Brian P Cole

Brian P Cole
  • Director of Training: Counseling Psychology PhD Program
  • Associate Professor
  • Educational Psychology

Contact Info

Department Phone:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall, room #638


Brian P. Cole is an Associate 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 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 Past 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, diagnosis, and ethics. Dr. Cole specializes in positive psychology, men and masculinities, and psychological assessment.

In Summer 2023 Dr. Cole and Dr. Hensley are leading a positive psychotherapy practicum. Trainees will offer 9 sessions of telehealth focused on enhancing hope and building strengths.

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EPSY 580: Positive Psychology
EPSY 830:Individual and Group Assessment
EPSY 825: Positive Psychotherapy and Strength-Based Counseling
EPSY 880: Ethical and Legal Issues
EPSY 918: Current Trends and Issues in Counseling Psychology
EPSY 951:Psychodiagnostic Assessment

Awards & Honors

Bob Frederick Educator Award. KU School of Education and Human Sciences . Received: 5-14-2023.