AUSTIN, Texas – Kevin Cokley, professor of counseling psychology in the College of Education, has been selected as the new director of the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis (IUPRA), a non-partisan urban policy think tank at The University of Texas at Austin.
Cokley's new role as director begins in June 2014. He will be succeeding King Davis, who has served as director of IUPRA since its inception in 2011.
A leading scholar of African American psychology, Cokley has published more than 50 articles and book chapters in his field, serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Black Psychology and has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology and the Journal of Counseling Psychology.
Among his many honors, Cokley received the 2008 "10 Rising Stars of the Academy" award by Diverse Issues in Higher Education, the 2007 Association of Black Psychologists' Scholarship Award and the 2004 co-recipient of the Emerging Professional Award by the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues of the American Psychological Association.
Cokley earned his Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Georgia State University and his master's in counselor education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He came to UT Austin in 2007, where he is a faculty affiliate in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, and the Center for African and African American Studies.
IUPRA, along with the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies, comprise the three branches of Black Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. Go to this website for more information.