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Stephen Hooper - UNC-Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC, US

Stephen Hooper Stephen Hooper

Faculty | UNC-Chapel Hill


Chair, UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Allied Health Sciences; Professor and Associate Dean at UNC School of Medicine



Dr. Hooper's interests revolve around training and expertise in child neuropsychology, with specific activities devoted to outreach, research, and clinical endeavors.

Dr. Hooper directs a long-standing Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Service through the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities where he sees children and their families with a wide variety of neurodevelopment and acquired neurological disorders. In the training arena, this clinic has allowed for the participation of trainees across a number of different disciplines. In addition to the clinical training experiences provided via the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Service, Dr. Hooper conducts an annual class in the UNC School of Education that addresses core issues in brain development, brain structure, and brain functions, and how these factors contribute to the neurological basis of childhood exceptionalities.

His research has focused on increasing the understanding of the neurobiological bases of childhood disorders, with a particular emphasis on phenotypic neurocognitive functioning. To date, he has engaged in efforts to examine the neurocognitive abilities of children with Turner Syndrome, traumatic brain injury, early-onset childhood Schizophrenia, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome, childhood maltreatment, adolescent substance abuse (alcohol, cannabis), learning disabilities (dyslexia, writing disorders), chronic kidney disease, Fragile X Syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders.

Dr. Hooper’s research efforts also have led to working on dedicated interventions for improving the phenotypic weaknesses presented in many childhood disorders and using neurocognitive measurement to determine treatment effectiveness across pharmacological, social-behavioral, and educational interventions. Future research endeavors will permit examination of the genetic to brain to behavior to treatment linkages.

Industry Expertise (6)


Health and Wellness

Health Care - Services

Health Care - Providers

Mental Health Care

Medical/Dental Practice

Areas of Expertise (8)

Child Psychology



Allied Health Sciences

Clinical Psychology

Behavioral Pediatrics

Counseling and Administration


Accomplishments (4)

Practicing psychologist - North Carolina (professional)


Nationally certified school psychologist (professional)


National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (professional)


Professional/editorial activities (professional)

• International Journal of Pediatrics, 2009 – present • Developmental Neuropsychology, 1993 - present • Journal of Learning Disabilities, 1995 - present • Learning Disability Quarterly, 2004 – present • Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 2012 - present • Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 1987 - 2012 • Behavior Disorders, 1999 – 2011 • Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 1993 – 2001 • Psychology in the Schools, 1985 – 1991

Education (3)

Juniata College: B.S., Child Psychology 1976

Minors: Education; Social Work

Western Kentucky University: M.A., Clinical Psychology 1978

Specialization: School Psychology

University of Georgia: Ph.D., School Psychology 1984

Specialization: Developmental neuropsychology, behavioral pediatrics, counseling and administration

Affiliations (6)

  • American Psychological Association
  • Council for Exceptional Children
  • International 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome Foundation Inc.
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • National Association of School Psychologists

Languages (1)

  • English

Courses (13)

Advanced assessment and treatment of pediatric traumatic brain injury

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education, May/June 2003, 2005, 2010.

The neuropsychology of childhood exceptionalities

North Carolina State University; Department of Curriculum and Instruction. July/August 1997; May/June 1998; July/August 1999; May/June 2000; May/June 2001; May/June 2002

Problems in School Psychology: An introduction to child neuropsychology

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. Spring 1997.

Problems in Special Education

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education, Department of Special Education. Spring 2000, 2003, 2004.

Problems in School Psychology

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education, School Psychology Program. 2004, 2009.

Biological bases of development and behavior: A neuropsychological perspective

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. Fall 1997-present.

Therapeutic interventions in school psychology

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. Spring 1999-2001.

Biological bases of behavior

UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Allied Health Sciences. Spring 2001.

Assessment of Student Learning and Development

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. Fall 1995.

Pediatric neuropsychology

Course presented at Nilo Maki Institute, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland. June 1993.

Neuropsychology of child psychopathology

Course presented at The European Graduate School of Child Neuropsychology, in conjunction with the Paedological Institute, Duivendrecht (Amsterdam) and PAO (The Netherlands Institute for Postacademic Studies, Leiden), and The Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, October, 1995; October, 1996; October, 1997; October, 1998; October, 1999.

Neuropsychological assessment models, procedures, and exemplary clinical cases

Course presented at the Paedological Institute, Duivendrecht (Amsterdam) and PAO (The Netherlands Institute for Postacademic Studies, Leiden), and The Free University, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, January, 1999; January, 2000; January 2001.

Problems in Educational Psychology

UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education. 2009, 2010, 2011.