Kevin Cokley

Kevin Cokley


Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 262N
Monday: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Tuesday: 2:30 - 4:00 pm
Or by appointment

(512) 471-7498

(512) 475-7641

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

Mailing Address
Educ Psychol Dept
1 University Station D5800
Austin, Texas 78712
UT Mail Code: D5800

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

Most recently I have started examining the impostor phenomenon and its impact on ethnic minority students. In this new line of research I am interested in better understanding the relationship between impostor phenomenon, mental health and academic self-concept. I am especially interested in how impostor feelings manifest among students of color in predominantly White educational settings.


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. (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

I continue to be interested in the impact of racial and ethnic identity, as well as academic self-concept, on the academic achievement of African American students. I am especially interested in including more studies on African American high school students. I am also interested in continuing to examine the impact of the impostor phenomenon, especially among ethnic minority students and women.

Research Interests and Expertise

Racial and Ethnic Identity Development; Factors that Impact Academic  Achievement of African American Students; Academic Self-Concept; Multicultural Psychology and Issues of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture; Afrocentric/African-centered Psychology; Developing interests include examining the impact of religiosity and spirituality on mental health; Psychological impact of impostor phenomenon