Dr. Mary Pelton-Cooper, PsyD

Licensed Psychologist

Registered Nurse

I have been practicing for 20 years. My areas of expertise in psychology include women's health and psychological concerns across the lifespan, gender roles, relationships, diversity in sexual orientation, Asperger/Autism in adult populations, ethics, and social justice for people with clinical diagnoses. I am also trained as an AsperCoach and I specialize in working with couples in which one or both has mild Autism.

My clinical psychology work has been with students in a university counseling center and with adults and teenagers in my private practice. My approach varies with individual clients but is predominantly based on Relational, Interpersonal, and Cognitive Behavioral techniques.

Before my graduate work in clinical psychology I was an obstetrics and public health nurse.

For over a decade I taught psychology to undergraduates on a full time basis.
My course were

  • Sexual Behaviors: Psychological Perspectives
  • Psychology of Gender
  • The Ethics and Practice of Clinical Psychology
  • Psychology of Personality
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychopathology; (advanced abnormal psychology)
  • Practicum in Applied Behavioral Analysis

Client Resources:

Romantic Relationships with Autism Spectrum

Webinar with Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes (2015) Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger's Syndrome (Autism Spectrum disorder). Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain and other texts by
Antonio Damasio

The Relationship Cure; John Gottman;
I recommend this one for relationship self-help. Gottman does not give credit to Karen Horney, MD for her original ideas on moving toward, moving away, and moving against as relational styles, but he provides a very understandable operationalization of these concepts. He does not acknowledge the effects of power differences in relationships as outlined by Jean Baker Miller and other relational theorists, but his suggestions are based on sound psychological research, and he does not reproduce gender stereotypes as some of the well-known current relationship self-help books have done.

A few important classics in the Psychology of Women:

Toward a New Psychology of Women by Jean Baker Miller, M.D.

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror by Judith Herman

Women's Growth in Connection: Writings from the Stone Center -- by Judith V. Jordan, et al www.jbmti.org