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Harris M. Cooper, Hugo L. Blomquist Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience

Harris M. Cooper
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Office Phone:  (919) 812-0812
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Typical Courses Taught:

  • Psyc 769, Research synthesis & meta-analysis
  • Psy 301, Research methods in psychological science Synopsis
  • Psy 718, Research design

Ph.D.University of Connecticut1975
Social Psychology1976
PhD Social PsychologyUniversity of Connecticut1976
M.A.University of Connecticut1974
B.A.State University of New York, Stony Brook1972
BA Psychology and SociologySUNY at Stony Brook1972

Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Research Interests:

My research interests follow two paths. The first concerns research synthesis. I study how research syntheses can best be carried out and how their results can be communicated to general audiences as well as scholars. My students and I have published research syntheses in varied fields, including personality and social psychology, developmental psychology, educational psychology, education policy, marketing, and developmental medicine and child neurology. Second, I am interested in the application of social and developmental psychology to educational policy issues. Our recent research includes syntheses on the effects of (a) homework,(b) the length of the school day and year and (c) full-day kindergarten on academic performance. We are currently working on syntheses of research on the effectiveness of academic tutoring and have initiated a new series of reviews on how grades and grading strategies affect academic performance and related thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Finally, after serving as editor of the Psychological Bulletin from 2003 through mid-2009, I now serve as the co-editor of Archives of Scientific Psychology, APA's first open access, data sharing journal. I also serve as the editorial advisor for the APA journals program.

I teach both graduate and undergraduate research methods classes.

Areas of Interest:

Research Methods
Social Psychology
Developmental Psychology


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Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Alison Koenka
Postdocs Mentored

  • Carmen Sanchez (January 01, 2013 - present)
  • Saiying Wu-Steenbergen (2010)
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Cooper, H; Koenka, AC (2012). The overview of reviews: unique challenges and opportunities when research syntheses are the principal elements of new integrative scholarship.. American Psychologist, 67(6), 446-462. [doi]  [abs]
  2. H. Cooper (2012). Handbook of Research Methods in Psychology.. American Psychological Association.
  3. Cooper, H (2009). Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis: A Step-by-Step Approach, 4th Edition.. SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC.  [abs]
  4. Cooper, H; Patall, EA (2009). The Relative Benefits of Meta-Analysis Conducted With Individual Participant Data Versus Aggregated Data. Psychological Methods, 14(2), 165-176. [doi]  [abs]

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