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Counseling Psychology Program Faculty

The counseling psychology faculty at KU is committed to offering the best training toward the growth and development of the next generation of counseling psychologists. We respect and value cultural and individual diversity, and do not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, or other individual differences. Our faculty conduct research through service in socially significant areas. Highlights of that research include:

  • Psychology of Women
  • Psychological Aspects of Leadership
  • Career Decision Making
  • Counseling in International and Multicultural Contexts

Currently active/open research teams:

  •  Positive Psychology Research Team
  •  Adaptive Career Decision Making Research Team
  •  Multicultural Counseling Process and Outcome Research Tea

We value, respect, celebrate, and actively promote individual and cultural diversity in student recruitment, multicultural research, course offerings, and establishing a learning community supportive and encouraging to all students. Graduate students typically seek (or are assigned) a faculty advisor upon admission to the program. We give priority to mentoring and training the next generation of multiculturally competent counseling psychologists.

Brian Cole
Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 638

Brian P. Cole is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology. He earned degrees from the University of Kansas (B.G.S., 2006; M.S., 2008) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ph.D., 2013). He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the... more

Changming Duan
Professor, Program Director - Doctoral program in counseling psychology
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 625

Changming Duan is currently a professor in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education at University of Kansas. She also serves as the Director of Training for the American Psychological Accredited doctoral program in counseling psychology in the department. Changming Duan grew up and... more

Kristen Bast Hensley
Lecturer, Director, Center for Psychoeducational Services
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 130

Dr. Hensley specializes in positive psychology, building and nurturing strengths, training of counselors and psychologists, individual (adult, adolescent, and child) and family therapy, and individuals with disabilities and their families.

Barbara Kerr
Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 130 Q

Barbara Kerr, Ph.D. holds an endowed chair as Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas and is an American Psychological Association Fellow. Her M.A. from the Ohio State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Missouri are both in counseling psychology... more

Tom Krieshok
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 621

As of 2017, Dr. Krieshok is no longer taking on new students.

Thomas S. Krieshok is a licensed psychologist serving as Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Kansas. His degrees are from the University of Illinois (B.S., 1974), Bradley University... more

Tamara Mikinski
Lecturer, Program Director for the Masters Program in Counseling Psychology
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 638

Tamara Coder Mikinski, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Kansas and Missouri who holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. She serves as the Program Director for the Masters Program in Counseling Psychology and teaches courses in both the masters and doctoral... more

Heather Rasmussen
Lecturer/ Practicum Coordinator
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, Room 623

Heather Rasmussen, PhD has a Master’s and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies and Psychology from the University of Iowa. She completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded postdoctoral fellowship in... more

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