L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Amy Cook

Amy Cook

Acting Assistant Dean of Student Services and Associate Professor

Raleigh Building Rm. 2009-D Phone: (804) 828-7544 Email: cookak@vcu.edu


  • Substance use among criminal justice populations
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Experiential learning opportunities for students 


B.S., Criminal Justice, Virginia Commonwealth University
M.A., Liberal Arts, University of Richmond
Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, VCU


Senior Seminar, Introduction to CJ, Research Methods, Criminological Theory, Service Learning


Amy K. Cook is an associate professor of criminal justice at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Her current research examines correlates of substance abuse, including overdose and crime, particularly as it relates to opioid use.  Amy works closely with local police departments and jails to address substance abuse and related issues. Prior to academia, Amy spent over 14 years as a probation officer with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice where she worked with delinquent youth, families, and victims of intimate partner violence. Amy was also a member of the Fatality Review Team, which reviewed intimate partner and family related homicides.

Research interests

Juvenile justice and family court processes; policing; service learning opportunities for students.