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Thomas McMahon, PhD

Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and in The Child Study Center

Appointments

Biography

Thomas J. McMahon, Ph.D. is a Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Psychiatry and Child Study. For many years, he was 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 previously coordinated training in clinical child, adolescent, and young adult psychology; and he has been 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

  • Governing Parental Opioid Use: A Relational Ethnography
    Stirling, United Kingdom 2019
  • Improving Outcomes for Children and Families Affected by Paternal Substance Misuse: A Feasibility Study of the Parents Under Pressure Programme for Fathers
    Stirling, United Kingdom (2017-2020)
  • Recovery from Addiction: A Science in Action Symposium
    Banff, 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
Gimbel Child and Family Scholars Award for professional efforts bridging the fields of addiction and child welfare.Gimbel Foundation1998

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Advances in Child and Family Policy and PracticeEditor2021 - Present
Infant Mental Health JournalGuest Editor2021 - 2022
Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women at the University of Missouri-Kansas CityMember of a workgroup organized to assist with the development of a training curriculum on a family-centered approach to treatment for federal grantees developing comprehensive programs of addiction treatment for pregnant and parenting women.2017
Child Abuse ReviewGuest Editor2016 - 2018
Addiction Technology Transfer Center, Center of Excellence on Behavioral Health for Pregnant and Postpartum Women at the University of Missouri-Kansas CityMember of an expert panel organized to develop a system of clinical consultation by video conference for federal grantees developing comprehensive programs of addiction treatment for pregnant and parenting women.2016 - 2017
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse TreatmentMember of a special advisory group organized to provide consultation concerning the continued development of family-oriented addiction treatment for pregnant and parenting women.2016
Advances in Child and Family Policy and PracticeEditorial Board Member2015 - 2018
American Psychological Association, Education Directorate, Continuing Education CommitteeMember2013 - 2015
Child MaltreatmentGuest Editor2013 - 2014
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services AdministrationMember of an advisory panel to develop a national strategic plan to promote more gender-sensitive behavioral health services for men.2013
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse TreatmentMember of an advisory panel to develop a national strategic plan to promote attention to fathering.2011
Psychology of Men and MasculinitiesEditorial Board Member2010 - Present
Child MaltreatmentEditorial Board Member2010 - Present
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Substance Abuse TreatmentMember of a national consensus panel organized to develop best-practice guidelines for responding to men’s issues in addiction treatment.2003

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