Mari McCaig, MSCP, NCC
Mari McCaig, MSCP, NCC, is a certified Cognitive Trauma Therapist with 15 years of experience with the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney, City & County of Honolulu, Hawaii. Currently, she heads a unique Visitor Victim Assistance Program that provides crisis intervention and counseling for visitors who are victimized by crime or other adversity while visiting Hawaii. She works exclusively with trauma survivors involved in a broad array of criminal cases ranging from murder, sex assault, robbery, assault and negligent homicides. In her most visible public case, she was the lead counselor for the victims and surviving family members in the Xerox mass murder case.
Ms. McCaig was born in Ireland and has lived in Hawaii for 35 years. Her work experience includes: cognitive trauma therapy with victims of the armed conflict in Northern Ireland, teaching in the Ethnic Studies Department of the University of Hawaii; and serving as a community organizer dealing with juvenile gangs in Hawaii’s largest low income housing project.
In the area of research, Ms. McCaig is a researcher and therapist with Dr. Kubany in a number of projects including a federally funded study on “Cognitive Trauma Therapy for Battered Women.” Results of this work were recently published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
Ms. McCaig also conducts training programs for social service agencies, police officers, attorneys and judges that deal with trauma victims including battered women. In 2003, she was awarded the Liberty Bell Award from the Hawaii Bar Association in recognition of exemplary service from a non-attorney to the community.
Ms. McCaig has traveled extensively worldwide, is active in community affairs and enjoys hiking to remote areas in Hawaii and elsewhere.