Dr. McGovern has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Adelphi University, a Master of Arts degree in cognitive psychology from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Science and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She completed her doctoral internship at the McGuire Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) in Richmond, Virginia and did her postdoctoral training in geriatrics and health psychology at MetroHealth Medical Center and University Hospitals Alzheimer's Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed the Geriatric Scholar Program at Saint Louis University Division of Geriatric Medicine and is board certified in Clinical Health Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. McGovern has spent the last 20 years of her career in academic medicine and continues to be an adjunct faculty member in the department of psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. McGovern's clinical work has focused on adult and geriatric health psychology, where she has served in both urban and rural university hospitals, delivering inpatient, outpatient and nursing home care. As a health psychologist she has worked with individuals, couples and families, and served as a member of interdisciplinary healthcare teams to help improve overall health outcomes. Her publications include books, book chapters and journal articles in the field of health psychology and geriatrics. Dr. McGovern serves as a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Health (NIH) and as a consultant for SAMHSA for the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). She received nearly 2 million dollars in federal funding as project director for ElderLynk, a program to integrate mental health in primary care for the elderly in rural Missouri. She is on the medical staff at Scottsdale Healthcare.