Distinguished Alumni Psychology Division

Rebecca Burge Cooper, MA '97

Rebecca Burge Cooper, MA '97

Cooper is the founder of Rebecca’s House Eating Disorder Treatment Programs and Rebecca’s Eating Disorder Foundation. Rebecca’s House is a nonprofit organization based in Lake Forest, California, that supports clients in reclaiming individuality, independence, and health from their eating disorders. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a licensed professional clinical counselor, certified eating disorder specialist, and certified clinical forensic counselor.

Cooper is the author of the book, Diets Don’t Work and the producer of several educational films and guided-imagery CD and DVD projects. Her recent articles have been published in the Jewish Journal, the Huffington Post, and Parenting OC. She is highly in demand as a speaker, both domestically and abroad in Argentina, Israel, and Portugal. Some of her recent topics include “The Etiology of Eating Disorders” at the 2012 Southeastern Eating Disorder Conference in Birmingham, Alabama; “Food Addiction or Eating Disorder” at the International Conference on Treatment Modalities for Eating Disorders in Jerusalem, Israel; and “Eating Disorders and Co-occurring Addictions” at the Palm Cornerstone Workshop in Orange County.

Some of Cooper’s many appearances in the media as a guest expert include “Starving Secrets” in a national broadcast on Lifetime Television and “Stress Eating During the Holidays” on San Diego 6 News TV. She also has appeared on CNN, HLN TV, as well as The Tony Aiello Show and The Chris Schroeder Show. Honored as a Rising Star in Business by WomanSage, Cooper was also nominated for Orange County Business Journal’s Women in Business Award in 2009. She also served as the first president of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals in Orange County.

Cooper received her bachelor of arts from Marshall University in West Virginia. She earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from GSEP in 1997 and is currently a PhD candidate with the American Institute of Holistic Theology. Cooper resides with her husband, James Cooper, in Lake Forest.

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