Allan Cole is senior associate dean for academic affairs and professor in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin and by courtesy, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Dell Medical School. He also serves on President Jay Hartzell’s leadership team as deputy to the president for societal challenges and opportunities.

His research and teaching interests include chronic illness, health humanities, and mental health.

Professor Cole is the author or editor of 11 books. His latest work is Counseling Persons with Parkinson’s Disease (Oxford University Press, 2021). Another book, Discerning the Way: Lessons from Parkinson’s Disease (Cascade) will be published later this year; and his first book of poetry, In the Care of Plenty: Poems (Resource Publications) will be published in 2022. Cole is also the author of dozens of chapters, articles, and reviews in volumes and journals related to the fields of social work, counseling, and the psychology of religion, and he serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Spirituality and Religion in Social Work: Social Thought (Taylor & Francis).

Professor Cole serves on the Board of Trustees at Headwaters School. He also serves on the Board of Directors at Power for Parkinson’s (, a non-profit organization that provides free exercise, dance, and singing classes to those living with Parkinson’s disease in Central Texas and globally through instructional videos. He moderates PD Wise (, a hub for sharing personal stories, experiences, and wisdom gained from living with Parkinson’s that aim to encourage personal connections and opportunities for learning. He serves as a Community Advocate for, and as a regular guest contributor to the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Team Fox Blog.

Responsible for leadership of the Office of Academic Affairs in the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, his efforts focus on educating and supporting students and colleagues in research, practice, teaching, and leadership.

Curriculum Vitae

Professional Interests

Social work and chronic illness, health humanities, and mental health.