Ruth Cooper, Senior Program Assistant
Ruth Cooper, B.A., is a Senior Program Assistant with the Board on Health Care Services and the National Cancer Policy Forum (NCPF) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Prior to joining the National Academies, Ruth spent a year volunteering at Open Arms Home for Children in Komga, South Africa, where she was responsible for the educational, emotional, and developmental needs of 54 disadvantaged children. During her undergraduate career, Ruth was involved with the Notre Dame Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Lab, the Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases, and the South Bend Juvenile Justice Center, and received travel grants to investigate juvenile incarceration policies in Ireland and Germany. Additionally, Ruth helped plan and execute the first White House Arctic Ministerial in conjunction with the US Arctic Research Commission in 2016. Ruth Cooper is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavior and a minor in Middle Eastern Studies.