Kathleen Cook, PhD

Kathleen Cook

Department Chair, Psychology

PhD, Social and Personality Psychology, University of Washington

Areas of Expertise



I research primarily in the area of social cognition.  My research concerns people’s self-perceptions and how those perceptions affect them and their experiences.  Throughout this research, I have woven my lifelong interest in education and gender differences in information processing.  In addition, my questions are generally questions of social justice, often about the equality of social structures and systems.  For example, I study perceptions of gender, power, and the law, all of which echo Seattle University’s mission of social justice.