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*Denotes student co-authors

*Golden, A. R., Anderson, R., Cooper, S. M., Hope, E. C., & Kloos, B. (in press, 2021 publication date). “With politics, it’s easier to talk to them about it”: Peer racial socialization and sociopolitical development among Black college students. Emerging Adulthood

*Shaheed, J., Cooper, S.M., McBride, M., & Burnett, M. (accepted, pending final revisions). Intragroup marginalization, identity, and community: Applying an intersectional lens to activism among Black LGBTQ young adults. Journal of Black Psychology

*Cooper, S.M., Murry, V.M., Inniss-Thompson, M., Burnett, M., Valrie, C., Gonzalez, C., McBride, M., Shaheed, J., & Bezdek, K. (in press). Protective and Adaptive Processes among Rural Youth. APA Handbook of Adolescent and Young Adult Development.

Cooper, S.M., Thomas, A. & Bamishigbin, O. (2021). Black American Fathers Employed in High-Risk Contexts for Contracting COVID-19: Implications for Individual Wellbeing and Work-Family Spillover. American Journal of Men’s Health.

*Cooper, S.M., Smith, N., Burnett, M., McBride, M., & Supple, A. (2021). Stereotype awareness and identity beliefs about Black fathers: At the nexus of racial and fathering identities. Psychology of Men and Masculinities.

*Cooper, S. M., Robbins, P. A., Burnett, M., McBride, M., Shaheed, J., & Smith, N. A. (2020). African American fathers’ coping patterns: Implications for father-son involvement and race-related discussions.Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology70, 101163.

*Metzger, I. W., Cooper, S. M., Griffin, C. B., Golden, A. R., Opara, I., & Ritchwood, T. D. (2020). Parenting profiles of academic and racial socialization: Associations with academic engagement and academic self-beliefs of African American adolescents. Journal of School Psychology82, 36-48.

*Cooper, S. M., Burnett, M., Johnson, M. S., Brooks, J., Shaheed, J., & McBride, M. (2020). ‘That is why we raise children’: African American fathers’ race-related concerns for their adolescents and parenting strategies. Journal of Adolescence82, 67-81.

Murry, V., Cooper, S.M.,Burnett, M., & Thompson (2020). Family relationships and well-being of African Americans families residing in rural spaces. In Glick, J. E., McHale, S. M., & King, V. (Eds.). Rural families and communities. New York: Springer.

*Cooper, S.M., Banerjee, M., Griffin, C., & Glover, C.S. (2019) African American fathers’ racial identity and ethnic-racial socialization practices: Examining socio-demographic factors and residential status as moderators. Journal of Child and Family Studies

*Cooper, S.M.Ross, L., Dues, A., & Golden, A., & Burnett, M. (2019).Intergenerational experiences and involvement among African American fathers: Building the case for a mediated pathway. Journal of Family Issues.

Mulvey, K. L., Hoffman, A. J., Gönültaş, S., Hope, E. C., & Cooper, S. M. (2018).Understanding experiences with bullying and bias-based bullying: What matters and for whom. Psychology of Violence.

*Golden, A. R., Griffin, C. B., Metzger, I. W., & Cooper, S. M. (2017). School Racial Climate and Academic Outcomes in African American Adolescents: The Protective Role of Peers. Journal of Black Psychology, 0095798417736685.

*Griffin, C., Cooper, S.M., Metzger, Golden, A., & White, C. (2017). School racial climate and the academic achievement of African American high school students: The mediating role of school engagement. Psychology in the Schools.

*Metzger, I., Cooper, S.M., Richwood, T., Onyeuku, C., & Griffin, C. (2016). Profiles of African American College Students’ Alcohol Use and Sexual Behaviors: Associations with Stress, Racial Discrimination, and Social Support. Journal of Sex Research, 54(3), 374-385,,

Gardner-Neblett, N., & Cooper, S. M. (2016). Raising awareness of the issues facing today’s African American girls and adolescents. PsycCRITIQUES, 61(17).

*Cooper, S.M., Smalls-Glover, C., Metzger, I., & Brown, C. (2015). African American fathers’ racial socialization patterns: Associations with and racial identity beliefs and discrimination experiences. Family Relations, 64(2), 278-290, doi:10.1111/fare.12115.

Cooper, S.M., Smalls-Glover, C., Neblett, E. W., & Banks, K. H. (2015). Racial socialization practices among African American fathers: A profile-oriented approach. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 16(1).

*Cooper, S.M., White-Johnson, R., Brown Griffin, C., Metzger, I., Avery, M., Eaddy, H.,Shephard, C., & Guthrie, B. (2015). Associations between community involvement and risk behavior engagement among African American adolescents: Empowerment beliefs as a mediator? Journal of Black Psychology. Published in advance online on June 21, 2014, doi:10.1177/0095798414536225.

Hammond, W.P., Matthews, D., Cooper, S.M., Johnson, S., & Caldwell, C. H. (2014). The role of paternal health socialization in preadolescent African American male health behavior, beliefs, and outcomes.  In K. Vaughans & W. Spielberg (Eds.). The Psychology of Black Boys and Adolescents. Praeger Publishers.

*Cooper, S. M., Brown, C., Metzger, I., Clinton, Y., & Guthrie, B. (2013). Racial discrimination and African American adolescents’ adjustment: Gender variation in family and community social support, promotive and protective factors. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22(1), 15-29. doi:10.1007/s10826-012-9608-y

*Metzger, I., Cooper, S.M., Zarrett, N., & Flory, K. (2013). Culturally sensitive risk prevention programs for African American adolescents: A systematic analysis. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16(2), 184-212. doi:10.1007/s10567-013-0133-3

Neblett, E. R., Banks, K., Cooper, S. M., & Smalls-Glover, C. (2013). Racial identity mediates the association between ethnic-racial socialization and depressive symptoms. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19(2), 200-207. doi:10.1037/a0032205

Smalls, C.P. & Cooper, S.M. (2012). Racial group regard, barrier socialization and African American adolescents’ engagement: Patterns and processes by gender. Journal of Adolescence, 35(4), 887-897. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2011.12.007

*Guthrie, B.J., Cooper, S. M., Brown, C., & Metzger, I. (2012). Shades of difference: Health profiles among girls of color in the juvenile justice system. Journal of Health Care for the Poor And Underserved, 23(1), 204-225.

DeCuir-Gunby, J. T., Martin, P. P., & Cooper, S. M. (2012). African American students in private, independent schools: Parents and school influences on racial identity development. The Urban Review, 44(1), 113-132. doi:10.1007/s11256-011-0178-x

*Cooper, S.M., Guthrie, B.J, Metzger, I., & Brown, C. (2011). Adolescent daily stressors and the psychological well-being of African American girls: Gender role orientation as a stress buffer? Sex Roles, 65(5-6), 397-409. doi:10.1007/s11199-011-0019-0

Cooper, S. M.  & McLoyd, V.C. (2011). Race-related socialization and the well-being of African American adolescents: The moderating role of mother-adolescent relationship. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(4), 895-903.

Rowley, S. J., Kurtz-Costes, B., & Cooper, S.M. (2010). Schooling and the development of African American children. In J. Meece & J. Eccles (Eds.), Handbook of research on schools, schooling, and human development. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Cooper, S.M., & Smalls, C. (2010). Culturally distinctive and academic socialization: Direct and interactive relationships with African American adolescents’ academic adjustment. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39(2), 199-212.

Cooper, S. M.(2009). Associations between father-daughter relationship quality and the academic engagement of African American adolescent girls: Self-esteem as a mediator? Journal of Black Psychology, 35(4), 495-516.

Cooper, S.M., McLoyd, V., Wood, D., & Hardaway, C. (2008). The mental health consequences of racial discrimination for African American adolescents (pp. 278-312). In S. Quintana and C. McKown (Eds), Handbook of race, racism and the developing child. Wiley.

Reid, P., Cooper, S., & Banks, K. (2008). Girls to women: Developmental theory, research, and issues. Psychology of women: A handbook of issues and theories (2nd ed.) (pp. 237-270). Westport, CT US: Praeger Publishers/Greenwood Publishing Group.

Cooper, S. M.  & Guthrie, B. G. (2007). Ecological influences on health-promoting and health-compromising behaviors:  A socially-embedded approach to urban African American adolescent girls’ health. Family and Community Health, 30(1).

Rowley, S. J., Cooper, S.M., & Clinton, Y. C. (2005) Family and school support for healthy racial identity development in African American youth. In H. Fitzgerald, R. Zucker, & K. Freeark, (Series Eds.), Crisis in youth mental health: Volume 3. Issues for families, schools, and communities. Westport: Praeger.

Wallace, J. M., Jr., Bachman J. G., O’Malley, P. M., Schulenberg, J. E., Cooper, S. M., & Johnston, L. D. (2003). Gender and ethnic differences in smoking, drinking, and illicit drug use among American 8th, 10th and 12th grade students, 1976-2000. Addiction, 98, 225-234.

Wallace, J. M., Jr., Bachman J. G., O’Malley, P. M., Johnston, L. D., Schulenberg, J. E., & Cooper, S. M. (2002). Tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use: Racial and ethnic differences among U.S. high school seniors, 1976-2000. Public Health Reports 117 (Supplement), 67-75.