Professor of Practice, Psychology

Froman Hall 308, Albany
Gurley Hall 306, Troy
518-292-8603 (A) | 518-244-2223 (T)
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Ellen Cole, a counseling psychologist, is Professor of Practice in Psychology at the Sage Colleges. She completed an Ed.M. degree in Counseling at Harvard, a Ph.D. degree in Counseling Psychology at the Union Institute, and most recently an M.A. degree in Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. She also completed post-doctoral training in Sex Therapy with William Masters and Virginia Johnson at Washington University in St. Louis and with Phillip and Lorna Sarrel at Yale.

Although Dr. Cole has taught a wide variety of psychology courses to many constituencies (high school students, undergraduates, master’s students, and doctoral students), the majority of her career has been spent training master’s level graduate students to become mental health professionals. She has taught in and directed graduate programs in Vermont (Goddard College), Arizona (Prescott College), and Alaska (Alaska Pacific University).

Dr. Cole is past-president of the Alaska Psychological Association and the Society for the Psychology of Women, Division 35 of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a Fellow in two divisions of APA—Psychology of Women and Media Psychology. She is currently consulting on “older women” to an APA committee that is revising the 2007 Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women.

For 12 years Dr. Cole co-edited the journal Women & Therapy and the Haworth Press book program, “Innovations in Feminist Studies.” She is author and editor of many publications, including Retiring But Not Shy: Feminist Psychologists Create their Post-Careers, co-edited with Mary Gergen, Featuring Females: Feminist Analyses of Media, co-edited with Jessica Henderson-Daniel, Refugee Women and their Mental Health, co-edited with Oliva Espin and Esther Rothblum, and Wilderness Therapy for Women: The Power of Adventure, co-edited with Eve Erdman and Esther Rothblum. She has received a variety of professional awards, including a Distinguished Publication Award and two awards for Jewish scholarship from the Association for Women in Psychology, two Faculty Merit Awards for research from Alaska Pacific University, a Woman of Achievement award from Anchorage’s YWCA, and perhaps most meaningful to her, an award for Outstanding Contribution to Students from her students in Alaska.

Dr. Cole’s current research and writing interests are in positive psychology and positive aging. She and Jane Giddan have an interactive blog at and are regular contributors to HuffingtonPost/50. In the works is a trade book with Jane Giddan and a special issue of the journal Women and Therapy with Mary Gergen, both on women and aging. She is also involved in a variety of ways in mentoring early career professionals, including co-authoring a quarterly column in the Feminist Psychologist Newsletter (APA, Division 35), “Figure It Out Loud.”