Lisa M. Hooper

Lisa M. Hooper
Professor and Program Coordinator of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 325B - College of Education & Human Development
(502) 852-5311
Fax: (502) 852-0629
Dr. Hooper's CV
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Educational Background

  • PhD, Counseling, The George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • CAS, Psychology-Family Studies, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD
  • MA, Counseling Psychology, Marymount University, Arlington, VA

Research Interests

Most of my research is focused on three areas: systems, culture, and health. More specifically, I have four major lines of research: (a) the influence of family-of-origin factors (e.g., parentification, differentiation of self, and attachment style) on wellbeing and psychopathology of adolescents, adults, and family members; (b) cormorbidity research (i.e., influence of common medical conditions on mental health and psychopathology; (c) the primary care system as an intervention point for mental health services and treatments by mental health and family counselors and psychologists, and (d) minority health and health disparities related to family systems-focused, culturally tailored and competent care (e.g, diagnosis, measurement and assessment equivalence, and treatment).

A summary of my work and active projects can be found at the following websites:
Parentification Library
Parentification: Measurement, Process, and Outcome Research
Project ACTS: The Assessment of Culturally Tailored Treatment and Services

Teaching Areas

  • Multicultural Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Family Counseling and Psychotherapy

Honors & Awards

  • 2012 Awarded, Dr. Linda Seligman Counselor Educator of the Year Award, American Mental Health Counseling Association, Arlington, Va.
  • 2010-2011 Awarded, Paul W. Bryant Endowed Professorship for Distinction in Teaching, College of Education, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • 2010 Awarded, 2010 Young Emerging Leader Award, American Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Arlington, Va.
  • 2008 Awarded, Community-Based Partnership Award: Outstanding Faculty-Initiated Engagement (Fit Families, Fit Schools Study), The University of Alabama, Council for Community-Based Partnerships, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
  • 2007-2009 Awarded, National Institute of Mental Health Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Scholar, National Institutes of Health LRP Program, Washington, D.C.
  • 2007-2008 Selected, African American Mental Health Research Scientist Consortium, NIMH Scholar, National Institute of Mental Health, Washington, D.C.
  • 2005-present Selected, Health Disparities Scholar, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Washington, D.C.
  • 2005-2006 Awarded, National Institute of Mental Health Patient-Oriented Clinical Research Scholar, National Institutes of Health LRP Program, Washington, D.C.

Professional Memberships

  • American Mental Health Counselors Association
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
  • American Counseling Association
  • American Psychological Association: Division 17: Society of Counseling Psychology
  • American Psychological Association: Division 38: Health Psychology
  • American Psychological Association: Division 43: Family Psychology
  • American Psychological Association: Division 45: Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues


  • Hooper, L. M., L’Abate, L., Sweeney, L. G., Gianesini, G., & Jankowski, P. J. (2013). Models of psychopathology: Generational processes and relational roles. New York, NY: Springer-Science.
  • Wallace, S. A., Hooper, L. M., & Persad, M. (2014). Brothers, sisters and fictive kin: Communication about sex among urban Black siblings. Youth & Society, 46, 688-705. doi:10.1177/0044118X12450176
  • Hooper, L. M., Tomek, S., *Bond, J., & *Reif, M. (in press). Race/ethnicity, gender, parentification, and psychological functioning: Comparisons among a nationwide sample. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families.
  • Jankowski, P. J., & Hooper, L. M. (2014). Parentification and alcohol use: Conditional effects of religious service attendance. Counseling and Values, 59, 174-191.
  • Hooper, L. M., & *Huffman, L. E. (2014). Depressive symptoms, well-being, patient involvement, provider cultural competency, and treatment adherence: Findings from an exploratory study among university-student patients. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 27, 241-263. doi:10.1080/09515070.2014.880046
  • Hooper, L. M. (2014). Mental health services in primary care: Implications for clinical mental health counselors and other mental health providers. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36, 95-98. [Special Issue on Mental Health in Primary Care].
  • Hooper, L. M., Moore, H., & Smith, A. (2014). Parentification in military families: Overlapping constructs and theoretical explorations in family, clinical, and military Psychology. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 123-134. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.02.003
  • Jaggers, J., Church II, W.T., Bolland, K. A., Tomek, S., T., Hooper, L., M., & Bolland, J.M. (2014). Strain and delinquent peer involvement: A longitudinal analysis of delinquency. Journal of Juvenile Justice, 3, 38-50.
  • Hooper, L. M. (2014). Assessing parentification in South American college students: A factor analytic study of a Spanish version of the Parentification Inventory. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Human Development, 42, 93-106.
  • Kohn-Wood, L., & Hooper, L. M. (2014). Cultural competency, culturally tailored care, and the primary care setting: Possible solutions to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in mental health care. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36, 173-188. [Special Issue on Mental Health in Primary Care].

Note: *denotes undergraduate and graduate students who collaborated on the research and/or publication