About Dr. Hooper


I earned a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Florida and my Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Psychology at Indiana University.


I’ve been at UNF since 2003. I am an Instructor which means that I’m on a non-tenure-earning line and that I teach four classes each fall and spring rather than the traditional three.

I love teaching college! I mostly teach Behavioral Neuroscience, Special Topics in Neuroscience, Research Methods, and Advanced Biopsychology, but I also sometimes teach Human Sensory Perception and Introductory Psychology.

I also coordinate UNF’s new Behavioral Neuroscience program. If this sounds interesting to you, please speak to your advisor or come see me during office hours.

Research is not part of my job description, but I still do a bit of research using a relatively new brain imaging technique called fNIRS. I work with several undergraduate students and get many requests to join the lab each semester. I can’t admit as many students as would like to join, so I’m very choosy. If you are interested in working with me, you need to earn (or be earning) an A in both PSB3002 (Behavioral Neuroscience) and PSY 3213 (Research Methods). If you fit those criteria, contact me for information about how to apply to join the fNIRS lab. I’ll be adding more information about the fNIRS lab soon.

I also plan to add some information about my classes and some helpful resources for students.






My Myers-Briggs personality type is INTJ.
I love coffee (black, latte, or cappuccino), tea, Cuban food (and mojitos), sushi, alt rock and metal, cats (I have a Bengal), roller coasters (the faster, the better), jigsaw puzzles (the more pieces, the better), XKCD, and The Office. Other than news and an occasional Netflix binge, I rarely watch TV (due to a lack of time) and the only movies I manage to see (again, lack of time) are those based on science-fiction books I love.

A favorite book

My hobby is reading and reviewing science fiction and fantasy literature (here’s my SFF review blog). “Dune” is one of my favorites. I don’t have much time to sit and read, so I do 99% of my fiction reading in audio format. That way I can read while driving, shopping, exercising, and doing chores.

I am a scientist and a Christian. These things are not mutually exclusive!

If you ever want to talk about any of these interests I’ve mentioned, introduce me to your favorite new rock band, or peruse my bookshelves, come see me during office hours. I can brew you a cup of tea. (I’m sorry that my cat is not in my office.)