Associate Professor of Psychology
School of Natural and Social Sciences
Office: Nat. Sci. 1003
Tel: (914) 251-6658
Fax: (914) 251-6635
Areas of Expertise
Child and adolescent development; social-cognitive development; developmental sport psychology
Honors and Awards
Office of Special Education, Predoctoral Training Grant Fellow, 1982-1987; Dean's Commendation for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 1986; Provost's Development Fund Fellowship, 1986-1987; Student Psychological Association, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, 1992
Child Development; Adolescent Psychology; Social Development; Social Issues in Developmental Psychology; Theories of Development; Practicum in Child Development; Sport Psychology; Psychology Junior Seminar
Social and social-cognitive development in childhood and adolescence; children's knowledge of social norms; help-seeking; perceptions of competence; influence of body image on conceptions of the self in adolescence
Selected Publications and Research
De Cooke, P. A. (1997). Children's perceptions of indebtedness; The help-seeker's perspective. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 20 (4), 699-713.
De Cooke, P. A., & Brownell, C. A. (1995). Young children's help-seeking in mastery- oriented contexts. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 41, 229-246.
De Cooke, P.A. (1992). Children's understanding of indebtedness as a feature of reciprocal help exchanges between peers. Developmental Psychology, 28, 948-954.
De Cooke, P. A., & Nelson-Le Gall, S. (1989). The effects of help-seeker familiarity on success in help-seeking. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 10, 195-208.
Nelson-Le Gall, S., & De Cooke, P. A. (1987). Same-sex and cross-sex help exchanges in the classroom. Journal of Educational Psychology, 79, 67-71.