Current Lab Members

The AMPP Lab presenting at the 2023 APA Convention in Washington, DC.

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 Webmaster for the Section on Positive Psychology. I am also President Elect of 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.

Alyssa Dye

Hi! I’m Alyssa, and I am in my fourth year in the Counseling Psychology PhD program here at the University of Kansas. I received a bachelors in Music Education and a masters in General Psychology from California State University, Stanislaus. In terms of research, I have a particular interest in the experiences of fathers during the transition to fatherhood. 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 playing the carillon and spending time with my two children.

Elisabeth England

Hi there! My name is Elisabeth England, and I am a third-year doctoral student in KU’s Counseling Psychology program. I am originally from Iowa where I received my B.A. in Psychology at Cornell College. My research interests include body image with emphasis on men’s disordered eating and its effects on masculinity. I am also interested in positive psychology concepts such as hope and well-being. I love the idea of using positive psychology in eating disorder treatment modalities. Outside of research and academics, I enjoy playing and watching soccer, spending time with friends and family (ideally boating on a lake) and traveling. Fun fact: I grew up on a miniature cow farm, so I was surrounded by half-sized cows most of my life.

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Sarah Bugg

Hi! My name is Sarah Bugg. I am a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology PhD program at the University of Kansas. I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Oklahoma. Then, I completed my master’s degree in counseling at Oklahoma City University. My research interests include mental health stigma and help seeking behaviors. I have interest in how masculinity and gender norms affect these factors. I my free time I enjoy hiking, listening to podcasts and trying out new restaurants.

Olivia Jones 

Hi! My name is Olivia Jones, and I am a second-year student in the Counseling Psychology PhD program at KU. I also attended KU for my undergraduate career where I received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Applied Behavioral Science with a focus area in Community Health and Development. My research interests are focused on using the principles of positive psychology to create a more inclusive and accessible therapy culture for multicultural individuals and communities. Outside of academics, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, rewatching my favorite Netflix series, and creating new Spotify playlists for any and all occasions!

Jordan Primeaux 

Howdy! My name is Jordan Primeaux and I am a first year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at KU. I’m originally from Stillwater, OK and completed my BA in Psychological Science at The University of Vermont. After graduating, I worked as a postgraduate researcher in the Family Development Lab at UVM before heading to KU. My research interests include masculinity in media, adolescent identity, and social media use. In my non-working/studying time I enjoy reading, getting into Wikipedia rabbit holes, and hanging out with my cat, Sapling.

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