Mary Ragan teaches Spirituality in Social Work Practice at the Columbia School of Social Work (CSSW). She received an M.A., M.Ed. from Columbia University in 1977, an M.S.W from Yeshiva University in 1989 and a Ph.D. from Northcentral University in 2000. She has taught at CSSW since 2007.

She works as a clinician and supervisor at the Psychotherapy & Spirituality Institute and has been an adjunct professor of pastoral counseling at Fordham University, General Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College and New York Theological Seminary.  Her special area of interest is traumatic grief and she has served as a volunteer mental health counselor in Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and in New York City with first responders after 9/11.

Currently she is developing a theater project called IN OUR OWN VOICE: Women Veterans Tell Their Story.  These monologues, shaped from interviews with servicewomen, are designed to highlight the contributions women make and the challenges that they face.