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Dr. Joseph Cooper
Associate Professor of Psychology
Contact Information

(703) 284-5758

Academic Credentials

B.S., M.A., Appalachian State University
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Other study: Certificate program, Washington School of Psychiatry
Teaching Areas:
  • Counseling for Individuals
  • Substance Abuse Assessment & Intervention
  • Theory and Technique of Family Counseling
  • Internship: Community Counseling
  • Practicum in Counseling
  • Cognitive Therapy Techniques
Research Interests:
  • Attachment Theory
  • Psychotherapy outcomes
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Working alliance in psychotherapy and supervision
  • Emotional Intelligence
Dr. Joseph Cooper, LPC, has worked for 15 years providing individual, family and group substance abuse and mental health counseling in agency, school, and private practice settings. Due to his interest in both mental health and substance abuse disorders, Dr. Cooper served as the primary developer of the adult dual diagnosis program for the Pathways Substance Abuse Treatment Center in North Carolina. This program incorporated aspects of Motivational Interviewing, Attachment Theory, and Kohut’s self psychology into a modified interactive group psychotherapy format.

Dr. Cooper is an active presenter at regional, national, and international conferences and has published scholarly articles and book chapters on topics such as clinical supervision, play therapy, and counseling skills, and recently completed a book chapter on the use of emotions in clinical supervision. Dr. Cooper likes to keep an active clinical focus and is presently completing his post-doctoral training in the Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy program at the Washington School of Psychiatry.

In his free time, Dr. Cooper enjoys photography, traveling, practicing Aikido, and playing and writing music.