Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York



Mary Ann Forgey is an Associate Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She received her BA and MSW from Boston College and her Ph.D. from Columbia University.  She has been a full time faculty member at Fordham GSSS since 1994. Dr.Forgey teaches a range of practice courses in the foundation area and in the advanced year and has been responsible for the development of several new courses and curriculum initiatives. In 2010, she developed Fordham’s first elective in military social work practice.  Together with a GSSS colleague, Dr. Forgey spearheaded Fordham MSW Online Program and currently serves as Chair of the Online Faculty Committee. Within the Online Program, she produced the Generalist Social Work Practice course and in the fall of 2013 will begin the production of the online version of the military social work elective.  Her interests include: evidence based assessment of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV); social work practice with the military; the use of standardized clients (actors) in social work education and training; international social work education; and distance education.  She served as the Principal Investigator on two multi-year research projects related to Intimate Partner Violence within the military. The first study investigated the patterns of IPV among military women. The second study developed an evidence based IPV assessment protocol for the Army and implemented an assessment training program using standardized clients. Her involvement in international social work includes social work curricula development training in Vietnam and a Fulbright Scholarship to Ireland, where she taught at the University College Dublin and conducted joint research on IPV assessment practices. As a continuation of this international exchange, she conducts yearly international class sessions with the University College Dublin (UCD) using video conferencing & other forms of distance learning technology. Dr. Forgey’s practice experience includes employment as a civilian social worker for the Department of the Army in Wiesbaden, Germany, where she served as the Director of Army Community Services and Family Advocacy Program Manager, and as a Child Protection Services (CPS) social worker in Massachusetts.

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Forgey, M.A., Loughran, H., & Hansen, J. (in press). Employing video conferencing to introduce an international perspective in foundation social work practice. Journal of Teaching in Social Work. 

Forgey, M.A., Badger, L., Gilbert, T., Hansen, J. (2013). Using standardized clients to train social workers in intimate partner violence assessment.  Journal of Social Work Education, 49(2)293-306.

Forgey, M.A., Allen, M. & Hansen, J. (in press) An exploration of the knowledge base used by Irish and US child welfare practitioners in the assessment of intimate partner violence. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work...

Forgey, M.A., Badger, L., Krase, K. (2011). The development of an evidence based assessment protocol for intimate partner violence in the US Army. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work Practice, 8 (3)323-248.

Forgey, M.A. & Badger, L (2010). Patterns of intimate partner violence and associated risk factors among married enlisted female soldiers. Violence and Victims, 25(1) 45-61.  

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