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Kathleen Monahan


Image: Kathleen MonahanKathleen Monahan, D.S.W., L.C.S.W. L.M.F.T., C.F.C.
Associate Professor
Director of the Family Violence Education and Research Center
Phone: 631-444-3152
Email: kathleen.monahan@stonybrook.edu


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)


Bereavement, childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, severe trauma


Monahan, K. (1997). Crocodile talk: Attributions of incestuously abused and non-abused sisters. Child Abuse & Neglect, 21(1), 19-34.

Monahan, K. & O’Leary, K.D. (1999). Head injury and battered women: An initial inquiry. Health and Social Work, 24(4), 269-278

Ornduff, S. & Monahan, K. (1999). Children’s understanding of parental violence. Child and Youth Forum, 28(5), 351-364

Monahan, K. & Forgash, C. (2000). Enhancing the healthcare experiences of adult female survivors of childhood sexaul abuse. Women and Health, 30(4), 27-41

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

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 Andew Weismann, Eds., New York: Haworth Press

Monahan, K., Lurie, A., Goodman, R., & Gurian, A. (2002). Helping children with developmental disabilities cope with traumatic events. AboutOurKids.org, New York University Child Study Center

Monahan, K. & Lurie, A. (2003). Adult disabled women sexually abused in childhood: Treatment considerations. Clinical Social Work Journal, 31(4), 407-418.

Monahan, K. (2003) Death of the Abuser: Does the memory linger on? Death Studies, 27(7), 641-652.

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. (2010). Themes of Adult Sibling Sexual Abuse Survivors in Later Life: An Initial Exploration. Clinical Social Work Journal, 38(4), 361-369.

She was a Post-Doctoral Fellow (1994-1996) in the Psychology Department, SUNY at Stony Brook in a National Institute of Mental Health Program, studying the effects of family violence with Dr. Daniel O’Leary.

Dr. Monahan joined the School of Social Welfare faculty in 1996 as Assistant Professor and became Associate Professor in 2000. She is the founder (1998) and Director of the Family Violence Education and Research Center (FVERC) at the School of Social Welfare. The FVERC’s mission, in collaboration with community and University leaders, is to provide multidisciplinary training, research, prevention, and policy analysis in the area of family violence. In 2010, Dr. Monahan was appointed Associate Dean of the Family Violence Education and Research Center in the School of Social Welfare.

Dr. Monahan has been in private practice since 1984. While she considers herself to be a general practitioner, areas of practice and research expertise include bereavement, and the effects of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, and severe trauma. She has provided therapy and clinical supervision/consultation in several of the domestic violence shelters on Long Island and Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center.

Dr. Monahan is a national and international lecturer on these topics and also serves as a clinical consultant, expert witness, and forensic consultant.

Dr. Monahan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Brighter Tomorrows (a Long Island domestic violence shelter, 2006-Present) and the American College of Forensic Examiners (Diplomate and Social Work Board Member, 2000-Present).

On October 24, 2011 Stony Brook University held its inaugural Converging Science Summit in the Student Activities Center. This summit was designed to promote collaboration and share best practices in the healthcare fields. The summit, hosted by Stony Brook University Medical Center and the School of Nursing, was a resounding success. Pictured below is Dr. Kathleen Monahan from the School of Social Welfare, and Ms. Carol Forgash, L.C.S.W., a clinical social worker, who presented their poster titled, "The Dental Health Needs of the Adult  Sexual Abuse Survivor." The poster outlines some of the issues that adult sexual abuse survivors experience with their dental care, what dentists can do, and how mental health clinicians and dentists can collaborate.

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