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Shauna M. Cooper

Department of Psychology
University of South Carolina

Office: Barnwell 554
Phone Number: Phone: (803)777-6859 Fax: (803) 777-9558
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Educational Background:
Dr. Shauna M. Cooper received her Ph.D. (2005) in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor where she was funded by fellowships from the American Psychological Association and NIH (Individual National Research Service Award). Prior to her arrival at USC, she completed a NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Psychology (2005-2007). Currently, Dr. Cooper is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF; 2012-2017) and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Research Interests:
Dr. Cooper specializes in the development of African American children and adolescents. Using Ecological and Integrative frameworks, her broad research interests include understanding specific socio-contextual factors (family-, school-, and community-level) influencing both their educational and health outcomes. Currently, her specific research interests include:
• African American family processes
• Fathering processes in African American families
• Positive Youth Development
• Race-related experiences (e.g., racial socialization; racial discrimination) & well-being
• African American adolescent females’ developmental and mental health trajectories
• Developmental transitions (e.g., transition to middle school; emerging adulthood)
• Family-, school- and community-level risk and protective factors

In addition, Dr. Cooper is dedicated to translating her research into practice- and programming-oriented solutions. She is particularly interested in the development of culturally-sensitive and developmentally-appropriate programming (e.g., academic enrichment; health promotion) for youth of color.

To learn more about Dr. Cooper's research, visit her lab website at

Representative Publications (* indicates publications with students):

Cooper, S.M., Smalls, C., Neblett, E.N., & Banks, K. (accepted for publication). Racial
socialization practices among African American fathers: A profile approach. Psychology of Men and

*Cooper, S. M., Brown, C., Metzger, I., Clinton, Y., & Guthrie, B. (2013). Racial discrimination and
African American adolescents’ adjustment: Gender variation in family and community social support,
promotive and protective factors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22(1), 15-29

*Metzger, I., Cooper, S.M., Zarrett, N., & Flory, K. (2013). Culturally Sensitive Risk Prevention
Programs for African American Adolescents: A Systematic Analysis. Clinical Child and Family
Psychology Review, 16(2), 184-212. doi:10.1007/s10567-013-0133-3

Neblett, E. R., Banks, K., Cooper, S. M., & Smalls-Glover, C. (2013). Racial identity mediates the
association between ethnic-racial socialization and depressive symptoms. Cultural Diversity and
Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19(2), 200-207. doi:10.1037/a0032205

Hammond, W.P., Matthews, D., Cooper, S.M., Johnson, S., & Caldwell, C. H. (in press). The role of
paternal health socialization in preadolescent African American male health behavior, beliefs, and
outcomes.In K. Vaughans & W. Spielberg (Eds.). The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. Praeger

Smalls, C.P. & Cooper, S.M. (2012). Racial Group Regard, Barrier Socialization and African American
Adolescents' Engagement: Patterns and Processes by Gender. Journal of Adolescence,35(4), 887-897.

*Guthrie, B.J., Cooper, S. M., Brown, C., & Metzger, I. (2012). Shades of Difference: Health Profiles
among Girls of Color in the Juvenile Justice System. Journal of Health Care for the Poor And
Underserved, 23(1), 204-225.

DeCuir-Gunby, J. T., Martin, P. P., & Cooper, S. M. (2012). African American students in private,
independent schools: Parents and school influences on racial identity development. The Urban Review,
44(1), 113-132. doi:10.1007/s11256-011-0178-x

*Cooper, S.M., Guthrie, B.J, Metzger, I., & Brown, C. (2011). Adolescent daily stressors and the
psychological well-being of African American girls: Gender role orientation as a stress buffer?
Sex Roles, 65(5-6), 397-409. doi:10.1007/s11199-011-0019-0

Cooper, S. M. & McLoyd, V.C. (2011). Race-related socialization and the well-being of African American
adolescents: The moderating role of mother-adolescent relationship. Journal of Research on
Adolescence, 21(4), 895-903.

Rowley, S. J., Kurtz-Costes, B., & Cooper, S.M. (2010). Schooling and the development of African
American children. In J. Meece & J. Eccles (Eds.), Handbook of research on schools, schooling,
and human development. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Cooper, S.M., & Smalls, C. (2010). Culturally distinctive and academic socialization: Direct and
interactive relationships with African American adolescents’ academic adjustment. Journal of Youth and
Adolescence, 39(2), 199-212.

Cooper, S. M.(2009). Associations between father-daughter relationship quality and the academic
engagement of African American adolescent girls: Self-esteem as a mediator? Journal of Black
Psychology, 35(4), 495-516.

Cooper, S.M., McLoyd, V., Wood, D., & Hardaway, C. (2008). The mental health consequences of racial
discrimination for African American adolescents (pp. 278-312). In S. Quintana and C. McKown (Eds),
Handbook of race, racism and the developing child. Wiley.

Reid, P., Cooper, S., & Banks, K. (2008). Girls to women: Developmental theory, research, and issues.
Psychology of women: A handbook of issues and theories (2nd ed.) (pp. 237-270). Westport, CT US:
Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group.

Cooper, S. M. & Guthrie, B. G. (2007). Ecological influences on health-promoting and health-
compromising behaviors: A socially-embedded approach to urban African American adolescent girls’
health. Family and Community Health, 30(1).

Rowley, S. J., Cooper, S.M., & Clinton, Y. C. (2005) Family and school support for healthy
racial identity development in African American youth. In H. Fitzgerald, R. Zucker, & K. Freeark,
(Series Eds.), Crisis in youth mental health: Volume 3. Issues for families, schools, and communities.
Westport: Praeger.

Wallace, J. M., Jr., Bachman J. G., O'Malley, P. M., Schulenberg, J. E., Cooper, S. M., & Johnston, L.
D. (2003). Gender and ethnic differences in smoking, drinking, and illicit drug use among American
8th, 10th and 12th grade students, 1976-2000. Addiction, 98, 225-234.

Wallace, J. M., Jr., Bachman J. G., O'Malley, P. M., Johnston, L. D., Schulenberg, J. E., & Cooper, S.
M. (2002). Tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use: Racial and ethnic differences among U.S.
high school seniors, 1976-2000. Public Health Reports 117(Supplement), 67-75.

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