DeAnna Harris-McKoy, Ph.D., LMFT-S

Title: Associate Professor/SMFT Program Director
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Division: Family and Consumer Sciences
Unit: Human Development and Family Sciences
Office Location: Wirtz Hall 118
Office Phone: 815-753-6348
Office Fax: 815-753-1321

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 691: Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • HDFS 639 Practicum: Family Therapy
  • HDFS 633: Internship in Community Agencies: Marriage and Family Therapy


  • Ph.D., The Florida State University, Marriage and Family Therapy
  • M.F.T., Drexel University, Marriage and Family Therapy
  • B.S., University of Maryland College Park, Psychology and Family Studies

Academic Research Interests

  • Relationship between contextual factors, familial processes and youth outcomes 
  • Black mental health
  • Social justice in the field of marriage and family therapy 

Selected Publications

  • Jackson, L., Ford, J., Randolph, C., Schleiden, C., Harris-McKoy, D., and McWey, L. (2020). School climate as a link between high school black males’ math identity and outcomes. Education and Urban Society, 1-9
  • Harris-McKoy, D., Washingston, Y. and Wilson, L. (2020, March/April). Contextualizing our work with families in varying levels of poverty. Family Therapy Magazine.
  • Harris-McKoy, D., Gutierrez, D.*, Strachan, T.* and Winley, D.* (2017). Women of color in marriage and family therapy programs. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 29, 28-44.
  • Harris-McKoy, D., Henry, R., and Strachan, T. (in press). Navigating client generated prejudice. AAMFT Ethics Textbook.
  • Harris-McKoy, D. and McNeil Smith, S. (2020). Improving culturally-sensitive interventions for youth and parent-child relationships. In K. S. Wampler & L. McWey (Eds.), The handbook of systemic family therapy: Vol 2. Systemic family therapy with children and adolescents (pp.623-644). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Contact Us

College of Health and Human Sciences
Wirtz Hall 227

The Dean's Office is open for face-to-face meetings by appointment only.

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