Faculty Directory

Paul Kline



Paul Kline, PhD, received the MSW degree from the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work in 1981. The degree has opened many opportunities to support children and families struggling to recover from encounters with violence and other threats to psychological health and happiness including children hospitalized for severe emotional disturbance, homeless infants and their mothers, and war-affected youth. Recognizing that recovery from traumatic events often requires empathic attention to the whole person, Dr. Kline's most recent work explores the impact of violence on spiritual well-being and the integration of spiritual care with social work practice.

Dr. Kline joined the faculty at BC Social Work in 1991 and taught required and elective courses in clinical practice until he retired in 2020.

Selected Publications

McMackin, R.A., Keane, T.M., & Kline, P.M. (Eds.) (2008). "Special Issue: Betrayal And Recovery: Understanding the Trauma of Clergy Sexual Abuse." Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 17; 197-426.

Kline, P.M., McMackin, R., & Lezott, E. (2008). "The impact of the clergy abuse scandal on parish communities." Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 17; 290-300.

Kline, P.M. (2007). "Merton's 'true self': A resource for survivors of sexual abuse by priests." Pastoral Psychology, 55; 731-739


Professional Positions

2002 – Present: Consultant to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston for understanding and responding to the psychosocial and spiritual needs of survivors of clergy sexual abuse

1990 – 2004: Private Practice in Psychotherapy and Consultation, Norton, Mass., and Providence, R.I.

1987 – 1993: Director of Outpatient Services, E. P. Bradley Hospital, East Providence, R.I.

1985 – 1987: Assistant Chief, Children’s Inpatient Unit, E.P. Bradley Hospital, East Providence, R.I.

1980 – 1985: Staff Social Worker, Intensive Treatment Unit, E. P. Bradley Hospital, East Providence, R.I.