Cassandra Cooper

Senior Policy Analyst

Cassandra Cooper is a Senior Policy Analyst at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Cooper works with jurisdictions in Illinois, Maryland, and other states providing training and technical assistance to systems implementing the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool and Transformational Collaborative Outcomes Management (TCOM).

Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Cooper was an Implementation Support Training and Coaching Specialist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign under contract with Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Division of the Office of Professional Development. In her role as a Trauma-Informed Practice Specialist and Learning Collaborative Facilitator, Cooper served as a primary facilitator on the implementation of a family-centered, trauma-informed, strength-based model of practice. Cooper trained, consulted, and coached on such subjects as complex trauma, the impact of trauma on children and families, vicarious trauma, the principles of evidence-based trauma intervention models, and the use of the CANS in treatment and service planning. She served 6 years as an adjunct professor at Chicago State University in the Psychology Department and taught trauma-informed courses on child abuse and neglect.

Cooper holds a Master of Arts in Community Counseling Psychology from Loyola University of Chicago. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fisk University in Nashville, TN. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the state of Illinois and a certified CANS assessor.

Master of Arts in Community Counseling Psychology, Loyola University Chicago

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Fisk University