Nita McKinley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor ; Graduate Faculty

Specialty: Women's Studies, Gender Roles, Gender Development Across Lifespan

McKinley, Nita

Contact information

Dept: Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Room: CP 329
Phone: 253-692-4543
Schedule: Email for an appointment.


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1995.
  • B.A., Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin, 1974.


My area of specialization is gender and gender role development across the lifespan. I have been particularly interested in women's body experience within U.S. culture, as well as how race, social class, and gender shape human development.


I study how systems of power, including power based on gender and race and ethnicity, as well as power based on appearance, shape women's and men's body experience.


  • Lifespan Development
  • Race, Class, Gender & Development
  • Psychology of Women
  • Body Image and the Psychology of Physical Appearance

Selected Publications

  • McKinley, N. M. (2006). The developmental and cultural contexts of objectified body consciousness: A longitudinal analysis of two cohorts of women. Developmental Psychology, 54, 159-173.
  • McKinley, N. M. (2006). Longitudinal gender differences in objectified body consciousness and weight control: Cultural and developmental contexts in the transition from college. Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, 54, 159-173.
  • McKinley, N. M., & Hyde, J. S. (1996). The objectified body consciousness scale: Development and validation. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 20, 181-215.

Professional Service

  • Vice Chair of Faculty Assembly