Mary Ragan

Mary Ragan, PhD, LCSW

Mary Ragan, PhD, LCSW

Mary Ragan, PhD, LCSW, is the Area Director of the Psychotherapy and Spirituality Institute’s Trinity Wall Street site where, in addition to her primary work as a clinician, she supervises therapists entering the field. She is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Columbia University School of Social Work where she teaches a course on “Spirituality and Social Work.” She is also a faculty member in the Interfaith Doctor of Ministry program at Hebrew Union College and serves on the advisory board for the Clinical Pastoral Education [CPE] Program at Hebrew Union College.

In addition to her work as a clinician and educator, Mary has served as a consultant to executives and leadership teams in both faith-based and secular organizations.  She has worked for many years for the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers and Maryknoll Lay Missioners, dealing with cross-cultural adjustment and personnel issues. That consulting work has given her the opportunity to work with missioners in Bolivia, Guatemala and Venezuela. She has also served as a consultant to hospital ED and OR departments.

Her research has explored the specific contours of traumatic grief, its differences from general bereavement, and the clinical interventions that proved most effective. She has done trauma work with first-responders and family members after 9/11 and volunteered in New Orleans and Lake Charles, LA in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Her current interest is in addressing the mental health needs of returning veterans and their families. She is a volunteer therapist for Give An Hour, an organization that provides pro bono therapy for returning veterans, and is the project director for PSI’s theater initiative called IN OUR OWN VOICE: Women Veterans Tell Their Stories, written by Beverly Coyle. These monologues have been performed in colleges and universities, churches and libraries as well as at the United States Air Force Academy.

Mary Ragan can be reached at 212.285.1552 or mragan@mindspirit.org

Excerpt from PSI’s December 7, 2011 Bridging Spirituality and Healing Forum:

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