Cliff McKinney

Cliff McKinney

Associate Professor
Magruder Hall 140 #2
(662) 325-3782

Research Expertise

I investigate the processes by which parenting is associated with psychological problems in the context of gender, parental psychopathology, psychological and physical maltreatment, and emerging adulthood. I also investigate oppositional defiant problems and associated outcomes in young adults. Please visit my ResearchGate profile for my complete work of peer-reviewed journal publications.

Making Sense of Us: A Child and Family Research Lab

Ever wanted to figure out just how much of an impact parenting has? Whether you're looking to blame parents for today's problems or give credit for a job well done, this lab is the place to study parenting and related factors.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Primary research interests include the following:

Parental Psychopathology

Psychological and Physical Maltreatment

Oppositional Defiant Problems


Emerging Adulthood

Graduate student interests also include the following:


Risky Behaviors

Financial Stressors and Kin

Family and Social Support

I most enjoy involving students in research. I encourage graduate students to be as productive as possible by providing them with ample opportunities to collaborate as well as develop their independent research related to lab interests. 

Undergraduate students typically are involved in developing conference presentations, writing literature reviews, and running participants when necessary. Exceptional undergraduates can be involved in peer-reviewed journal submissions.

Interested students should email Dr. McKinney at

Image and video hosting by TinyPic

Dr. McKinney receives the 2017-2018 Oldham Outstanding Mentor Award from Dean Travis.