Dan Cooper, Ph.D. Chicago Campus

"The majority of my work involves action-research  
projects that seek to build the capacity of organizations 
to better understand and change their environments." 
- Dan Cooper, Ph.D.

"The majority of my work involves action-research
projects that seek to build the capacity of organizations
to better understand and change their environments."
- Dan Cooper, Ph.D.

Dan Cooper, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice

My background is in community development, where for the past 10 years I have worked with community-based organizations and coalitions on issues including violence prevention, youth development, organizing and coalition building, housing, economic development, program evaluation, and strategic planning. The majority of my work involves action-research projects that seek to build the capacity of organizations to better understand and change their environments. My primary research interests are in the relationship between neighborhood conditions and community well-being.

Please e-mail or call me (312-662-4023) if you have questions or would like more information about me.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Community Research and Action, Vanderbilt University, 2012
  • Master of Urban Planning and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007
  • Master of Science in Community Research and Action, Vanderbilt University, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, North Park University, 2001

Professional Memberships

  • Member, Society for Community Research and Action

Select Publications

  • Cooper, D. & Hays, S. (2007). Engaging Youth for Positive Change: A Critical Analysis of Case Studies of Local Action. Children, Youth and Environments, 17(2), 433-453.
  • Bess, K., Perkins, D., Cooper D., & Jones, D. (2011). A heuristic framework for understanding the role of participatory decision-making in community-based non-profits. American Journal of Community Psychology, 47 (3-4), 236-252.
  • Perkins, D., Bess, K., Cooper, D., Jones, D, Armstead, T., & Speer, P. (2007). Community Organizational Learning: Case Studies Illustrating a Three-Dimensional Model of Levels and Orders of Change. Journal of Community Psychology, 35 (3), 303-328.

Select Presentations

  • Cooper, D. (2007, June). Community-based Planning in a Newly Gentrifying Neighborhood: A Case Study. Poster at the Society for Community Research & Action Biennial, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Cooper, D. (2005, May). Engaging Youth for Positive Change: A Case Study. Symposium at Psychologists for Social Responsibility Conference, Portland, OR.
  • Cooper, D., Perkins, D., & Brown, B. (2004, April). Land Use Impacts on Resident Perception of Problems, Place Attachment, and Social Capital. Symposium at Urban Affairs Association Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Cooper, D., Perkins, D. (2003, November). The Ecology of Community Organizational Learning: Contexts, Levels, Dynamics, and Orders of Service Learning. Symposium at Third Annual International Conference on Service-Learning Research, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • Cooper, D. (2012, June). Hardest hit: Exploring the evolution of community in a low-income U.S. urban area. 4th International Conference on Community Psychology. Barcelona, Spain.
  • Cooper, D. (2012, April). The Foreclosure Crisis and the Next Generation of Low-Income Homeowners in struggling Urban Areas. 42nd Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association. Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Todman, L., Cooper, D., & Kim, E. (2012). Reexamining mental health in communities: toward a robust definition of population mental health. American Psychological Association 112th Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.