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 Lorna Sarrel at Yale.

While Dr. Cole has taught a wide variety of psychology courses to a variety of 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, which is Division 35 of the American Psychological Association (APA); past chair of APA’s Committee on Women in Psychology; and a Fellow in two divisions of APA—The Society for the Psychology of Women and Media Psychology.

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 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 numerous professional awards: the 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; an Exceptional Service to the Profession Award from the Alaska Psychological Association; the Florence L. Denmark Award for Contributions to Women and Aging from APA’s Society for the Psychology of Women; 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 more specifically positive aging. She and Jane Giddan have an interactive blog at and co-authored the book 70 Candles: Women Thriving in their Eighth Decade. Related publications include Retiring but Not Shy: Feminist Psychologists Create their Post-Careers and a special four-issue volume of the journal Women and Therapy on women and aging, both co-edited with Mary Gergen.

Dr. Cole is currently Book Review Editor for the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly and is under contract with APA for her forthcoming book, co-edited with Lisa Hollis-Sawyer, A Study in Grey and Grit: Older Women Who Work.