Hilary Cooper, Ph.D.
Hilary Cooper, Ph.D. started her career over thirty years ago working in underserved communities in New York City with families impacted by HIV/AIDS, sexual abuse, trauma and social-emotional challenges at Bellevue Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and The Therapeutic Nursery School and Autistic In-Patient Unit at NYU Medical Center. Despite the dire circumstances of these families, Dr. Cooper’s passionate belief in the resilience of the human spirit and the power of therapy was galvanized through these experiences and remains the bedrock of her work today.
Dr. Cooper has received training at The Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, parent management training, including S.P.A.C.E. training and The Kazdin Method, at The Yale Child Study Center, assessment of suicidality in adolescence at Four Winds Hospital, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as developed by John Kabat Zinn, and intensive training in Dialectic Behavior Therapy for Adolescents through Alec Miller and Cognitive Behavioral Consultants.
Dr. Cooper completed her post-doctoral fellowship in Yonkers public schools where she worked with severely traumatized children experiencing symptoms of various psychiatric illnesses including PTSD, ODD, and psychosis. Her areas of research were mourning in childhood and the transformation of a woman’s sense of self as a result of motherhood.
Dr. Cooper lives in Westchester with her husband, her adolescent son, and her beloved mini golden doodle, Eli. She is also the mom of a 25 year old daughter who lives in NYC and a 22 year old daughter who recently graduated from college. As a mother, community member, and a resilient human being, Dr. Cooper has a deep understanding of the experiences of her patients. She is a life long learner and passionate about being a psychologist. Swimming, yoga, family, friends, cooking, creating, and nature are the things that balance her life.