Raven K. Cokley, M.Ed., NCC

Email: rcokley@uga.edu. Phone: 941-914-8528


Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling and Student Personnel Services  

Anticipated, May 2020

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Advisor: Dr. Anneliese Singh

Master of Education in Professional Counseling (Community)                          May 2015

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Bachelor of Science in Psychology                                                                                May 2013

Minors: Spanish & Leadership Studies

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS__________________________________________

  • College access and career readiness for underrepresented and low-income students
  • Experiences of Black collegiate students attending historically White institutions
  • Counselor and counselor educators’ roles in the Black Lives Matter Movement
  • Experiences of Black first-generation doctoral students in higher education
  • Experiences of high-achieving Black girls and women (P-20)

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE________________________________________________________

Counselor Educators and the Black Lives Matter Movement              Fall 2016- Present

University of Georgia

Primary Researcher: Dr. Anneliese Singh

  • Research team leader/member.

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program                                                     Fall 2011-Spring 2013

University of Central Florida

  • Presented original research findings at national and international academic conferences.
  • Selected as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for Project UNO at DePaul University.
  • Designed and implemented a qualitative research study using an original self-report measure.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE________________________________________________________

Graduate Level (Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia)

ECHD 7080 Introduction to Group Counseling (3 credits)                                      Spring 2017

Undergraduate Level (Teaching Assistant, University of Georgia)

SOP 3004 Social Psychology (3 credits)                                                                            Fall 2012

PSY 4215C Advanced Research Methods (4 credits)                                                 Spring 2013

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE__________________________________________________________

Doctoral Counseling Practicum                                                                                      Fall 2017

Ivy Prep Academy

  • Counseled middle school students regarding social, emotional and academic concerns.
  • Promoted a college-going culture and environment on campus.
  • Implemented a peer mentoring group for girls.

Master’s Level Clinician                                                                                  Spring 2014 – 2015

Center for Counseling and Personal Evaluation, University of Georgia        

  • Counseled undergraduate students dealing with issues relating to the transition from high school to college, academic achievement, peer pressure, stress, family concerns, interpersonal difficulties, etc.
  • Conducted counseling intake interviews for undergraduate students  who were seeking mental health services.
  • Developed  individual treatment plans for students’ unique emotional, mental and academic needs.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE____________________________________________________

Writing Coach, Peer Forward Workshop                                                       Summer 2017

College Summit

  • Assisted high school juniors with drafting their personal statement essays for college applications.
  • Served as an informal mentor for workshop attendees.

Graduate Assistant, University of Georgia                                                  Fall 2016- Present

  • Graduate assistant for the Educational Specialist in School Counseling program.

College & Career Readiness Advocate                                                August 2015-May 2016

Booker Middle School

  • Supported underrepresented students in their exploration of various career clusters and post-secondary opportunities.
  • Provided information on the importance of scholarships, positive recommendation letters, community service, high grade point averages, etc. as it relates to the college application process.
  • Coordinated all campus events for the College Reach Out Program and College for Every Student Initiative.
  • Served as an informal mentor both inside and outside of the classroom by assisting students in making effective choices.

Duke Talent Identification Program                                                                   Summer 2015

Co-Instructor, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Taught several course sections on multiculturalism, social justice, and diversity awareness to high school students attending a summer intensive academic program.
  • Monitored students’ behavior throughout the day time and reported concerns when necessary.
  • Advocated for students who had social and personal concerns.
  • Facilitated evening study sessions after each class day.

Academic Mentor                                                                                                               Fall 2013

Athletic Association, University of Georgia                                                   

  • Assisted freshman students with the transition from high school to college by developing individual study plans, cultivating time management skills, and addressing social concerns.
  • Monitored students’ daily homework assignments and supervised students during mandatory study hall hours.

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS________________________________________________

National Certified Counselor   (NBCC), 2017


College of Education Diversity Speaker Series, University of Georgia (2017)


Mental Health Awareness Workshop at First Baptist Church, Decatur, GA (2017)


Cokley, R. (2013). The Role of Mentoring on the Development of Ethnic Identity as it relates to Body Image Concerns in Ethnic Minority Women. Published in the University of Central Florida Digital Collections Database.


Cokley, R., Andrews, A., & Wallace, J. (2017, June). “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop:” Digital Space Interventions for First-generation Doctoral Students”. Mini-institute presented at NASPA’s Closing the Achievement Gap Conference, Washington, D.C.

Cokley, R. (2017, April). “You Sound Like a White Girl”: Exploring Black Girls’ Experiences with the Acting White Phenomenon in Academically Gifted Spaces. Poster presented at the 2017 College of Education Research Symposium, University of Georgia.

Parker, B., Beaty, Z. & Cokley, R. (2017, March). “I am My Sister’s Keeper:” Black Women’s Experiences with Kinship and Betrayal after Sexual Assault at HBCUs. Workshop presented at the NASPA 99th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Cokley, R. & Parker, B. (2017, January). “They’re Not Here for Us:” Black Students’ Experiences with Educational Betrayal in Higher Education. Workshop presented at the 2017 Winter Roundtable at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Cokley, R., Andrews, L., & Parker, B. (2016, November). “I Can Do Bad All by Myself”: Addressing the Strong Black Woman Phenomenon in Supervisory Relationships. Workshop presented at the 2016 GCPA Conference at Middle Georgia State University.

Cokley, R. (2013, February). The Role of Mentoring on the Development of Ethnic Identity as it relates to Body Image Concerns in Ethnic Minority Women. Poster presented at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference, University of Florida.

Cokley, R. (2012, September). The Role of Mentoring on the Development of Ethnic Identity in Minority Adolescents. Poster presented at the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program Research Conference, University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Cokley, R. (2012, July). Mentoring, Ethnic Identity and Minority Youth. Poster presented at the 20th Annual Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program Research Symposium, University of California, Berkeley.

Cokley, R. & Walsh, J. (2012, June). The United States Educational System as it relates to the European Educational System. Symposium presented at the 3rd International Research Symposium at the Faculty of Organizational Informatics, University of Zagreb.

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP/SERVICE__________________________________________

ACPA Ambassador                                                                                                    (2016-2017)

AERA Campus Liaison                                                                                             (2017-Present)

Journal of Negro Education Manuscript Reviewer                                           (2017)

AERA Conference Paper Reviewer                                                                       (2017)                                       

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS___________________________________________________

Black Doctoral Network                                                                                          (2016-Present)

American Counseling Association                                                                        (2013-Present)

Association for Counseling Education and Supervision                                  (2016-Present)

National Women Studies Association                                                                  (2016-Present)

American Educational Research Association                                                     (2017-Present)

Association for the Study of Higher Education                                                  (2017-Present)

Association for College Personnel Administrators                                           (2016-Present)

Georgia College Personnel Association                                                               (2016-Present)

National Association for Student Affairs Administrators                               (2016-Present)

Association for the Study of African American Life and History                  (2016-Present)


R.A.C.E. Mentoring Travel Grant 2017