Dr. Margaret O'Donoghue has been a social worker all of her professional life. After emigrating from Ireland in her twenties, she earned an MSW at Hunter College and a Ph.D. in clinical social work from New York University. She holds certification as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified School Social Worker, a Social Work Supervisor and an Educational Supervisor. Before joining Rutgers University, Dr. O’Donoghue was an adjunct professor in the Graduate Department at NYU School of Social Work for over twenty years, teaching clinical and macro practice classes. Additionally, she worked in Newark Public Schools as an administrator and social worker and as a field instructor for Rutgers and NYU. She is a passionate advocate for children, adolescents, and families. Her dissertation and publications have focused on mothering with a particular interest in how White mothers negotiate race and ethnicity in the parenting of Biracial children and adolescents. She has been a presenter and trainer for many agencies, including NASW, NASA, and CASA (court appointed special advocates). Dr. O’Donoghue’s work as a professor and a social worker in the community has been driven by the belief that social workers must maintain a focus on social justice, and it is necessary to do so with a guiding clinical lens.

    Courses Taught: 


    • School Social Work
    • Social Work with Children