Thomas McMahon

Thomas McMahon

PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and The Child Study Center; Program Director, West Haven Mental Health Clinic, Connecticut Mental Health Center; Director of Clinical Research, Connecticut Mental Health Center

Contact Information

Thomas McMahon, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Psychiatry

    Connecticut Mental Health Center, 270 Center Street

    West Haven, CT, 06516

    United States

Thomas McMahon

Appointments

Biography

Thomas J. McMahon, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Child Study. He is also the Program Director for the West Haven Mental Health Clinic at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. As a clinician, educator, and researcher, he is broadly interested in developmental perspectives on psychopathology and developmentally informed approaches to clinical intervention offered in community 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 addiction. As an educator, he coordinates training in clinical child, adolescent, and young adult psychology; and he is actively involved in cross-training on addiction, family process, and child development within the child welfare, child guidance, and addiction treatment systems. As a researcher, he is interested in the impact of drug addiction on family process; and he is involved in the development of family-oriented intervention for men and women affected by drug addiction.

Dr. McMahon has been the recipient of several grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse to explore parenting as a treatment issue for men struggling with drug addiction; and he has been invited to participate in national and international initiatives designed to attenuate the impact of alcohol and drug addiction on family process and child development.

Education & Training

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

Activities

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

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Sidney J. Blatt Award for excellence in clinical work, teaching, and researchPsychology Section, Department of Psychiatry2013
Stephen Fleck Award for conscientiousness and humanitarianism as a clinician and an educatorDepartment of Psychiatry2012

Professional Service

OrganizationDate
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 - Present
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 - Present
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 - Present

Departments & Organizations