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Mo Therese Hannah, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at Siena College, where she has taught since 1992. She is a licensed New York State psychologist practicing with older adolescents and adults. She is an Advanced Imago Relationship therapy Clinician and serves as an Academic Faculty member of Imago Relationships International. Her clinical and research interests revolve around couples therapy, intimate partner violence, and transpersonal psychology..  She serves as the Editor of Family and Interpersonal Violence Quarterly and has published seven books and numerous chapters and articles.  In 2004, she co-founded, continues to serve as Chair of the annual Battered Mothers Custody Conference.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology University of Arizona

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

I wrote an essay about my ideas about teaching; it was called The Dialogical Classroom. To me, this means a space in which openness to new ideas and a sense of safety are key characteristics. I encourage this climate in a number of ways, including organizing students into three-person "support groups," where they sit together as a unit throughout the semester while discussing, collaborating, and completing some graded assignments together. I like to use a variety of teaching techniques and to sometimes challenge students with ideas falling outside of the mainstream!

What I Love About Siena

The Franciscan spirit, our small AND beautiful campus, and the truly wonderful students we attract!

My Favorite Courses to Teach

Honestly, all of them. I can't pick one over the other.

My Professional Experience

Awards & Distinctions

  • Designated one of the 30 Leaders in 30 Years  Awarded by the New York State Coalition against Domestic Violence, April, 2008

    Category: Service-Community
    New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 2008
  • For service given to the Association of Imago Relationship Therapists and to the study and practice
    of Imago Relationship theory and therapy.

    Category: Service-Professional
    Association of Imago Relationship Therapists, 2002
  • Awarded for the project,
    The Development, Implementation, and Assessment of an Emotional Intelligence Program


    Category: Service-Professional
    National Register of Health Service Providers in Psycholo, 1997

Books & Book Chapters

  • Hannah, M.T. & Goldstein, B. (2010). Domestic Violence, Abuse, and Child Custody: Legal Strategies and Policy Issue, Vol. 1.
    Civic Research Institute.
  • He's Just No Good For You: Freeing Yourself From Destructive Relationships