College of Information Studies - Community, Equity, Data and Information Lab
Dr. Garland McKinney
Dr. Garland McKinney is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Maryland at College Park. Jasmine is a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, researcher, educator, advocate, mental health clinician, and birth doula among other things.
My research broadly concerns Black women's experiences with health disparities during pregnancy and childbirth and the connections between these experiences and maternal mental health. In addition, I am also interested in exploring how gendered racism may impact the relationship between Black mothers and daughters. Please click the links included above for more information about each study.
Research study: Delphi
The use of objective instrumentation in interprofessional settings (e.g., mental health, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, social work, nursing) is critical to decrease the frequency of these stressors and minimize their long-lasting impacts. By seeking the knowledge and expertise of informed counselors in the field, this study was an initial step toward instrument development to quantitatively measure Black women’s experiences of race-related psychological stressors during pregnancy and childbirth.
This study was supported by funding from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES).
This study was one of the most important steps toward developing an instrument to capture Black women’s experiences of race-related psychological stressors during pregnancy and childbirth. Namely, this study prioritized the voices and experiences of Black women themselves. Throughout the development of this measure, the author focused on the mental health implications of these experiences on Black women throughout the reproductive stages (i.e., pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum).