Emma  Hooper

Emma Hooper, PhD

Associate Professor, Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MFT)

Bell House, room 117


Dr. Hooper received her doctoral degree from the Ohio State University in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy. Prior to this, she received her M.S. from OSU in Human Development and Family Science and her B.A. from Chatham University in Psychology and Cultural Studies. Dr. Hooper has clinical experience working with individual, couple, and family clients and was a Family Advocate at the Schoenbaum Family Center in Columbus, Ohio working with preschoolers and their families.

Dr. Hooper’s primary clinical and research interests concern children’s emotion socialization within the family context. At OSU she worked on a longitudinal project investigating preschool age children’s attentional control and emotion regulation, as well as a pilot intervention project evaluating a family therapy based intervention for depressed mothers and their young children. In this work, she has focused on observational coding methods and intervention development. Dr. Hooper has also worked as an intervention therapist and clinical consultant at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on projects focusing on body image and disorders of sexual development. She has published and presented at national and international conferences on topics related to children’s early emotional development and socialization. 


Ph.D., Human Development and Family Science, Couple and Family Therapy Specialization, the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2017

M.S. Human Development and Family Science, the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, 2013

B.A. Psychology and Cultural Studies, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2009


Young children’s emotional development, emotion socialization, maternal depression, family therapy intervention, child behavior problems, systems theory


Wu, Q., Feng, X., Yan, J., Hooper, E. G., Gerhardt, M., & Ku, S. (2020). Maternal emotion coaching styles in the context of maternal depressive symptoms: Associations with preschoolers’ emotion regulation. Emotion. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000916

Ku, S., Feng, X., Hooper, E. G., Wu, Q., & Gerhardt, M. (2019). Interactions between familial risk profiles and preschoolers’ emotionality in predicting executive function. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 63, 79-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2019.06.001

Wu, Q., Hooper, E. G., Feng, X., Gerhardt, M., & Ku, S. (2019). Mothers' depressive symptoms and responses to preschoolers' emotions: Moderated by child expression. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 60, 134-143. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appdev.2018.09.005

Hooper, E. G., Wu, Q., Ku, S., Gerhardt, M., & Feng, X. (2018). Maternal emotion socialization and child outcomes among African Americans and European Americans. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(6), 1870-1880.

Feng, X., Hooper, E. G., & Jia, R. (2017). From compliance to self‐regulation: Development during early childhood. Social Development, 1-15.

Wu, Q. Feng, X., Hooper, E. G., Ku, S. (2016). Maternal emotion socialization, depressive symptoms and child emotion regulation: Child emotionality as a moderator. Infant and Child Development, 26(1), 1-22.

Hooper, E. G., Feng, X., Christian, L., Slesnick, N. (2015). Emotion expression, depressive symptoms, and stress: Maternal profiles related to child outcomes. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43(7), 1319-1331.