Jennifer Rojas-McWhinney

Jennifer Rojas-McWhinneyAssistant Professor
Childhood Education and Family Studies

Academic Interests

My research interests focus on relationship dynamics within families and the negotiation of parenting beliefs. I am specifically interested in the dialogical process of belief formation for mothers and fathers, highlighting the experiences of Hispanic parents and multiethnic families. In addition, I seek to understand the gendered experiences of mothers and fathers and how their experience impacts parenting practices and the parent-child relationship. As a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), my goal is to increase understanding of the diversity that exists within and across families while promoting healthy family relationships and interactions.

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

  • Rojas-McWhinney, J., & Bell, N. J. (2016). The negotiation of parenting beliefs by Mexican-American mothers and fathers of young children. Journal of Family Studies, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13229400.2016.1176593.
  • Swenson, A., Zvonkovic, A., Rojas-McWhinney, J., & Gerst, K. (2015). A couple analysis of relationship perception among couples who face work demands. Personal Relationships, 22, 153-171.
  • Rojas-McWhinney, J. & Bell, N. (2015, November). The negotiation of parenting beliefs by Mexican-American mothers and fathers. Poster presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Vancouver, Canada.
  • Guy-Sheftall, B., Jaddo, L., Rojas-McWhinney, J., Marbley, A., Taylor, C., White, S. P.  (2014, April). Texas Tech University Women's Studies Affiliated Faculty Panel. Presentation given at the 30th Annual Conference on the Advancement of Women, Lubbock, TX.
  • Rojas-McWhinney, J. (2013, December). Undergraduate teaching assistants: Time management and task assignment tips and ideas. National Council on Family Relations Network, 25.1, 17.
  • Rojas-McWhinney, J. & Engler Jordan, R. (2013). 4 effective guidelines for collaboration. Roundtable discussion presented at the annual conference of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), San Antonio, TX.

Previous Experience

Community Instructor: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Hometown

Lubbock, TX

Hobbies

I enjoy staying active, being outdoors, and traveling.

Future Goals and Aspirations

I would like to expand my research to include parental beliefs about healthcare with an emphasis on accessibility. I am specifically interested in parents’ thought process in seeking medical care for themselves and their child(ren). My goal is to understand the physical, social, cultural, as well as psychological influences on accessing healthcare.

Life Outside the University

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.

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