Keith Cox, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

  • 225 Delany Hall

Office Hours

  • Monday 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Note: 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

  • Research Methods I
  • Research Methods II
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Internship in the Helping Professions
  • Liberal Arts 478
  • Humanities 414

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 and beyond. He is also involved research projects investigating the treatment of PTSD with veteran and first responders.

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 connects to Dr. Cox’s interest in trauma.

Selected Publications

Undergraduate researchers in italics and bolded.

Cox K. S., Wiener, D., Rauch S. A. M., Tuerk, P. W., Wangelin, B., & Acierno, R. (2021). Individual symptom reduction and post-treatment severity: Varying levels of symptom amelioration in response to Prolonged Exposure for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychological Services. Advance online publication.

Cox, K. S., & Lott, M. E. (2021). The virtues of attachment. In E. Harcourt (Ed.), Attachment and character: Attachment theory, ethics and the developmental psychology of vice and virtue. Oxford University Press.

Cox, K. S., & Holcomb, Z. C. (2021). Interpreting basic statistics: A workbook based on excerpts from journal articles (9th ed.). Routledge.

Chiang, E. S., Riordan, K. M., Ponder, J., Johnson, C., & Cox, K. S. (2021). Distinguishing firefighters with subthreshold PTSD from firefighters with probable PTSD or low symptoms. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 26(1), 65-77.

Cox, K. S., Wangelin, B., Keller, S. M., Lozano, B. E., Murphy, M. M., Maher, E., Cobb, A., Tuerk, P. W. (2020). Emotional processing of imaginal exposures predicts symptom improvement: Using therapist ratings to assess psychotherapy trajectory in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 33(3), 338-344.

Badour, C. L., Cox, K. S., Goodnight, J. R. M., Flores, J., Tuerk, P. W., & Rauch, S. A. M. (2020). Sexual health among veterans seeking outpatient treatment for PTSD: Does successful PTSD treatment also yield improvements in sexual desire? Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 83(1), 70-83.

Cox, K. S., Hanek, K. J., & Cassario, A. L. (2019). Redemption in a single low point story longitudinally predicts well‐being: The incremental validity of life story elements. Journal of Personality, 87(5), 1009-1024.

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