• About Dr. Cole

    Dr. Ashley B. Cole is an enrolled tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Cole is an affiliate member of the Health Promotion Research Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City.

  • Research

    The COLE lab's research examines health disparities and health behaviors among American Indian/Alaska Native (Indigenous) populations, including alcohol and substance use; exercise and eating patterns; and mental health. They also investigate social and individual determinants of health among AI/AN (Indigenous) peoples from both resilience and risk perspectives.


    Current Grant-Funded Projects

    1. The Application of a Smartphone Based Smoking Cessation Tool with American Indian Adults

    (R01CA221819-01A1S1; PI: Businelle; PI of Supplement: Cole, 07/01/2019–06/30/2021, NIH/NCI)

    In this supplemental project, interviews are conducted with American Indians (AIs) following their 6-month participation in a smoking cessation randomized controlled trial (RCT) intervention delivered via smartphone apps to determine their perceived usability. Results of this study will be used to inform cultural modification of smoking cessation smartphone apps for AIs who want to quit smoking.


    2. Tobacco Cessation among American Indian Cancer Survivors in Cherokee Nation

    (P20 CA253255-01; MPIs: Khan, Doescher, & Sewell, 05/01/2020-04/01/2024, NIH/NCI)

    This collaboration between the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and Oklahoma State University aims to create the capacity to address cancer disparities in the Cherokee Nation through a linked program of pilot research and training/education for new investigators and students committed to advancing this work.


    3. Empowering Indigenous college women to stop rape: A treatment development study                                      

    (Co-PIs: Anderson & Cole, 09/01/2020-08/01/2021; Peace Outside Campus: The Lindsey M. Bonistall Foundation Grant & North Dakota State EPSCoR Office Grant)

    This multi-site project uses mixed methods and aims to develop a culturally adapted intervention to empower Indigenous women and their communities to reduce rape while in college at Tribal colleges and at predominantly White institutions (PWIs) in North Dakota and Oklahoma.


    Additional Projects (ongoing and upcoming data collection)

    1. Health Behaviors and Resilience among College Students and Community Members ​(PI: Cole)

    This cross-sectional study seeks to better understand relationships between health behaviors and mental health factors, including protective/resilience factors and risk factors, across samples of American Indian community members and non-Hispanic White college students.


    2. Impact of Coronavirus on Young Adults (I-COYA; PI: Clawson)

    This longitudinal study seeks to better understand the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the experiences of college students. Specifically, the project examines the impact of COVID-19 on college students' psychosocial and behavioral functioning. Given the disproportionate impact of coronavirus on individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, we are particularly dedicated to enhancing our understanding of the effects of the coronavirus on young adults of color. Additionally, we are interested in the unique impact of coronavirus on young adults living with chronic medical conditions.


    3. Impact of Coronavirus on Parenting Experiences (I-COPE; PI: Clawson)

    This study seeks to better understand the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on parenting experiences and family health. Specifically, the project examines differences in parent and child health and psychosocial functioning across families with and without asthma and to identify factors of risk and resilience associated with these outcomes. Additionally, this project seeks to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on families of color.

  • LAB

    Graduate Students & Affiliates

    Cassidy Armstrong

    Doctoral Student in the OSU Clinical Psychology Program

    Cassidy Armstrong is an enrolled member of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma. She is currently a first-year graduate student in the OSU Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. Her research interests include investigating the relationships between mental and physical health factors and health disparities, including obesity, substance use, exercise and eating patterns, and mindfulness in underrepresented/underserved populations. In her free time, Cassidy enjoys spending time in nature, being active, and cooking.


    For questions about the lab, Dr. Cole's mentorship style, etc., please feel free to email Cassidy at cassidy.armstrong@okstate.edu.

    Payton Counts

    Affiliate Lab Member

    Payton Counts is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe, located in North Dakota. She is an affiliated lab member of the Cole lab. Her primary research interests include examining connections between health disparities and behaviors and suicidality in American Indian communities, as well as exploring resiliency and protective factors for marginalized youth. In her free time, Payton enjoys hanging out with friends, working out and eating good food.

  • Current Research Assistants

    Mary Arena

    Alex Griffin (honor's thesis advisee)


    Dr. Cole anticipates reviewing prospective graduate student applications in fall 2021!

    Click here for information about the OSU Clinical Psychology PhD program.

    If you are interested in scheduling an informal phone call to discuss research and potential mentor/mentee fit prior to applying or interviewing, this may be a possibility. Email Dr. Cole for more information, and include your current CV in the email. Students from underrepresented backgrounds and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.


    Undergraduate research assistants (RAs):

    Opportunities may include: recruiting, screening, and running participants; conducting literature searches; coding and entering data; assisting with organizational tasks; receiving mentorship on professional development topics and guidance on applying to graduate school; leading independent research projects; and opportunities to present research at regional and national conferences (for advanced students). Undergraduate students should have an interest in research, be self-motivated, and be able to work independently. Preference will be given to students who meet the above requirements and are willing commit to Dr. Cole's research lab for one year. Students from underrepresented backgrounds and first generation college students are encouraged to apply.

    If you are interested in joining the lab, please complete the application below.

    Apply to be an Undergraduate RA


    Please return completed application forms to Dr. Cole's mailbox, located in 104 North Murray Hall, or email to her at abcole@okstate.edu

    Undergrad RA Lab Alumni - Where are they now?

    Victoria ("Vickie") Throneberry - graduated in May 2020, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.


    Diana ("Dee") Soriano - graduated in May 2020, and is currently employed as a Research Technician at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in OKC, OK.


    Emma Morrone - graduated in May 2019, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science (MS) degree in Counseling Psychology Program at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX.


    Katelynn Pipestem (AIIP mentee) - graduated in May 2019, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree, with a concentration on American Indian/Alaska Native populations, at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

    Lab News!

    12/02/19 - Congratulations to Dr. Cole on being selected for the 2020 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) Health Disparities (HD) Network and Travel Award!


    11/21/19 - Congratulations to Vickie Throneberry on being inducted into the Pi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity, OSU Chapter (top 15% of OSU Seniors)!


    9/01/19 - Congratulations to Dr. Cole on accepting a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in the Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University!


    7/01/19 - Congratulations to Dr. Cole and her mentorship team, Drs. Businelle, Kendzor, Leffingwell, Hawkins, Sittner, & Cheney, on being awarded an NCI Diversity Supplement, "The Application of a Smartphone Based Smoking Cessation Tool with American Indian Adults" (R01 CA221819; PI: Businelle)!

  • courses taught

    Current Courses

    Graduate Clinical Supervision (PSYC 6640)

    Previous Courses

    Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination (PSYC 4163)

  • Collaborators

    Click the names listed below to find out more about my collaborators.

    External Collaborators

    Courtney Bagge, Ph.D.

    (University of Michigan)

    Michael Businelle, Ph.D.

    (Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center)

    Hilary DeShong, Ph.D.

    (Mississippi State University)

    Jami Gauthier, Ph.D.

    (Atlanta VAMC)

    Emily Hébert, DrPH

    (Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center)

    Ashley Helle, Ph.D.

    (University of Missouri)

    David Hollingsworth, Ph.D. 

    (Tuscaloosa VAMC)

    Crystal S. Lim, Ph.D.

    (University of Mississippi Medical Center)

    Victoria O'Keefe, Ph.D.

    (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

    Sarah Rhoades-Kerswill, Ph.D.

    (Chickasaw Nation)

    Meredith Slish, Ph.D.

    (OKC VA)

    Raymond Tucker, Ph.D.

    (Louisiana State University)

  • Organizational involvement & collaborators

    Click the links below to find out more about my national organization involvement and collaborators.

    The Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE; www.ncreconnect.org) brings together researchers studying child development from birth through emerging adulthood in Native communities. NCRE provides opportunities for the open exchange of information and ideas and for building collaborative relationships, supporting new investigators, and disseminating knowledge about Native children’s development. Supporting the career development of junior faculty and graduate students, particularly those who are American Indian, Alaska Native, or First Nations tribal community members, is central to NCRE’s mission.

    The Youth Suicide Research Consortium (YSRC; http://www.youthsuicideresearch.org/) is an interdisciplinary network of researchers dedicated to the study of youth suicidal behavior among diverse populations (i.e., diversity based on race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexual orientation, and ability), with an emphasis on understanding and decreasing disparities.

  • Click below to download a copy of my CV to view a full list of publications, conference presentations, clinical experience, and teaching.

  • Contact

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    Stillwater, OK 74078