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Parenting and Well-Being Among African American Fathers: Setting a Translational Research Agenda

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Despite increased attention to the racial and contextual experiences of African American men, there still remains a need to better understand how these experiences shape fathering and involvement. Using ecologically grounded and developmental contextual approaches, Dr. Cooper’s talk examines how African American men’s social and racial experiences are related, directly and indirectly, to their parenting ideologies, identities and engagement. Additionally, this presentation will highlight how the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may have implications for fathers’ wellbeing and family processes. Considerations for translational research with fathers and families also will be discussed.

Shauna M. Cooper is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and director of the Strengths, Assets, and Resilience (StAR) Lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Cooper received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Her research program examines racial and cultural contexts of development, with a specific focus on African American children, adolescents and families. Current areas of foci include: 1) how race-related experiences are related to health and wellbeing; 2) the cultural context of parenting in racial and ethnically diverse families; 3) community-level risk and protective factors; and 4) psychosocial determinants of African American fathers’ parenting ideologies and involvement.

Dr. Cooper’s research has been funded by several agencies and organizations (National Science Foundation; National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development) and published in a variety of scientific journals (Journal of Research on Adolescence; Journal of Youth and Adolescence; Journal of Adolescence; Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology; Psychology of Men and Masculinities; Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology; Family Relations, and Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review).

Dr. Cooper also is committed to the translation of her research, including informing the development of culturally specific family-focused prevention programming. Dr. Cooper’s service leadership reflects a commitment to the promotion of positive development among racial/ethnic minority children and families and equity. Currently, she is associate editor for Child Development and on the editorial boards for multiple scientific journals.

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Shauna M. Cooper → University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


October 29, 2020 | 12:00 pm1:00 pm