Patrick Cooper

Assistant Professor, Psychology

Office location:

Assaf Academic Center

Room 107


Phone: +1 561-237-7407

Professional profile

Patrick Cooper's research broadly focuses on social development and well-being in preadolescence. Specifically, Cooper is interested in three areas of development, (1) gender socialization, (2) aggression, and (3) attachment in middle childhood. He takes a multidimensional approach to understanding gender development in middle childhood arguing that children's conceptions of gender have profound positive and negative effects on their psychological well-being. For aggression, Cooper is a proponent of understanding the situational-specificity of aggression and tries to disentangle the situational characteristics that influence who children aggress against. Additionally, Cooper is interested in the effects of friendship attachment in middle childhood.


B.S., Pennsylvania State University
B.S., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Florida Atlantic University
Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University

Teaching philosophy

Patrick Cooper fully understands the importance of a university education and believes that his abilities and teaching techniques are extremely valuable in preparing college students to be productive members of society. To Cooper, students who choose to continue their education are primed and motivated to learn. These students will be the future leaders of our communities and he believes he is a valuable asset in helping them reach their potential. 

Cooper's overarching goal in any course is to have students respect the history and scientific value of the discipline and he has several philosophies that help him achieve this goal. First, Cooper provides conceptual frameworks for each course and course topic to help students understand the value of what they are learning. Second, he encourages scientific thinking as much as possible. Third, he fosters student engagement in hopes that students link in-classroom lectures and real world applications.

Areas of scholarship

  • Gender socialization
  • Aggression
  • Attachment in middle childhood
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