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Nancy Kenney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Interests: Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Egg Donation, Motherhood,Role of Reproduction on Women's Lives, Social Attitudes, Experiences


Office Guthrie 224
Phone (206) 543-2563
Course(s) Psych/GWSS 357
Psych/GWSS 487
Website(s) Website


Do I accept and train new psychology graduate students in general?
Am I accepting new graduate students in the upcoming year?
I am POSSIBLY accepting graduate students in 2021-2022, please contact me directly with questions
Advising Areas:
Behavioral Neuroscience Social and Personality


My research interests lie in assessing the influence of motherhood and/or social pressures to mother on women's lives. I am particularly interested in the way in which assisted reproductive technologies affect women's experience of motherhood. My most recent work examines the impact of egg donation on society through evaluation of clients' motivations in selecting specific egg donors as well as the motivations and experiences of women who have chosen to donate eggs. Emphasis is placed on the ways in which experiences with this technology and the experience of motherhood are affected by the woman's race, ethnicity, and social class.

Selected Publications

  • Kenney, N. J., & McGowan, M. L. Egg donation compensation: Ethical and legal challenges. Medicolegal and Bioethics, 2014, in press.
  • Chang, S.-R., Kenney, N. J., & Chao, Y.-M. Y. Transformation in self-identity amongst Taiwanese women in late pregnancy: A qualitative study. International Journal of Nursing Studies, in press (2009).
  • McGowan, M. L., & Kenney, N. J. Egg donors’ knowledge of donation outcomes and attitudes towards disposition of their eggs. In preparation
  • Kenney, N. J. & McGowan, M. L. Looking Back: Egg donors’ retrospective evaluations of their motivations, expectations, and experiences during their first donation cycle. Fertility & Sterility, in press (published on line November 2008)
  • Chang, S.-R., Chao, Y.-M. & Kenney, N. J. I am a woman and I_m pregnant: Body image of women in Taiwan during the third trimester of pregnancy. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, 2006, 33, 147-153.

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