Faculty and Staff: Mark Cooper

Personal Information

In his private time, Mark volunteers as a lay minister to legal offenders from the Nebraska prison system.


  • B.A. in Psychology (1975) University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • M.A. in Educational Psychology (1995) University of Nebraska - Lincoln; specialization in Quantitative and Qualitative Methods

Areas of Interest

  • Development of model classification systems
  • Predictions of offender violence potential
  • Cognitive-behavioral programs for offenders
  • Standard-setting on tests
  • Cost-benefit analyses

CCFL Projects

Prior to his arrival at CCFL, Mark worked for 16 years in the field of adult and juvenile corrections. Since starting at CCFL in 1991, he has worked on a variety of training, assessment, and evaluation projects. He currently serves as a Program Evaluator for a federally funded SAMHSA grant (Project Safe Start Nebraska).

Selected Projects/Publications

  • Cooper, M., Gressley, C. & Barner, P. (2010). Training Manual for Juvenile Service Officers. Comprehensive Pre-Service Training Manual. Center on Children, Families and the Law (University of Nebraska - Lincoln) in collaboration with the Office of Juvenile Services (Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services).
  • Spies, R. & Cooper, M. (2000). Review of the Substance Abuse Questionnaire - Adult Probation III. Test Review. The 14th Mental Measurements Yearbook. Buros Institute of Mental Measurements, University of Nebraska - Lincoln.
  • Weisz, V., Labode, E., Cooper, M., & Slain, A. (1996). Nebraska State Court Improvement Project: Child Abuse and Neglect Cases. Summative Evaluation Report. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.
  • Cooper, M. (1994). Evaluation of the Alternatives Program, Family Resource Center, Lincoln, Nebraska. Final Evaluation Report. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (Grant No. 90-CP-0082), Washington, D.C.
Photo of Mark Cooper.