Texas Tech University
Department of Human Development and Family Studies
1301 Akron Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409-1230
Jennifer Rojas-McWhinney is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Texas Tech University. She teaches the Great Plains IDEA Youth Development program she teaches courses in Foundations of Youth Development and Understanding Normative Behavior in Immigrant and Minority Youth.
As a faculty member, Rojas-McWhinney continually seeks opportunities to enhance learning in order to positively impact the lives of students and community members. Her desire to connect with families in a community setting motivated her to become a Certified Family Life Educator. In this role, she aims to alleviate family concerns together with families while continually promoting healthy interactions.
Rojas-McWhinney strives to increase understandings of diversity that exists within and across families while promoting healthy family relationships and engagement. This growing interest in health sparked her desire to learn more about mental health education. As a Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor, Rojas-McWhinney facilitates training with school leadership, church leadership, community organizations, and university personnel. This valuable eight-hour public education program which introduces participants to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in youth ages 12 to 18, builds an understanding of the importance of early intervention. The program teaches individuals how to help an adolescent in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge.
Rojas-McWhinney's research focus includes working as a team member on the Improving English Language Teaching in the Ozarks project funded by the U.S. Department of Education providing access to state-of-the-art English language teacher training. She also focuses on relationship dynamics within families and the negotiation of parenting beliefs. She is specifically interested in the dialogical process of belief formation for mothers and fathers, highlighting the experiences of Hispanic parents and multiethnic families.
In 2019, Rojas-McWhinney received the StarCare Speciality Health System Community Partner Award. From 2016 to 2018, she received the Certified Distance Educator Award. Rojas-McWhinney was awarded the Family Engagement Curriculum Innovation Award from 2016 to 2017. Also in 2016 to 2017, Rojas-McWhinney received the Integrating Diversity into Teaching and Learning Stipend Award.
Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University, 2014
M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University, 2007
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, Texas Tech University, 2005