Mackey succeeds June Gary Hopps, who stepped down this spring after 24 years as GSSW dean. Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties John J. Neuhauser said the appointment would be effective until a permanent replacement is able to take office. Mackey had been scheduled to take a research leave for the next year, then retire from full-time teaching.
"Dick is a long-time, senior faculty member, and we felt he would lend stability as well as keep in place so many of the positive things that took place under June Hopps," said Neuhauser. "We wanted to be sure there was a sense of continuity, and confidence, about the school. Having Dick at the helm seemed the best way to accomplish this."
"It's an honor and a challenge to have the opportunity to serve the University as interim dean of GSSW," said Mackey, who chaired the GSSW doctoral program from 1979-82. "I hope that I am worthy of the trust that has been extended to me by the president and my colleagues."
Mackey's major area of research focuses on the psychology of long-term relationships. He and Assoc. Prof. Bernard O'Brien (LSOE), along with Mackey's wife, Eileen, co-authored books describing their studies on marriages ranging from 23 to 45 years, and same-sex couples who had been together for at least 15 years. The three also published a study in 1993 examining how social workers can benefit personally and professionally through psychoanalysis.
During his tenure at GSSW, Mackey has served as chairman of the casework and human behavior/social environment sequences, and director of the psychiatric social work program in community mental health.
Prior to joining the GSSW faculty as an assistant professor, Mackey was a psychiatric social worker at the Mental Health Study Center of the National Institute of Health in Adelphi, Md. from 1960-66. He also was a social caseworker for Catholic Charities of Buffalo.
Mackey graduated from Merrimack College in 1957 and earned his master's and doctoral degrees in social work in 1959 and 1966, respectively, from the Catholic University of America. He has been in part-time private practice since 1968.
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