Parentification Research Group

Lisa M. Hooper is the Richard O. Jacobson Endowed Chair for Research and the Director of the Center for Educational Transformation at the University of Northern Iowa. She is a mental health and family systems scholar who has both clinical and research experience with underrepresented and underserved racially and ethnically diverse populations.

Dr. Hooper also serves as the principal investigator for several projects directed toward better understanding minority health and mental health care disparities, including cultural and linguistic competence. Prior to coming to the University of Northern Iowa, Dr. Hooper was on the faculty at Georgetown University School of Medicine, The University of Alabama, and most recently the University of Louisville.



Judyta Borchet (University of  Gdańsk)

John Dantzler (University of Alabama)

Jamie DeCoster (University of Virginia)

Kirsten Doehler (Elon University)

Peter J. Janowski (Bethel University)

Sylvia A. Marotta (George Washington University)

Annie K. Smith (University of Alabama)

Sara Tomek (University of Alabama)

Sarah E. Tucker (Holy Spirit School)

Scyatta A. Wallace (St. John’s University)

Ahmad Washington (University of Louisville)


Research lab members (previous or current)

Brenda Arellano

Natalie Beck

Kate Berghuis

Justin Bond

Shelby Burton

Bridget Cauley

Haglaeeh Contreras

Caroline Dorning

Natalie J. Hannah

Ailen Milanes Hernandez

Eileen Marquez

Judy Mier-Chairez

Meagan Reif

Julian Reyes

Rachel Richey

Austin Zachary