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Boston College School of Social Work



Prof. McCoy awarded Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant

Henrika McCoy
Henrika McCoy

Boston College Graduate School of Social Work has received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to study the negative trajectories of youth with mental health disorders in the juvenile justice system.

The twenty-five month, $75,000 grant was awarded through RWJF’s New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming. New Connections is designed to increase the diverse perspectives that inform RWJF programming while also introducing new scholars to the Foundation.

Henrika McCoy, M.S.W., M.J., PhD., assistant professor, will serve as the principal investigator of the study titled, “Identifying Strategies to Change the Negative Trajectory of Youth with Mental Health Disorders in the Juvenile Justice System.” Dr. McCoy will use historical data from the St. Louis City Detention Center, 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri, to identify strategies or approaches for changing the disproportionate and challenging health and social outcomes for African American and Latino adolescents.
The focus of Dr. McCoy’s research will contribute greatly to altering how juveniles engage in and experience major systems of care in our society. According to Dr. McCoy, “I feel honored to have received this funding from RWJF. The New Connections Program has provided me with the opportunity to conduct research that will change the lives of many disadvantaged and disenfranchised youth and strengthen how some of our important systems of care provide services.”

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