Thomas J McMahon, PhD

Professor; Program Director, West Haven Mental Health Clinic and Young Adult Service at the Connecticut Mental Health Center; Director of Clinical Research, Connecticut Mental Health Center

Departments & Organizations

Office of Student Research

Psychiatry: Connecticut Mental Health Center | Psychology Section | Substance Abuse Research

Biography

Thomas J. McMahon, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Child Study. He is also Program Director for the West Haven Mental Health Clinic and the Young Adult Service at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. After receiving his bachelor degree from Temple University, Dr. McMahon earned his doctoral degree in child and school psychology from New York University in 1994. As a clinician, educator, and researcher, he is broadly interested in developmental perspectives on psychopathology and comprehensive, systemic approaches to clinical intervention in community-based settings.

As a clinician, he is interested in the psychological assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults with a history of child abuse or neglect, particularly in the context of parental substance abuse. As a program administrator, he is interested in the administration of psychiatric services being delivered to children, adolescents, and young adults in a community-based setting. As an educator, he coordinates doctoral internship and postgraduate training in clinical child, adolescent, and young adult psychology; and he is actively involved in cross-training in substance abuse, family process, and child development within the child welfare, child guidance, and substance abuse treatment systems. As a researcher, he is interested in the impact of parental substance abuse on family process and child development; and he is involved in the development of family-oriented intervention for substance-abusing parents, particularly substance-abusing men.

Dr. McMahon has been the recipient of research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to explore parenting as a treatment issue for drug-abusing men; and he has been invited by the Institute of Medicine, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, American Psychological Association, Betty Ford Institute, National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center, Norlien Foundation, and Gimbel Foundation to participate in consensus panels, research work groups, and advisory groups on substance abuse, family process, and child development. More recently, he has been co-chair of the annual Yale-Riggs Conference on Developmental Psychopathology, Family Process, and Social Context.

Education & Training

PhD New York University (1994)
MA New York University (1986)
BSW Temple University (1975)

Honors & Recognition

  • Sidney J. Blatt Award for excellence in clinical work, teaching, and researchPsychology Section, Department of Psychiatry (2013)

  • Stephen Fleck Award for conscientiousness and humanitarianism as a clinician and an educatorDepartment of Psychiatry (2012)

Professional Service

  • Invited to serve as the guest editor for a special issue of Child Maltreatment on child maltreatment and emerging adulthood. (2014)

  • U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Member of an advisory panel to develop a national strategic plan to promote more gender-sensitive behavioral health services for men. (2013)

  • American Psychological Association, Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53). Co-chair of a new Special Interest Group on Emerging Adulthood developed to promote research, practice, and training related to young adults. (2013)

  • American Psychological Association, Education Directorate. Member of the Continuing Education Committee responsible for the development of policy, procedures, and programs for the continuing education of professional psychologists. (2013 - 2015)

  • U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. Member of an advisory panel to develop a national strategic plan to promote attention to fathering. (2011)

  • Invited to serve as a member of the editorial board for Child Maltreatment. (2010 - 2019)

  • Invited to serve as a member of the editorial board for Psychology of Men and Masculinity. (2010 - 2014)

International Activity

  • Understanding Substance-Abusing Parents in Systems of Care: An Evolutionary Perspective Alberta Providence., Canada (2011)

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