Kathleen Monahan


Image: Kathleen MonahanKathleen Monahan, DSW, LCSW, LMFT., CFC

Associate Professor
Director of the Family Violence Education and Research Center
Email: kathleen.monahan@stonybrook.edu
Phone: 631-444-3152


Doctorate, Adelphi University
M.S., Columbia University (Social Work)
Post-Masters Certificate, Adelphi University (Clinical Social Work)
Post-Doctoral Fellow, SUNY at Stony Brook (Psychology Department)

Dr. Monahan joined the School of Social Welfare faculty in 1996 as Assistant Professor and became Associate Professor in 2000. In 1998, she founded and was the Director of The Family Violence Education and Research Center until 2009. The FVERC’s mission, in collaboration with community and University leaders, was to provide multidisciplinary training and research in the area of family violence.

Dr. Monahan has been in private practice since 1984 and areas of practice and research expertise include women’s health, particularly the effects of childhood sexual abuse, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), and trauma. She has provided therapy and clinical supervision/consultation in several of the domestic violence shelters on Long Island.  Dr. Monahan is a national and international lecturer on these issues.   Dr. Monahan’s other interests are interprofessional collaboration and she has investigated the use of humor in therapeutic contexts.  Her recent research focuses on women who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and IPV. 


Traumatic Brain Injury, Childhood Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence, Trauma, Disability, Nonfatal Strangulation, Interprofessional Collaboration


Monahan, K. (2018). Intimate Partner Violence, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Social Work: Moving Forward. Social Work, Volume 63. Issue 2. 

Monahan, K., Goldfine, A., Bigeon, A. (2017). Traumatic Brain Injuries in Victims of Intimate Partner Violence: An Under-Appreciated Source of Neurological Morbidity.  Future Neurology, 12(4), 189-191.

Marino, MA, Cannella, D., Schoenfeld, E., Bruckenthal, P., Monahan, K., Truhlar, M., Hou, W., (2017). Addressing Determinants of Health and Unmet Preventive Health Needs of Underserved Older Adults: A Collaborative Model, Nursing Outlook, 65, 131.  

Monahan, K. (2015). The Use of Humor, Jesting, and Playfulness with Traumatized Elderly. Journal of Social Work and Mental Health, 13, 17-29. DOI:10.1080/15332985.2014.899943  

Monahan, K. & Lurie, A. (2015). The Use of Humor With Older Adults Aging in Place. Journal of Social Work and Mental Health, 13, 61-69. DOI: 10.1080/15332985.2014.918922

Lurie, A. & Monahan, K. (2015). Humor, Aging, and Life Review: Survival Through The Use of Humor. Journal of Social Work and Mental Health, 13, 82-91. DOI:10.1080/1532985.2014.884519

Monahan, K. & Forgash, C. (2012). Childhood Sexual Abuse and Adult Physical and Dental Health Outcomes. In E.A. Kalfoglu & R. Faikoglu (Eds.), Sexual Abuse-Breaking the Silence (pp.137-152). Croatia: In TechOpen. Link to online access:  https://www.intechopen.com/books/sexual-abuse-breaking-the-silence/childhood-sexual-abuse-and-adult-medical-and-dental-health-outcomes

Monahan, K. (2010). Themes of Adult Sibling Sexual Abuse Survivors in Later Life: An Initial Exploration. Clinical Social Work 

Monahan, K. & Lurie, A. (2007). Reactions of Senior Citizens to  9/11: Exploration and Practice Guidelines for Social Workers. 

Social Work In Health Care, 45(1), 33-48. Monahan, K. (2007). Cultural Beliefs, Human Rights Violations, and Female Genital Cutting: Complications at the Crossroad of Progress. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies, 5(3), 21-35.

Monahan, K. (2003) Death of the Abuser: Does the Memory Linger On? Death Studies, 27(7), 641-652.

Monahan, K. & Lurie, A. (2003). Adult Disabled Women Sexually Abused in Childhood: Treatment Considerations. Clinical Social Work Journal, 31(4), 407-418.

Monahan, K., Lurie, A., Goodman, R., & Gurian, A. (2002). Helping Children with Developmental Disabilities Cope with Traumatic Events. About Our Kids.org, New York University Child Study Center

Lurie, A. & Monahan, K. (2001). Prevention Principles for Practitioners: A Solution or an Illusion? In Behavioral and Social Sciences in the 21st Century Health Care: Contributions and Opportunities. Gary Rosenberg and Andrew Weismann, Eds., New York: Haworth Press

Lurie A. & Monahan, K. (2001). Prevention principles for practitioners: A solution or an illusion? Social Work and Health Care, 33(1), 69-86 

Monahan, K. & Forgash, C. (2000). Enhancing the Healthcare Experiences of Adult Female Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse. 

Women and Health, 30(4), 27-41 Ornduff, S. & Monahan, K. (1999). Children’s Understanding of Parental Violence. Child and Youth Forum, 28(5), 351-364, 38(4), 361-369.

Monahan, K. & O’Leary, K.D. (1999). Head Injury and Battered Women: An Initial Inquiry. Health and Social Work, 24(4), 269-278

Monahan, K. (1997). Crocodile Talk: Attributions of Incestuously Abused and Non-Abused Sisters. Child Abuse & Neglect, 21(1), 19-34.

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