L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Amy Cook

Amy Cook

Associate professor, chair - Criminal Justice programs

Raleigh Building, Room 2009A Phone: (804) 828-7544 Email: cookak@vcu.edu


  • Juvenile justice and family court processes
  • Policing
  • Service 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 Cook is an assistant professor in the criminal justice program. Cook completed her Ph.D. at VCU in public policy and administration. Her research interests lie in the areas of juvenile justice and family court matters such as parental competencies, intimate partner violence, courtroom work group dynamics, and policing matters. To date, Cook’s research has primarily been centered around the notion of parental competencies of court-involved youth; that is, parents’ thoughts, feelings and behaviors and understanding how they relate to offending patterns of youth. Cook’s work is published in a variety of scholarly journals. Prior to teaching, Cook spent many years working for the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.

Research interests

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