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Mary Ann Forgey

Mary Ann Forgey, Faculty Profile

Phone: 212-636-6642
Office: Lincoln Center 903C


BA, MSW, Boston College

PhD, Columbia University

Research Interests

Intimate partner violence

Evidence based assessment

Military social work

International social work


Mary Ann Forgey is a Professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and President of the Fordham University Faculty Senate. She received her BA and MSW from Boston College and her PhD 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 served as first Chair of the Online Faculty Committee. Within the Online Program, she produced the Generalist Social Work Practice course. 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. 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.

Most Recent Publication

Forgey, M.A., & Young, S. (2014). Increasing military social work knowledge: An evaluation of learning outcomes. Journal of Health and Social Work, 39 (1) 7-15. Special Issue on Military Social Work.

Forgey, M.A., Allen, M. & Hansen, J. (2014). 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, 11, 1/2. 58-72.

Forgey, M.A., Loughran, H., & Hansen, J. (2013). Employing video conferencing to introduce an international perspective in foundation social work practice. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 33, 4/5, 449-456. Special Issue: Distance Learning and Online Education 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., 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, 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.