Due to structural urbanism, rural areas often face a shortage of mental health and medical professionals, limited access to healthcare facilities, and long travel distances to receive care. Children and youth in rural, frontier and tribal communities have been particularly impacted by this limitation in access to equitable health care,…
Jennifer Rojas-McWhinney, PhD, CFLE
Managing Director, Department of Psychiatry, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Jennifer Rojas-McWhinney, PhD, CFLE, is a managing director within the Department of Psychiatry at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center where she oversees the school-based and primary care provider mental health programs focusing on clinical services and education for children and adolescents. The programs span across an 85-county catchment area covering West Texas, Panhandle Plains and extending slightly into the Big Bend, Hill Country and Prairies and Lakes regions.
Dr. Rojas-McWhinney earned her doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University and taught at the collegiate level for ten years before transitioning to administration. As a Certified Family Life Educator and Mental Health First Aid instructor, she has facilitated training with families, schools, community organizations, medical professionals and university personnel. She has a passion for educating families and communities and believes knowledge coupled with prevention is a powerful tool to address mental health needs.