Kendell Coker

Kendell Coker

Affiliate Faculty
  • Affiliate Faculty
    Forensic Psychology

  • The Chicago School Chicago
Forensic Psychology
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
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Kendell received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. He completed his psychology internship at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. Kendell completed his clinical postdoctoral training through Northwestern University at the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic where he conducted sentencing evaluations on youth involved with the Department of Probation. He received his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he graduated with cum laude honors and was an entering Health Law scholarship recipient and also served as the Editor-in-Chief for the law school's Health Law and Policy Review, Annals of Health Law. Kendell served as a council member on the Juvenile Defense Resource Institute at Northwestern University School of Law, which was a project designed to strategize ways to reduce recidivism and improve legal representation of juveniles involved in the criminal justice system. Kendell also completed a NIDA T-32 postdoctoral fellow at Yale University Department of Psychiatry's Forensic Drug Diversion Program (FORDD). Kendell's professional and research interests include juvenile delinquency and race/ethnicity, substance use, psychology and law, inner city violence and aggression, mental health law, diversity in clinical and forensic settings, and health care and barriers to health care access.

  • B.A., Macalester College, 1999
  • M.S., Nova Southeastern University, 2004
  • Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University, 2007
  • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2012, cum laude
  • Illinois Licensed Psychologist
  • Connecticut Licensed Psychologist
Areas Of Expertise

Select Publications

  • Wiedeman, A. M., Black, J. A., Dolle, A. L., Finney, E. J., & Coker, K. L. (in press). Factors Influencing the Impact of Aggressive and Violent Media on Children and Adolescents. Aggression and Violent Behavior.

    Russell, A. A., Johnson, C. L., Hammad, A., Ristau, K. I., Zawadzki, S., Alba Villar, L. D., & Coker, K. L. (in press). Prenatal and neighborhood correlates of oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

    Sylwestrzak, A., Overholt, C. E., Ristau, K. I., & Coker, K. L. (2014). Self-Reported Barriers to Treatment Engagement: Adolescent Perspectives from the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement (NCS-A). Community Mental Health Journal. DOI: 10.1007/s10597-014-9776-x.

  • Coker, K.L., Smith, P.H., Westphal, A., Zonana, H.V., & McKee, S.A. (2014). Crime and Psychiatric Disorders Among Youth in the U.S. Population: An Analysis of the National Comorbidity Survey-Adolescent Supplement. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53(8), 888-898.e2.  

  • Rubio, J. S., Krieger, M. A., Finney, E. J., & Coker, K. L. (2014).  A Review of the Relationship between Sociocultural Factors and Juvenile Psychopathy. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19(1), 23-31.

  • Coker, K. L. & Rosenheck, R. (2014). Race and Incarceration in an Aging Cohort of Vietnam Veterans in Treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Psychiatric Quarterly, 85(1), 79-89.

  • Coker, K. L., Wernsman, J. R., Ikpe, U. N., Brooks, J. S., Bushell, L., & Kahn, B. (2014). Using the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Version 2 (MAYSI-2) on a Community Sample of African American and Latino/a Juvenile Offenders to Identify Mental Health and Substance Abuse Treatment Needs. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 41(4), 492-511.

  • Coker, K.L., Ikpe, U., Brooks, J., Page, B., & Sobell, M. (2014).  Social Problem Solving Skills Mediates the Relationship between Traumatic Stress and Moral Disengagement among Inner-City African American High School Students. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 7(2), 87-95.

  • Coker, K. L. & Baranoski, M. V. (2013). Difficulties in Determining Competency and Appropriate Sentences for Defendants with Intellectual Impairments. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, 41(1), 129-132.

  • Coker, K. L. & Brooks, J. (2012). Effectiveness of Community Corrections. In Encyclopedia of Community Corrections. (pp.129-135). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.

  • Coker, K. L. (2011). The Application of the Fourth Amendment in the School Context May Create a Safe Learning Environment for Some but Creates the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Others: The Challenges of Inner City School Violence, Loyola University Chicago ChildLaw and Education Institute Forum, Volume 2011.

  • Ikpe, U. & Coker, K. L. (2010). Encouraging the Use of Community Involvement and Restorative Practices as Treatment for Trauma with Black Juvenile Offenders, Loyola Public Interest Law Report, 15(3), 220-233.

Professional Memberships

  • Member of American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Member of APA Division 41 (AP-LS)
  • Member of American Bar Association Phi Alpha Delta (PAD), Legal Fraternity, Webster Chapter
  • Inroads, Inc., Alumnus, Minneapolis Chapter, MN

Community Involvement

Past Advisory Council Member, Juvenile Defense Resource Institute, Northwestern University Law School, Chicago, IL