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

Selected Publications

Cole, B., Molloy, S. (2023). Hope and Parenting. Current Opinion in Psychology - Volume 49.
Cole, B., Patterson, T. (2022). Positive masculinity and fatherhood . Handbook of Psychology of Fatherhood. Springer. [978-3031144974].
Cole, B., Ingram, P., Dye, A., Molloy, S., Singley, D. (2021). Development and validation of the Hope for Parenting Scale. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice - Issue 2 | Volume 10.
Cole, B., Ingram, P. (2020). Where do I turn for help? Gender role conflict, self-stigma, and college men’s help-seeking for depression. Psychology of Men and Masculinity - Issue 3 | Volume 21.
Cole, B. (2020). Psychology of Men and Masculinities' focus on positive aspects of men's functioning: A content analysis and call to action. Psychology of Men and Masculinities.
Cole, B., Davidson, M. (2019). Exploring men’s perceptions about male depression. Psychology of Men and Masculinity - Issue 4 | Volume 20.

Awards & Honors

<div class="fp-award fp-container"><div class="aca-award">Researcher of the Year. APA Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities. Received: 8-31-2019.</div><div class="aca-award">Bob Frederick Educator Award. KU School of Education and Human Sciences . Received: 5-14-2023.</div></div>