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Sacha Marie Coupet
Loyola University Chicago

School of Law

Professor Coupet joined the Loyola law faculty in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology (Clinical) from the University of Michigan in 1997 after completing her dissertation research on predictors of adjustment and well-being among African-American kinship caregivers. During her doctoral program, she served as a psychological consultant to the Michigan Child Welfare Law Resource Center, the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, county juvenile court and state human service departments.

While at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, she continued her psychological practice, consulting with both the Consortium Children's Growth and Development Program and Children's Service Incorporated, treatment agencies serving at-risk children in Philadelphia. In law school, she served as an Associate Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and was awarded the James Wilson Fellowship. Upon graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Theodore A. McKee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, and then as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. She went on to become a Dean's Fellow at the University of Michigan Law School, where she taught for two years in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic.

Professor Coupet's research focuses on policy and practice issues in child and family welfare, particularly kinship care. Her approach aims to incorporate empirical inquiry into legal discourse with a particular emphasis on the use of social science research in the development of law and policy.


A.B., Washington University, 1991

M.A. (Psychology), University of Michigan, 1994

Ph.D. (Psychology), University of Michigan, 1997

J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2000

Courses Taught:

Child, Parent and State

Family Law

Family Law Practicum

International and Comparative Family Law

Science in the Law