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Tracy McKinney

Clinical Assistant Professor    

Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2012
M.Ed., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2000
B.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1998


Discrete trial teaching
Bug-in-ear feedback
Behavior management
Applied behavior analysis


Tracy McKinney is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders. Her scholarly work focuses on individuals with autism and using bug-in-ear devices to provide immediate feedback to pre-service teachers.  She is interested in ensuring teaching methods are implemented with high rates of fidelity.

McKinney received her doctorate from the University of Central Florida, where she was a Project LEAD Scholar, Holmes Scholar and Toni Jennings Doctoral Scholar. Upon graduation, she held a two-year appointment as a post doctoral research associate at the University of Illinois-Chicago. While there, she was selected as the CDC’s Act Early Learn the Signs ambassador for Illinois. McKinney has published in Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disorders, and EdTechnology Ideas, and has presented her work at numerous international and national conferences.


Vasquez, E., Powell, S., Rodriguez, J., Hunt., J., McKinney, T., Straub, C., Walker, Z., and Vince-Garland, K. (2014). “Using E-Cove to increase the efficiency of pre-service teacher observations.” EdTechnology Ideas.

McKinney, T. and Vasquez, E. (accepted for publication 1/8/2013). ” There’s a bug in your ear!:  Using technology to increase the accuracy of DTT implementation.” Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Vasquez, E., Lopez, A., Straub, C., Powell, S., McKinney, T., Walker, Z., Gonzalez, T., Slocum, T. A., Mason, L., Okeeffe, B. V., and Bedesem, P. (2011). “Empirical research on ethnic minority students: 1995-2009.” Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 26(2), 84-93.