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Psychological Sciences at MU
M. Lynne Cooper

M. Lynne Cooper, Preceptor

Curators' Professor
105 McAlester Hall
Adolescent & Young Adult Health Risk Study

Research area(s):

My research focuses broadly on issues of risk-taking and adjustment, particularly among adolescents and young adults. I am especially interested in understanding how personality, efforts to manage or regulate one's emotional experience, and distinct motivations and goals individually and collectively drive risk-taking behaviors and promote or undermine adjustment. More recent work focuses on understanding the interplay of individual level factors such as these with close relationship dynamics as they influence sexual behavior and both individual and dyadic adjustment.


Cooper, M.L. & Larsen, R. (Eds.). Handbook of personality processes and individual differences.  Washington, DC: American Psychological Association (forthcoming 2014).

Cooper, M.L., Kuntsche, E., Levitt, A., Barber, L.L. & Wolf, S. (in press). A motivational perspective on substance use: Review of theory and research. In K.J. Sher (Ed), Oxford handbook of substance use disorders, New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

O’Hara, R, & Cooper, M.L. (in press). Bidirectional associations between alcohol use and sexual behavior from adolescence to young adulthood. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Barber, L.L., & Cooper, M.L. (2014). Sex on the rebound: Getting over the loss of a romantic relationship. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43,251-265. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-013-0200-3.

Piasecki, T., Cooper, M.L., Sher, K., Shiffman, S., & Heath, A. (2013). Dispositional drinking motives: Associations with appraised alcohol effects and alcohol consumption in an ecological momentary assessment investigation. Psychological Assessment. doi: 10.1037/a0035153

Zhaoyang, R., & Cooper, M.L. (2013). Body satisfaction and couple’s daily sexual experience:  A dyadic perspective. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-013-0082-4

Cooper, M.L., Barber, L., Zhaoyang, R., & Talley, A.E. (2011). Motivational pursuits in the context of human sexual relationships. Journal of Personality, 79 (6), 1031-1066. 

2009 Curators of the University of Missouri. DMCA and other copyright information. An equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

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