Kevin O'Neal Cokley

Professor of Educational Psychology and African and African Diaspora Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Kevin Cokley is Director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis and a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies. The research of Dr. Kevin Cokley encompasses numerous facets of African American psychology. Specifically, Dr. Cokley researches racial and ethnic identity development and correlates of academic achievement such as academic self-concept and academic motivation. He is author of the book "The Myth of Black Anti-Intellectualism: A True Psychology of African American Students." His publications have appeared in professional journals including The Journal of Black Psychology, Journal of College Student Development, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, Journal of Counseling Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Educational and Psychological Measurement, and Harvard Educational Review. A consistent theme in Dr. Cokley’s research is the examination of the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement. His research and scholarship have led him to challenge the notion that African American students are anti-intellectual. Dr. Cokley directs his research to critically re-examine the impact of racial and ethnic identity and gender on academic achievement. In addition to his extensive background in academic research, Dr. Cokley serves as the Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Black Psychology. He is also an affiliate of the University of Texas at Austin Warfield @Center for African and African American Studies.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Educational Psychology and African and African Studies., University of Texas at Austin