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GSE Welcomes New Faculty


GSE Welcomes New Faculty
Fall 2023

Among the highest priorities of the Graduate School of Education is recruiting and advancing extraordinary talent. Fordham’s long standing reputation for excellence in education and contributions to leading-edge research and excellence in teaching is rooted in the talents of our exceptional faculty. This past fall, we welcomed two tenure-track faculty, one clinical faculty, and one visiting faculty.


Jennifer Cooper, Ph.D.

Jennifer M. Cooper is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. She previously held faculty positions at Yeshiva University, UMass-Amherst, and National Louis University, where she co-directed the school psychology program. She is a licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist. Prior to earning her PhD from The Ohio State University, she obtained a master’s degree in public policy and worked for community- based non-profit organizations serving children and families including Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program. Dr. Cooper has years of experience working with marginalized populations in school and clinical settings and strives to work on a system-level for equitable educational and mental health outcomes for youth. Her research focuses on social justice pedagogy in school psychology training and culturally responsive school-based behavioral and mental health supports.

Dr. Cooper currently serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation and on the Editorial boards for School Psychology Review and the Journal of School Psychology, in addition to serving as an ad hoc reviewer for several other peer-reviewed journals. She previously served as an Executive Board Member and Chair of the Social Justice Committee for the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP). Currently, she serves as Chair of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 16’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice (DEIJ) Task Force, APA Division 16’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP’s) Research Committee.

In 2021, Dr. Cooper was recognized with a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association Division 16 (School Psychology) for her work and national leadership focused on anti-racism. In 2023, she received a Presidential Appreciation Award from the Trainers of School Psychologists for her service, teaching and research focused on social justice and school psychology.


Katheryn Roberson-Miranda, Ph.D.

Katheryn Roberson-Miranda completed her Ed.M. and M.A. in Psychological Counseling at Teachers College Columbia University. She worked as a licensed mental health counselor in an outpatient clinic in New York City prior to returning to graduate school to complete her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY. She has provided mental health treatment to children and adults across a variety of settings including, jails, outpatient clinics, and hospitals. Dr. Roberson-Miranda began engaging in research focused on racism and mental health disparities during her master’s program and continued this work through her post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Health Equity Research at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Roberson-Miranda’s current research program focuses on (1) stress reactions stemming from racial discrimination, (2) resilience and protective factors within communities of Color, and (3) factors which promote anti-racist activism. She is also interested in supervision research and is currently exploring the how perceptions of supervisor multicultural competency influence supervisee non-disclosure.

Roberson-Miranda is on the editorial board for Psychiatric Quarterly, and in January 2024 will join the editorial board for The Counseling Psychologist.


Emma Freetly Porter, Ph.D.

Emma Freetly Porter received her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Denver. She currently serves as a consulting editor for the APA journal, Psychotherapy. Her research interests include: cultural humility, reducing racial/ethnic disparities in psychotherapy outcomes, and gender-based violence and institutional violence, including the impact of marginalization on outcomes. She also has past clinical experiences working in a variety of high acuity settings, including with incarcerated individuals.


Yuki Yamazaki, Ph.D. 

Yuki Yamazaki received her Ed.M. and M.A. degrees in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College Columbia University and her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. She is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in New York State. Her clinical work focuses on supporting adults from a multicultural humble and social justice informed perspective with an emphasis on how one’s intersectional identities impact and shape the mental health of racially minoritized people.

Dr. Yamazaki completed her pre-doctoral APA accredited internship at Manhattan Psychiatric Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at NYU’s Counseling and Wellness Services working on their trauma and racial justice clinical teams. Her research focuses on Multiracial and Asian Americans experiences of stereotypes, micro-aggressions, and colorism. She currently serves as the Secretary & Historian on the Executive Committee of the Division on Multiracial and Adopted Asian Americans, a division of the Asian American Psychological Association.


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