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Kathleen Shanahan, Ph.D.next

Dr. Kathleen M. Shanahan

Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Applied and Social Sciences
IRB Member

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About Dr. Kathleen M. Shanahan:

Dr. Kathleen Shanahan joined the Department of Graduate Counseling and Psychology as Director of Clinical Training in 2012. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an MA in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. She completed her pre-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine, followed by a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in psychotherapy at Yale University Mental Health and Counseling Department.

Throughout her career, Dr. Shanahan has been actively engaged in clinical psychology education and training. Her dissertation investigated the roles of teaching and modeling in the development of ethical decision making among psychologists-in-training. While serving as Director of Crisis Services for the University of Virginia’s Counseling and Psychological Services, she was active in their APA-accredited internship program. She also held a visiting faculty position in the Division of Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, where she taught and supervised clinical psychology students.

Prior to joining the faculty at Medaille College, Dr. Shanahan served as a medical psychologist in the Department of Psychosocial Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, working directly with cancer patients and their caregivers in providing a full complement of psychological services. In addition to her clinical responsibilities, she oversaw the department’s psychology practicum, and provided supervision for many doctoral students. Dr. Shanahan also was involved in research at Roswell Park, consulting on research studies investigating the impact of treatment on cancer patients’ quality of life.

Dr. Shanahan is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Psychological Association of Western New York, and is a frequent presenter in Western New York and beyond on topics related to health and wellness, spirituality, and grief and loss.

Education 
B.A. Liberal Arts/Theology, Univeristy of Notre Dame
M.S., Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Areas of Interest/Research 
Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Health Psychology, Cultural Diversity