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.

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 Itzik and I am in my Third year in the Counseling Psychology PhD program here at the University of Kansas. I received an M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in DBT from California Lutheran University. My research background focuses on depression, CMNI, and help-seeking barriers/ behaviors. In this program I developed so much clinically and I typically run my therapy through a ACT protocol with a sprinkle of Strengths-based approach and Feminist theory. While I enjoy research, I do have a life outside of psychology. I am a California native who enjoys watching sports (Rock Chalk!), eating copious amounts of food, and spending time with my miniature dachshund-Augustine aka demon Dog.”

Elisabeth England

Hi there! My name is Elisabeth England, and I am a second-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 its effects on masculinity. I am also interested in 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.

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.

Sarah Bugg

Olivia Jones 

AMPP Alumni

  • Tristan Patterson- University of Utah Counseling Center (Internship)
  • Matt Kane- Vanderbilt University Counseling Center (Internship)
  • Sara Fiene, PhD- Kansas City VA Medical Center
  • Kelsey Moffitt-Carney, PhD, Private Practice 
  • Amanda Lappin, PhD- Kansas City University Counseling Services
  • Michael Baglieri, PhD- Private Practice 
  • Maggie Brennan, PhD- DePaul University Counseling andPsychological Services 
  • Scott Ploharz, PhD-  Topeka VA
  • Aishah Parham, PhD- CMA Global
  • Troy Fox, PhD- Topeka VA