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Cassandra McKay

Associate Professor 

BA, University of Iowa
MSSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison
PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

Email: cmckay@uic.edu
Phone: (312) 355-2280 
Room: 4204, ETMSW

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Cassandra McKay

Professional Interests 

  • Social Construction of Race
  • Critical Service learning
  • Youth Activism

Current Research

  • Principal Investigator "Positive youth development and social work education"
  • Principal Investigator "Empowering youth to creatively address youth violence in Chicago school settings"
  • Principal Investigator "Training Institute for School Social Work Professionals"


  • School Social Work Practice
  • Family Practice in Urban Communities

Practice Experience

Ten year's experience providing:

  • Therapeutic services to youth and families in an outpatient, and school settings;
  • Supervising staff of mental health professionals;
  • Managing a statewide training department for a child welfare agency.

Selected Recent Publications

McKay, C.(under review). Positive youth development and school capacity building. School Social Work Journal

McKay, C. (in press). The resilient community: Implications for out of school programming. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

McKay, C. & Johnson, A. (2010). Service learning: an example of multilevel school social work practice. School Social Work Journal. 35 (1), 21-36.

McKay, C.(2010). Critical service learning: A school social work intervention. Children and Schools. 32, 5-13

McKay, C. (2010). Community education and critical race praxis: The power of voice. Journal of Educational Foundations. 24, 25-38.

McKay, C.(2008). A new consciousness toward leadership. Educational Gerontology, 34, 670-690.

Affiliations, Associations & Consultations 

  • National Association of Black Social Workers
  • American Educational Research Association
  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • School Social Work Association of America
  • Illinois Association of School Social Workers
  • National Association of Social Workers