Dr. Cooper received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of the Cumberlands, his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology also from Cumberlands, and a Master of Liberal Arts in Psychology from Harvard University. He also holds a Certificate in Public Health Policy from The University of South Carolina. He completed his undergraduate studies at El Centro College, where he earned 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.
He is currently a third-year law student 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) through The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His legal interests include constitutional law and civil rights, 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 personality disorders. He has practiced in several environments, including college mental health, hospitals, public school systems (elementary, jr. high, and 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.
Given his combined training in psychology and law, Dr. Cooper takes a special interest in forensic cases (e.g., competency to stand trial, rehabilitation potential, fitness for duty, criminal culpability / mens rea, etc.) as well as in the application of psychology to conflict (e.g., mediation, organizational dispute systems, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution). He is also available to consult on psych-legal issues such as 504/IEPs, mental health disability rights, and LGBTQ+ issues.
Dr. Cooper has worked closely with school districts, child protective services, and probation/parole offices for both juvenile and adult patients. He has provided evaluations and second opinions for veterans disability and has also worked with the 9-11 World Trade Center Mental Health Program. He also provides clinical training and supervision to graduate students in psychology, counseling, and psychiatric nursing.
He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), American Psychological Association (APA), Texas Psychological Association (TPA), Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA), and the American Academy of Medical Psychology. He also serves on the Texas RxP Legislative Taskforce, which advocates for prescriptive privileges for specially trained psychologists. He splits his professional time between his own home state of Texas and his alma mater's home state of Kentucky.