Deanna Cooper

BSW Program Director / Clinical Assistant Professor


Jeanette Rankin Hall (JRH) 014
Office Hours

Office Hours: M 9-12,  or by appointment

Personal Summary

Deanna is happiest outside with her family, on trails, hiking, trail running and riding mules. Enjoying raising her family in the Southwest over the past 25 years, moving to Montana is a new home and new adventure.


Deanna graduated from University California, Santa Cruz, with a BA in Psychology, 1987. She earned a Masters of Social Welfare from University of California, Berkeley, 1989.

Professional Experience

Deanna has had an extensive career in direct practice social work. After completing a social work practicum with the VA Palo Alto, she was hired by the VA, relocating to the Four Corners area of New Mexico to work in rural healthcare with veterans and their families. She spent ten years in school social work, establishing prevention programs for children and families impacted by poverty and substance abuse. Prior to moving to Montana, Deanna spent ten years as Clinical Director of a model program for the State of New Mexico, working with incarcerated individuals and their families, overseeing evidence-based programs and approaches for substance use disorders. Deanna provided clinical supervision to licensed professionals within her agency and helped develop transitional and medication-assisted programs for clients and peer mentoring positions for graduates of the jail-based treatment programs.