Michele Cooley-Strickland, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Mental Health Specialist & Executive Instructor

Dr. Michele Cooley-Strickland is an award-winning licensed clinical psychologist. She is on faculty at UCLA as a Project Scientist in the David Geffen School of Medicine. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Cooley-Strickland has been the principal investigator of multiple grants funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) designed to study anxiety, youth’s exposure to community violence, and prevention science. Her research interests focus on identifying the risk and protective factors related to the mental and behavioral health and academic functioning of youth who have been exposed to community violence. She has designed and implemented preventive interventions in community populations and school settings, including adapting an empirically effective school-based preventive intervention to become culturally and contextually appropriate for urban youth, parents, and their families.

Dr. Cooley-Strickland has nearly 50 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and co-authored clinical treatment intervention manuals. She serves on several professional editorial boards, and has served on numerous review panels for the NIH, SAMHSA, and DOJ. Dr. Cooley-Strickland holds a local elected office, serving as the board Vice-President and Chair of the Education Committee.