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Phone: 724-503-1001 ext:6128
Office: DP 306B

Cathy Petchel, M.A.

Assistant Professor, Psychology


Cathy Petchel is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology at Washington & Jefferson College. She is the Founder and President of Baywood Consulting LTD, a private practice dedicated to client care. She conducts presentations, in-services, and workshops regionally, nationally and internationally. She has accumulated more than 35 years of experience with nearly two decades of work specializing in Bipolar Spectrum Disorders and disorders of mood and anxiety. Her service work includes: Executive Board for the International Society of Bipolar Disorders (Advocacy Task Force, Community Engagement Task Force, and Co-Chair for Pediatric Initiative); Mental Health Association of Allegheny County (Chair of Mental Health Association of Allegheny County Executive Board, member of Esprit Award and of Advocacy committees); Pennsylvania Psychological Association (Chair of Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation Fundraising, member of Convention Committee, and on Interpersonal Violence Task Force); and co-chair of the Washington & Jefferson College Chapter of Active Minds.

Presentations: July 1-6, 2015 International Conference Bridges Across Cultures in Florence, Italy: “Criminal Minds and Psychopaths in Contemporary Crime Series”

Courses Taught at W&J:
Foundations in Psychology
PSY 235 Theories of Personality
PSY 245 Abnormal Psychology
PSY 345 Psychopathology: The Criminal Mind
PSY 199 and 299 Internships
Independent Study
Intersession – Off-campus travel


  • International Journal of Bipolar Disorders 2016 "Harnessing the Potential of community-based participatory research approaches in bipolar disorder"