DeAnna Harris-McKoy Profile

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Dr. DeAnna Harris-McKoy

  • Department: Counseling and Psychology
  • Assistant Professor, Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Room: WH-318k

Dr. DeAnna Harris-McKoy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She received her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland College Park achieving two Bachelors’ of Science in Psychology and Family Studies. She received her Masters of Family Therapy from Drexel University and a Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy from The Florida State University. Her current research focuses on adolescents, Black mental health, contextual therapy, and social justice in the MFT field. She has taught both at the undergraduate and graduate level including the following courses: Advanced Family Systems (hybrid), Human Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction (hybrid and online),  Family Relationships and Development (online),  Crisis Intervention (hybrid), Practicums I, II, & IV,  Marriage and Family Therapy Ethics (hybrid & online),  Pre-Practicum (hybrid), Person of the Therapist (hybrid), Research Methods in MFT (hybrid and online), Group Process in MFT (hybrid), & Ethics in MFT (hybrid & online)

Harris-McKoy, D.& Amuna, C. (2018). Understanding Systemic Barriers and Facilitating Factors to Adoption and Fostering for Lesbians Submitted to the Lesbian Health Fund $16,959.95 [unfunded].

Harris-McKoy, D. (2016). Exploring Black women’s experience and perception of and recovery from depression. Submitted to the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Recovery-Oriented Mental Health Grants in Texas. Total funds requested: $21,976[funded].

Harris-McKoy, D. (2015). African American female adolescents’ perception of strength andmental health. Submitted to the Hogg Foundation-Mental Health Research Grants for Tenure Track- Assistant Professors in Texas. Total funds requested: $18,924 [unfunded].

Selected publications
Harris-McKoy, D., Gutierrez, D.*, Strachan, T.*, & Winley, D.* (2017). Women of color in marriage and family therapy programs. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 29, 28-44.

Harris-McKoy, D. (2016). Adolescent delinquency: Is too much or too little parental control a problem?. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 2079-2088.

Harris-McKoy, D. Woods, S., Brantley, C. W., & Farineau, H. M. (2015) Ethical decision-making for marriage and family therapist working with at-risk families. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 41, 192-204.

Harris-McKoy, D. & Wilkins, E. (2014, July/August). Individual responsibility: Marriage and family therapy as a way of life. Family Therapy Magazine, 40-44.

Harris-McKoy, D., Meyer, A., McWey, L., Henderson T., & McKendrick, W. (2014). Substance use, policy, and foster care. Journal of Family Issues, 35, 1298-1321.

McNeil, S. Harris-McKoy, D., Brantely, C.W., Fincham, F., & Beach, S. R. H. (2014). Middle class African American Mothers’ depressive symptoms mediate perceived discrimination and reported child externalizing behaviors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23, 381-388.

Harris-McKoy, D. & Cui, M. (2013). Parental control, adolescent delinquency, and young adult criminal behavior. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22, 836-843.