Brian P. Cole

School of Education - Educational Psychology
Assistant Professor
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 638
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Rd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

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 University of Missouri-Kansas City Counseling Center where he received specialized training in multicultural issues in psychological assessment. Prior to his return to KU, Dr. Cole served as the Co-Director of Training in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at Seton Hall University.

Dr. Cole is an active member of the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA Division 17), where he serves as Chair-Elect and webmaster for the Section on Positive Psychology. He is also the Membership Committee Co-Chair for the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (APA Division 51).

He teaches graduate courses in positive psychology and psychological assessment. His research interests include the areas of men and masculinity (e.g., paternal involvement, mental health, gender socialization, and help-seeking behaviors) and clinical applications of positive psychology (e.g., hope and well-being therapy, positive social media, and strength based-counseling). He is currently pursuing licensure in Kansas and Missouri.


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology (APA-Accredited), University of Nebraska- Lincoln

M.S., Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas

Bachelor of General Studies, Psychology, University of Kansas

Selected Publications

Singley, D., Cole, B. P, Hammer, J., Molloy, S., Rowell, A., & Isacco, A. (2017). Development and validation of the Paternal Involvement with Infants Scale. Psychology of Men and Masculinity. DOI:10.1037/men0000094

Davidson, M. M., Lozano, N. M., Cole, B. P., & Gervais, S. J. (2015). Relations between intimate partner violence and forgiveness among college women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30, 3217-3243. DOI:10.1177/0886260514555008

Bartholomew, T. T., Scheel, M. J., & Cole, B. P. (2015). Development and validation of the Hope for Counseling Scale. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 671-702. DOI:10.1177/0011000015589190

Davidson, M. M., Gervais, S. J., Canivez, G. L., & Cole, B. P. (2013). A psychometric examination of the Interpersonal Sexual Objectification Scale among college men. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 239-250. DOI:10.1037/a0032075

Davidson, M. M., Lozano, N. M., Cole, B. P., & Gervais, S. J. (2013). Associations between women’s experiences of sexual violence and forgiveness. Violence and Victims, 28, 1041-1053. DOI:10.1891/0886- 6708.VV-D-12-00075

Cole, B. P., Davidson, M. M., & Gervais, S. J. (2013). Body surveillance and body shame in college men: Are men who self-objectify less hopeful? Sex Roles, 69, 29-41. DOI:10.1007/s11199-013-0282-3


Positive psychology, men and masculinity, psychological assessment, vocational psychology


EPSY 580 Positive Psychology 3
EPSY 830 Individual and Group Assessment  
EPSY 951 Psychodiagnostic Assessment 3

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