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Daryl Cooley

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Daryl Cooley

Daryl Cooley’s research interests follow several broad themes: children’s sleep, the development and amelioration of children’s behavior problems, and child maltreatment. Daryl is in her third year of the Child Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program and her mentor is Dr. Sandra Azar.

In 2014, Daryl received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development, summa cum laude, high thesis honors, from Tufts University. After graduating, she gained clinical experience by working as a behavioral youth counselor in a long-term residential treatment facility for adolescent girls with emotional and behavioral issues and as a home-visitor for low-income families in Boston--providing services in Spanish and English. As a clinic assistant at the Penn State Psychological Clinic, she sees clients in Spanish and English and she is a co-facilitator for skills groups in two local middle schools. Daryl received her master’s degree in 2018.

Daryl’s research interests encompass a multidisciplinary approach. She has worked with Dr. Azar and collaborators in both the Agriculture Department and the Engineering Department on projects exploring children's sleep and behavior problems, and the development of a computer game that teaches at-risk parents about common household safety risks. Daryl has authored several conference poster presentations and has several manuscripts in preparation and under review. 

The Strumpf Scholar Award offers Daryl the opportunity to achieve both her short-term and long-term goals through its support for greater research productivity, learning from others at conferences, and time to explore new research questions. Her intention is to continue into a research-focused career with the goal of improving systems that serve at-risk youth, including children who have experienced maltreatment and children with behavior problems.