Current Lab Members

The AMPP Lab presenting at the 2018 APA Convention in San Francisco, CA.

Dr. Brian Cole

Hello! I am Dr. Brian Cole and I am the founder of the AMPP Lab. I joined the KU Counseling Psychology Faculty in 2015. I earned degrees from the University of Kansas (B.G.S., 2006; M.S., 2008) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ph.D., 2013). I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Counseling Center where I received specialized training in multicultural issues in psychological assessment. I am an active member of the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA Division 17), where I serve as the Past Chair and Webmaster for the Section on Positive Psychology. I am also the Membership Committee Co-Chair for the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (APA Division 51). When I am not conducting research or teaching, I enjoy spending time with my partner and our two small humans, cooking, watching KU basketball and Royals games, and a side of occasional geekdom.

Kelsey Moffit-Carney

Hello! I am Kelsey Moffitt-Carney, and I am a fourth year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program here at KU. I have a B.A. in Psychology, Nonprofit Business, and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry from William Jewell College, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Washburn University. I am a graduate student affiliate of APA Divisions 17, 51, and 53, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and the Midwestern Psychological Association (MPA). My research interests are broadly focused on sport psychology, intimate relationships, and the use of mindfulness interventions in the context of positive psychology. I am also interested in behavioral health technology. When I am not doing research or studying, I enjoy playing volleyball, traveling, and spending time with my sweet dog, Gracie. ​

Sara Fiene

Hello! I’m Sara and I am a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at KU. I have a B.S. and an M.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri. I am an APA Graduate Student member (APAGS) as well as a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success (NSLS), Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society, the National Art Education Association, and the International Honor Society in Psychology – Psi Chi. This year, I am also serving as the Social Media Representative for APA Div. 17, section on Positive Psychology. My research interests include technology-mediated therapy (also known as telepsychology); innovative therapies, including yoga therapy; trauma-informed therapy. I also have an interest in social media and technology as well as evidence-based therapeutic research. When I am not working or doing research, I enjoy practicing yoga, exercising, watching movies, cooking and traveling.

Tristan Patterson

My name is Tristan Patterson.  I am originally from Columbia, Missouri but now live in Kansas City.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Sport Psychology, from Northwest Missouri State University. I am currently working toward my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. My current research interests are men and masculinities and positive functioning, specifically in sports and Military settings, and I am a member of APA Divisions 19 and 51.  I love sports, especially football. In my free time, I like Game of Thrones, Parks and Rec, traveling, and going on adventures. Fun fact: I have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, which is my favorite of many adventures!

Matt Kane

What’s up! I’m Matt Kane, and I am a third year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology PhD program at the lovely University of Kansas. I did my B.A in Psychology with a minor in Education at Wagner College and my M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at Seton Hall University. My research interests, in a broad sense, are directed towards the masculine identity development of Black men (particularly Black male athletes and inmates) through a Counseling and Systemic lens. As you can probably tell, social justice is important to me. A few tidbits about me: I’m from Horsham, PA; I love to workout or “get gains!” And Marc Anthony’s Vivir Mi Vida, is my current anthem!​

Alyssa Dye

Hi! I’m Alyssa, and I am in my second year in the Counseling Psychology PhD program here at the University of Kansas. I received a bachelors in Music Education and am coming from the M.A. program in General Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus. In terms of research, I have a particular interest in the experiences and mental health of fathers during the perinatal period. I am a graduate student member of the International Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health, Postpartum Support International, and Divisions 17, 35, and 51 of APA. In addition to research, I love spending time with my husband and two children, longboarding, and working on rebuilding my 1908 Kimball piano.

Sam Swisher

Hi, my name is Sam Swisher. I am a second year doctoral student in KU’s Counseling Psychology PhD program. I received my B.A. in Psychology at George Washington University in Washington, DC. My interests include masculinity and the factors influencing psychological help seeking in men. I am looking forward to learning more about positive psychology. I am currently a member of APA Division 51 (Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities). I am originally from the Jersey Shore. I enjoying swimming, being outdoors, and going on long bike rides.

Isaac Harosh

Hi! I’m Isaac and I am in my first year in the Counseling Psychology PhD program here at the University of Kansas. I received a bachelor’s in psychology at CSUCI and an M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Dialectical Behavioral Analysis from California Lutheran University. My research background focuses on depression, men’s conformity to masculine norms, and help-seeking barriers/ behaviors. I am research orientated in the field, which means I don’t have counseling experience…yet. While I enjoy research, I do have a life outside of psychology. I am a California native who enjoys watching sports, eating copious amounts of food, and spending time with my miniature dachshund-Augustine. ”

AMPP Alumni

  • Amanda Lappin, PhD- University of Kansas Medical Center (Postdoctoral Fellow)
  • Michael Baglieri- Florida Gulf Coast CAPS (Internship)
  • Maggie Brennan- Indiana University CAPS (Internship)
  • Scott Ploharz- VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System (Internship)
  • Aishah Parham- Center for Behavioral Medicine (Internship)
  • Troy Fox- VA Eastern Kansas Healthcare System (Internship)
  • Emily Tyler, MS- Springfield College
  • Ashley Kuznia, MS- Washington State University
  • Timothy Little, MS- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Hamad Alhatem, MS- University of Florida
  • Victoria Philippon, MS- University of Central Arkansas