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About Ryan Cooper

Dr. Ryan R. Cooper (Director, Forensic Psychology Division) is a Licensed Psychologist and Professional Mediator. Dr. Cooper received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky. Prior to Kentucky, he resided in Massachusetts where he earned a Master of Liberal Arts in Psychology from Harvard University. He also holds a J.D. from 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 over two decades. He is also a diplomate of the law school's Dispute Resolution Institute, from which he was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He received his undergraduate degree in Business Technology and Law (summa cum laude) from the University of Texas Rio Grande's Vackar College of Business and Entrepreneurship.

Regarding behavioral healthcare, Dr. Cooper's practice areas range from neuropsychological evaluation to outpatient treatment. He treats patients for issues ranging from mild anxiety to pervasive personality disorders. He has evaluated and treated patients in a range of contexts: general hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, prisons, outpatient clinics, secondary schools, college campuses, and telehealth. His residency was completed through The Psychology Professionals of Northeast Texas / Terrell State Psychiatric Hospital Consortium. He is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Regarding the law and forensic psychology, Dr. Cooper has experience conducting several types of forensic evaluations (diagnostic, insanity, competency, risk/recidivism) across several contexts (civil and criminal, prosecution and defense, adult and juvenile). His legal training uniquely qualifies him to provide additional trial-related consultation such as case-theory development, legal strategy briefings, and opposing expert critiques. He also provides both expert- and fact-witness preparation. He is also available to consult on psycholegal issues such as 504/IEPs, mental health disability rights, contested will issues, etc. He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Regarding professional dispute resolution services, Dr. Cooper has authority to practice as a qualified neutral in the states of Texas, Minnesota, and Kentucky. His mediation practice generally centers around family law (divorce, custody disputes, property disputes, and parenting coordination/arbitration). However, he also handles a number of higher-level dispute cases at the organizational, communal, or departmental level. He studied complex, multilayered, high-level conflict by traveling to the Middle East, where he was accepted as a visiting law-school scholar through the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Dr. Cooper is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

Regarding academia, Dr. Cooper is an Associate Graduate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at the University of Arizona’s Global Campus, as well as a Graduate Professor of Psychology in the School of Health Professions at Ferrum College, where he also serves on research and thesis committees. He is a member of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP).

Dr. Cooper provides psychological and neuropsychological assessments, expert witness testimony, as well as other trial-related and psycholegal services through Shelton Forensic Solutions.

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