Dr. Lisa Hooper

Dr. Lisa M. Hooper

Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair for Research
Phone: (319) 273-3124

Dr. Lisa Hooper has served as an educator, scholar, researcher, mentor, supervisor, and leader for the past 18 years, since receiving her Ph.D. from George Washington University. Early in her career she served as an investigator, project director, and research instructor at Georgetown University School of Medicine, and later as a tenured professor at the University of Alabama and the University of Louisville directing research focused on the intersection among systems (e.g., school, family, neighborhood, community, health care) and race, ethnicity, and culture. She has had four major lines of psychology and education research:

(a) the influence of family-of-origin factors (e.g., parentification, differentiation of self, attachment style) on the wellbeing and psychopathology of adolescents, adults, and families;

(b) comorbidity research (i.e., influence of common medical conditions on mental health);

(c) the link among family, teacher, and student factors on culturally responsive schools, cultural competence, leadership in school systems, and academic achievement; and

(d) minority health and health disparities related to family systems-focused cultural competence, culturally-tailored care (e.g., diagnosis, measurement and assessment equivalence, treatment).

Dr. Hooper’s research constitutes a collaborative, integrative, approach to ecological systems, psychology, education, and whole-person outcomes (e.g., academic, emotional, mental, and physical). The idea of systems and whole-person care has applicability to individuals from cradle to grave, including K-20 populations, and transportability among diverse ecological systems, including schools and health agencies.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Hooper has investigated the process and outcomes of parentification. 

Dr. Hooper has procured and led grants funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the National Institute of Mental Health, and most recently the Jefferson County Public School System (Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Programs Division) in Louisville, Kentucky. Since 2005, she has served as a NIH Health Disparities Scholar. Currently, she is collaborating with the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create an educational initiative focused on cultural and linguistic competency.

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