Courses Regularly Taught

  • PSY 202-Developmental Psychology (online)

Year Started at Mercy College 2013


  • BS, Psychology, Iowa State University (1982)
  • MSW, Social Work, University of Iowa (1997)
  • EdD, Education Leadership, Drake University (2012)

Clinical Field Experience

  • Counselor and intake specialist for adults with substance use disorders (IUAP)
  • Child protection and family support services worker (Department of Human Services)
  • Case manager for adults with chronic mental illness (Department of Human Services)
  • Case management and program development to support student success in school and community (Southeast Polk Community School District)
  • Program director for school-based family and community services organization (Southeast Polk Community School District)
  • Assistant professor, program director, and department chair for social work program (Grand View University)

Research Interests and Professional Projects

  • Predictors of adolescent suicidal behaviors

Recent Publications/Presentations

  • Beck-Cross, C. & Cooper, R. (2015). Micro- and Macrosystem Predictors of High School Male Suicidal Behaviors. Children & Schools, 37/4, p. 231-239.

Professional Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers