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Joe Mageary

Assistant Professor, Counseling & Psychology

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Dr. Joe Mageary is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts, an experienced educator, an active musician, and a proud Lesley alum.

He has served as the Department Chair and Director of Field Training of the Counseling and Psychology Department.

Joe has held a variety of positions in the field including Director of Emergency Services and Jail Diversion for an eighteen-town catchment area and Director of Clinical Services in a therapeutic high school setting. He has used his LMHC and Lesley education in inpatient, outpatient, and community-based clinical roles.

Throughout his career, Joe's clinical work has been rooted in efforts to decrease stigma associated with chronic mental illness through providing community-based, collaborative, and recovery-oriented services. His clinical approach is influenced by tenets of Narrative Therapy, trauma-informed approaches, critical psychology, and brief therapies as well as by transdisciplinary thinkers such as Gregory Bateson and Edgar Morin.

He holds a certificate from the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma’s Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery program and is working with Voces Arts and Healing, a group of expressive therapists, clinicians and advocates supporting asylum seekers and their allies in the Juarez, Mexico/El Paso, Texas metropolitan area.

Joe has published and presented on topics ranging from the transformative potential of social justice-oriented hardcore punk rock culture to the role that technology plays in working with teens. He led a team that developed the Visual Reflection Team model: an arts-based version of the Reflecting Team technique used in Family Systems- and Narrative therapies.

In addition to having his LMHC, Dr. Joe Mageary is a:

  • Nationally Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC)
  • Licensed School Adjustment Counselor and Special Education Administrator in the state of Massachusetts
  • Level one- and two-trained Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) clinician
  • Member of  the American Counseling Association (Massachusetts and Rhode Island Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Division) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association


Schreurs, J. (Host) & Mageary, J. (Featured Guest). (2022, July). Episode 51: Joe Mageary of Lesley University on using punk ethos in academia [Audio podcast episode]. In Scream Therapy

Mageary, J. (2020). Zines, the DIY Ethic, and Empowering Marginalized Identities. In L. Leone (Ed.), The Power of Craft in Art Therapy. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Mageary, J. (2018). Now or Never: A Phenomenology of a Political Punk Tour. Interdisciplinary Humanities, 35(3), 71-86.

Mageary, J., Glenn Wixson, J. (2017). The Mile Wide Project: Taking a Stand Against the Invitations of Suicide. The International Journal of Narrative Therapy and Community Work, 4, 5.11.

Mageary, J., Glenn Wixson, J., Sivan, V., Roberts, R., Vlahakis, V., Rose, M., Gaffney, D. (2015). Visual Reflections: Taking Outsider Witnessing Beyond Words. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 34(3), 43-58.

Mageary, J. (2012). “Rise Above/We’re Gonna Rise Above”: A Qualitative Inquiry Into the use of Hardcore Punk Culture as Context for the Development of Preferred Identities. (doctoral dissertation). ProQuest Dissertations and Theses #3508086.


PhD, Transformative Studies, California Institute of Integral Studies

MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (holistic specialization), Lesley University

BS, Psychology, Fitchburg State University

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