After graduating from Cathedral College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, Dr. Kenney worked as a medical social worker at New York Medical College, Westchester Division. He completed his first advanced degree (M.S. in Education) in a combined school and developmental psychology program at St. John’s University. He worked for the next few years as a school psychologist while completing a master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Michigan.
For the next 15 years, Dr. Kenney worked in a variety of research, clinical, and management positions. In 1983, he began working for the University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry in its forensic evaluation services unit. He completed his doctorate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University. In 1987, Dr. Kenney founded La Familia, a comprehensive mental health and social services agency. While there, Dr. Kenney supervised a staff of over 60 mental health professionals. He and his staff were involved in over 1500 adoptions and provided child and family services that included out-patient treatment, eldercare, court-related matters, and treatment foster care. In 2003, Dr. Kenney returned to the private practice of psychology.
For over 20 years, Dr. Kenney was a science advisor to the National Institutes of Health. In this role, he reviewed grants for research and technology development in the areas of psychological testing, child welfare training, forensics, communications, and special education programming. For several years, he was the plaintiff’s mental health expert in the Duran Consent Decree that reformed New Mexico’s prison system. He continues to consult with schools, and he maintains a private practice that focuses on psychotherapy, attorney consultations, veterans’ issues, and civil and criminal matters including custody evaluations, parent coordination, amenability to treatment, and competency.
For many years, Dr. Kenney managed a small business that developed technological solutions for child welfare, communications, forensic, and public administration applications. He was the principal investigator or consultant on projects that delivered web-based training and educational programs in the health and mental health areas.