Dr Spring Cooper

Senior Lecturer in Sexology
Medicine, Westmead Clinical School

Telephone 9762 5381
Fax 9762 5387

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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 and supervision

Sexual Health, Counselling, Public Health, Health Communication

Selected grants

2013

  • EVALUATION OF A PARENT-ADOLESCENT DECISION AID FOR HPV VACCINATION; Zimet G, Cooper S; DVC Research/International Research Collaboration Award (IRCA).

2012

  • 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, Marshall H, Stoney T; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2011

  • Adolescents' & Parents' Shared Decision-Making about HPV Vaccination; McCaffery K, Cooper S, Skinner R; BUPA Foundation Limited (Australia)/Expression of Interest Grants Program.

2010

  • Childhood determinants of risky sexual behaviour in adolescence: a prospective cohort study; Skinner R, Smith A, Hickey M, Mattes E, Doherty D, Rosenthal S, Cooper S; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • Protecting babies from the effects of whooping cough and influenza: a study of maternal vaccination and an educational intervention to improve uptake; Leask J, Cooper S, Wood N; Foundation for Children/Project grant.

2008

  • "Sober Sex" Campaign to encourage healthy sexuality by dissociating it from alcohol use; Cooper S; Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board/Research Support.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Koch, P., Cooper, S., Porter, A., Gyorke, A. (2009). What about puberty? An overlooked part of comprehensive sexuality education. In E. Schroeder & J. Kuriansky (Eds.), Sexuality Education: Past, Present, and Future, Volume 1, History and Foundations (Sex, Love, and Psychology), (pp. 40-62). Praeger Publishers.

Journals

  • Marino, J., Skinner, R., Doherty, D., Rosenthal, S., Cooper, S., Cannon, J., Hickey, M. (2013). Age at menarche and age at first sexual intercourse: A prospective cohort study. Pediatrics, 132(6), 1028-1036. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Cooper, 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. [More Information]
  • Wiley, K., Massey, P., Cooper, S., Wood, N., Quinn, H., Leask, J. (2013). Pregnant women's intention to take up a post partum pertussisvaccine, and their willingness to take up the vaccine while pregnant: A cross sectional survey. Vaccine, 31(37), 3972-3978. [More Information]
  • Hamam, N., McCluskey, M., Cooper, S. (2013). Sex after stroke: A content analysis of printable educational materials available online. International Journal of Stroke, 8(7), 518-528. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Pang, C., Leask, J. (2012). Australian Newspaper Coverage of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination, October 2006-December 2009. Journal of Health Communication: international perspectives, 17(2), 149-159. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2012). One giant leap towards Australian adolescents’ understanding of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Expert Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 7(2), 135-140. [More Information]
  • Helms, C., Leask, J., Cooper, S., Chow, M., McIntyre, P. (2011). Implementation of a state-wide policy directive for mandatory immunization of health care workers: Observations from New South Wales, Australia. Vaccine, 29(16), 2895-2901. [More Information]
  • Helms, C., Leask, J., Cooper, S., Chow, M., McIntyre, P. (2011). Implementation of mandatory immunisation of healthcare workers: Observations from New South Wales, Australia. Vaccine, 29(16), 2895-2901. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Leask, J., Hayles, E., Sinn, J. (2011). Midwife attitudes: An important determinant of maternal postpartum pertussis booster vaccination. Vaccine, 29(34), 5591-5594. [More Information]
  • Cooper, 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. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Ward, K., Skinner, R. (2011). School-based vaccination: A systematic review of process evaluations. Vaccine, 29(52), 9588-9599. [More Information]
  • Bernard, D., Cooper, S., McCaffery, K., Scott, C., Skinner, R. (2011). The domino effect: adolescent girls' response to human papillomavirus vaccination. Medical Journal of Australia, 194(6), 297-300. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Chapman, S., Cooper, S. (2010). "All manner of ills": The features of serious diseases attributed to vaccination. Vaccine, 28(17), 3066-70. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Brotherton, J., Skinner, R. (2010). "I just signed": Factors influencing decision-making for school-based HPV vaccination of adolescent girls. Health Psychology, 29(6), 618-625. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Skinner, R. (2010). 'It's a logistical nightmare!' Recommendations for optimising human papillomavirus school-based vaccination experience. Sexual Health, 7(3), 271-278. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Brotherton, J., Garland, S., Skinner, R. (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. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Helms, C., Chow, M., Cooper, S., McIntyre, P. (2010). Making influenza vaccination mandatory for health care workers: the views of NSW Health administrators and clinical leaders. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 21(9-10), 243-247. [More Information]
  • Skinner, R., Cooper, 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(3), 215-218. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2009). Clarifying the importance of HPV vaccination. Singapore Medical Journal, 50(8), 841-2; author reply 843. [More Information]
  • Hewig, J., Cooper, S., Trippe, R., Hecht, H., Straube, T., Miltner, W. (2009). Drive for thinness and attention toward specific body parts in a nonclinical sample. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70(6), 729-736.
  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2009). Letter to the Editor: clarifying the importance of HPV Vaccination. Singapore Medical Journal, 50(8), 841-842.
  • Bhate, S., Rossiter-Thornton, M., Cooper, S., Gillis, J., Cole, A., Sholler, G., Winlaw, D. (2008). Use of sildenafil and nitric oxide in the management of hypoxemia owing to pulmonary arteriovenous fistulas after total cavopulmonary connection. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 135(2), 446-448. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Rawsthorne, M., Cooper, S., Steinbeck, K., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., Skinner, R. (2011). "You might save someone’s life": rural Australian adolescents' ideas on research participation, recruitment, and retainment. Rural Medicine Australia 2010 Conference Tasmania, Tasmania.
  • Cooper, S. (2010). "I just signed': Factors Influencing Decision-making for School-based HPV Vaccination in Australia. 26th International Papillomavirus Conference, Montreal, Canada: Palais des Congrès de Montréal.
  • Cooper, S., Steinbeck, K., Skinner, R., Rawsthorne, M., Hawke, C. (2010). Conducting Sensitive Research with Adolescents. Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated Social Science Methodology Conference ACSPRI 2010, Australia: ACSPRI: Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Ind.
  • Cooper, S. (2010). HPV vaccination: the adolescent perspective. 12th National Immunisation Conference, Australia: Public Health Association of Australia.
  • Cooper, S. (2010). HPV Vaccination: The Adolescent Perspective. Westmead Hospital Research Symposium, Westmead, Australia: Westmead Hospital.
  • Cooper, S. (2009). 'Is cancer contagious?': Australian Adolescent Girls and their Parents: Making the Most of Limited Information about HPV and HPV Vaccination. International Association for Adolescent Health, Kuala Lumpur: International Association for Adolescent Health.
  • Cooper, S. (2009). 'Is cancer contagious?': Australian Adolescent Girls and their Parents: Making the Most of Limited Information about HPV and HPV Vaccination. Adolescent and Young People's Health Research Forum: "Research and Practice Innovation.", Westmead, Australia: Westmead Hospital.

Other

  • Cooper, S., Davies, C. (2013), ‘Storks, Cabbage Patches, and the Birds and Bees—Our Broken Sex Education System’, The Conversation, 30th January.

2013

  • Marino, J., Skinner, R., Doherty, D., Rosenthal, S., Cooper, S., Cannon, J., Hickey, M. (2013). Age at menarche and age at first sexual intercourse: A prospective cohort study. Pediatrics, 132(6), 1028-1036. [More Information]
  • Chow, M., Morrow, A., Cooper, 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. [More Information]
  • Wiley, K., Massey, P., Cooper, S., Wood, N., Quinn, H., Leask, J. (2013). Pregnant women's intention to take up a post partum pertussisvaccine, and their willingness to take up the vaccine while pregnant: A cross sectional survey. Vaccine, 31(37), 3972-3978. [More Information]
  • Hamam, N., McCluskey, M., Cooper, S. (2013). Sex after stroke: A content analysis of printable educational materials available online. International Journal of Stroke, 8(7), 518-528. [More Information]
  • 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. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Davies, C. (2013), ‘Storks, Cabbage Patches, and the Birds and Bees—Our Broken Sex Education System’, The Conversation, 30th January.

2012

  • 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. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Pang, C., Leask, J. (2012). Australian Newspaper Coverage of Human Papillomavirus Vaccination, October 2006-December 2009. Journal of Health Communication: international perspectives, 17(2), 149-159. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2012). One giant leap towards Australian adolescents’ understanding of the human papillomavirus vaccine. Expert Review of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 7(2), 135-140. [More Information]

2011

  • Rawsthorne, M., Cooper, S., Steinbeck, K., Paxton, K., Hawke, C., Skinner, R. (2011). "You might save someone’s life": rural Australian adolescents' ideas on research participation, recruitment, and retainment. Rural Medicine Australia 2010 Conference Tasmania, Tasmania.
  • Helms, C., Leask, J., Cooper, S., Chow, M., McIntyre, P. (2011). Implementation of a state-wide policy directive for mandatory immunization of health care workers: Observations from New South Wales, Australia. Vaccine, 29(16), 2895-2901. [More Information]
  • Helms, C., Leask, J., Cooper, S., Chow, M., McIntyre, P. (2011). Implementation of mandatory immunisation of healthcare workers: Observations from New South Wales, Australia. Vaccine, 29(16), 2895-2901. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Leask, J., Hayles, E., Sinn, J. (2011). Midwife attitudes: An important determinant of maternal postpartum pertussis booster vaccination. Vaccine, 29(34), 5591-5594. [More Information]
  • Cooper, 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. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Ward, K., Skinner, R. (2011). School-based vaccination: A systematic review of process evaluations. Vaccine, 29(52), 9588-9599. [More Information]
  • Bernard, D., Cooper, S., McCaffery, K., Scott, C., Skinner, R. (2011). The domino effect: adolescent girls' response to human papillomavirus vaccination. Medical Journal of Australia, 194(6), 297-300. [More Information]

2010

  • Leask, J., Chapman, S., Cooper, S. (2010). "All manner of ills": The features of serious diseases attributed to vaccination. Vaccine, 28(17), 3066-70. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Brotherton, J., Skinner, R. (2010). "I just signed": Factors influencing decision-making for school-based HPV vaccination of adolescent girls. Health Psychology, 29(6), 618-625. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S. (2010). "I just signed': Factors Influencing Decision-making for School-based HPV Vaccination in Australia. 26th International Papillomavirus Conference, Montreal, Canada: Palais des Congrès de Montréal.
  • Cooper, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Skinner, R. (2010). 'It's a logistical nightmare!' Recommendations for optimising human papillomavirus school-based vaccination experience. Sexual Health, 7(3), 271-278. [More Information]
  • Cooper, S., Steinbeck, K., Skinner, R., Rawsthorne, M., Hawke, C. (2010). Conducting Sensitive Research with Adolescents. Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated Social Science Methodology Conference ACSPRI 2010, Australia: ACSPRI: Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Ind.
  • Cooper, S. (2010). HPV vaccination: the adolescent perspective. 12th National Immunisation Conference, Australia: Public Health Association of Australia.
  • Cooper, S. (2010). HPV Vaccination: The Adolescent Perspective. Westmead Hospital Research Symposium, Westmead, Australia: Westmead Hospital.
  • Cooper, S., Bernard, D., McCaffery, K., Brotherton, J., Garland, S., Skinner, R. (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. [More Information]
  • Leask, J., Helms, C., Chow, M., Cooper, S., McIntyre, P. (2010). Making influenza vaccination mandatory for health care workers: the views of NSW Health administrators and clinical leaders. NSW Public Health Bulletin, 21(9-10), 243-247. [More Information]
  • Skinner, R., Cooper, 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(3), 215-218. [More Information]

2009

  • Cooper, S. (2009). 'Is cancer contagious?': Australian Adolescent Girls and their Parents: Making the Most of Limited Information about HPV and HPV Vaccination. International Association for Adolescent Health, Kuala Lumpur: International Association for Adolescent Health.
  • Cooper, S. (2009). 'Is cancer contagious?': Australian Adolescent Girls and their Parents: Making the Most of Limited Information about HPV and HPV Vaccination. Adolescent and Young People's Health Research Forum: "Research and Practice Innovation.", Westmead, Australia: Westmead Hospital.
  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2009). Clarifying the importance of HPV vaccination. Singapore Medical Journal, 50(8), 841-2; author reply 843. [More Information]
  • Hewig, J., Cooper, S., Trippe, R., Hecht, H., Straube, T., Miltner, W. (2009). Drive for thinness and attention toward specific body parts in a nonclinical sample. Psychosomatic Medicine, 70(6), 729-736.
  • Cooper, S., Skinner, R. (2009). Letter to the Editor: clarifying the importance of HPV Vaccination. Singapore Medical Journal, 50(8), 841-842.
  • Koch, P., Cooper, S., Porter, A., Gyorke, A. (2009). What about puberty? An overlooked part of comprehensive sexuality education. In E. Schroeder & J. Kuriansky (Eds.), Sexuality Education: Past, Present, and Future, Volume 1, History and Foundations (Sex, Love, and Psychology), (pp. 40-62). Praeger Publishers.

2008

  • Bhate, S., Rossiter-Thornton, M., Cooper, S., Gillis, J., Cole, A., Sholler, G., Winlaw, D. (2008). Use of sildenafil and nitric oxide in the management of hypoxemia owing to pulmonary arteriovenous fistulas after total cavopulmonary connection. The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 135(2), 446-448. [More Information]

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