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Dr. CoSandra McNeal 


Dr. McNeal is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Jackson State University. She received her doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her areas of teaching include Marriage and the Family, Alcohol and Drug Studies, Sociological Theory, Gender Studies, and Criminology. Her research focuses on minority health disparities, the role of Black churches in health prevention, parental marital violence and the effects on children, and the issues of gender disparities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).    

Currently, Dr. McNeal is a CO-Principal Investigator to an ADVANCE IT Grant from the National Science Foundation: “Transforming the Climate and Advancing STEM women at JSU.” She has also served as a Senior Personnel to other NSF funded grants: “Students Promoting Interest in Computing supported by Educational Scholarships (SPICES) and Advancing Computational Thinkers and Computing Innovators in a Cyber-Enabled Environment.  In the area of health disparities, she has received funding from the Mississippi Institute for Improvement of Geographic Minority Health, The University of Mississippi Medical Center to gain a better understanding of cardiovascular disease risk factors among college-aged African-American students. For this accomplishment, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Proposal, Community Pilot Grant Program.  Additionally, Dr. McNeal has received other pilot research grants in health disparities and the role of Black churches in health prevention.

Dr. McNeal has served as a past journal reviewer for several mainstream journals, a book reviewer for Pearson Publishing Company, Prentice Hall Publishing, and Allyn Bacon Publishing Company, a proposal reviewer  for  the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Science Foundation, and a Subject Matter Expert for  McGraw Hill Publishing Company.  She has also served as a Program Evaluator for the City of Jackson, MS. 

Dr. McNeal has published manuscripts in various journals in her respective discipline, while presenting her research nationally.  For two years, she served as a mentor for the JSU NIMH-COR Honors Program; giving her the opportunity to work with bright and promising undergraduate and high school students on research projects.  She was recently elected Vice President of JSU Faculty Senate for the upcoming academic year. She has one daughter, Kourtney McNeal-Thomas.







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