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John McMahon

Clinical Associate Professor

John McMahon

Contact

Europa Center

Suite 571

100 Europa Drive

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

jdmcmaho@unc.edu

O: 828-423-3825

http://fcrp.unc.edu

John McMahon is a writer, editor, and facilitator dedicated to strengthening child welfare agencies and improving outcomes for families, children, and communities. A clinical associate professor at the UNC School of Social Work for nearly three decades, McMahon has helped groups and individuals enhance their skills and achieve positive change in North Carolina, the United States, and beyond.

McMahon joined the Family and Children’s Resource Program at the UNC School of Social Work in 1993. Since then, he has focused on translating current research evidence and best clinical practice into skill-building learning experiences for helping professionals, foster and adoptive parents, and kinship caregivers. A highlight of his work is a 27-year partnership with the North Carolina Division of Social Services, through which he writes, edits, and publishes Children’s Services Practice Notes and Fostering Perspectives, nationally-recognized publications for child welfare professionals and resource parents.

McMahon has also helped develop and deliver dozens of classroom and online courses and webinars on child protective services, foster care and permanency, resource family recruitment and retention, visitation, trauma-informed practice, and other topics. From the early days of his career, he has actively sought to reform and improve child welfare systems. His work in this area includes implementation support for differential response in North Carolina and providing technical assistance and consultation to help the state fulfill the requirements of several of its federal program improvement plans.

McMahon also led the creation of fosteringNC.org, a learning site for North Carolina’s foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers.

Degrees and Licenses

MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Fairfield University

Primary Program

Family and Children's Resource Program

Research and Professional Interests

Child Welfare
Workforce Development
Policy Development
Family-centered Services
Child Abuse and Neglect

Recent Publications

Flick, J., McMahon, J., & McLennan, K. (2019). Suicide and self-injury in children and teens [online course]. Chapel Hill, NC: Family & Children’s Resource Program, UNC School of Social Work.

Phipps, L., Zechman, E., Lowder, B., McMahon, J., & McLennan, K. (2019). Managing change in child welfare: A course for agency leaders [online course]. Chapel Hill, NC: Family & Children’s Resource Program, UNC School of Social Work.

Deese, T., Rockoff, J., McMahon, J., & Armfield, P. (2019). Supporting the transition into adulthood [online course]. Chapel Hill, NC: Family & Children’s Resource Program, UNC School of Social Work.

Coble, C. & Kindley-Martin, K. (2019). Supporting LGBTQ youth in care [DIY kit]. In J. McMahon (Ed.) Spotlight on Practice Series. Chapel Hill, NC: Family & Children’s Resource Program, UNC School of Social Work.

McMahon, J. & Gimenez, V. (2018, May). Results from a survey of NC’s public & private child-placing agencies regarding foster parent training needs. Chapel Hill, NC: Family & Children’s Resource Program, UNC School of Social Work.