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Washington State University

Brittany Cooper

Brittany Cooper

Associate Professor   Johnson Tower 513, Pullman 305 NE Troy Mall

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)


  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 2009
  • M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Arizona, 2002

Professional Experience


Associate Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

Youth and Family Extension Specialist, Washington State University

Director, Prevention Science Graduate Program, Washington State University

Co-Lead, IMproving Prevention through ACTion (IMPACT) Research Lab


Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development, Washington State University

Evaluation Research Specialist, Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center (EPISCenter), Pennsylvania State University

Research Associate, Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University

Research Scientist, Methodology Center, Pennsylvania State University

Prevention and Methodology Pre-doctoral Fellow, National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Areas of Emphasis

  • Prevention Science
  • Dissemination and Implementation Science
  • Translational Research
  • Evidence-based Program Sustainability
  • Evidence-based Program Adaptation
  • Prevention Workforce Development

Research Interests

Youth, families, and communities are exposed to risks that can impede healthy development and prevent them from attaining their full potential. Research has demonstrated that prevention programs, which target those risks, can improve outcomes, yet there still remains a significant gap between the science and practice of prevention in community settings. I aim to close this gap through: 1) basic research using an innovative, person-centered methodological framework to understand how risk and protective factors interact to predict later health outcomes, and 2) applied translational research aimed at evaluating the effectiveness of preventive interventions and understanding the facilitators and barriers to their successful implementation and sustainability in community settings.

Current Funding

  • Prevention Fellowship Program. Washington State Health Care Authority/Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. $400,000. PI: Laura Hill, Co-Is: Brittany Cooper, Louise Parker (12/2018-9/2019).
  • Evidence-based Program Directory Project. Washington State Health Care Authority/Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. $31,944.00. PI: Brittany Cooper. (5/2019-9/2019).
  • Adapting Strengthening Families (SFP 10-14) for Legalized Marijuana Context. United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Children Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR). $640,000. PI: Elizabeth Weybright. CoI & Evaluator: Brittany Cooper. (7/2019-6/2024).
  • Northwest Prevention Technology Transfer Center. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1H79SP080995-01. $590,193 (WSU Subcontract: $97,402). PI on WSU Subcontract: Brittany Cooper. Co-Is on WSU Subcontract: Laura G. Hill and Louise Parker.
  • A Randomized Trial of Letting Go and Staying Connected, an interactive parenting intervention to reduce risky behaviors among students transitioning to college. National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, R01DA039247. $2,458,440. PI: Laura Hill.  Co-Is: Matt Bumpus, Richard Catalano, Brittany Cooper, and Kevin Haggerty (9/15/2016 – 7/31/2021).
  • Transformational Change Initiative.  Washington State University. $7,120,267.  Joint PIs: Laura Hill, Samantha Swindell, and Denise Yost.  Co-I: Brittany Cooper (7/1/2016-6/30/2021).
  • Evaluation of the Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI). Washington Department of Social and Health Services/Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery. $864,572. Joint PIs: Brittany Cooper, Laura Hill. (1/2016-9/29/2019).

Selected Publications

Copper, B. R., Hill, L., Parker, L., Jenkins, G., Taylor, G., & Graham, P. (2019). Prevention Works: A call to action for the behavioral health system. Society for Prevention Research. Retrieved from:

Hill, L. G., Cooper, B. R., & Parker, L.A. (2019). Identifying necessary and sufficient implementation conditions for successful outcomes in the Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Adolescents 10-14. Journal of Primary Prevention, 40, 69-87. doi:

Shelton, R. C., Cooper, B. R., & Wiltsey Stirman, S. (2018). The sustainability of evidence-based interventions in public health and healthcare. Annual Review of Public Health, 39, 55-76. doi: 10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040617-014731

Cooper, B.R., Weybright, E.H., Bumpus, M., Hill, L.G., & Agley, J. (2018). Exploring alcohol use motivations in under-age college students: Contributions of a person-centered analytic approach. Emerging Adulthood, 6(6), 387-398. doi: 10.1177/2167696817741030

Cooper, B.R., Barale, K., Funaiole, A.F., Power, T.G., & Combe, A. (2016). Participant and household characteristics associated with graduation from the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48(7), 453-460. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2016.04.004

Weybright, E.H., Cooper, B.R., Bumpus, M., Hill, L.G., Agley, J. (2016). Moving beyond drinking to have a good time: A person-centered approach to identifying reason typologies in legal-aged college student drinkers. Prevention Science, 17, 679-688. doi: 10.1007/s11121-016-0658-z

Cooper, B.R., Shrestha, G., Hyman, L., & Hill, L. (2016). Adaptations in a community-based parenting intervention: Replication of two coding schemes. Journal of Primary Prevention, 37, 33-52. doi: 10.1007/s10935-015-0413-4

Lanza, S.T., & Cooper, B.R. (2016). Latent class analysis for developmental research. Child Development Perspectives, 10(1), 59-64. doi: 10.1111/cdep.12163

Ullrich-French, S., Cox, A.E., & Cooper, B.R. (2016). Examining combinations of social physique anxiety and motivation regulations using latent profile analysis. Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science, 20(1), 63-74. doi: 10.1080/1091367X.2015.1107571

Moore, J.E., Cooper, B.R., Domitrovich, C.E., Morgan, N., Cleveland, M.J., Shah, H., Jacobson, L., & Greenberg, M.T. (2015). The effects of exposure to an enhanced preschool program on the social-emotional functioning of at-risk children. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 32, 127-138. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2015.03.004

Cooper, B.R., Bumbarger, B.K., & Moore, J.E. (2015). Sustaining evidence-based prevention programs: Correlates in a large-scale dissemination initiative. Prevention Science, 16(1), 145-157. doi: 10.1007/s11121-013-0427-1

Cooper, B.R., & Lanza, S.T. (2014). Who benefits most from Head Start? Using latent class moderation to examine differential treatment effects. Child Development, 85(6), 2317-2338. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12278

Cooper, B.R., Moore, J.E., Powers, C.J., Cleveland, M., & Greenberg, M.T. (2014) Patterns of early reading and social skills associated with academic success in elementary school. Early Education and Development, 25(8), 1248-1264. doi: 10.1080/10409289.2014.932236

Lanza, S.T., Cooper, B.R., & Bray, B.C. (2014). Population heterogeneity in the effect of multiple risk factors for delinquency. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54(3), 319-325. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.09.007

Domitrovich, C.E., Morgan, N., Moore, J.E., Cooper, B.R., Shah, H. Jacobson, L., & Greenberg, M.T. (2013). One versus two years: Does length of exposure to an enhanced preschool program impact the academic functioning of disadvantaged children at kindergarten? Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28(4), 704-713. doi: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2013.04.004

Moore, J.E., Bumbarger, B.K., & Cooper, B.R. (2013). Examining adaptions of evidence-based programs in natural contexts. Journal of Primary Prevention, 34(3), 147-161. doi: 10.1007/s10935-013-0303-6

Lanza, S.T., & Rhoades, B.L. (2013). Latent class analysis: An alternative perspective on subgroup analysis in prevention and treatment. Prevention Science, 14(2), 157-168. PMCID: PMC3173585 doi: 10.1007/s11121-011-0201-1

Denham, S.A., Kalb, S., Way, E., Warren-Khot, H., Rhoades, B.L., &  Bassett, H.H. (2013). Social and emotional information processing in preschoolers: Indicator of early school success? Early Child Development and Care, 183(5), 667-688. doi: 10.1080/03004430.2012.682728

Jones, D., Feinberg, M., Cleveland, M., & Cooper, B.R. (2012). A multi-domain approach to understanding risk for underage drinking: Converging evidence from 5 data sets. American Journal of Public Health, 102(11), 2080-2087. doi: 10.1007/s11121-012-0281-6