Morgan Cooley, Ph.D.
Morgan Cooley earned her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2014 and MSW in Social Work in 2009 from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. She taught as an Assistant Professor between 2014-2018 at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Currently, Dr. Cooley is a social work faculty member at Florida Atlantic University. She is a licensed clinical social worker with practice experience in couple and family therapy, working with child welfare involved families, mental health and trauma, and also those who identify as LGBT+. Dr. Cooley’s research is greatly influenced by a background in both social work and family science and focuses on examining the relationships between child mental health and family system or child welfare context. Specifically, she is interested in the relationship quality between foster children and foster parents, the influence of fostering experiences and child behavior on foster parent well-being, and what factors are associated with improved foster child mental health. Her ultimate career goal is to enhance the preparation and training of both relative and non-relative foster families to support youth who have to be placed into foster care, particularly youth who are dealing with mental health challenges.