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Kayley Davis McMahan, PhD

Hi there! My name is Kayley Davis McMahan (“Dr. Mac”) (she/her/hers). I am the the Interpersonal Wellness & Sexual Health Coordinator in the Center for Health Education & Wellness (CHEW). I also serve as an Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS).

I am from Knoxville, TN and am a longtime Vol, receiving my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2015), Master of Science in Child and Family Studies (2018), and Doctor of Philosophy in Child and Family Studies (2021) from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Dr. Kayley McMahan’s CV

Interpersonal Wellness & Sexual Health Coordinator

As the Interpersonal Wellness & Sexual Health Coordinator, I am responsible for coordinating sexual violence prevention and sexual and relational health promotion programming and education for the UTK student body. I am very new to my role (started October 2021) and am still learning, but I am very excited about this position and the work I do!


I am also a sexuality researcher. I study young adult sexual and relationship health and well-being. My research interests include sexually transmitted infection (STI) disclosure processes, motivations for and against sex, and sexual health program evaluation. I am currently in the process of revising my dissertation research for publication, along with my former PhD advisor and current collaborator, Dr. Spencer Olmstead, CFS Department. Dr. Olmstead & I continue to collaborate on research projects.


I have also taught several undergraduate and graduate courses in the CFS Department, including CFS 210: Human Development, CFS 240: Human Sexuality, & CFS 550: Theory in Family Studies. My favorite class to teach is Human Sexuality. I am currently an Adjunct Instructor for the CFS Department and actively teach CFS 240: Human Sexuality.


I currently serve as the faculty/staff advisor for the Women’s Coordinating Council, a student group at the University of Tennessee. I am also a member the Title IX Prevention Team and the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life (OSFL) Prevention Team and am a community partner of Safe Bar Tennessee. I also serve as the Assessment Champion for CHEW.


I live with my husband and three fur babies. I enjoy spending my free time doing various sustainable crafts, playing games on the Nintendo Switch, getting outdoors, going to the gym, reading, and spending quality time with my husband, family, and friends.