Mccooey & Feeney Now Targeting Children

If you’re looking for integrity and honesty in business leadership you’d be well advised to avoid the likes of John Mccooey and Timothy J. Feeney. If you’re looking for honesty and integrity in healthcare, healthcare for your children, then, when it comes to Feeney and Mccooey you might want to crawl under a rock. Wait, better not. Under a rock is exactly where you’re likely to find Mccooey and Feeney. They head-up an Albany-based company called  OB2L (Overcoming Barriers to Learning) .

Readers of this blog know that in 2008 this writer revealed that Timothy J. Feeney had for years misrepresented his education credentials to all comers. While Feeney has a legitimate bachelor’s degree, his so-called masters and PhD were issued by a now defunct diploma mill called Greenwich University that operated on Norfolk island off the coast of Australia before closing its doors. GU was a non-accredited diploma mill whose degrees have never been recognized as valid anywhere on planet earth. The Australian government issued an alert about GU.

None of this has stopped Mccooey and Feeney from joining forces and targeting children with disabilities on a website that lists Feeney as Timothy J. Feeney, PhD. Both Mccooey and Feeney know this claim is untrue but that hasn’t stopped them from targeting children with autism, fetal alcohol syndrome, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse issues, mental illness, ADHD and reactive attachment disorder.

What’s equally curious and deeply disturbing is the website’s claim that this company has worked with 130 school districts around the world.

Will they get away with it? We’ll see. New York State only offers title protection, meaning one can’t claim to be a social worker, doctor, psychologist, or psychiatrist without the necessary degrees from accredited institutions. My guess is the Feeney-Mccooey duo is trying to thread the needle by saying the former has a PhD. We’ll see how far it gets them.

One last note. When I met Mccooey in 2001 he told me that at one time in his life he was thinking of becoming a monk. I suspect there are at least two reasons he did not pursue this.  You can’t live a life revolving around making money and shoring up a fragile ego as a monk and, in order to be a monk, you have to be in possession of a conscience.

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7 thoughts on “Mccooey & Feeney Now Targeting Children

  1. I find it amusing that under "Who We Are" it lists ONLY the name of Tim Feeney but states there is an interdisciplinary team of blah, blah, blah… does anyone in the "team" have a name? Or have they not yet found anyone willing to work for them. Puzzling.

  2. It's a shame you feel compelled to find ways to personally attack these individuals. I appreciate the advocacy you do, but am disappointed when you cross the line of professionalism into mud-slinging.

  3. I rarely respond to the comments left on this blog, but one has to wonder about the moral compass (if any) that guides the "pen" of one who thinks that drawing attention to the fact Mccooey and Feeney are seeking to make money providing services to children with disabilities with Feeney misrepresenting his credentials once again is mud slinging. Had they had the backbone to leave their, well, name, I would have gladly responded to them more directly.

  4. Feeney has an outstanding history of claiming to have a PhD. He deliberately represents himself as having one. It is not mud-slinging when someone points out the dishonesty of a man who is getting reimbursed for services at doctorate rates. Just saying.
    Hi there Pete, I’ve been neglecting the emails for awhile and just happen to find your blog again.
    Spike

  5. I worked with Feeney, doctor or not, and he helped me greatly with a few students. I understand its not cool to pretend to be something your not but at the end of the day…………..ask yourself, does he know what he is talking about with autism and such?

    • Two things: 1) Dishonesty like that is far more egregious than simply being not cool. 2) Feeney threatened to close waiver providers down if they used cognitive therapy. That’s dangerous.

  6. oh, so unless his credentials are certified by ignoramuses, he cant call himself a doctor. tell me, if someone writes an incredibly truthful, enlightening, life changing book that’s even entertaining without a Piled Higher ‘n deeper from the elitist, and often useless (those who don’t do, just teach), society of framed paper dispensers, is that person allowed to call themselves “Writer”? Whether Feeney has the “accreditation” from these quacks and know-it-alls does not change the fact he _*accomplishes*_ what they can only wish to write or do. He doesn’t need those peer reviews; they are not in the same league never mind his peers. He IS a Doctor- one who heals- that is the definition of one who calls themselves Doctor as set forth by Hippocrates with Asclepius’ blessing. not just jackasses who deign themselves as such because their parents had the money to push them thru “no 30yr old child left behind”, “education system” to get a pass or fail 8×11 “certificate” to frame and the right to not do house calls and charge the fees only the entitled could possibly demand..
    Pete Gogas
    Mental Health Care Worker

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