Dr. Ryan R. Cooper is a Licensed Psychologist. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Cumberlands, his Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Cumberlands, and a Master of Liberal Arts in Psychology at Harvard University. He also holds a Certificate in Public Health Policy from The University of South Carolina. He began his undergraduate studies at El Centro College, where he earned two Associate's Degrees in both Liberal Arts, as well as Legal Sciences. He then attended the University of Texas Rio Grande, Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Technology and Law, summa cum laude. At UTRGV he was an invited to join, and remains an alumnus of, Alpha Chi.
He is currently in his final year of law school at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, which has ranked in the top five programs nationally for Dispute Resolution and Mediation by U.S. News and World Report for almost two decades. He will complete his law degree (J.D.) and sit for the Texas Bar in 2020. He has studied conflict resolution in the Middle East (onsite in both Israel and Palestine) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His legal interests include constitutional law and civil rights, estate and probate law, anti-trust law with particular interest in its application to healthcare providers, and family law.
Regarding behavioral healthcare, Dr. Cooper's practice areas range from neuropsychological evaluation to outpatient treatment. He currently treats patients for issues ranging from mild anxiety to pervasive personality disorders. He has practiced in several environments, including college mental health, hospitals, public school systems (elementary through high school), correctional facilities, outpatient clinics, and also via telemedicine. His residency was completed through The Psychology Professionals of Northeast Texas / Terrell State Psychiatric Hospital Consortium. He currently works with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, various county probation and parole offices, several regional school districts, conducts second opinions for veteran's disability, and has worked with the 9-11 World Trade Center Mental Health Program.
Given his combined training in psychology and law, Dr. Cooper has specialized expertise in forensic cases. He has completed training pursuant to Chapter 154.052 (a) Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code and the standards of the Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable. He is qualified to serve as a court appointed mediator for any court in the State of Texas. He is also available to consult on psych-legal issues such as 504/IEPs, mental health disability rights, contested will issues, etc.
Dr. Cooper is also on the graduate faculty of Ferrum College where he teaches graduate courses in psychopathology, counseling, and personality theory. He is also a part-time undergraduate professor at Ashford University. Passionate about education and student mentorship, he also provides in-person clinical training and supervision to graduate students in psychology, counseling, and psychiatric nursing through the Psychology Professionals Internship and Practicum Programs.
Dr. Cooper provides psychological and neuropsychological assessment, psycho-legal research, and expert witness testimony for Shelton Forensic Solutions.