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:

  • PSB 3002 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSB 4930 & 6930 Special Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSY 4935 Drugs, Brain, and Behavior
  • PSY 3123 Research Methods

Occasionally I teach Advanced Biopsychology (grad students), Human Sensory Perception, and Introduction to Psychology. Learn more about my classes on my Courses page.

I also coordinate UNF’s new Behavioral Neuroscience program. If this sounds interesting to you, please speak to your advisor about a B.S. in Behavioral Neuroscience.

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. Learn more about that on my Research page.






My Myers-Briggs personality type is INTJ. I love coffee (black, latte, or cappuccino), tea, Cuban food (and mojitos), sushi, hard 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. I typically attend several rock concerts each year and I have season tickets for Gator Football.

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.)