Patrick McGrain teaches criminal justice classes at GMercyU.

Patrick McGrain, PhD

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice

Patrick McGrain, PhD is an associate professor and program coordinator of Criminal Justice at Gwynedd Mercy University. Dr. McGrain teaches courses in criminology, sexual deviance, violence, race, drugs, and research. In addition to teaching, he is the faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice Association,  which offers students the opportunity to participate in various criminal justice-related activities throughout the year.

Dr. McGrain earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Justice from the State University of New York at Oswego, his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Temple University. He is a member of both the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), and presents his research at the yearly conferences on both drug treatment and sexual predation.

He has published articles in the field of drug treatment, focusing on the effects of prison-based programming, and the field of sexual deviance, looking at the impact of legislation on the proliferation of child pornography. He is the co-author of the book, Inside the Minds of Social Predators, and has been interviewed on various topics, including the Penn State sex scandal and the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO. His current research project focuses on understanding the motivation of sexual predators.