Dr. Danielle Cooper, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Interim Director of Research of Tow Youth Justice Institute

"Manipulating Black Young Adults Responses To Orders During Traffic Stops”
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 1:00 p.m


Police-citizen interactions provide multiple opportunities for positive and negative engagement. Using a 2 x 2 x 3 factorial design, this study differentiates how a police officer’s race (black/white), gender (male/female), and demeanor (positive/negative/neutral) influence Black young adults’ decision-making during a traffic stop. Using Ronald Akers’ social learning theory, social learning processes predictive of deferential and defiant decision-making were explored.

This research will also controlled for race using Robert Sellers’ multidimensional model, allowing for both a general and racially specific theoretical framework that can better explain how these behaviors are socialized among Black young adults, as well as how individuals sharing a similar racial identity may have differing perspectives of their race. These finding have direct implications for training police on engagement with Black communities.

Biographical Information

Dr. Danielle Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and the Interim Director of Research at the Tow Youth Justice Institute at the University of New Haven. Dr. Cooper received her BS in Justice Systems (with a minor in Business Administration) in 2009 and her M.A. in Criminology from the University of Florida in 2011. She recently received her Ph.D. in Criminology (with a minor in Organizational Leadership for Nonprofits) from the University of Florida in 2015.

She conducts research in the areas of youths and young adults, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, criminological theory, and sex offending. In addition to her work as a Professor and Researcher at University of New Haven, she is also a Certified Prevention Professional who works with nonprofits and community organizations as a prevention trainer and evaluation consultant. Through her work in the community, she has collaborated with key stakeholders, such as youth and their parents, law enforcement, mental health professionals, and youth serving organizations.


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