Thomas J McMahon PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and in the Child Study Center and Associate Clinical Professor of Nursing; 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

Biographical Info

Thomas J. McMahon, Ph.D. is an Associate 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. Since 2004, he has led the development of a comprehensive, community-based program for young adults with serious psychiatric difficulty making the transition from child to adult systems of care. As an educator, he coodinates 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. He has been the recipient of research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to explore parenting as a treatment issue for drug-absuing men; and he has been invited by the Institute on 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 workgroups, 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 Partnerships, Parenting, and Family Systems.


Education & Training

B.S.W.
Temple University (1975)
M.A.
New York University (1986)
Ph.D.
New York University (1994)

Honors & Recognition

  • Sidney J. Blatt Award for excellence in clinical work, teaching, and research
    Psychology Section, Department of Psychiatry (2013)
  • Stephen Fleck Award for conscientiousness and humanitarianism as a clinician and an educator
    Department of Psychiatry (2012)

Professional Service

  • U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. (11/15/2011)
  • Invited to serve as the guest editor for a special issue of Child Maltreatment on child maltreatment and emerging adulthood. (11/01/2014)
  • Invited to serve as a member of the editorial board for Child Maltreatment. (10/01/2010 - 09/30/2019)
  • U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (06/15/2013)
  • American Psychological Association, Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53) (04/01/2013)
  • American Psychological Association, Education Directorate (01/01/2013 - 12/31/2015)
  • Invited to serve as a member of the editorial board for Psychology of Men and Masculinity. (01/01/2010 - 12/31/2014)

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