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Shanna Cooper, PhD, ABPP-CN (she/they)

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  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine

About me

Shanna Cooper, PhD, ABPP, is board certified in clinical neuropsychology and a licensed clinical psychologist in the states of OR (PY #3482) and CA (PSY #31004) . Her expertise includes clinical and forensic neuropsychological assessments in adults and older adults. 

She evaluates cognitive and emotional functioning in a range of disorders including pre-dementia/dementia, concussion/acquired brain injuries, neurodevelopmental disorders, medical disorders (e.g., brain tumor, epilepsy, HIV), and psychiatric disorders (e.g., bipolar disorder, depression). She strives to provide culturally competent and science-informed care, providing quality information to the patient and their loved ones as the focal point of her work.

Dr. Cooper's research has focused on the interplay of cognition and emotion particularly at early stages of developing a range of disorders, such as psychosis and neurodegenerative conditions. She currently serves as the study neuropsychologist on an OHSU/Department of Neurology study focused on epilepsy. She is particularly committed to engaging in research that centers around patient access, needs, and outcomes. She also has a passion for training/mentorship and to contributing to policy development that increases access to neuropsychology and better assists patient care in clinic.

Dr. Cooper earned her doctorate in clinical psychology and neuroscience from Temple University and completed her neuropsychology internship and two-year neuropsychology fellowship (both APA accredited) at VA San Diego / UC San Diego; she completed an additional three-year neuropsychological apprenticeship in forensic neuropsychology with Dean C. Delis, Ph.D., ABPP/CN. Prior to joining OHSU, she served as a neuropsychologist at VA San Diego and assistant clinical professor at UC San Diego, and ran a small private practice in San Diego.

Dr. Cooper is a member of many professional organizations and regularly serves in leadership positions. These organizations include the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN), the American Psychological Association (APA), the International Neuropsychological Society (INS), and the National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN). She serves as the APA/Division 40 (Society for Clinical Neuropsychology) Early Career Neuropsychologist Committee's Membership Officer and Oregon State Representative. Dr. Cooper also serves as the Operations Coordinator on the Navigating Neuropsychology ("NavNeuro") podcast, with support from the INS (

Education and training

    • B.A., 2005, University of Minnesota
    • M.A., 2012, San Francisco State University
    • M.A., 2014, Temple University
    • Ph.D., 2018, Temple University
  • Internship

    • Neuropsychology Intern - VA San Diego Healthcare System / University of California, San Diego
  • Fellowship

    • Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship - VA San Diego Healthcare System / University of California, San Diego
    • Advanced Training in Forensic Neuropsychology - Dean C. Delis, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
  • Certifications

    • Board Certified in Clinical Neuropsychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

Memberships and associations:

  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • American Psychological Association
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
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