Deanna Y.Cooke

Dr. Cooke is a Community Psychologist who has focused her career on conducting and supporting community-based collaborative research for the past 15 years. She currently serves as Director of Engaged Learning for LMU's College of Liberal Arts. Prior to this, Dr. Cooke served for three years at the civil rights and social policy organization, Advancement Project, as senior manager and directorof organizational learning and development.  Dr. Cooke also spent more than eight years directing community-based research programs for GeorgetownUniversity's Center for Social Justice. Throughout her career she has worked collaboratively with a diversity of groups, from community based organizations to school districts, and has conducted both city and school district wide assessments of literacy and schools, as well as program evaluations of youth social development programs, novel teaching pedagogies, public policy change efforts, and public health issues, such as childhood obesity. Further, Dr. Cooke values connecting her faith and her professional work in community change. She helped found Restorations, a faith-based mental health program and the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Educational Development Corporation. She is a native of Compton, CA, an avid traveler and lover of music and the arts.