Kathleen J. Farkas, PhD, LISW-S

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

Dr. Kathleen Farkas has extensive clinical and research expertise in assessment, diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders and other mental health issues. In 2017 and 2020, Dr. Farkas was selected as a visiting scholar at the University of Warsaw, Poland. She taught in the Erasmus Mundus Master’s Degree in Advanced Development in Social Work (ADVANCES and ADVANCES 2.0), a program designed to give social workers outstanding levels of practice skills for global innovation. She received the John A. Yankey Outstanding Teacher Award in 2020. Dr. Farkas serves on the Advisory Council of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education. (UCITE). She received three Mentorship Recognition Awards from the Women’s Council, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) since 2016. Over her career, Dr. Farkas served as primary research advisor for twenty-seven doctoral students.

Curriculum Vitae
Google Scholar

Current Teaching

SASS 502. Change Agent Intensive
SASS 508. Individual Theory and Practice
SASS 547. Problem Identification, Screening and Assessment/Diagnosis
SASS 564. Interventions with Alcohol and Drug Abusing Populations
SASS 575. Invisible Groups in a New Poland (SASS 375)
SASS 587. Integrative Seminar in Mental Health Practice with Adults

Past Teaching

SASS 477. Direct Practice Foundation Methods and Skills
SASS 576. 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
SASS 701: Dissertation

External Appointments

Visiting Scholar, Erasmus Mundus, Social Work ADVANCES/Social Work ADVANCES 2.0 2017, 2020.

Book Editor, Journal of Social Work Practice and the Addictions 2016-present.

President, Ohio Chapter, Kosciuszko Foundation, 2017-present.

Second 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, Steering Committee, Chair of Assessment Competency Workgroup, 2016-2017.

Invited Participant: Advancing the Science of Education, Training and practice in Trauma. Funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) April 25-28, 2013. Yale University.


Recent Publications

Farkas, K.J. & Romaniuk, J.R. (2020) Social Work, ethics and vulnerable groups in the time of coronavirus and COVID-19. Society Register 4 (2) 67-82.

Vincent, A., Mamzer, H., Ng, Z. & Farkas, K. (2020) People and their Pets in the Times of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Society Register 4(3)111-128.

Vincent, A., Easton, S., Sterman, J., Farkas, K. & Heima, M. (2020) Acceptability and Demand of Therapy Dog Support among Oral Health Care Providers and Caregivers of Pediatric Patients. Pediatric Dentistry. 42 (1) 16-21.

Kotlarska-Michalska, A., Farkas, K.J., & Romaniuk, R. (scientific editors). (2019) The Invisible Groups in Poland. Wydawnictwo Nauk Społecznych i Humanistycznych, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu.

Romaniuk, J. R. & Farkas, K. (2019). Contemporary challenges of social work in Ohio, USA. Praca Socjalna. (Social Work) 34. 5-26. 10.5604/01.3001.0013.5014.

Farkas, K. (2019) Including spirituality in assessment and intervention. Teologia i Moralność (Theology and Morality) 14, 2 (26) 163-172.

Vincent, A. L. & Farkas, K. J. (2018) Attachment Theory and Animal Assisted Therapies: A review of theory. Society Register, 1(1) 7-22.

Wilson, A.B., Farkas, K., Bonefine, N. and Banwar-Duda, J. (2018) Interventions that Target Criminogenic Needs for Justice Involved Persons with Serious Mental Illnesses: A Targeted Service Delivery Approach” International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. 62(7) 1838-1853.

Farkas, K.J. & Romaniuk, J. R. (2017) Multi-problem families in Poland and a changing, globalized world. Roczniki Socjologii Rodziny, XXVI-XXVI, 7-26.

Wilson, A., Bonefine, N., Farkas, K. & Banwar-Duda, J. (2017) Translating Interventions that Target Criminogenic Risk Factors for Use in Community Based Mental Health Settings. Community Mental Health Journal. 53 (8) 893-900.

Lewin, L, Farkas, K. & Niazi, M. (2017) Child Relational Quality of Women in Substance Abuse Treatment. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. 1. 50-60.


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

Additional Information

  • Chair, Direct Practice Concentration
  • Chair, Faculty in Substance Use Disorders and Recovery
  • Faculty Member, Aging Specialization, Mental Health Specialization


Academy of Certified Social Workers
Licensed Independent Social Worker (OH #13456) (Supervisory designation, 2013)

In the News

Kathleen Farkas and Richard Romaniuk speak at first International Scientific–Practical Conference
June 03, 2021

Kathleen Farkas and Richard Romaniuk named Social Work Advances 2.0 program visiting scholars
June 24, 2020

Farkas and Romaniuk pen article on social work, ethics and vulnerable groups in the time of COVID-19
April 23, 2020

Social Justice Beyond Borders: Stein International Roundtable on October 12
October 9, 2019

Mandel School Plays a Major Role in Creating National Trauma-Informed Curriculum
September 26, 2018

Social Work Day at the United Nation Info Sessions
by Mandel School Calendar on January 25, 2018

Online MSSA Webinar Information Session on September 13th
by Mandel School on September 7, 2017

2017 SSWR: Faculty and Student Presenters
by Mandel School on January 4, 2017