Dr Spring Cooper

Senior Lecturer in Sexology
Medicine, Westmead Clinical School

Jeffery House
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

T: 9762 5381
F: 9762 5387
Curriculum vitae

Research interests

Spring Cooper is a social researcher with academic qualifications in public health, health promotion, and sexuality. She has taught both health promotion and sexuality classes to postgraduate students.

Her PhD focused on the sexual health education implications of menstrual attitudes and knowledge among women of varying socio-economic status in the United States. Her current research interests are in adolescent sexual health, health promotion, health communication, and prevention of disease through behaviour change and vaccination.

Teaching areas

Sexual Health, Counselling, Public Health, Health Communication

Current national competitive grants*


Randomised Controlled Evaluation of a Complex Intervention to Promote Uptake of School-based HPV Vaccination
Skinner R, Cooper S, McCaffery K, Zimet G, McGeechan K, Whyte P, Regan D
NHMRC Project Grants ($723,634 over 3 years)

* Grants administered through the University of Sydney


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009


  • Fu, L., Bonhomme, L., Cooper, S., Joseph, J., Zimet, G. (2014), Educational interventions to increase HPV vaccination acceptance: a systematic review. Vaccine. 32(17), 1901-1920. [Abstract]


  • Marino, J., Skinner, S., Doherty, D., Rosenthal, S., Cooper Robbins, S., Cannon, J., Hickey, M. (2013), Age at menarche and age at first sexual intercourse: a prospective cohort study. Pediatrics. 132(6), 1028-1036. [Abstract]
  • Wiley, K., Massey, P., Cooper Robbins, S., Wood, N., Quinn, H., Leask, J. (2013), Pregnant women's intention to take up a post-partum pertussis vaccine, and their willingness to take up the vaccine while pregnant: A cross sectional survey. Vaccine. 31(37), 3972-3978. [Abstract]
  • Wiley, K., Massey, P., Cooper, S., Wood, N., Ho, J., Quinn, H., Leask, J. (2013), Uptake of influenza vaccine by pregnant women: a cross-sectional survey. Medical Journal of Australia. 198(7), 373-375. [Abstract]
  • Hamam, N., McCluskey, A., Cooper Robbins, S. (2013), Sex after stroke: a content analysis of printable educational materials available online. International Journal of Stroke. 8(7), 518-528. [Abstract]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Cooper Robbins, S., Leask, J. (2013), Condition-specific quality of life questionnaires for caregivers of children with pediatric conditions: a systematic review. Quality of Life Research. 22(8), 2183-2200. [Abstract]


  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2012), One giant leap towards Australian adolescents' understanding of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 7(2), 135-140.
  • Cooper, S., Rawsthorne, M., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., Skinner, R., Steinbeck, K. (2012), "You Can Help People": Adolescents' Views on Engaging Young People in Longitudinal Research. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 22(1), 8-13.
  • Cooper Robbins, S., Pang, C., Leask, J. (2012), Australian Newspaper Coverage of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination, October 2006-December 2009. Journal of Health Communication. 17(2), 149-159. [Abstract]


  • Robbins, S., Ward, K., Skinner, S. (2011), School-based vaccination: A systematic review of process evaluations. Vaccine. 29(52), 9588-99. [Abstract]
  • Robbins, S., Leask, J., Hayles, E., Sinn, J. (2011), Midwife attitudes: An important determinant of maternal postpartum pertussis booster vaccination completion. Vaccine. 29(34), 5591-4. [Abstract]
  • Cooper Robbins, S., Leask, J., Booy, R. (2011), Parents' attitudes towards the influenza vaccine and influencing factors. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 47(7), 419-422. [Abstract]
  • Helms, C., Leask, J., Robbins, S., Chow, M., McIntyre, P. (2011), Implementation of mandatory immunisation of healthcare workers: Observations from New South Wales, Australia. Vaccine. 29(16), 2895-2901. [Abstract]
  • Bernard, D., Cooper Robbins, S., McCaffery, K., Scott, C., Skinner, S. (2011), The domino effect: adolescent girls' response to human papillomavirus vaccination. The Medical Journal of Australia. 194(6), 297-300. [Abstract]


  • Cooper Robbins, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Brotherton, J., Skinner, S. (2010), "I just signed": Factors influencing decision-making for school-based HPV vaccination of adolescent girls. Health Psychology. 29(6), 618-625. [Abstract]
  • Robbins, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Skinner, S. (2010), 'It's a logistical nightmare!' Recommendations for optimising human papillomavirus school-based vaccination experience. Sexual Health. 7(3), 271-278. [Abstract]
  • Skinner, S., Cooper Robbins, S. (2010), Voluntary school-based human papillomavirus vaccination: an efficient and acceptable model for achieving high vaccine coverage in adolescents. The Journal of Adolescent Health. 47, 215-218. [Abstract]
  • Cooper Robbins, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Brotherton, J., Garland, S., Skinner, S. (2010), "Is cancer contagious?": Australian adolescent girls and their parents: making the most of limited information about HPV and HPV vaccination. Vaccine. 28(19), 3398-3408. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J., Chapman, S., Robbins, S. (2010), "All manner of ills": The features of serious diseases attributed to vaccination. Vaccine. 28(17), 3066-70. [Abstract]
  • Leask, J., Helms, C., Chow, M., Robbins, S., McIntyre, P. (2010), Making influenza vaccination mandatory for health care workers: the views of NSW Health administrators and clinical leaders. New South Wales Public Health Bulletin. 21(9-10), 243-247. [Abstract]


  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2009), Clarifying the importance of HPV vaccination. Singapore Medical Journal. , 841-2; author reply 843. [Abstract]