Keith Cox, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
252 Ramsey Library, CPO 1630

Office Hours

  • Wed: 

    • 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Thu: 

    • 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Other days/times by appointment


  • B.S., B.A., University of Georgia (Physics and Philosophy)
  • M.A., University of Virginia (Religion and Psychology)
  • Ph.D., Northwestern University (Clinical and Personality Psychology)

Courses Taught

  • Personality Psychology
  • Research Methods

Research and Professional Interests

As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Cox is interested in improving our understanding of and treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He is also part of a movement in clinical psychology which promotes the dissemination of evidence-based treatments for PTSD. Dr. Cox is currently working on research and dissemination projects to promote the best treatments for PTSD in the Asheville area. He is also involved in multiple research projects investigating the treatment of PTSD with veteran and active duty populations. 

As a personality psychologist, Dr. Cox studies how individuals tell their life stories, and how life stories shape an individual’s personality. Dr. Cox is especially interested in how people tell the story of emotionally intense experiences that are important to them. Sometimes such stories are about traumatic experiences, which brings in Dr. Cox’s interest in trauma. Moreover, Dr. Cox is interested in how PTSD and the life story interact, and he is currently involved in several research projects investigating this topic.

Recent Publications

Holcomb, Z., & Cox, K. S. (2017). Interpreting basic statistics: A workbook based on excerpts from journal articles. New York: Routledge.

Cox, K. S., Mouilso, E. R., Venners, M. R., Defeverd, M. E., Duvivier, L., Rauch, S. A. M., Strom, T. Q., Joiner, T. E., & Tuerk, P. W. (2016). Reducing Suicidal Ideation through Evidence-Based Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Clapp, J. D., Kemp, J. J., Cox, K. S., & Tuerk, P. W. (2016).  Patterns of change in response to prolonged exposure: Implications for treatment outcome. Depression and Anxiety.

Weston, S. J., Cox, K. S., Condon, D. M. and Jackson, J. J. (2015). A Comparison of Human Narrative Coding of Redemption and Automated Linguistic Analysis for Understanding Life Stories. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12183

Cox, K.S. (2015). Meaning Making in the Life Story, and Not Coherence or Vividness, Predicts Well-Being up to 3 Years Later: Evidence from High Point and Low Point Stories. Identity, 15(4), 241-262.

Cox, K. S. & McAdams, D. P. (2014)  Meaning Making during High and Low Point Life Story Episodes Predicts Emotion Regulation Two Years Later: How the Past Informs the Future.  Journal of Research in Personality, 50, 66-70. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2014.03.004

Cox, K. S., Resnick, H. S., & Kilpatrick, D. P.  (2014)  Prevalence and correlates of posttrauma distorted beliefs: Evaluating DSM-5 PTSD expanded cognitive symptoms in a national sample. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 299-306. doi: 10.1002/jts.21925

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