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.

Tristan Patterson

My name is Tristan Patterson.  I am originally from Columbia, Missouri but now live in Lawrence.  I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Northwest Missouri State University, and my Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. I am a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program at KU. My current research interests include men and masculinities and positive psychology. Particularly, I am interested in how constructs in positive psychology (e.g., hope, self-compassion) can be applied to help men adopt more flexible gender roles and increase their prosocial behaviors (e.g., help-seeking) and attitudes (e.g., positive attitudes toward women and relationships). Additionally, I am interested in help-seeking influences for male survivors of sexual assault. I am a member of APA Division 51 and Division 17. In my free time, I like Brooklyn 99, Marvel movies/T.V shows, traveling, spending time with wife and two cats, and trying great food.

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. ”

Elisabeth England

Hi there! My name is Elisabeth England, and I am a first-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 eating disorders with emphasis on men’s disordered eating and men and masculinity. I am looking forward to learning more about positive psychology during my time at KU and within the AMPP lab. 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. 

Jared Ohm

Hey! My name is Jared Ohm. I am a first year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology PhD program here at KU. I completed my undergraduate degree at Northwest Missouri State University (#GoBearcats) in biology and my Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from Emporia State University (#Stingersup). I am a Kansas native and excited to finally being part of the Jayhawk Nation! My research interests revolve around masculinity, but more specifically with men’s friendships with one another. My experience working in an a correctional setting has solidified my research interests and desire to better understand men’s capacity for connection. Outside of academic pursuits, I enjoy playing tennis, reading, doing Zumba in my garage, and spending time with my wife and daughter.

AMPP Alumni

  • Amanda Lappin, PhD- Kansas City University Counseling Services
  • Michael Baglieri, PhD- Lockton Company
  • Maggie Brennan, PhD- University of Delaware Center for Counseling and Student Development
  • Scott Ploharz, PhD-  Topeka VA
  • Aishah Parham, PhD- CMA Global
  • Troy Fox, PhD- Topeka VA
  • Kelsey Moffitt-Carney- University of Missouri Kansas City Counseling Center (Internship)
  • Sara Fiene- Kansas City VA Medical Center (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