Evelyn M. "Bernadette" McKinney, JD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Director, Medical Education

McKinney Evelyn Bernadette

Dr. McKinney's interest in health-related law and ethics began with overseeing projects in the River Blindness Foundation, an international organization devoted to treating onchocerciasis (river blindness) in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Following the foundation’s merger with the Carter Center in Atlanta, she decided to further her education in the area of health law. She earned a JD in 2001 from the University of Houston Law Center, and shortly thereafter, became a member of the Texas Bar. Dr. McKinney has published articles in the fields of public administration, law, and bioethics. In addition, she is the editor of the Texas Medical Jurisprudence Exam: A Self-Study Guide and former author/editor of the website for the Program on Legal and Ethical Issues in Correctional Health. Her current research interests involve translational research ethics education and the changing perceptions of privacy and confidentiality in personalized medicine and translational research. She teaches graduate courses focused on the intersection of law, medical ethics, and research ethics and medical courses focused on ethics and professionalism and presents at conferences and special events on biomedical topics of interest to various audiences.


BS, Psychology, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1984

MA, Public Administration, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, 1989

JD, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 2001

PhD, Medical Humanities, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas 2007


Areas of Interest

Translational research ethics

Translational research ethics and education



Institute for the Medical Humanities

Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health


Contact Information

Ewing Hall, Suite 3.102, 700 Harborside Drive, Galveston, Texas

Phone: 409-772-9386

Fax: 409-772-5640

Email: emmckinn@utmb.edu

Mailing address: 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77555-1311