Kevin O'Neal Cokley

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

Dr. Kevin Cokley holds the Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professorship for Educational Research and Development in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. He is a Fellow of both the University of Texas System and University of Texas Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 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. Dr. Cokley’s research and teaching can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology, with a focus on racial and ethnic identity and understanding the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American students’ academic achievement. Dr. Cokley studies the psychosocial experiences of students of color, and is currently exploring the impostor phenomenon and its relationship to mental health and academic outcomes. 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. In addition to his extensive background in academic research, Dr. Cokley is the past Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Black Psychology. He is also an affiliate of the University of Texas at Austin's Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.

Experience

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