John Cooley

BA (2010) College of William & Mary, WIlliamsburg VA
MA (2014) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2006


I am a fourth-year doctoral student working with Paula Fite in the Child Behavior Lab. My primary research interests involve examining the roles of peer relations and emotion regulation in the development of externalizing behaviors, including aggression and delinquency, among children and adolescents. Other interests include identifying how coping strategies and certain individual characteristics may attenuate or exacerbate youth’s risk for negative outcomes when they are exposed to interpersonal or environmental stressors. My current practicum placements are in Child and Family Services at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center and in the KU Child and Family Services Clinic.

Selected Publications

Cooley, J. L., & Fite, P. J. (2015). Peer victimization and forms of aggression during middle childhood:The role of emotion regulation. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-0051-6

Ritschel, L. A., Ramirez, C. L., Cooley, J. L. & Craighead, W. E. (in press). Behavioral activation for major depression in adolescents: Results from a pilot study. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

Cooley, J. L., Fite, P. J., Rubens, S. L. & Tunno, A. M. (2015). Peer victimization, depressive symptoms, and rule-breaking behavior in adolescence: The moderating role of peer social support. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 37, 512-522.doi: 10.1007/s10862-014-9473-7

Williford, A., Fite, P. J., & Cooley, J. L. (2015). Student-teacher congruence in reported rates of physical and relational victimization among elementary school-age children: The moderating role of gender and age. Journal of School Violence, 14, 177-195. doi: 10.1080/15388220.2014.895943

Fite, P. J., Cooley, J. L., Williford, A., Frazer, A., & DiPierro, M. (2014). Parental school involvement as a moderator of the association between peer victimization and academic performance. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 25-32. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.05.014

Rubens, S. L., Fite, P. J., Cooley, J. L., & Canter, K. S. (2014). The role of sleep in the relation between community violence exposure and delinquency among Latino adolescents. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 723-734. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21648

Fite, P. J., Evans, S. C., Cooley, J. L., & Rubens, S. L. (2014). Further evaluation of the associations between attention-deficit/hyperactivity and oppositional defiant disorder symptoms and bullying-victimization in adolescence. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 45, 32-41. doi: 10.1007/s10578-013-0376-8

Fite, P. J., Williford, A., Cooley, J. L., DePaolis, K., Rubens, S. L., & Vernberg, E. M. (2013).Patterns of victimization locations in elementary school children: Effects of grade level and gender. Child & Youth Care Forum, 42, 585-597. doi: 10.1007/s10566-013-9219-9


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