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Danielle T. Cooper, Ph.D., CPP

Education

Ph.D. Criminology, Law, & Society, University of Florida, 2015
M.A. Criminology, Law, & Society, University of Florida, 2011
B.S. Justice Systems, Truman State University, 2009

About

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 MA in Criminology from the University of Florida in 2011. She recently received her PhD 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, 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.

Recently Published Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Cooper, D.T. (In Press). Substance Use Among Inmates. In Kerley, Copes, De Li, Lane and Sharp (eds.) Invited chapter in Encyclopedia of Corrections. SAGE Publications.
  • Cooper, D. T. (In Press). Second Chance Act. In Lockdown Nation: An Encyclopedia of Controversies and Trends in American Prisons. ABC-CLIO Publications.
  • Cooper, D.T (In Press). Death Row. In Kerley, Copes, De Li, Lane, and Sharp (eds.) Invited chapter in Encyclopedia of Corrections. SAGE Publications.
  • Klein, J.L. & Cooper, D. T. (2016). “Trial by Error: A Content Analysis of the Media Coverage Surrounding the Jerry Sandusky Trial.” Justice Policy Journal, 13(1), 1-29.
  • Kliein, J. L., & Cooper, D. T. (In Press). Sex Offenders and Reintegration. Invited chapter in Female Offenders and Reentry: Pathways and Barriers to Returning to Society. Sage Publications.
  • Tolson, D. and Klein, J.L. (2015). “Stifling Social Capital: How Community Notification Alienates Registered Sex Offenders”. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10911359.2014.966221.
  • Klein, J.L. and Tolson, D. (2015). “Wrangling Rumors of Corruption: Institutional Neutralization of the Jerry Sandusky Scandal at PSU.” Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10911359.2014.983258.
  • Klein, J.L., Tolson, D., and Collins, C. (2014). “Expressing Strain: A Qualitative Evaluation of the Testimonies of Female Sex Offenders.” Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice and Criminology. Retrieved from http://www.jqcjc.org/documents/v2i1.pdf#page=129.

Recent National Conference Presentations

  • Cooper, D. T., and Klein, J.L. (2016). Social Learning Processes Predicting Young Adults' Defiant Responses to Parents, Teachers, Supervisors, and the Police. American Psychology-Law Society Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Cooper D. T. & Giarrusso S.J. (2017). Discussing the Status of Juvenile Justice Education through Course Offerings and Concentrations. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Annual Meeting, Kansas City, MO.
  • Tolson, D. (2015). Putting Your Education to Work: Advancing Graduate Opportunities through Entrepreneurship. Workshop presented at the National Black Graduate Student Association Annual Meeting, Jacksonville, FL.
  • Tolson, D., and Klein, J.L. (2015). The Role of Race and Context in Understanding Stigmatization of Sex Offender Exonerees. Paper presented at the American Criminal Justice Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Klein, J.L.and Tolson, D. (2015). Examining Stereotypes: What is the Most Common Sex Offender Profile? Paper presented at the American Criminal Justice Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.
  • Tolson, D., and Klein, J.L. (2014). Understanding Resistance to Authority by Young Adults: A Social Learning Perspective. Paper presented at the 40th Annual American Society of Criminology Conference, San Francisco, California.
  • Block, C.R., Mazeika, D., Riley, B., Rocque, M., and Tolson, D.(2014). Challenges to Criminologist in Non-Academic Careers. Panel presented at the 40th Annual American Society of Criminology Conference, San Francisco, California.
  • Klein, J.L.and Tolson, D. (2014). Sex and the College Student: An Exploratory Study of Online and In-Person Deviant Behaviors. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California.
  • Tolson, D. (2014). Social Capital for Success: First Year Students’ Awareness and Perceived Usefulness of Resources in Graduate School. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Black Doctoral Network Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Tolson, D., and Klein, J.L. (2014). Confronting Underage Drinking Law Enforcement at School: Collegiate Peers’ Perceptions of Appropriate Sanctions during Early Adulthood. Poster presented at American Psychology-Law Society Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Tolson, D. (2014). Effectively Building Capacity Among the Coalition and Local Alcohol Outlets. Poster presented at CADCA’s 24th Annual National Leadership Forum, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Tolson, D., and Love, G. (2014). Problem Solving Data Dilemmas: Lessons Learned in Creating a Local Impact. Workshop presented at CADCA’s 24th Annual National Leadership Forum, Baltimore, Maryland.

Research Interests

Criminological Theories, Youths and Young Adults, Sex Offending, Substance Abuse & Delinquency Prevention

Grants

Cooper, D. T. (2015) Black Young Adults' Deferential & Defiant.Decision-Making during Traffic Stops.

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