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 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 Masculinities (APA Division 51).
He teaches graduate courses in positive psychology, psychological assessment, and diagnosis. Dr. Cole's Applied Masculinities and Positive Psychology lab (AMPP) focuses the areas of men and masculinities (e.g., paternal involvement, mental health, gender socialization, and help-seeking behaviors) and clinical applications of positive psychology (e.g., hope therapy, goal focused positive psychotherapy, and strength based-counseling). He is currently pursuing licensure in Kansas.
Dr. Cole specializes in positive psychology, men and masculinities, psychological assessment, and vocational psychology.
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
EPSY 580: Positive Psychology
EPSY 830:Individual and Group Assessment
EPSY 896: Positive Psychotherapy and Strength-Based Counseling
EPSY 951:Psychodiagnostic Assessment
Cole, B. P., & Davidson, M. M. (2019). Exploring men's perceptions about men with depression. Psychology of Men and Masculinities, 20, 459-466. DOI:10.1037/men0000176
Cole, B. P., Petronzi, G. Singley, D. & Baglieri, M. (2019). Gender socialization and men's psychotherapy preferences. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 19. DOI:10/1002/capr.12201
Cole, B. P., Brennan, M. & Tyler, E. (2019). Predicting men’s acceptance of sexual violence myths through conformity to masculine norms, sexism, and “locker room talk.” . Psychology of Men and Masculinities. DOI:10.1037/men0000248
Cole, B. P., & Ingram, P. (2019). Where do I turn for help? Gender role conflict, self-stigma, and college men’s help-seeking for depression. Psychology of Men and Masculinities. DOI:10.1037/men0000245
Singley, D. Cole, B. P., Hammer, J. Molloy, S. Rowell, A. & Isacco, A. (2018). Development and validation of the Paternal Involvement with Infants Scale. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19(2), 167-183. DOI:10.1037/men0000094
Cole, B. P., Baglieri, M. Ploharz, M. Brennan, M. Ternes, M. Patterson, T. & Kuznia, A. (2018). What's right with men?: Gender role socialization and positive functioning of college men. American Journal of Men's Health. DOI:10.1177/1557988318806074
Rasmussen, H. O'Byrne, K. Vandament, M. & Cole, B. (2017). Hope and physical health. In . (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Hope (2nd Ed.).
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., 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
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
Selected Awards & Honors
Researcher of the Year
APA Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities
2019 - Present