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Jasmine L. Garland McKinney


The University of Maryland at College Park

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.


Research Projects

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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.

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Research study: Delphi

Study Information

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).

Dissertation Pilot Study: Cognitive Interviewing

Study Information

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).

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Research study: Instrument validation

Study Information

This study represented the initial psychometric testing for an instrument I created, The Prepartum Form for Evaluating Race-Related Psychological Stressors (PP-FERRPS)©. Using the PP-FERRPS© in conjunction with several other instruments, this study aimed to determine if the PP-FERRPS, in its current form, was (1) valid and measured what the researcher intended and (2) if the instrument could assess mental health symptomology in prenatal Black women.

This study was supported by funding from the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES).

National Board for Certified Counselors

Clinical Mental Health Minority Fellow (Master's), 2019

American Psychological Association

Interdisciplinary Minority Fellow (Doctoral), 2020-2022

Mommy as a Leader

Children's Book Author

Reproductive Health Impact (Formerly the National Birth Equity Collaborative)

Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Birth Equity Research Scholar



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