Newswise — Father's Day is June 19. It's a special Sunday when the focus is on the bond between father and child.

Henrika McCoy, an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is studying ways to help fathers, who have a criminal justice and mental health history, to have effective relationships with their children (sons and daughters) -- whether the dad is physically present in the home or not. McCoy studies the intersection between mental health and juvenile delinquency, African American adolescent males and health disparities.

Expert: Henrika McCoy, Assistant Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, email:

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