Cokley Named Director of UT’s Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis

Kevin Cokley, a professor in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Psychology, has been named the new director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA). He replaces King Davis, who has been director for the past three years.

In addition to his affiliation with the College of Education, Cokley also has been a core faculty member in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies since its inception.

Cokley is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology and past chair of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs. His research and teaching center on African American psychology, with a focus on:

  • psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement
  • the influence of racial and ethnic identity
  • the correlates of mental health, including perceived discrimination, religiosity, and spirituality
  • the “imposter phenomenon”


He has received recognition for being one of the most prolific authors on ethnic minority psychology and among the top contributors to the Journal of Counseling Psychology. Additionally, he was elected a Fellow in the APA for his contributions to ethnic minority psychology and counseling psychology.

Cokley has also garnered the Charles and Shirley Thomas Award from the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues for mentoring ethnic minority students, the “10 Rising Stars of the Academy” award from Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and the Association of Black Psychologists’ Scholarship Award.

The IUPRA, which was created in 2011, was a joint effort of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus, John Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, and UT Austin’s College of Liberal Arts. The aim of the institute has been to advocate, through applied policy research, for equal access, opportunity, and choice for populations of color.

Last updated on May 22, 2014