Angela D. Coker, Associate Professor

Angela D. CokerOffice: AL 317 | Phone: (619) 594-1025 | Email: [email protected]

Angela D. Coker, Ph.D., LPCC, NCC, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University. She is a practicing LPCC in California, and an LPC in Missouri. Dr. Coker is current President of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, and a longtime active member of the American Counseling Association, member of the American Psychological Association, and National Women’s Studies Association.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Women’s Museum of California.

Dr. Coker has held academic appointments at The University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL), Johns Hopkins University, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Eastern Illinois University. For over twenty years her career has focused on training professional counselors, teaching about cultural diversity, and advocating for social justice initiatives. Her scholarly activities include an examination of women’s personal, career, and academic development. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, including over 100 professional conference presentations. She is the co-editor of Experiential Activities for Teaching Multicultural Competence in Counseling (Pope, Pangelinan, & Coker, 2011), a teaching resource designed to enhance cultural competency.  Her current work explores the nexus between Black feminism, women’s self-care/wellness, and personal development.

Internationally, Dr. Coker has been a Fulbright-Hays scholar who examined cultural diversity and racial identity in Brazil. While on sabbatical she also taught in the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Botswana and conducted research on how indigenous cultural traditions inform the practice of counseling locally. She also provided professional development training for UNICEF staff (Botswana), in addition to community outreach to homeless shelters in Windhoek, Namibia and Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Coker also served as a Visiting Scholar in the Women's and Gender Studies Department at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.  She held the title of Fellow in the Office of International Studies and Programs at UMSL, and Ambassador for the International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs.

Dr. Coker is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Group Work Practice Award from ASGW, Outstanding Professional Teaching Award from the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NCACES), and the Women’s Trailblazer Award.

  • WMNST 336: Women of Color in the US
  • WMNST 522: Women, Madness, and Sanity
  • WMNST 536: Gender, Race, and Class
  • WMNST 585: Feminist Organizations and Activism 


Pope, M., Pangelinan, J., & Coker, A. D. (Eds.). (2011). Experiential activities for teaching multicultural competence in counseling. Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.


McCarthy, C.J., Bauman, S., Choudhuri, D.D., Coker, A., Justice, C., Kraus, K.L., Luke, M., Rubel, D. & Shaw, L. (2022). Association for Specialists in Group Work Guiding Principles for Group Work, The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 47(1), 10-21, DOI: 10.1080/01933922.2021.1950882

Awad, G. Kashubeck-West, S., Bledman, R. A., Coker, A. D., Stinson, R. D., & Mintz, L.B. (2020). The Role of Enculturation, Racial Identity, and Body Mass Index in the Prediction of Body Dissatisfaction in African American Women. Journal of Black Psychology, 46 (1), 3-28.

Brown, O. & Coker, A. D. (2019) Promoting the Resiliency of African American Teens Experiencing Ambiguous Loss, The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 44(4), 286-299, DOI: 10.1080/01933922.2019.1669751

Coker, A.D., Martin, C., Culver, J., & Johnson, C. (2018).  Black women’s academic and leadership development in higher education:  An autoethnographic inquiry.  REVISTA PERIFERIA,10(2), 44-66. doi: 10.12957/periferia.2018.33714.

Coker, A.D. & Majuta, A. R. (2015). Teaching Group Counseling in Botswana:  Two U.S.-Trained Counselors Discuss Experiences and Share Cultural Considerations for Practice.  The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 40, 102-116. doi:10.1080/01933922.2014.992506.

Kashubeck-West, S., Coker, A. D., Awad, G., Hix, R., Bledman, R. A., & Mintz, L. (2013). Do Measures Commonly Used in Body Image Research Perform Adequately With African American College Women? Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology,19(3), 357-368. doi: 10.1037/a0031905.  

Mintz, L. B., Awad, G. H., Hix, R., Bledman, R. A., Coker, A. D., Kashubeck-West, S., & Connelly, K. (2013). Weighing and body monitoring among college women: The scale number as an emotional barometer. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 27(1), 78-91. doi: 10.1080/87568225.2013.739039

Coker, A. D. (2011). The voice of the voiceless:  An interview with Thelma Daley. Journal of Counseling & Development, 89, 244-249.

Coker, A. D., Meyer, D., Smith, R., & Price, A. (2010). Using social justice group work with young mothers who experience homelessness. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 35, 220-229. doi: 1080/01933922.2010.492901

Enriquez, M., Cheng, A., Kelly, P. J., Witt, J., Coker, A. D., & Kashubeck-West, S. (2010). Development and feasibility of an HIV and IPV prevention intervention among low-income mothers receiving services in a Missouri child care center. Violence Against Women, 16, 560-578. doi: 10.1177/1077801210366869

Huang, H. & Coker, A. D. (2010). Examining issues affecting African American participation in research studies. Journal of Black Studies, 40, 619-636. doi:10.1177/0021934708317749

Coker, A. D., Huang, H. & Kashubeck-West, S. (2009). Research with African Americans: lessons learned about recruiting African American women. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 37, 153-165.

Durodoye, B. A. & Coker, A. D. (2008). Crossing cultures in marriage: Implications for counseling African American/African couples. International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, 30, 25-37. doi:10.1007/s10447-007-9042-9

Bryant, R. M., Coker, A. D., Durodoye, B.A., McCollum, V. J., Constantine, M.G., Pack-Brown, S., & O’ Bryant, B. J. (2005). Having our say: African American women, diversity, and counseling. Journal of Counseling & Development, 83, 313-319.

Coker, A. D. & Bryant, R. (2003, Fall) Counseling African Americans: Understanding racial tasks and cultural values. American Association of Behavioral and Social Sciences - AABSS Journal, 7-18.

Coker, A. D. (2003). African American female adult learners. Journal of Black Studies, 33, 654-674. doi: 10.1177/0021934703033005007.

Book Chapters

Coker, A.D. (2018). Pretty on the inside:  Navigating self-care in counselor education. In G. Corey, J. Austin, J. Austin, & M. Muratori (Eds.) Counselor self-care (pp. 90-92). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Coker, A.D., Banks, K. D., Overton, B. L., Robinson, C., & Culver, J. (2014). Group Work with African American Women:  Using Vision Boards for Self-Reflection and Goal-Setting. In A. Nitza, K. Fineran, B. Houltberg, H. Reynolds, & J. McCoy, (Eds.), Work experts share their favorite activities: A guide to choosing, planning, conducting, and processing (pp. 254-259). Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Kashubeck-West, S., Saunders, K. J., & Coker, A. D. (2012). Body image. In J. Robert-Mccomb and J. Clopton (Eds.), Eating disorders in women and children: Prevention, stress management, and treatment (2nd ed.) (pp. 163-180). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Coker, A. D., Meyer, D., Smith, R., & Price, A. (2011). Using social justice group work with young mothers who experience homelessness. In A. Singh and C. Salazar (Eds.), Social Justice Group Work. (pp. 63-72). New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Holcomb-McCoy, C. & Coker, A. D. Cross-cultural consultation (2008).  In C. C. Lee, D. A. Burnhill, C. P. Hipolito-Delgado, M. Humphrey, O. &, M. H. Shin (Eds.), Elements of culture in counseling: Foundations & practice (pp. 177-192). Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Pearson.

Loder, T. L., Sims, M. J., Coker, A. D., Collins, L., Brooks, M., Voltz, D., & Calhoun, C. (2007,Winter). On becoming and being faculty-leaders in the field of urban education and also being African American...seems promising: Reflections from African American women and men in the academy. Advancing Women in Leadership Online Journal, vol.27. 

Coker, A.D., Loder, T.L., Sims, M., Collins, L., Voltz, D., & Coker, M. (2007). Lifting as we climb: Six African American women reflect on creation of an intellectual community. In. R. Martin (Ed.), Transforming the academy:  Struggles and strategies for the advancement of women in higher education, Vol. II. (pp. 95-107). Tehachapi, CA: GrayMill.

Coker, A.D. (2006). In big mama’s house:  Intergenerational issues. In S. M. Hobson & L. A. Carlson (Eds.), Critical incidents in counseling children (pp.147-149). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.

Coker, A. D. (2004). Counseling African American women: Issues, challenges and intervention strategies.  In G.R. Walz, & R. Yep (Eds.), VISTAS: Perspectives on Counseling 2004 (pp. 129-136). Alexandria, VA:  American Counseling Association and Counseling Outfitters/CAPS Press.