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Henrika McCoy

Assistant Professor
AB, Washington University in St. Louis - 1991
MSW, University of Pennsylvania - 1993
MJ, Loyola University Chicago - 2000
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis - 2008

Email: hmccoy@uic.edu
Phone: (312) 413-5027 
Room 4034, ETMSW

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Henrika McCoy

Professional Interests 

  • The intersection between mental health and juvenile delinquency  
  • African American adolescent males  
  • Health disparities   


  • Research Methods
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Social Work in a Multicultural Society

Current Research

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

Practice Experience

Seven years of experience providing direct services to children, adolescents, and families in need of mental health services; additional experience in social work training and administration.

Selected Recent Publications

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

McCoy, H. (2010). Using cognitive interviewing to explore causes for racial differences on the MAYSI-2. Crime and Delinquency. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0011128710388922

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. Reading Research Literacy Research and Instruction, 49(4), 299-314.

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

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.

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.

Affiliations, Associations & Consultations 


Council on Social Work Education

Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society

Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network

Illinois Association for Criminal Justice

Society for Social and Work Research

Illinois, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Illinois, School Social Worker Type 73

Editorial Reviews

  • American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
  • International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
  • Crime and Delinquency
  • Journal of African American Studies
  • Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
  • Journal of Offender Rehabilitation
  • Journal of Youth and Adolescence
  • School Social Work Journal

Grant Reviews

Center for Disease Control