Skip to content Skip to main navigation Report an accessibility issue

Wendy McLean Cooke

PhD Student


Wendy is from Redlight District, St. Andrew, Jamaica. She holds an MSW, a B.A. in Literatures in English, a postgraduate diploma in English Education and a diploma in Social Work from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Her advisor is Dr. Delores Smith. Wendy's research focuses on fathering in different family contexts, particularly on how fathers in Caribbean families and step-families are situated in terms of their roles and responsibilities as well as the meaning they ascribe to their fathering experiences.


Caribbean Child Support Initiative (CCSI) Learning Community Research Grant, Project: ‘A Natral Ting Dat’: Primary caregivers’ Perspectives on Sexuality and the Young Child 09/2009 – 12/2011

  • Principal Investigator
  • Prepared research ethics board applications and interim reports
  • Recruited and instructed, and coordinated activities of other project staff
    coordinated the collection and analysis of research data wrote final research report


Fall 2018 – PresentUniversity of Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee

  • PhD Candidate, Department of Child and Family Studies, College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

09/2004 – 07/2008 University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Jamaica

  • Master of Social Work with Distinction
  • Research Paper: “Complicated” Issues and “Mixed Feelings” Associated with Parental Migration: A Collective Case Study of Three Jamaican Adolescents
  • Supervisor: Judith V. Stanigar, Licenced Clinical Social Worker

09/2002 – 02/2004 University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Jamaica

  • Diploma, Social Work (Special) with Honours 09/2002 – 02/2004

09/1994 – 07/1995 University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Jamaica

  • Postgraduate Diploma, Language Education - English 09/1994 – 07/1995
    Research Paper: “Employing Students’ ‘Experience’ in Getting Them to Respond to Thematic Questions in CXC, English B Examinations”
  • Supervisor: Professor Beverley Bryan, Department of Educational Studies, School of Education

09/1991 - 11/1994 University of the West Indies Mona Campus, Jamaica

  • Bachelor of Arts with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) 

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Service

Professional Experience:

Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Fall 2018-Present

Undergraduate Coordinator, Social Work Programme, UWI 2011 – 2017

  • Processed applications, coordinated interviewing and selection of new cohort for BSc Social Work programme
  • Planned and executed undergraduate orientation for new and returning students
  • Planned and facilitated meetings of undergraduate lecturers; assigned teaching loads and administrative responsibilities for undergrad lecturers
  • Coordinated timetabling matters for the undergraduate programme; vetted course outlines for appropriate teaching objectives and assessments
  • Handled student queries related to registration and transcript anomalies and processed records of finalizing students and attend examiners’ meetings

University Examiner, UWI, 09/2008 – 07/2018

  • Review examinations for appropriate standards
  • Report to the Campus Registrar on each course examined

Chair, Masters of Social Work Revision Sub-committee, UWI, 01/2017 – 07/2018

  • Plan and facilitate weekly meetings of the sub-committee
  • Guide discussions around context and framework for, as well as course selection for new programme
  • Maintain committee’s focus on goals and deliverables and assign tasks to committee members

Teaching Experience:

University of the West Indies 2003 - 2018

  • Theory Development for Advanced Social Work Practice 2015 - 2018
  • Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice 2015 - 2017
  • Social Work Assessment and Treatment: Children and Adolescents 2014 - 2016
  • Social Work in Schools – course developer 2015 - 2018
  • Human Behaviour in the Social Environment I 2014 - 2016
  • Social Work Practicum I: A supervised in-house foundational course 2010 - 2012
  • Casework: Counselling, Treatment and Rehabilitation 2007 - 2012
  • Introduction to Social Work II 2008 -2012
  • Applied Social Group Work 2011
  • Advanced Qualitative Research 2009
  • Field Integrative Seminars Level II Social Work Practicum 2008
  • Technical Writing 2008
  • Human Behaviour: The Person-in-Environment Perspective 2006 - 2007
  • English for Academic Purposes 2003 – 2007

Cornwall College, Ministry of Education, Montego Bay St. James

  • Teacher of English Language and Literature 1995 - 2001

Activities and Professional Organizations:

  • Member of the Graduate Student Organization 08/2018 -Present
  • Council of Voluntary Social Services – Planning and Research Committee 04/2017 - 07/2018
  • Alzheimer’s Jamaica, Coordinator – Support Groups 09/2015 - 07/2018
  • Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators 07/2009 - 07/2018
  • Member, The Faculty of Social Sciences
    • Sub-Committee on Enhancing Student Learning, 09/2007 - 07/2018
  • Advisor for Level II B. Sc. Social Work Students 09/2007 - 07/2018
    • Department of Sociology, Psychology and Social Work
    • Developed generic rubric for new GPA system 09/2015 – 12/2016
    • Conducted GPA sensitization sessions 09/2015 – 12/2016
  • NCTVET-HEART Trust/NTA committee to develop
    competency standards for social workers 12/2011 – 03/2012
  • Co-ordinator, Liaison & Examiner Tertiary Level Institution’s –
    • Certificate in Social Service and B. Sc. Level I, 01/2007 – 06/2012
  • Facilitator, First Year Experience Programme 01/2009 – 04/2009
    Course co-developer, Knowledge Acquisition: Study & Research Skills and Thinking, The Western Jamaica Campus, FSS, Mona 04/2009 – 08/2009
  • Strategic Planning Committee for the Association of Qualitative
    Researchers in the Caribbean 09/2006 – 06/2008

Awards and Recognitions

2019 Hazel Taylor Spitze Graduate Fellowship, University of Tennessee, Knoxville 
2019 Access and Diversity Award, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
2018 Fulbright Faculty Development LASPAU-administered scholarship for PhD studies
09/2010 – 02/ 2011 Canada CARICOM Faculty Leadership Scholarship
York University, Toronto, Canada

2004 Hermione McKenzie Prize in Social Policy

  • Best Performance in the Development of Social Policy Course, UWI

1997 - 1998 Mona University of the West Indies Open Scholarship for Postgraduate Research

1994 Award for Contribution to Culture, UWI, Mona


Manuscripts in Preparation:
Lipps, G., & Wendy McLean Cooke, (Guest Issue Editors). University teaching and
learning in the Caribbean context. Social and Economic Studies. Manuscript in preparation

McLean Cooke, Wendy, Stolz, H. E., & Renegar, R. (2019, November). Retrospective reports of paternal support and low-income fathers’ engagement behaviors with infants. Manuscript in preparation.

Refereed Publications:
Smith, D. E., McLean Cooke, Wendy, & Morrison, S. S. (2019) A discussion on sexual violence against girls and women in Jamaica, Journal of Sexual Aggression, Taylor & Francis Online, DOI: 10.1080/13552600.2019.1643505

Latibeaudiere, S., Ferguson D. & McLean Cooke, Wendy, (06/2017). The complexity of dementia care: A collective case study of three caregivers in Jamaica. Caribbean Journal of Social Work Vol.(12/13), pp. 257-277, ISSN 0799-1215

McLean Cooke, Wendy., Donalds, S. & Baker, P. (06/2017). “A Natral Ting Dat?” –Parental Perspectives on Sexuality and the Young Child. Caribbean Journal of Social Work. Vol. (12/13), pp. 84-103, ISSN 0799-1215

McLean Cooke, Wendy & Groome, C. (06/2013). Rewriting the Script: Drama and HERstory with the Women of Sistren. Caribbean Journal of Social Work, Special Issue, Vol. 10, pp. 97-124, ISSN 0799-1215

Allen, L., Donalds, S., Hinds, K., McLean Cooke, Wendy. (12/2010). Preparing to practice: An experiential laboratory approach for beginning social work students. Caribbean Journal of Social Work, Vol. (8/9), ISSN 0799-1215; ISBN 978-976-637-537-9

Non-Refereed Publication:
Dixon Hamil, K. & McLean Cooke, Wendy, (2009). Team teaching/teaching to know. In JFHAA Active and Interactive Teaching and Learning Guide Jamaica Fulbright-Humphrey Alumni Association (JFHAA) in association with the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, and the Instructional Development Unit (IDU), University of the West Indies, Mona.

Conferences and Presentations:

Dr Peter Weller & Wendy McLean Cooke (2015). Men must feel comfortable to tell the truth. Pre-conference workshop on Working with men. Presented at the Association of Caribbean Social Work Educators 12th Biennial Conference, St. Georges University, Grenada, July 6 - 10, 2015.

McLean Cooke, Wendy, & Burns, S. (2015). Mending Fences: Eroding Borders and Boundaries in Social Work Education. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Caribbean Studies Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, May 25-29, 2015.

McLean Cooke, Wendy & Groome, C. (2013). Rewriting the Script: Drama and HERstory with the Women of Sistren. Dramatic presentation done at the 11th Biennial Conference of the Association of the Caribbean Social Work Educators.

McLean Cooke, Wendy, & Donalds, S. (2012). Primary Caregiver Perspectives on early childhood sexuality in Jamaica. Paper presented at the Social Work Social Development 2012: Action and Impact Conference held in Stockholm, Sweden, July, 8-12, 2012. 22pp

Dixon Hamil, K., McLean, Wendy & Hinds, K. (2010). Caribbean Social Work Professionals and the LGBTQ Community: An Examination of Attitudes and Behaviours. Paper presented at the 8th Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, June 17 – 21, 2010.

McLean, Wendy, Hinds, K. & Dixon Hamil, K. (2010).Confronting the LGBTQ Minority: An Exploration of the Issues and Challenges for Social Work Education and Practice. Paper presented at the 2010 Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: The Agenda, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong, China, June 10– 14, 2010.

McLean, Wendy. (2009) Broken Communication? A Case Study of the Impact of Parental Migration on Three Jamaican Female Adolescents. Paper presented at the Qualitative Research for Caribbean Development Conference, Mona Visitors Lodge, Kingston, Jamaica, October 29 – 31, 2009.

Allen, L., Donalds, S., Hinds, K., McLean, Wendy, (2009). A Model for Transforming First-Year Social Work Students into Lifelong Learners: Experiences from the In-house Practicum Training at the University of the West Indies, Mona. Paper presented at the 9th Biennial Conference of Association of Caribbean and International Social Work Educators (ACSWE). Le Meridien Pegasus, Georgetown, Guyana. July 20-24, 2009. 22pp.

Allen, L., Hinds, K., McLean, Wendy, Stanigar, J., & Thompson-Ebanks, V., (2009).
Confrontations with the Issue of Sexual Orientation among Caribbean Social Work Professionals. Roundtable. 34th Annual Conference of the Caribbean Studies Association, Jamaica Hilton Hotel, Kingston, Jamaica, May 1 – 5, 2009.

McLean, Wendy. (2008). “Complicated” Issues and “Mixed Feelings:” A Collective Case Study of Three Jamaican Female Adolescents whose parents Migrated. Paper presented at the 34th Biannual Congress of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, International Convention Centre, Durban, South Africa July 21-24, 2008. 21pp.

Contact Information