Dr. Cooper is a native of the Philadelphia area and completed undergraduate studies at Duke University graduating cum laude with a B.S. in psychology and a neuroscience concentration. She came home to Philadelphia to attend medical school at the University of Pennsylvania where she discovered a passion for emergency medicine. She moved on to Chicago for residency at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. As a resident she developed an interest in international medicine and completed clinical work in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Ghana. She also completed the Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care (EPEC-EM) trainer course in 2009 and began lecturing in the area of emergency department palliative care.
Dr. Cooper has been with DFES since 2011 where she has helped advance the ED palliative care program through family bereavement follow up, improved end-of-life care and coordination with hospice services. In 2015 she became a member of the core academic faculty.
In her free time, Dr. Cooper is an avid sailor racing J-27s on the Delaware River. She continues to enjoy international medicine and volunteers several weeks a year with MEDICO, a non-profit organization providing healthcare in Central America and has also volunteered in Ghana and Haiti.