Kathleen J. Farkas, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD, Case Western Reserve University
AM, University of Chicago
BA, Case Western Reserve University
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Room 118
Case Western Reserve University
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106



Kathleen Farkas is an associate professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. She has extensive clinical and research expertise in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders. She has been the recipient of a National Research Training Award from the National Institute on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA), a Faculty Development Award from NIAAA/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/Center on Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), as well as research grants from NIDA. Her current projects, funded by the Department of Justice and the Ohio Department of Mental Health, include a randomized control intervention using a jail-based Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment and an enhanced case management model and an adaptation of a cognitive behavior change curriculum for use with persons who have a serious mental illness and are involved in the justice system.
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Course List

MSASS Master’s Program Courses

  • SASS 477 Direct Practice Foundation Methods and Skills
  • SASS 547 Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis (Fall 2011 and Spring 2012)
  • SASS 564 Interventions with Alcohol and Drug Abusing Populations
  • SASS 574 Integrative Seminar in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment

MSASS Doctoral Program Courses

  • SASS 617 Specialization Seminar (Spring 2012)
  • SASS 608 Philosophy of Science and Theory Development
  • SASS 613 Advanced Research Design
  • SASS 610 Micro and Macro Dimensions on Human Behavior Theory (Fall 2011)

Professional Practice

  • Task Force on Advanced Social Work Practice in Trauma, Council on Social Work Education and the National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development, 2011
  • Substance Use and Older Adults, National Advisory Panel, Chair, Council on Social Work Education, 2007-2009
  • Resource Review, Substance Use and Older Adults, The John A Hartford Foundation and the Council on Social Work Education. Curriculum Development in Alcohol and other Drug Abuse and Mental Health, 2007-2009

Research Projects

  • Project RESTORE. U.S. Department of Justice. Second Chance Act. Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Department. 2011-2012
  • Master’s Advanced Curriculum Project, Gero Innovations Grant. The John A Hartford Foundation and the Council on Social Work Education. Curriculum Development in Alcohol and other Drug Abuse and Mental Health. 2007-2009
  • Facilitators/ Barriers to Dual Diagnoses Treatment, Social Work Research Development Program. National Institute on Drug Abuse, R24Da13944; M. Singer, PI, The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2002-2007
  • Living with Loss. Ohio Board of Regents Research Initiation Award. The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2006-2007

Why I Chose This Profession

My research focus is on the overlap of mental health disorders, substance abuse disorders especially with people involved in the criminal justice system. I am interested in substance abusing women who are diagnosed with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and or generalized anxiety disorders. I am collaborating with Dr. Amy Blank Wilson on a randomized control intervention to examine the impact of enhanced reentry services for young adults with severe mental illness in the criminal justice system. I am active in clinical work with Women’s Re-Entry Network and Citizen Circles and continue to have an interest in the assessment and treatment of substance related disorders among older adults. I am licensed as an independent social worker in Ohio with supervisory designation.

Farkas, K. (In press) Substance abuse problems among older adults. In L.Straussner (Ed.),  Clinical Work with Substance Abusing Clients (3rd Edition). New York: Guilford Press.

Liepman, M., Gross, K., Lagos, M., Parran, T. & Farkas, K. (In press). Family involvement in addiction, treatment and recovery. In R. Ries, D. Fiellin, S. Miller and R. Saitz (Eds.), Principles of Addiction Medicine (5th Edition). Chevy Chase, MD: American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Wilson, A.B., Brown, S., Breen Wood, Z. & Farkas, K. (In press) Teaching direct practice skills using web-based simulations: Home visiting in the virtual world. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

Wilson, A.B., & Farkas, K.J. (In press) Collaboration and adaptations in social work intervention research in real world settings. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.

Lewin, L. & Farkas, K.J. (In press) A methodological pilot: Parenting among women in substance abuse treatment. Journal of Addictions Nursing.

Stoltzfus, K., & Farkas, K. (in press). Alcohol use, daily hassles, and religious coping among students at a religiously-affiliated college. Substance Use and Misuse.

Lewin, L., & Farkas, K. (in press) Living with the loss of a child: Mothers in the criminal justice system. Palliative Care.

Farkas, K. (2011) Self efficacy theory and social work. In F. Turner (Ed.), Social Work treatment (5th ed., pp.428–437). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Gifford, A., Farkas, K., Jackson, L., Jacobson, S., Molteno, C., Jacobson, J., & Bearer, C. (2010) Benefit analysis of universal screening for maternal alcohol use during pregnancy. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 88, 838–846.

Farkas, K. (2010) Clinical practice with persons with co-occurring substance use and serious mental illness. In R. Sands & Z. Gellis (Eds.), Clinical Social Work practice in behavioral mental health: A postmodern approach to practice with adults (3rd ed.pp.313–337). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

Krentzman, A., Farkas, K., & Townsend, A. (2010) Spirituality, religiousness and alcoholism treatment outcomes: A comparison between Black and White participants. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 28, 128–150.

Liepman, M., Parran, T., Farkas, K., & Lagos-Saez, M. (2009). Family involvement in addiction, treatment and recovery. In R. Rosenthal (Ed.), Principles of addiction medicine (4th ed., pp. 843–868). Chevy Chase, MD: American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Boitel, C., Farkas, K., Fromm, L., & Hokenstad, M. C. (2009) Learning transfer principles in a comprehensive integration model.  Journal of Teaching & Social Work, 29, 400–417.


Kathleen Farkas In the News

2017 SSWR: Faculty and Student Presenters

Jan 4 2017

The Mandel School is proud to be participating in the Society for Social Work Research’s 21st Annual Conference, on January 11-15, 2017, in New Orleans. In addition to having a booth at the conference (#102), one of our faculty members, Claudia Coulton, PhD, was chosen as a 2017 SSWR Fellow and will be presenting at the conference among many other Mandel School faculty members and doctoral students. Download the flyer for the complete schedule of presenters: 2017 SSWR Presenters Flyer


Claudia Coulton, PhD & David Crampton, PhD: Advancing the Impact of Ecologically Oriented Research on Child Maltreatment Prevention.

Claudia Coulton, PhD: Temporal Effects of Distressed Housing on Child Maltreatment Among Young Children.

Kathleen Farkas, PhD: Criminologic risk levels of justice involved people with serious mental illness.

Megan Holmes, PhD: Physical Abuse Safety Concerns and Substance use Among Child Welfare Adolescents, Navigating the Academic Job Market, & Promoting Resilient Academic Competence in Maltreated Children.

Jeffrey Kretschmar, PhD & F. Butcher: Promoting Resilience in Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health and Trauma Concerns.

Meeyoung Min, PhD, Sonia Minnes, Phd, & J.Y. Kim (PhD Student): Gender variation of individual assets and problem behaviors in at-risk adolescents: A longitudinal cross-lagged analysis.

Dana Prince, PhD: Longitudinal Relationship Between Future Orientation, Substance Use and Delinquency Among African American and Latino Young Men, Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents in Foster Care: The Impact of Sexual Orientation, & Factors Influencing Homelessness Among Youth Aging out of Foster Care, and The Relation of Homelessness to Other Well-being Outcomes: Findings from the National youth in Transitions Database.

Elizabeth Tracy, PhD & S. Brown (PhD Student): Differential Effects of maternal and Parental Warmth on Adult Recovery Support and Personal network Characteristics Among Women in Substance Abuse Treatment.

Laura Voith, Phd: neighborhood Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Theory-Informed Analysis using Hierarchical Linear Modeling.

J. Cage (PhD Student): Comparing the Odds of High School Level Completion of Maltreated Youth in Out-of-Home Placement to Maltreated Youth in their Biological homes.

Michael Gearhart (PhD Student): Mutual Efficacy and Collective Efficacy: Preventing Neighborhood Disorder.

W. Kim & D. Yoon (PhD Students): The role of fathers in maltreatment: Differential effects on maltreatment type. Mental Health Mechanisms Linking Fathers to Child Outcomes, The underlying effects of the caregiver-child relationship quality on adolescent substance use in at-risk youth, The importance of fathers in social and behavioral development of children at-risk of maltreatment.

A. Vincent (PhD Student): Human- Animal Interaction

Accepted Poster Presentations:

Megan Holmes, PhD: Preschool-to-Kindergarten Transition: Promoting Resilient Prosocial behavior in Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence

Elizabeth Tracy, PhD, Meeyoung Min, PhD, & Kathleen Farkas, PhD: Patterns of personal networks and their relationships to quality of life among women with substance abuse disorders.

Elizabeth Tracy, PhD Meeyoung Min, PhD: Patterns of personal networks and substance use among substance-using women.

Laura Voith, PhD: How Neighborhoods Influence Intimate Partner Violence: A Qualitative Inquiry with men in Batterer Intervention Programs.

L.H. Taylor, M.W. Francis (PhD Students), Meeyoung Min, PhD, & Elizabeth Tracy, Phd: Confirmatory factor analysis of an abbreviated abstinence self-efficacy measure: The Drug and Alcohol Abstinence Self-Efficacy Scale.

E.J. Shon, JY Kim, D. Yoon, T. Olgac, M.W. Francis (PhD Students) & Meeyoung Min, PhD: Factor Structure of the urban hassles.

C. Chung (PhD Student): Predictors of Unmet Mental health Needs Among Young Adults with mental Illness in a U.S. nationally Representative Sample

K.A. Berg & M.W. Francis (PhD Students): “I don’t get no sleep”: Social work opportunities to improve sleep of children exposed to interpersonal violence.

The following alumni are also presenting at SSWR 2017:

  • Suzanne Brown, PhD 2012
  • Janet Hoy, MSSA 1999, PhD 2008
  • K.J. Ishler,
  • J.M. Kobulsky, PhD
  • Eun Lye Lee, PhD 2016
  • H. Park,
  • Susan Yoon, PhD 2016

Two for One…Poland as an Emigration and Immigration Country

Nov 8 2016

Please join us at Mandel Center room 106 on Thursday, November 17th at 12:45 PM. Dr. Magdalena Lesińska, a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Sociology from the Center of Migration Research, University of Warsaw, will present a lecture entitled Two for One…Poland as an Emigration and Immigration Country.  Over the past decade there has been a steady emigration from Poland, especially among young, educated Poles.  The inflow of foreigners to Poland has been primarily from Ukraine.  Poland presents an interesting case study because of its history and its position both in Central Europe and in the European Union.  Dr. Lesińska will focus on the social processes and challenges presented by emigration and immigration and the key role of NGO’s in the integration of immigrants in Polish society.

The Mandel Center is located at 1123 Bellflower Road on the CWRU campus.  1 PD hours is available for this event.  Please contact Dr. Kathleen Farkas for information (368.2276…kjf@case.edu).

Join Us and Our Presenters at CSWE 2016 APM

Oct 28 2016

cswe-2016-name-snipThere are a variety of ways you can join the Mandel School at the Council on Social Work Education 61st Annual Program Meeting (#APM16), the premiere conference for social work educators and professionals on November 3-6, 2016, in Atlanta, Georgia.

+ Visit us at booth #504. We have special Centennial gift for attendees, copies of our just-released 2015-2016 Research Annual Report, and lots of great information for our alumni, colleagues, and prospective students.

+ Join us at a private reception for Mandel School alumni, faculty and students to celebrate our Centennial and another record year of research. It is on Friday, November 4, at 5pm at Cuts Steakhouse. Click here for complete details and to RSVP.

+ Join Dr. Terry Hokenstad, Distinguished University Professor and the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor, at the 10th Annual Hokenstad International Lecture on Saturday, November 5, at 8:45 a.m. in the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel Ballroom Salon B. Darja Zaviršek of the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia was selected as the lecturer and she will present “The Humanitarian Crisis of Migration: Current Dimensions and Challenges for Social Work Practice.”

+ Three Mandel School faculty members are being recognized and honored as mentors through the CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education Mentor Recognition Program, which honors mentors who have made a difference. They will be acknowledged at the Networking Breakfast on Saturday, November 5, and on the CSWE website. They are:

+ Presentations at CSWE 2016 APM by Mandel School faculty, students, and research staff:

  • Collins, C. C., Bai, R. & Crampton, D. Evaluating the implementation of Partnering for Family Success. Interactive poster.
  • Healy, L., & Hokenstad, M.C. et al. Promoting and teaching the 2030 agenda and sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Invited partnership presentation.
  • Hokenstad, M.C. et al. Realizing the Vision of the Kendall Institute Through International Education Collaborations. Invited partnership presentation.
  • Holmes, M. R. The Flipped Classroom: Promoting engaged learning in direct practice methods. Oral paper presentation.
  • Hoy, J., Vincent, A., Buck, W.P., & Strand, E. Humans and animals: An emerging and promising collaborative practice. Interactive workshop.
  • Kobulsky, J., Holmes, M.R., & Yoon, S. Physical abuse safety concerns and substance use among child welfare adolescents. Oral paper presentation.
  • Kobulsky, J.M. Internalizing pathways to early substance use in child welfare-involved youthOral paper presentation.
  • Lee, E., & Santiago, A. M. The effects of cumulative risk and protective factors on adolescent substance use. Oral paper presentation.
  • Riley-Behringer, M., & Cage, J. Building Students’ Duty-to-Warn/Duty-to-Protect Skills Through Case Study and Team Collaboration. Interactive workshop.
  • Sawyer, L.N. Enhancing student soft-skill development in online education course rooms and communities. Interactive workshop.
  • Wood, Z.B. & Edguer, M.  Triangulating the Assessment of Holistic Social Work Competence: Challenges and Opportunities. Invited Roundtable, CSWE Assessment Institute.