Dr. Cavanagh's interests include the effective management of non-profits and policies for individuals with disabilities.
I have been an Assistant Professor with Seton Hall University's Department of Public and Healthcare Administration since the Fall of 2006. I arrived at Seton Hall with more than 15 years of experience in human services and not-for-profit administration. Most recently I spent five years as the Executive Director of the Vincentian Service Corps, an AmeriCorps Affiliate. As Assistant Director for Adult Day Services for the Developmental Disabilities Institute (DDI) in New York, I was the director of an Adult Day Treatment Center. In addition, I worked with the New York City Association for the Help of Retarded Children (AHRC-NY) as their Coordinator of Advocacy Services. Before coming to Seton Hall University, I was an Assistant Professor at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. My teaching at Seton Hall has focused on the administrative courses core course for both the Master of Public Administration degree as well as the Master of Healthcare Administration degree. Specifically I have taught: Economics for Public Service Administrators, Human Resources Management, Financial Management and Control, Grantsmanship, Resource Development and Healthcare Management.
I received a Master of Social Work degree from Stony Brook University in 1991with a concentration in Planning, Administration and Research. Later I received a Master of Philosophy (2003) and a Ph.D. (2004) from Columbia University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, with a concentration in Social Welfare Policy Analysis. My dissertation used the Survey of Income and Program Participation Data to analyze the economic impact for families in raising a child with a severe developmental disability. I am currently working on a paper based on his dissertation research with updated SIPP data. My most recent presentation was a paper entitled "Pedagogical Uses of Wiki's and other Web 2.0 Resources to Reinforce Learning and Create Classroom Communities” at the 2009 Teaching Public Administration Conference. I am planning a research project to examine the successes and failures of for-profit endeavors by not-for-profit organizations.