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Courses of Instruction
Multicultural Counseling
Psychology of the African American Experience
Issues in Multicultural Research
Politics of Black Identity


Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Educational Psychology
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289

Full Vita
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My research can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology, with a focus on racial and ethnic identity development, academic motivation and academic achievement. A theme of much of my research is understanding the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement. My research and scholarship have led me to challenge the notion that African American students are anti-intellectual, and to critically re-examine the impact of racial and ethnic identity and gender on academic achievement.

More recently I have started exploring the impostor phenomenon and its relationship to mental health and academic outcomes among ethnic minority students.

My publications have appeared in professional journals such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of Black Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, the Journal of College Student Development, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and the Harvard Educational Review. 

I have a joint appointment in the College of Education's Department of Educational Psychology and the College of Liberal Arts' Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. I am the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Black Psychology and the Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis. 

I have written several Op-Eds in major media outlets including the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express, The American Prospect, The Huffington Post, The Conversation and The Hill on topics such as Blacks’ rational mistrust of police, police shootings of Blacks, the aftermath of Ferguson, the use of school vouchers, racial disparities in school discipline, and Black students’ graduation rates.


B.A., Wake Forest University, Psychology, 1991

M.Ed., U.N.C. Greensboro, Counselor Education, 1993

Ph.D., Georgia State University, Counseling Psychology, 1998

Representative Publications

Cokley, K. (2015). A confirmatory factor analysis of the Academic Motivation Scale with Black college students. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 48(2), 124-139. doi:10.1177/0748175614563316

Cokley, K. (November, 2014). The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism: A True Psychology of African American Students. Praeger Publishers.

Cokley, K., Awosogba, O., & Taylor, D. (2014). A 12-year content analysis of the Journal of Black Psychology (2000-2011): Implications for the field of Black psychology. Journal of Black Psychology, 40(3), 215-238.

Cokley, K., & Awad, G. (2013). In defense of quantitative methods: Using the "Master's Tools" to promote social justice. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 5(2), 26-41.

Cokley, K., McClain, S., Enciso, A., & Martinez, M. (2013). An examination of minority status stress, impostor feelings and mental health among ethnic minority college students. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 41(2), 82-95.

Cokley, K., Garcia, D., Tran, K., Hall, B., & Rangel, A. (2012). The moderating role of ethnicity in the relation between religiousness and mental health among ethnically diverse college students. Journal of Religion and Health, 51(3), pp. 890-907.

Recent Awards

2014 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award

2013 Fellow, Chair in African and African Diaspora Studies

2013 Fellow, Louise Spence Griffeth Fellowship for Excellence

2012 Fellow, Elizabeth Glenadine Gibb Teaching Fellowship in Education

2011 Fellow Status, Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology)

2011 Fellow Status, Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues)

Current Research Projects and Grants

Dr. Kevin Cokley is presently examining the impostor phenomenon and its impact on ethnic minority students. In this new line of research he is interested in formulating a better understanding of the relationship between impostor phenomenon, mental health, and academic self-concept. Dr. Cokley is especially interested in how impostor feelings manifest among students of color in predominantly White educational settings.

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. Kevin Cokley is primarily interested in the impact of racial and ethnic identity, as well as academic self-concept, on the academic achievement of African American students. He is particularly focused on including more studies on African American high school students. He plans to continue the examination of the impact of the imposter phenomenon, especially among ethnic minority students and women.

Broadly, Dr. Cokley considers racial and ethnic identity development, academic motivation, multicultural psychology and issues of race, the impact of religiosity and spirituality on psychological outcomes, and multicultural counseling in his research.