Kathleen J. Farkas, PhD

Associate Professor
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

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.

Curriculum Vitae
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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.

Teaching Information

Courses Taught

SASS 477. Direct Practice Foundation Methods and Skills
SASS 547. Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis
SASS 564. Interventions with Alcohol and Drug Abusing Populations
SASS 574. Integrative Seminar in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment
SASS 608. Philosophy of Science and Theory Development
SASS 610 Micro and Macro Dimensions on Human Behavior Theory
SASS 613. Advanced Research Design
SASS 617. Specialization Seminar

Research Information

Research Projects

Project RESTORE.
U.S. Department of Justice. Second Chance Act  
Cuyahoga County Sheriffs Department 

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  

Facilitators/ Barriers to Dual Diagnoses Treatment, Social Work Research Development Program.
National Institute on Drug Abuse, R24Da13944; Principle Investigator: M. Singer
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

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

Recent Funding

Recent Grants

Incorporating Criminogenic Interventions in Mental Health Treatment of Justice Involved Seriously Mentally Ill Consumers
Co‐Principal Investigator (Co‐Principal Investigator: Amy Blank Wilson)
Ohio Department of Mental Health

Project RESTORE: Second Chance Re‐entry Demonstration Project  
Co‐Principal Investigator (Co‐Principal Investigator: Amy Blank Wilson)
Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department

External Appointments

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
Substance Use and Older Adults, National Advisory Panel, Chair
Council on Social Work Education
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


Recent Publications

Liepman, M., Gross, K., Lagos, M., Parran, T. & Farkas, K.. (2014) "Family involvement in addiction, treatment and recovery." In R. Ries, D. Fiellin, S. Miller and R. Saitz (Eds.), The ASAM Principles of Addiction Medicine (5th Edition). Chevy Chase, MD: American Society of Addiction Medicine. June 6, 2014

Lewin, L. & Farkas, K.J.. (2014) A methodological pilot: Parenting among women in substance abuse treatment. Journal of Addictions Nursing. 2014 Jan-Mar;25(1):48-55.

Wilson, A.B., & Farkas, K.J.. (2014) Collaborative Adaptations in Social Work Intervention Research in Real-World Settings: Lessons Learned from the Field. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. 2014;11(1-2):183-92. Published online: 09 Jan 2014

Farkas, K. (2013) "Substance abuse problems among older adults." In L.Straussner (Ed.),  Clinical Work with Substance Abusing Clients (3rd Edition). New York: Guilford Press. December 13, 2013.

Wilson, A.B., Brown, S., Breen Wood, Z. & Farkas, K. (2013) Teaching direct practice skills using web-based simulations: Home visiting in the virtual world. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. Pages 421-437. Published online: 12 Nov 2013

Lewin, L., & Farkas, K.. (2012) Living with the loss of a child: Mothers in the criminal justice system. Palliative Care. 2012 Dec;10(4):265-72

Stoltzfus, K., & Farkas, K.. (2012) Alcohol use, daily hassles, and religious coping among students at a religiously-affiliated college. Substance Use and Misuse. 2012 Aug;47(10):1134-42.

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. March 15, 2011.

Gifford, A., Farkas, K., Jackson, L., Jacobson, S., Molteno, C., Jacobson, J., & Bearer, C. (2010) Assessment of Benefits of a Universal Screen for Maternal Alcohol Use during Pregnancy. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 2010 Oct;88(10):838-46.

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, 2010;28(2):128-150. Epub 2010 Apr 7.

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. Epub 02 Nov 2009.


Doctor of Philosophy
Case Western Reserve University
Master of Arts
University of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts
Case Western Reserve University

Additional Information


  • Aging, Alcohol & Other Drugs of Abuse
  • Community Practice for Social Change
  • Mental Health

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