Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Topics of Expertise: Children / Parenthood / African American Families / Transitions: Adolescents to Adulthood / Work & Family
Dr. Cooper is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Director of the Strengths, Assets, and Resilience (StAR) Lab at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She is a Faculty Fellow at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and Center for Faculty Excellence, and a member of the Carolina Consortium for Human Development Executive Committee. Her areas of expertise include examining how race-related experiences and inequities are related to the well-being of racially and culturally diverse children and youth. Highlighting the individual and interactive influences of family, school, and community contexts, her work spans several areas of expertise, including the racial and cultural context of parenting (i.e., ethnic-racial socialization), father involvement and engagement among African American fathers, girls’ health and well-being, and community-level risk and protective factors.