Maureen Kishna, MSSA, LISW-S


maureen.kishna@case.edu  |  216.870.0192  |  Mandel School 375


kishnaMAUREEN KISHNA, MSSA, LISW-S, is an MST Expert Consultant and Program Developer with the Center for Innovative Practices at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU)’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

BACKGROUND  |  Maureen has worked for the last 17 years within the Multisytemic Therapy Program (MST).  She has been a therapist, supervisor, consultant, and program developer in this model. Additionally, Maureen is a certified cognitive therapist and school social worker. Prior to MST, Maureen worked in a wide array of settings locally and internationally including in a residential treatment center, community youth centers, a family planning clinic, schools, and in a community-based respite program for adolescent boys with severe emotional and behavioral challenges.

In addition to supporting her work with MST and the agency staff, Maureen works diligently to inform the public about MST and its benefits to the family and community. She recently presented at the 2017 Ohio Behavioral Health Conference regarding MST and published a white paper for MST Services, Inc. regarding Combatting Racial Disparity in the Juvenile Justice System using MST.

SCHOLARSHIP  |  Click here for a complete listing of this researcher’s work.


Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world?

The work that I do is extremely meaningful, because I support clinicians and supervisors at mental health agencies around the state in bringing the highest quality evidence based practice into the homes and lives of families and youth most in need. I also love the collaborative partnerships we have with key stakeholders at juvenile courts and mental health boards in the communities our teams serve. Its extremely rewarding to hear about the youth we work with turning their young lives around. Probably every week during our clinical consultations at least one success story brings tears of joy to my eyes. I am so proud of our clinicians, our agencies, our courts, our schools, our youth, and our state Departments of Youth Services and Mental Health and Addiction Services for the work we are all doing to invest in the young people of our state.

Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate?

I am very passionate about violence prevention, evidence based practices and ensuring youth and families have access to the highest quality services. I am passionate about social justice and defending the rights of those who are not able to effectively speak and stand up for themselves. I am also very passionate about our care for the earth.