Thomas J McMahon, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and The Child Study Center; 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

Research Interests

Child Abuse; Father-Child Relations; Fathers; Parent-Child Relations; Parents; Domestic Violence; Substance-Related Disorders; Reproductive Behavior

Public Health Interests

Child Development, Policies, Programs; Child Mental Health

Research Organizations

Psychiatry: Addictions, Division of | Connecticut Mental Health Center | Psychology Section | Substance Abuse Research

Faculty Research

Research Summary

As a clinical child and school psychologist, Dr. McMahon is broadly interested in ways the principles of developmental psychopathology can be used to explore the impact of substance abuse on family process and the psychosocial development of children. He is particularly interested in (a) the impact of substance abuse on fathering, (b) parenting as a treatment issue for substance-abusing men and women, and (c) the development of parent intervention for men and women enrolled in substance abuse treatment.

Selected Publications

  • McMahon, T. J. (2013). Substance-abusing fathers: A developmental perspective. In N. E. Suchman, M. Pajulo, & L. C. Mayes (Eds.), Parenting and substance addiction: Developmental approaches to intervention (pp. 156-182). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • McMahon, T. J. (2013). Fathers Too! Building parent intervention for substance-abusing men. In N. E. Suchman, M. Pajulo, & L. C. Mayes (Eds.), Parenting and substance addiction: Developmental approaches to intervention (pp. 447-468). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Drug abuse and intimate partner violence: a comparative study of opioid-dependent fathers.

    Moore, B. C., Easton, C. J., & McMahon, T. J. (2011). Drug abuse and intimate partner violence: A comparative study of opioid-dependent fathers. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81, 218-227.

  • Drug-abuse and responsible fathering: A comparative study of men enrolled in methadone maintenance treatment.

    McMahon, T. J., Winkel, J. D., & Rounsaville, B. J. (2008). Drug-abuse and responsible fathering: A comparative study of men enrolled in methadone maintenance treatment. Addiction, 103, 269-283.

  • Drug-abusing fathers: Patterns of pair-bonding, reproduction, and paternal involvement.

    McMahon, T. J., Winkel, J. D., Suchman, N. E., & Rounsaville, B. J. (2007). Drug-abusing fathers: Patterns of pair-bonding, reproduction, and paternal involvement. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 33, 295-302.

  • McMahon, T. J., & Giannini, F. D. (2003). Substance-abusing fathers in family court: Moving from popular stereotypes to therapeutic jurisprudence. Family Court Review, 41, 337-353.
  • Substance abuse and fathering: Adding poppa to the research agenda.

    McMahon, T. J., & Rounsaville, B. J. (2002). Substance abuse and fathering: Adding poppa to the research agenda. Addiction, 97, 1109-1115.

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