Sam Cooper

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Dept of Psychology
N218 Elliott Hall

75 E River Rd


My interests are centered on how people learn threat and safety signals, how they attend and react to threat (both real and perceived), and the processes people use to regulate their reactions to threat. I am also interested in how these factors contribute to the development and maintenance of different forms of psychopathology. Currently, I use psychophysiological, cognitive science (e.g., eye-tracking), and personality measures to investigate psychological and neurobiological mechanisms of fear-generalization and subsequent generalized avoidance responding in health and disorder.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • BA: Psychology, Hunter College at the City University of New York, New York City, NY, 2011.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Threat systems
  • Affect and emotion
  • Psychopathology
Courses Taught
  • PSY 3604 Intro to Abnormal Psychology
Research & Professional Activities


  • ANGST Lab, University of Minnesota:
  • Cooper, S. E., Miranda, R., & Mennin, D. S. (2013). Behavioral indicators of emotion avoidance in generalized anxiety disorder and depression. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 4, 566–583. doi:10.5127/jep.033512
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Nu Chapter, Hunter College, CUNY, 2011