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Colleen Mahoney


Dr. Mahoney earned her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration and is now an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. Prior to her doctoral studies, she worked as a clinical social worker with adults with serious mental illness in community-based settings in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Dr. Mahoney studies interpersonal processes involved in service delivery for persons with serious mental illness, and she is specifically concerned with how these processes relate to treatment adherence issues and client outcomes. Her previous research has examined how providers conceptualize their treatment relationships with clients and how their clinical reasoning about clients’ medication nonadherence impacts the quality of these treatment relationships. Dr. Mahoney’s current research includes a series of studies that observe client-provider communication about medication issues in order to conceptualize and measure the interpersonal processes involved in the treatment task of medication management and to relate these processes to client outcomes.


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Relevant Publications:

Angell, Beth, & Mahoney, Colleen A. (2007). Reconceptualizing the case management relationship in intensive treatment: A study of staff perceptions and experiences. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 34, 172-188.

Angell, Beth, Martinez, Noriko I., Mahoney, Colleen A., & Corrigan, Patrick W. (2007). Money management, financial leverage, and the client-provider relationship. Psychiatric Service, 58,365-372.

Angell, Beth, Mahoney, Colleen A., & Martinez, Noriko I. (2006). Promoting treatment adherence in Assertive Community Treatment. Social Service Review,80, 485-526.

Elkin, Irene, Falconnier, Lydia, Martinovich, Zoran, & Mahoney, Colleen. (2006). Therapist effects in the NIMH treatment of depression collaborative research program. Psychotherapy Research, 16, 144-160.

Elkin, Irene, Falconnier, Lydia, Martinovich, Zoran, & Mahoney, Colleen A. (2006). Rejoinder to commentaries by Stephen Soldz and Paul Crits-Cristoph on therapist effects. Psychotherapy Research, 16, 182-183.

Mahoney, Colleen A. Client – provider relationships in community mental health treatment: A multilevel study of the effect of provider attribution characteristics. In preparation.

Mahoney, Colleen A., & Angell, Beth. Research on the client – provider relationship in psychiatric case management: Current status and future directions. In preparation.

Mahoney, Colleen A., Alexander, Leslie, Angell, Beth, & Morris, Scott. Comparison of the WAI and HAq-II for examining the client – provider relationship in intensive case management. In preparation.

Mahoney, Colleen A. Discourse about medication in Assertive Community Treatment: A study of real-time treatment events. In preparation.