Boston College has officially named Kevin Mahoney Professor Emeritus for his myriad accomplishments during his time at the School of Social Work. During 30-plus years as an academic and practitioner, Mahoney was a leader in the fields of gerontology, participant direction, and disability services. He also was a hugely successful researcher: Since 2006, he brought in more than $26 million in research grants for studies based at his center and the School of Social Work.
“This is an excellent recognition of Professor Mahoney’s contributions to the school, the university, and the profession of social work,” said BCSSW Dean Gautam Yadama. “It is here at Boston College School of Social Work that Kevin did some of his most innovative and path breaking work to influence participant directed service thinking and the policy infrastructure needed to support such services, and his work resonates with BC’s mission to be inclusive of all.”
A member of the faculty at BCSSW since 1999, Mahoney’s National Resource Center for Participant Directed Services, founded in 2009, was the only center of its kind to assists states, agencies and organizations in the important work of helping those living with disabilities, and their families, to advocate for their own care. From 1996 to 2008, he was the National Program Director for the Cash & Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation, a policy-driven evaluation of one of the most unfettered forms of consumer direction of personal assistance services.
Mahoney was well regarded before coming to BC, holding policy-making and administrative positions in the state governments of Connecticut and California, as well as appointments at the University of California-San Francisco and the University of Maryland.
In 2004, Mahoney was presented with the Maxwell A. Pollack Award from the Gerontological Society of America for research with great impact on policy and programs. He was awarded the James E. Flynn Prize for Social Work Research in 2007, and in 2012, selected as a Fellow by the board of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) for his distinguished accomplishments and dedication to social work.