Jocelyn Shealy McGee
PhD, Clinical Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasedena, California
MSG, Baylor University
BA in Psychology, Baylor University
Full Curriculum Vitae
National Certification as a Health Service Provider in Psychology
- Contemplative Science
- Culture and Diversity
- Positive Aging
- Human Flourishing
- Spiritual Diversity
McGee, J. S., Myers, D. R., Meraz, R. L., & Davie, M. (2021). Caring for a family member with early stage Alzheimer's disease: Caregiver perceptions, connections, and relational dynamics with the sacred. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging. https://doi.org/10.1080/15528030.2021.1934771
McGee, J. S., Meraz, R., Myers, D. R. & Davie, M. R. (2020). Telehealth services for persons with chronic lower respiratory disease and their informal caregivers in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Practice Innovations, 5(2), 165-177. https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/pri0000122
Meraz, R. L., Osteen, K., & McGee, J. S. (2019). Applying multiple methods of systematic evaluation in narrative analysis for greater validity and deeper meaning. International Journal of Qualitative Methods. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1609406919892472
McGee, J. S., Myers, D. R., & Groce, H. (2019). Community services, progression rate, and nursing home placement in persons with Alzheimer’s disease, American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 7(1), 12-18. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ajpn.20190701.13
McGee, J. S., Carlson Zhao, H., Myers, D. R. & Seela Eaton, H. (2018). Spiritual Diversity and Living with Early-Stage Dementia:Cultural Aspects of Dementia [Special Issue], Clinical Gerontologist 41(3), 261-267, https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2017.1393478
McGee, J. S., Carlson, H., Myers, D., & Kim (2017). Positive psychological assessment and early-stage dementia, Clinical Gerontologist, 40, 4 307-319. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2017.1305032
McGee, J.S., Pargament, K.I., & Silverbook, A. (2016). Spirituality, the sacred domain: Core concepts and applications for working with older adults. In D. Keopke (Ed). The Essential Spirit. Pickwick, Eugene, OR.
McGee, J. S. & Meyers, D. (2014). Sacred relationships, strengthened by community, can help people with mild or early-stage Alzheimer's disease, Generations (Journal of the American Society of Aging), 38, 61-67.
Pargament, K. I., Lomax, J. W., McGee, J. M, & Fang, Q. (2014). Sacred moments in psychotherapy from the perspective of mental health providers and clients: Prevalence, predictors, and consequences. Spirituality in Clinical Practice (Journal of the American Psychological Association), 1, 4, 248-262.
Pargament, K.I., Lomax, J.W., McGee, J.M, & Fang, Q. (2014). With one foot in the water and one on the shore. Spirituality in Clinical Practice (Journal of the American Psychological Association), 1, 4, 266-268.
Karlin, B.E., Visnic, S., McGee, J.S, & Teri, L. (2013). Results from the multisite implementation of STAR-VA: A multi-component psychosocial intervention for managing challenging dementia-related behavior in veterans. Psychological Services (Journal of the American Psychological Association). Doi: 10.1037/a0033683
McGee, J.S., Myers, D., Carlson, H., Barclay, P., & Funai, A. (2013) Spirituality, faith, and early stage Alzheimer's disease. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 24, 221-257.
McGee, J.S. & Bratkovich, K.L. (2011). Assessment and cognitive-behaviorally oriented interventions for older adults with dementia. In K.H. Sorocco and S. Lauderdale (Eds.), Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Older Adults: Innovations Across Settings. Springer Publishing Company: New York: NY.
Thompson, L.W., McGee, J.S., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2005). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. In Benjamin J. Sadock and Virginia A. Sadock (Eds.), Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry (8th Edition). Lippincott, Williams, and Wilkins: Baltimore, MD.
Thompson, L.W., Spira, A.P., Depp, C.A., McGee, J.S., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2005). The Geriatric Caregiver. In Marc E. Agronin & Gabe J. Maletta (Eds.), Principles and Practice of Geriatric Psychiatry. Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins: Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Jocelyn Shealy McGee is an interdisciplinary scholar, researcher and social work educator who serves as an assistant professor at the Baylor University Garland School of Social Work. She is a double Baylor alum with a B.A. in psychology and an M.S. in gerontology. Additionally, she holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fuller (APA accredited) with an M.A. in Christian Leadership. Her postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology was completed at Baylor College of Medicine/The Institute for Research and Rehabilitation (APPCN Accredited). A second postdoctoral fellowship in gerontology research was completed at the Aging Treatment Studies Program at the Stanford University School of Medicine/VA Palo Alto Healthcare System.
Dr. McGee has published and presented widely in the field of Gerontology on topics such as spirituality and health, caregiving, living with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, the use of virtual reality and other technologies to assist older persons, positive aging, aging well in indigenous communities, and international aging and resilience. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section and is the past Co-Chair of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Interest Group.
Dr. McGee has acquired several areas of research methodology expertise that inform her research program:
- Behavioral intervention development (see National Institute on Aging (NIA) webpage to learn more about the NIH Stage Model of Behavioral Intervention Development https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dbsr/nih-stage-model-behavioral-intervention-development
- Community based participatory research (CBPR)
- Indigenous research methodologies
Dr. McGee has contributed to the development, implementation, and evaluation of several behavioral interventions over the course of her research career such as Resources for Enhancing Caregiver Health (REACH) II which is an psychoeducational intervention for caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias; STAR VA which is an intervention that aims to reduce anxiety and agitation among residents with dementia in long-term care settings (and has been implemented across the VA system); and En-Rich (Enhancing Rural Interventions for Caregiver Health) which is a cognitive-behaviorally oriented telepsychology intervention for persons with complex chronic health conditions and their families.
Currently, Dr. McGee’s research team has a study aimed at better understanding the role of spirituality, positive psychology, health, & well-being in people with early-stage dementia and their family members with close to 200 participants. Additionally, her research team is working with collaborators from the University of Minnesota Duluth and the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska who are culturally adapting the Saavy Caregiver educational program for use with Alaska Native families and First Nation families in Minnesota.
Courses Dr. McGee has developed and teaches at Baylor are:
- Aging and Mental Health
- Human Behavior and the Social Environment 1
- Introduction to Gerontology
- International Social Research
- Social Work Research
Dr. McGee was the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Spirit of Hope Award for her humanitarian work and research in Malawi, Africa and Haiti by Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe (Times Most Influential People of 2014) and Pros for Africa. Recently, she was consulted by her colleagues in Haiti to develop the first telepsychology program in Haiti in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She loves to spend time with her family and friends in her free time and enjoys activities such as hiking, dancing, vegan cooking and traveling.