Patrick McGrain teaches criminal justice classes at GMercyU.

Patrick McGrain, PhD

Associate Professor
Criminal Justice

Patrick McGrain, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice at Gwynedd Mercy University. Dr. McGrain teaches courses in criminology, sexual deviance, violence, race, drugs, and research, and serves as the faculty advisor for the Criminal Justice Association, which offers students the opportunity to participate in various criminal justice-related activities throughout the year. In addition, he is the Faculty Athletic Representative, working with both student-athletes and faculty to create meaningful athletic and intercollegiate experiences, and serves as the faculty mentor for the Women's Field Hockey team. 

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 PhD in Criminal Justice from Temple University. He is a member of both the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and presents his research at the yearly conferences on drug treatment, addiction, and sexual predation.

He has published several articles on the topic of drug addiction and treatment, including a content analysis of the lyrics of Black Sabbath, examining the neurobiological shift that takes place over time, from the inception of drug use to the negative reinforcement of addiction. Additionally, he has published articles in 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. His current research project focuses on understanding the appropriate classification of sex offenders in the state of Pennsylvania.