Dr. Cooper holds a Ph.D. in Educational and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri Columbia and was awarded a Fulbright Award/Fellowship in Global Health in 2014.
As a psychologist activist for social justice, Cooper has been involved in breakthrough conversations about race and equality and has been a leader in the efforts to bring healing to the city of Ferguson Missouri. Since August of 2014, she has offered crisis counseling, conducted research and provided opportunities for children and adults to express their frustration.
As an expert in family dynamics, Dr. Cooper is the author of “Baby Daddy Disorder: Solutions for Change.” In the wake of the racial conflict that has emerged, it is important to examine factors that can be strengthened within African American families and communities. The disintegration of African American families is a dynamic involved in racial violence and community violence that involves African American men. In Baby Daddy Disorder, Cooper taps into her years of clinical experience to outline elements that contribute to a lack of parental involvement for African American fathers. Cooper provides insights into far-reaching solutions that extend beyond the community of Ferguson.
Dr. Cooper was awarded the “Salute to Excellence in Health Care” award by the St. Louis American newspaper (St. Louis, Mo; April 2014) in honor of her dedication to healthcare for African American individuals in the community. Dr. Cooper is one of the leading providers of psychotherapy services to older adults in St. Louis. She has been the recipient of teaching awards for her stellar performance in college classrooms and was nominated for the prestigious William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching at Webster University. She currently serves on the boards of the Center for Hearing and Speech, the Missouri Care Planning Council and the Community Advisory Board for Myrtle Hilliard Davis Comprehensive Health Center. She is also a reviewer for the Journal of Black Psychology and the American Psychological Association convention.
Dr. Cooper is a past president of the Association of Black Psychologists (Saint Louis Chapter), and President of the Tougaloo College Alumni Association (St. Louis chapter). She is currently the Public Education Coordinator for the Missouri Psychological Association. Her leadership these organizations has helped to re-engage members and stimulate more community outreach efforts. Much of Dr. Cooper’s community involvement has focused on increasing the awareness of mental health conditions and decreasing the stigma associated with mental health in communities of color.