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Susan Dvorak McMahon

  • Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology and Vincent de Paul Professor; Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, CSH
  • PhD​​​​​​
  • Psychology
  • (773) 325-2039
  • 1110 W. Belden, Suite 403​
    Byrne Hall, Room 359B​

BS University of Iowa, 1988
MA DePaul University, 1992
PhD DePaul University, 1996

Major Areas of Interest
  • School-based intervention and evaluation
  • Teachers’ experiences with violence
  • Enhancing our educational systems
  • Understanding risk and protective factors at multiple levels
  • Program evaluation
Recent Publications
Brubacher, M., McMahon, S.D., & Keys, C.B. (2016). Self-efficacies, anxiety, and aggression among African American and Latino adolescents with disabilities. Exceptionality, 1-15. DOI: 10.1080/09362835.2016.1196449

Jimenez, T. R., Sánchez, B., McMahon, S.D., & Viola, J. (2016). A vision for the future of community psychology education & training. American Journal of Community Psychology. 0, 1-9. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12079

Roundfield, K., Sánchez, B., & McMahon, S.D. (2016). An ecological analysis of school engagement among urban, low-income Latino adolescents. Youth and Society. 1-21. DOI 10.1177/0044118X16639986

Gooden, A. S., & McMahon, S. D. (2016). Thriving Among African American Adolescents: Religiosity, Religious Support, and Communalism. American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 118-128. DOI 10.1002/ajcp.12026

Back, L., Polk, E., Keys, C., & McMahon, S.D. (2016). Classroom management, school staff relations, school climate, and academic achievement: Testing a model with urban high schools. Learning Environments Research, 3, 397-410. DOI 10.1007/s10984-016-9213-x

Martinez, A., McMahon, S. D., Coker, C., & Keys, C. (2016). Teacher behavioral practices: Relations to student risk behaviors, learning barriers, and school climate. Psychology in the Schools. DOI: 10.1002/pits.21946

Martinez, A., Coker, C., & McMahon, S.D., Cohen, J., & Thapa, A. (2016). Involvement in extracurricular activities: Identifying differences in perceptions of school climate. The Educational and Developmental Psychologist, 33, 70-84. DOI 10.1017/edp.2016.7

McMahon, S. D., Keys, C. B., Berardi, L., Crouch, R., & Coker, C. (2016). School inclusion: A multidimensional framework and links with outcomes among urban students with disabilities. Journal of Community Psychology (44), 656–673. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21793

Martinez, A., McMahon, S. D., Espelage, D., Anderman, E. M., Reddy, L.A., Sanchez, B. (2015). Teachers’ Experiences with Multiple Victimization: Identifying Demographic, Cognitive, and Contextual Correlates. Journal of School Violence, DOI:10.1080/15388220.2015. 1056879

Martinez, A., McMahon, S. D., & Treger, S. (2015). Individual and school-level predictors of student office disciplinary referrals. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, DOI: 10.1177/1063426615588289

McMahon, S.D., Martinez, A., Espelage, D., Rose, C., Reddy, L.A., Lane, K., Anderman, E. M., Reynolds, C. R., Jones, A., & Brown, V. (2014). Violence directed against teachers: Results from a national survey. Psychology in the Schools, 51 (7), 753-766. DOI: 10.1002/pits.21777.

Crouch, R., Keys, C. B., & McMahon, S. D. (2014). Student-Teacher Relationships Matter for School Inclusion: School Belonging, Disability and School Transitions. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 42, 20-30. DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2014.855054

Graham, B. Keys, C.B., & McMahon, S. D. (2014). Transportation and socioemotional well-being of urban students with and without disabilities. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community. 42, 31-44. DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2014.855056

Graham, B. Keys, C.B., McMahon, S.D., & Brubacher, M. (2014). Transportation challenges for urban students with disabilities: Parent perspectives. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 42, 45-57. DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2014.855058

Keys, C.B., McMahon, S.D., & Viola, J. J. (2014). Including students with disabilities in urban public schools: Community psychology theory and research. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 42 (1), 1-6. DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2014.855025

Rivera, E. A., McMahon, S. D., & Keys, C. B. (2014). Collaborative teaching: School implementation and connections with outcomes among students with disabilities. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 42, 72-85. DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2014.855067

Sorani-Villanueva, S., McMahon, S. D., Crouch, R., & Keys, C. B. (2014). School problems and solutions for students with disabilities: A qualitative examination. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 42, 58-71. DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2014.855060

Williams, T., McMahon, S. D., & Keys, C. (2014). Two ecological models of academic achievement among diverse students with and without disabilities in transition. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 42, 7-19. DOI: 10.1080/10852352.2014.855029

McMahon, S. D., Todd, N. R., Martinez, A., Coker, C., Sheu, C.F., Shah, S., & Washburn, J. J. (2013). Aggressive and Prosocial Behavior: Community Violence, Cognitive, and Behavioral Predictors Among Urban African American Youth. American Journal of Community Psychology, 51, 407-421.

McMahon, S. D., Parnes, A., & Coker, C. (2013). Environmental Stressors, Social Support, and Internalizing Symptoms Among African American Youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 615-630.

Espelage, D., Anderman, E., Brown, V. Jones, A., Lane, K., McMahon, S.D., Reddy, L.A., Reynolds, C.R. (2013). Understanding and Preventing Violence Directed Against Teachers: Recommendations for a National Research, Practice and Policy Agenda. American Psychologist, 68, 75-87.

Reddy, L.A., Espelage, D. McMahon, S.D., Lane, K., Anderman, E.M., Reynolds, C. R., Jones, A., Brown, V. (2013). Violence Against Teachers: Case Studies from the APA Task Force. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, 1 (4), 231-245. DOI: 10.1080/21683603.2013.837019

McMahon, S. D., Keys, C. B., Berardi, L. & Crouch, R. (2011). The Ecology of Achievement among students diverse in ethnicity and ability. Journal of Community Psychology, 39, 645-662.

McMahon, S. D., Felix, E. D., & Nagarajen, T. (2011). Social support and neighborhood stressors among African American youth: Networks and relations to self-worth. Journal of Child and Family Studies. DOI 10.1007/s10826-010-9386-3.

APA Division 27 (Society for Community Research and Action), President, Fellow​​