McMahon, Thomas “Tom”: Counselor and Psychology Faculty Member (In Memoriam)

Thomas McMahon was hired as a full-time faculty member in the Counseling Department on September 1, 1976.  In 1998 he became a full-time faculty member in the Psychology Department.  Tom retired in June 2011, after 35 years of distinguished service.  Upon retirement, he was granted Emeritus status.

Tom was a highly dedicated counselor and academic advisor with a passion for helping students succeed.  He had an encyclopedic knowledge of the requirements and process for student transfer to four-year colleges and universities.  Tom assisted countless students in transferring and was an important resource to faculty, staff and administrators.  His expertise was most valuable in his vital role as Articulation Officer.

As a member of the Psychology Department, he was a highly regarded professor whose classes always filled early.  His consistently well-prepared and enthusiastically delivered classroom presentations were well-known.  Tom was committed to student learning and success in his courses and was always available to assist students in their studies.

Tom was instrumental in writing the curriculum for the Psychology Associate of Arts Degree.  He served on many hiring committees and other District committees including chairing the committee charged with adding an ethnic diversity component to the curriculum.  He also served on the United Faculty of Ohlone, and was a representative on the Faculty Association of the California Community Colleges.

Tom was recognized as one of the sought after parenting experts in the country, writing books “Kid Tips: Proven Childcare Tips from Parents Across the Country”, and “Teen Tips: A Practical Survival Guide for Parents with Kids 11-19”.  He wrote the column “Kid Tips” that appeared in over 150 newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, Canada, and other countries.  He has appeared on more than 140 TV and radio shows, including CNN, Good Morning America, and Oprah, propelling his book “Kid Tips” to No. 8 on and No. 12 on Barnes and, and his book “Kid Tips’ has been published in Europe, Scandinavia, and South America.

Tom was a frequent guest speaker and consultant on parenting to businesses and corporations.  He was a national spokesman for General Motors teen driver education program, Microsoft’s Games for Windows, Hollywood Video’s “Game Crazy,” and a consultant to the writers of NBC’s adolescent television shows.