Dr. Zina T. McGee, Endowed University Professor of Sociology, received the B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of New Orleans, and the Ph.D. in Sociology from Tulane University. She engages in community-based participatory research, and her areas of specialization include juvenile delinquency and adjustment outcomes, violent victimization among minority youth, and patterns of coping among abused women released from prison. She is the recipient of a faculty research grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), which examines patterns of coping, victimization and offending among minority youth and the recipient of a Hampton University faculty development award to investigate patterns of drug addiction among minority women in prison. Survey data have been collected on minority youth in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and women in prisons and jails in four states including Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and New York.