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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 & Multicultural Contexts
  • Psychology of Men & Masculinities

Currently active/open research teams:

  •  Applied Masculinities & Positive Psychology Research Team
  •  Career Development in Context 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
Associate Professor, Director of Training: Counseling Psychology PhD Program
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 638

Brian P. Cole is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology. He also serves as the Director of Training for the doctoral program in counseling psychology. He earned degrees from the University of Kansas (B.G.S., 2006; M.S., 2008) and the... more

Changming Duan
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 625

Changming Duan is a professor of counseling psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at University of Kansas. Changming Duan received her Ph.D. degree in social and counseling psychology from University of Maryland. Prior to joining KU faculty in the Fall, 2011, she had worked as... more

Arpita Ghosh
Assistant Professor
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 624

Arpita Ghosh is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology. She earned degrees from Loyola University Chicago (B.S., 2007; M.A., 2009) and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Ph.D., 2014). She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the... more

Kristen Bast Hensley
Associate Professor of the Practice, Program Coordinator and Training Director, MS Counseling Psychology Program
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 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, 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

Tamara Mikinski
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 638

Tamara Coder Mikinski, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist in Kansas, Missouri, and Michigan who holds a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. She teaches courses in both the masters and doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Mikinski has been licensed since... more

Heather Rasmussen
Lecturer/ Practicum Coordinator
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, 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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Interview Day is January 27th and 28th.

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