Barry Cooper


Contact info

Suite #439
9-3151 Lakeshore Rd
Kelowna, V1W 3S9

Research and Interests

Dr. Cooper’s research and clinical interests include investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, credibility assessment, risk assessment, malingering and the evaluation, treatment, and management of individuals with diverse abilities.



Dr. Barry Cooper is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. He is a former acting senior psychologist with the Correctional Service of Canada, a former psychologist with Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission, a former Director of the Interprofessional Clinic at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, and a former founding partner and Vice President of Research and Development for The Forensic Alliance. Currently, he is in private practice, which involves training criminal justice professionals, conducting research, assessing and treating individuals involved in the justice system, appraising the evaluations of other professionals, and providing expert testimony. Dr. Cooper has been qualified as an expert in forensic psychology and has testified in criminal trials in Canada and the United States on behalf of the prosecution and defence. He has also provided evidence at Review Board hearings.


Selected Publications

Hessen Kayfitz, J., Cooper, B.S., Guy, L., Haag, A., Hill, D., Kolton, D., Pomichalek, M., Roesch, R. & Watt, M. C. (2017). Fitness to stand trial and criminal responsibility assessments in Canada: Improving access to qualified mental health professionals. A position statement of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, ON. 

Brubacher, S.P., Roberts, K.P., Cooper, B.S., Price, H.L., Barry, L., & Vanderloon, M. (in press). A nationwide survey of child interviewing practices in Canada. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice.  

Cooper, B.S. & Kanipayor, J.M. (2016). Not criminally responsible; Or not. In L. Shyba & J.T. Dalby (Eds.).Shrunk: True cases by forensic psychologists and psychiatrists (pp. 132-149), Calgary, Alberta: Durance Vile Publications, Ltd.

Stuart, A., Cooper, B.S., & Yuille, J.C. (2015). Effective investigative interviewing: The essence of policing. Blue Line, October edition, 12-14.

Hervé, H., Cooper, B.S., Schweighofer, A., & Santarcangelo, M. (2015). Assessing and treating sexual offenders: The importance of effective interviewing and evaluating truthfulness. In B. Schwartz (Ed.) The sex offender, Volume 8 (pp. 7-1 – 7-42), Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Cooper, B.S., Hervé, H., & Yuille, J.C. (2014). Evaluating truthfulness: Interviewing and credibility assessment. In D. Wesiburd & G. Bruinsma (Eds.), The encyclopedia of criminology and criminal justice (pp. 1413-1426), New York: Springer-Verlag.


Cooper, B.S., Griesel, D., & Ternes, M. (2013). Applied issues in investigative interviewing, eyewitness memory, and credibility assessment. New York: Springer.   


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