Faculty Directory

Maureen Emily Kenny

Professor Emerita


CDEP Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology


Kenny joined the Lynch School in 1988 and has served as a faculty member since that time, along with varied administrative roles, including Dean from 2013-2016. She serves as associate editor for the Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion and received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention from the American Psychological Association's Society for Counseling Psychology in 2009. She has engaged in numerous collaborations with secondary schools and community programs and has published more than 100 articles, books, and book chapters and delivered more than 100 professional presentations that focus on the promotion of psychological well-being and the academic and career development of youth.


  • Kenny, M. E., Medvide, M. B., Wu, X., Guterres, K. M. P., & Yang, Y. (2022). Extending the Psychology of Working Model for Latinx Youth: Incorportating Youth Voice. Journal of Career Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/10690727221138618
  • Kenny, M. E., Haase, R. F., Tsai, B. W., Medvide, M. B., & Davila, A. (2022). Applying the psychology of working theory for understanding adaptive career progress of youth. Journal of Career Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/10690727211067699
  • Kenny, M. E., Cinamon, R. G., Medvide, M. B., Ran, G., Davila, A., Dobkin, R., & Erby, W. (2022). Youth perceptions of their futures, society, and the work landscape: A psychology of working perspective. Journal of Career Development. https://doi.org/10.1177/08948453221125486
  • Gutowski. E., Blustein, D., Kenny, M. E., & Erby, W. (2021). The decline of decent work in the 21st Century: Implications for career development. In P. Robertson, P. McCash, & T. Hooley (Eds)., Oxford handbook of career development. DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190069704.013.3
  • Kenny, M. E., & Tsai, B.W. (2020). Person and System Focused Prevention in Preparing Youth to Navigate an Uncertain Work Future. Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion. https://doi.org/10.1177/2632077020965568 
  • Medvide, M. B., & Kenny, M. E. (2020). Hope in the lives of low-income students of color: A qualitative study of experiences in a work-based learning program. Journal of Career Development. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894845320937430 
  • Blustein, D. L., & Kenny, M. E. (2020). The Psychology of Working: A theory of change for personal and systemic intervention. In N. Hoffman & M. L. Collins (Eds.), Teaching students about the world of work: A challenge to post-secondary educators. (101-112). Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 
  • Blustein, D. L., Kenny, M. E., Duffy, R., & Autin, K. (2019). Psychology of Working in Practice: A theory of change for new era. The Career Development Quarterly, 67, 236 – 254. 
  • Kenny, M. E., Blustein, D. L., Liang, B., Klein, T., & Etchie, Q. (2019). Applying the Psychology of Working Theory for transformative career education. Journal of Career Development, 46, 623 – 636. 
  • Kenny, M. E., Liang, B., Blustein, D.L., Konowitz, L., Meerkins, T., White, A., Medvide, M. B., Gao, X., & Shuqom, A. (2019). Coping with uncertainty: Cultivating a sense of purpose among youth through innovations in work-based learning experiences. In K. Maree (Ed)., Innovating career counseling, theory, research, and practice: In search of promoting inclusion and sustainable development for all. (pp. 335 – 355). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 
  • Blustein, D. L., Kenny, M. E., Di Fabio, A., & Guichard, J., (2019). Expanding the impact of the Psychology of Working: Engaging psychology in the struggle for human rights and decent work. Journal of Career Assessment, 27, 3-28. doi.org/10.1177/1069072718774002
  • Kenny, M. E., Blustein, D. L., & Meerkins, T. (2018). Integrating relational perspectives in counseling. The Career Development Quarterly, 66, 135 – 138.