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Henrika McCoy, PhD

Associate Professor

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


Building & Room:

4034 ETMSW

Office Phone:

(312) 413-5027


Practice Experience:

1993 Family Worker, McKinley Intervention Services, Ada S. McKinley Community Services

1993-1995 Clinical Therapist/Juvenile Sex Offender Therapist, St. Joseph’s Carondelet Child Center

1995-1996 Individual-Family Therapist, Midwest Family Resource Associates, Ltd

1995-1997 Substance Abuse Counselor, Essence House, BRASS Foundation, Inc.

1995-1997 Social Worker II, Child & Adolescent Program, Metropolitan Family Services-Southwest

1997-1999 Clinical Social Worker, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Children’s Memorial Hospital

1998-1999 Social Work Training Director, Dept. of Child & Adolescent Psych, Children’s Memorial Hospital

1999-2000 Field Teacher, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago

Professional Interests:

African American males
Mental health disorders
Children, adolescents, emerging adults
Cross-system youth

Teaching Experience:

SocW 411 Critical Social Work in a Multicultural Society
SocW 460 Research I: Social Work Research
SocW 509 Models of Social Work Scholarship and Knowledge Development I

Selected Publications

McCoy, H. (2021). Book Review: Vanguard: How Black women broke barriers, won the vote, and insisted on equality for all, by M. S. Jones. Affilia.

Villodas, M., Nebbitt, V., Lombe, M., Yu, M., Foell, A., McCoy, H., & Enelamah, N. (2021). Assessing the neighborhood cohesion index among African American adolescents living in public housing: An exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

McCoy, H. (2021). What Do You Call a Black Woman With a PhD? A N*****: How Race Trumps Education No Matter What. Race and Justice.

McCoy, H. (2020). Black Lives Matter, and Yes, You are Racist: The Parallelism of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 37, 463–475.

McCoy, H., & Pearson, E. (2019). Racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Social Work. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199975839.013.1288

Scott, L. D., Jr., & McCoy, H. (2016). Correlates of somatic symptoms among African American males transitioning from a public system of care. American Journal of Men’s Health. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/1557988316630304

McCoy, H., Leverso, J., & Bowen, E. A. (2016). What the MAYSI-2 can tell us about anger/irritability and trauma. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 60(5), 555-574. doi: 10.1177/0306624X14555855

Tapia, M., McCoy, H., & Tucker, L. (2015). Suicidal ideation in juvenile arrestees: Exploring legal and temporal factors. Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1541204015579522

Scott, Jr. L. D. & McCoy, H. (2015). Negative social contextual stressors and somatic symptoms among young Black males: An exploratory study. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 25(8), 885-896. doi: 10.1080/10911359.2015.1039155

McCoy, H., & Bowen, E. A. (2015). Hope in the social environment: Factors affecting future aspirations and school self-efficacy for youth in urban environments. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 32(2), 131-141. doi: 10.1007/s10560-014-0343-7

McCoy, H., & Bowen, E. A. (2015). Disproportionality and disparities in the juvenile justice system and the courts. In R. Fong, A. Dettlaff, J. James, & C. Rodriguez (Eds.) Eliminating racial disproportionality and disparities: Multi systems culturally competent approaches (pp. 208-237). New York: Columbia University.

McCoy, H., Vaughn, M. G., Maynard, B. R., & Salas-Wright, C. P. (2014). Caution or warning? A validity study of the MAYSI-2 with juvenile offenders. Behavioral Sciences and the Law, 32(4), 508-526. doi 10.1002/bsl.2128

McCoy, H. (2014). Using cognitive interviewing to explore causes for racial differences on the MAYSI-2. Crime and Delinquency, 60(5), 647-666. doi: 10.1177/0011128710388922

Nebbitt, V. E., Williams, J. H., Lombe, M., McCoy, H., & Stephens, J. (2014). Descriptive analysis of individual and community factors among African American youth in urban public housing. Social Work, 59(3), 231-241. doi: 10.1993/sw/swu024

McCoy, H., Mersky, J., Leverso, J., & Bowen, E. A. (2014). Risk assessment with juvenile offenders. In A. R. Roberts, D. Springer & W. Church (Eds.) Juvenile justice sourcebook: Past, present, and future (2nd. ed., pp. 387-411). New York: Oxford University.

McCoy, H. (2011). A path analysis of factors influencing racial differences on the MAYSI-2. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 50(3), 119-141. doi 10.1080/10509674.2011.560549

Scott, L. D., Jr., McCoy, H., Munson, M. R., Snowden, L. R., & McMillen, J. C. (2011). Cultural mistrust of mental health professionals among Black males transitioning from foster care. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 20, 605-613. doi 10.1007/s10826-010-9434-z

Gattis, M. N., Morrow-Howell, N., McCrary, S., Lee, M. Y., Jonson-Reid, M., McCoy, H., et al. (2010). Examining the effects of New York Experience Corps® Program on young readers.Literacy Research and Instruction, 49(4), 299-314. doi: 10.1080/19388070903117948

McCoy, H., McMillen, J. C., & Spitznagel, E. L. (2008). Older youth leaving the foster care system: Who, what, when, where, and why? Children and Youth Services Review, 30(7), 735-745. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2007.12.003

Duncan, G., & McCoy, H. (2007). Black adolescent identity and respectability. The Negro Educational Review, 58(1-2), 35-48.

McCoy, H., & McKay, C. (2006). Preparing social workers to identify and integrate culturally affirming bibliotherapy into treatment. Social Work Education, 25(7), 680-693. doi: 10.1080/02615470600905895

Editorial Reviews

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
American Journal of Public Health
Asian Journal of Criminology
Child Development
Children and Youth Services Review
Crime and Delinquency
Criminal Justice Policy Review
International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Journal of Adolescent Health
Journal of African American Studies
Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Journal of Family Issues
Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
Journal of Youth and Adolescence
School Social Work Journal


AB, Washington University
MSW, University of Pennsylvania
MJ, Loyola University Chicago
PhD, Washington University

Professional Memberships

Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society
Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network
Illinois Association for Criminal Justice
Illinois, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network

Research Currently in Progress

Principal Investigator – SURVIVE: Suburban, Urban, Rural Violence: Investigating Victim Experiences (National Institute of Justice)

Principal Investigator – 3/40: Project Blueprint (Administration on Children, Youth, and Families)

Principal Investigator – A Strategy for Promoting the Mental Health of and Decreasing the Negative Trajectories for Juvenile Offenders (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)