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Cole Hooley

Assistant Professor
Social Work, School of Social Work, Dean's Office

2166 JFSB
Provo, UT 84602


My professional mission is to alleviate suffering associated with mental illness. I strive to accomplish this mission through my teaching, research, and clinical practice.

I'm a serial social worker. I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from BYU, my Masters in Social Work from Smith College, and my PhD in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis.

I have enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the social work profession for nearly fifteen years. I have worked in youth development, child welfare, outpatient mental health, school-based mental health, and have done consultation/research work internationally. Across these service sectors, I have been a case manager, a case planner, psychotherapist, supervisor, director, researcher, and consultant. My research interests were born from my practice experiences in New York City, St. Louis, Utah, Uganda, Rwanda, and the UK.

Research Interests

My research program has two foci: mental health services and implementation science.

My mental health services research focuses on how we can expand the reach of mental health care. I work with systems of care to help get quality mental health service “benefits to more people over a wider geographical area, more quickly, more equitably and more lastingly” (CGIAR, 2000).

My implementation science research focuses on the application of dissemination and implementation methods in human service settings to increase the reach and quality of care.

Teaching Interests

I currently teach the following courses to our MSW students:

SW 611 - Supervised Clinical Practicum (1st year students)
SW 624 - Social Work Practice with Couples and Families (2nd year students)
SW 669 - Specialized Clinical Practice (2nd year students)


  • PhD, Social Work , Washington University in St. Louis (2019)
  • MSW, Clinical Social Work , Smith College School for Social Work (2009)
  • BS, Social Work , Brigham Young University (2008)

Courses Taught