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Keuka College

Dr. Jason McKinney

Dr. Jason McKinney

Phone: email
Office: Keuka Business Park

Academic Credentials

University of Rochester
Ph.D. in Human Development
Roberts Wesleyan College
Roberts Wesleyan College

Professional Interests

Research in Selfhood and Identity Development within Cultural Categories Across the Lifespan Using Socio-Linguistic and Discourse Analytic Methodology, Effects of the Child Welfare System on Children and Families, Community-based Action Research on Aging Well.


Dr. Jason McKinney is an Assistant Professor of Social Work. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in Social Work from Roberts Wesleyan College and a PhD in Human Development from the University of Rochester. Dr. McKinney has authored articles in peer reviewed journals, including Child and Family Services Review and The Journal of Critical Social Work. He has also published articles in The New Social Worker. His research interest is in the developing self across the life span, and most recently within caregiver-child interactions. In 2006, Dr. McKinney received the Scandling Scholar Award from the University of Rochester.

Dr. McKinney's practice experience includes family therapy, parent-training curriculums, and the design and implementation of a successful therapeutic foster care program in Rochester, NY. Prior to joining Keuka College, Dr. McKinney taught at Ashland University as an Assistant Professor of Social Work and adjunct at The Greater Rochester Collaborative, State University of New York (SUNY, Brockport) and Nazareth College, and also at Roberts Wesleyan College. He places a strong emphasis on the need for research in social welfare and enjoys providing students with opportunities for meaningful research.

Publications & Presentations

McKinney, J.S. (2014 In press). Speaking of Self: Winners and losers in therapeutic foster care. Children and Youth Services Review.

McKinney, J.S. (2012). Fostering boys to men: Cultural production in therapeutic foster care. The Journal of Critical Social Work, 13(1), 96-111.

McKinney, J.S. (2011). Social work and the art of jazz improvisation. The New Social Worker, 18(4), 11.

McKinney, J. S. (2011). The situated self and the negotiation of a “bad” identity in therapeutic foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 33, 1217-1223.

Thomson, N., & McKinney, J. (2010). Beyond belief: receiving validation as a victim of sexual abuse. The New Social Worker, 17(4), 24-25, 31.

Presentations Respite Foster Care: Preventive or Predictive of Placement Disruption? Ohio College Association of Social Work Educators, April 12th, 2013.

Overview of Ashland University Social Work Program and Field Placement Process. Council of Social Agencies Luncheon, August 6th, 2012.

Therapeutic Foster Care: a critical overview of local foster care practices that ensure safety and well being of children in care. Churchville-Chili Middle School, June 2nd, 2010.

Child Abuse and Maltreatment: identifying and reporting suspected abuse, Calvary Church of the Nazarene, Child Abuse Prevention Workshop, May 10th, 2008.

Engaging Seniors in Civic Responsibility: a call for participation in the Good to Grow Old Project. Perinton Pastoral Association. Association Meeting, 2007.

Parents and Teachers: Reducing Behavior Problems with Increased Attachment. University of Rochester, Doctoral Poster Seminar, December 11th, 2006.

The Good Life is to be Shared: a call for participation in the Good to Grow Old Project. Perinton Health Fair, November 7th, 2006.

Engaging the Clergy in Addressing Partner Violence in Families and Communities, National Association of Christian Social Workers, Annual Convention, October 27th, 2005.