Faculty Directory

Kevin Mahoney

Professor Emeritus

Founding Director, National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS)


Professor Emeritus Kevin Mahoney, PhD, who joined the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW) faculty in 1999, is known for his research on participant direction of home and community-based services and supports for people with disabilities, and financing of long-term care. A major theme has been translational research linking research and practice. During Dr. Mahoney’s 30-year career in gerontology and long-term care, he has held 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.

Dr. Mahoney serves as Director of the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS), which has been housed at Boston College since its inception in 2009. 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.

In 2004, Dr. Mahoney was presented 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. An expert on state government and long-term care innovation, Mahoney has authored and co-authored dozens of scholarly articles and books.

Dr. Mahoney devotes a significant amount of time working to enhance the inclusiveness of Boston College. From 2007 to 2009 he represented the BCSSW on the Provost’s Task Force on "the University and the Catholic Intellectual Tradition." He currently serves as faculty mentor to Spectrum, the support group for LGBT students and allies, and he is an active member of the University Diversity Committee and the BCSSW Diversity Committee.