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Psychology Faculty - Susan M. Henney

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Susan Henney

Professor of Psychology

Office: N1059
(713) 221-8163

​Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Relationships, The University of Texas, 2000; M.A. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology, Southern Methodist University, 1994.

​PSY 3305: Adolescent Psychology
PSY 3320: Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 3322: Abnormal Psychology
PSY 4306: Theories of Personality
PSY 4380: Field Exp. in Psychology
PSY 4395: Special Projects in Psychology

Summary of Qualifications:

Dr. Henney holds a M.A. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology (including clinical practicum rotations) from Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Relationships from the University of Texas at Austin.  She also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the UT School of Social Work.  Dr. Henney has been a Policy Intern at the Child Welfare League of America in Washington, D.C., a caseworker for Child Protective Services, and a trainer for the Texas Protective Services Training Institute.  Dr. Henney is the 2012 winner of the UH-Downtown Excellence in Teaching award. Dr. Henney’s research focuses on adoption (with particular concentration on the experiences of birthmothers), volunteerism, and parenting (with particular emphasis on public parenting behaviors).  Dr. Henney has partnered with College of Business researchers to investigate US Monetary policy and, additionally, work-family balance. Dr. Henney’s educational and clinical experiences qualify her to teach in the clinical psychology area (PSY 3322: Abnormal Psychology and PSY 4306: Theories of Personality) and in the developmental psychology area (PSY 3305: Adolescent Psychology).  Her research experiences, both professionally and with students (she has supervised over 120 student research projects), qualifies her to teach Research Methods (PSY 3320).  Dr. Henney’s extensive professional and educational experience in the social services, including casework, training, and policy analysis, qualify her to teach the Internship class (PSY 4380: Field Experience in Psychology).

Teaching Experience:

2005-present, University of Houston-Downtown, Assistant and Associate Professor of Psychology

2004-2005, Worcester State College, Assistant Professor, Developmental Psychology

Academic Scholarship/Research/Creative Endeavors:

French, C. A., Henney, S. M., Ayers-Lopez, S., McRoy, R. G., & Grotevant, H. (2014).  Birth mothers’ perspectives on their relationship with the birth father 12-20 years after adoption.  Journal of Family Issues, 35(5), 579-600.

Henney, S. M., French, C. A., Ayers-Lopez, S., McRoy, R. G., & Grotevant, H. D. (2011). Postplacement relationships between birth mothers and their romantic partners. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(4), 620-624.

Ayers-Lopez, S., Henney, S. M., McRoy, R., Hanna, M., & Grotevant, H. (2008).  Openness in adoption and the impact on birthmother plans for search and reunion.  Families in Society, 89(4), 1-11.

Research Interest: Adoption and foster care, Volunteerism, Parenting.

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