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Hollee A. McGinnis, Ph.D.

Assistant professor

Email: hamcginnis@vcu.edu

Phone: (804) 828-5411

Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis

Post-M.S.W., Yale University

M.S.S.W., Columbia University

B.A. Mount Holyoke College

Hollee A. McGinnis is an assistant professor in the VCU School of Social Work. She is interested in children’s mental health and well-being, child welfare and alternative care systems, and global social work. Her research broadly examines the social and cultural determinants of children’s mental health and well-being, with a specific focus on improving outcomes across the lifespan for children with histories of early childhood adversity and child welfare involvement in the U.S. and globally. This research is informed by her post-MSW training in children’s mental health at the Yale Child Study Center, work as the policy director at the Donaldson Adoption Institute, and founder of the non-profit organization for adult intercountry adoptees and adoptive families, Also-Known-As, Inc.

Most recently, Dr. McGinnis completed a mixed-methods study funded by U.S. Fulbright and Korea Foundation centered on identifying risk and protective factors associated with mental health and academic outcomes among adolescents residing in orphanages in South Korea. She was also a research affiliate on a CDC funded multi-year randomized-controlled trial adapting, implementing, and evaluating a trauma-based intervention, Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), for adolescent girls involved in the child welfare system (Auslander, PI) through the Brown School’s Center for Violence and Injury Prevention. Another aspect of McGinnis’ research focuses on the intersectionality of race, culture, and adoption. At the Donaldson Adoption Institute, she led a study funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Beyond Culture Camp: Promoting Healthy Identity Formation in Adoption [PDF] on adoptive and racial identity development among same-race and transracial and transnationally adopted adults in the U.S.

Selected publications

Threlfall, J.M., Auslander, W., Gerke, D., McGinnis, H., Myers-Tlapek, S. (2017). Mental health and school functioning of girls with histories of abuse and neglect: The mediating role of future orientation and school engagement.  School Mental Health, 9 (2), 194-204. doi: 10.1007/s12310-017-9207-6

Auslander, W., McGinnis, H., Myers Tlapek, S., Smith, P., Foster, A., & Dunn, J. (2017). Adaptation and implementation of a cognitive-behavioral intervention for trauma for girls in child welfare. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 87 (3), 206-215. doi: 10.1037/ort0000233.  (ePub 2016 Dec 15).

Fong, R., McRoy, R., McGinnis, H. (2016). Intercountry adoptions: Overview. In Fong, R. & McRoy, R., (Eds.). Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

McRoy, R., Griffin, A., McGinnis, H. (2016). Transracial adoptions: Overview and legal and policy issues. Transracial and Intercountry Adoptions. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Baden, A.L., Gibbons, J.L., Wilson, S.L, McGinnis, H. (2014). Pre- and post-adoption counselling needs in international adoption: Understanding the social ecology of triad members. In Ballard, R. L., Goodno, N. H., Cochran, Jr., R. F, & Milbrandt, J. A. (Eds.). The Intercountry Adoption Debate: Dialogues Across Disciplines. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Baden, A., Wilson, S., Gibbons, J., McGinnis, H. (2013). International adoption: Counseling the adoption triad.  Adoption Quarterly, 16 (3-4), 218-237.

McGinnis, H. (2012). All grown up:  Rise of the Korean adult adoptee movement and implications for practice. In Judith L. Gibbons and Karen Smith Rotabi (Eds). Intercountry Adoption: Policies, Practices and Outcomes. London: Ashgate.

Proctor, E. K., Powell, B. J., & McGinnis, H. (2011). Implementation Science and Practice. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Social Work. doi: 10.1093/obo/9780195389678-0012

McGinnis, H. (2006). From the ashes of war: Lessons from 50 years of Korean international adoption. In Rafael Art Javier, Amanda L. Baden, Frank A. Biafora, Alina Camacho-Gingerich (Eds.), Handbook of Adoption: Implications for Researchers, Practitioners, and Families. New York: Sage Publications.

McGinnis, H. (2006). Korea and adoption. In Kathy Sheperd Stolley and Vern L. Bullough (Eds.), The Praeger Handbook of Adoption. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

McGinnis, H. (2006). The search for identity in adoption: understanding the meaning of one’s life. In Jean MacLeod & Sheena Macrae (Ed.), Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections (pp. 452-457). Warren, NJ: EMK Press.

McGinnis, H. (2003, Spring). Adult Korean intercountry adoptees: A resource for adoption practice. Columbia University Journal of Student Social Work, 1 (1), 8-14.