Dr. Thomas O’Hare
Specialization: Mental Health, Social Work
Home institution in US: Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Host Institution in India: Rajagiri College of Social Sciences, Kochi, Kerala       
Start date/Month in India: January 2013
Duration of grant: 6 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. O’Hare has a B.A. in psychology from Manhattan College, New York, and his M.S.W. and Ph.D. are from Rutgers University, New Jersey. He worked as a licensed mental health practitioner for over 15 years in the public and private sectors from 1980 until 1996, and was also director of quality assurance at the South Shore Mental Health Center in Charlestown, Rhode Island from 1988-1991. From 1990-1993, he taught in the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College, and since then has been teaching in the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. O’Hare’s areas of teaching specialty have included clinical practice courses, as well as research and evaluation methods for masters students, and theory and research methods for doctoral students, many of whom he mentored to completion of their Ph.D. degrees. He has also authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles on mental health and substance use problems in young people and people with serious psychiatric disorders, and authored two well-reviewed texts: Evidence-Based Practices for Social Workers: an Interdisciplinary Approach (Lyceum Books 2005) and Essential Skills of Social Work Practice (Lyceum Books 2009).

Dr. O’Hare’s Fulbright research project, “Implementing evidence-based practices with people who have severe mental illnesses in Kerala,” will involve collaborating with fellow Fulbright Scholar Dr. Margaret Sherrer to conduct semi-structured key informant interviews with administrators and practitioners in India concerning the implementation of emerging evidence-based practices (EBPs) with people who have severe mental illnesses. India is a rapidly growing democracy with a burgeoning public health/mental health mission. Drs. O’Hare and Sherrer believe that sharing their experiences in implementing evidence-based practices in the U.S. and learning about the successes and challenges experienced by fellow Indian mental health colleagues will be a valuable learning experience. They intend to publish the findings in a peer-reviewed journal.