Tana McCoy is an Assistant Professor and Chair of the Criminal Justice Program at Roosevelt University.  Dr. McCoy obtained a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Arkansas and received her PhD in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in 2002.   She served as a Research Scientist with the Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center where her primary research areas included disproportionate minority contact (DMC) and juvenile justice program evaluation.  At the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, she cofounded the Juvenile Justice Center of Arkansas and served as the state DMC Coordinator.  Her research has focused on the impact of race, gender, and resources on sentencing practices for both juveniles and adults. Her teaching interests include juvenile justice, gender and crime, serial murder, drugs and crime, research methodology and statistics. Dr. McCoy is a former juvenile parole officer and investigated child abuse and neglect.