008 UPADM-GP.0265.001 Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators & Problem Solvers

The course will highlight innovative case studies of success in restoring the environment, resolving conflicts, curing diseases, overcoming poverty, and addressing other problems of social injustice. During the term, each student will develop an original blueprint for social innovation: a creative proposal for solving a societal problem.


Download Syllabus