Hal Cooper

Hal is a DPhil Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation candidate, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. He is supervised by Dr Jamie Lachman and Professor Frances Gardner.

For his research, Hal is investigating a hybrid digtal-human playful parenting intervention in Malaysia, and is evaluating the intervention's potential to support children's early education in the home, and improve children's foundational learning skills, namely early literacy and numeracy.

Hal is a Research Manager for the Global Parenting Initiative's "Parenting within the preschool system in Malaysia" project, a factorial multisite randomised trial led by Dr Jamie Lachman. It aims to optimise the effectiveness and scalability of a hybrid Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) intervention on parenting, learning through play, and child educational outcomes when embedded within a national government education system for low-income families in Malaysia.

Previously Hal has worked as a research assistant in the field of parenting and child development in South Africa and in the UK, and also has experience as a Project Manager for an NGO in Sicily in the education and development sector, primarily working with migrants and refugees.

Hal has an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation from the University of Oxford, an MA in Education from UCL's Institute of Education, and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Cape Town.

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Current projects

"Parenting within the preschool system in Malaysia" with the Global Parenting Initiative