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Carol MacKinnon-Lewis, PhD

Carol MacKinnon-Lewis, PhD

Professor Emeritus

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Dr. Carol MacKinnon-Lewis is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Behavioral & Community Sciences, at the University of South Florida.  She was a member of the core faculty the CFS Master of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health, which prepares professionals to serve in public and non-profit organizations that serve children and adolescents experiencing behavioral health challenges and their families. In this role, she provides leadership for the MS degree concentration in Youth & Behavioral Health.

Dr. MacKinnon-Lewis received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Child Development from the University of Georgia, and has over 20 years of teaching and research experience.  She provides leadership in the Department in the development, implementation, dissemination and evaluation of education and training initiatives using innovative technology.

Areas of research and professional interest include adolescents’ family and peer interactions, social information processing, and youth aggression in the family and school.  She has conducted longitudinal research focusing on the transition to middle school in which she examined family, peer, and school factors that contribute to aggression and academic outcomes. 

More recently her research has included the use of technology as a vehicle for the dissemination and implementation of preventive interventions, training, and practices in the field. Funded by NSF, U.S. Department of Education, NIMH, NICHD, and the William T. Grant Foundation, Dr. MacKinnon-Lewis’ work has been published in a number of professional journals including Developmental Psychology, Child Development, Development and Psychopathology, Journal of Family Psychology, and Social Development.

Dr. MacKinnon-Lewis directs the Graduate Certificate in Children’s Mental Health, which is designed to provide a rigorous, empirically-based education to individuals in the behavioral health services field who wish to work with agencies and systems that serve children and families with mental health challenges.