Robert McKinney, LCSW

Robert McKinney, LCSW — Associate Professor

Dr. Robert McKinney, MSW, LCSW, PIP, ACSW, is associate professor of social work in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the College of Community Health Sciences.

McKinney is also director of University Medical Center’s Department of Case Management and Social Services, where he supervises Social Work field students and student employees as they address the often unmet patient needs regarding their social, environmental, and familial situations. McKinney teaches about the social determinants of health and mental health and works in clinical teaching environments alongside interprofessional colleagues and learners.

McKinney earned a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Mississippi State University in Starkville. He completed his master’s in social work degree at The University of Alabama School of Social Work. His professional experience began with direct clinical practice with children, adolescents and their families at Indian Rivers Community Mental Health Center in Tuscaloosa. He was the assistant director of Tuscaloosa Family Resource Center (now Tuscaloosa’s One Place). He was the interim director, clinical social worker and yoga instructor at the Working On Womanhood program. McKinney is one of fewer than 50 people in Alabama to be licensed and certified for private, independent practice by the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners in all five recognized areas of practice: clinical social work, community organization, social casework, social work administration, and social work research.

McKinney’s clinical and research interests are primarily in the areas of social determinants of health and mental health, childhood interpersonal victimization and interprofessional education. He is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.