Kathleen J. Farkas, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD, Case Western Reserve University
AM, University of Chicago
BA, Case Western Reserve University

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Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of
Applied Social SciencesRoom 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.

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

  • Social Work Day at the United Nation Info Sessions
    by Mandel School Calendar on January 25, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Learn more about Social Work Day at the United Nations from Dr. Kathy Farkas and Valerie Rambin, Assistant Director of International Programs, at one of two scheduled info sessions: Tuesday, February 6 at 1:00 pm in Room 236 of the Mandel School Wednesday, February 7 at 1:00 pm in Room 236 of the Mandel School […]

  • Online MSSA Webinar Information Session on September 13th
    by Mandel School on September 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Thinking about applying to the Online Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA, equivalent to MSW) program? View our information session to learn more. Wednesday, September 13, 2017  (1 -2pm Eastern Daylight Time) During this web-based presentation, our speakers will provide an overview of Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences including our rankings and accreditation, […]

  • 2017 SSWR: Faculty and Student Presenters
    by Mandel School on January 4, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    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 […]