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Kenneth Rice

Professor    Co-Director, Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience    

B.S. with High Honors, Psychology, University of Florida, 1986
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1990


Stress and stress management
Psychological assessment and measurement


Kenneth Rice holds the Ken and Mary Matheny Endowed Professorship in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services, where he conducts research and teaches in the counseling psychology doctoral program. He also co-directs the college’s Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience.

Before moving to Georgia State University, he held faculty positions at Penn State, Purdue, Michigan State, and the University of Florida. Much of his research centers on stress and resilience. He has conducted studies addressing the ways in which personal characteristics (such as perfectionism) and emotion regulation affect a variety of health, mental health, and academic outcomes. He has also conducted studies aimed at developing or evaluating measures that can be used in schools, universities, and health-related settings. He also has conducted studies of diverse groups and topics, such as motivators for, and barriers against, healthy behaviors among low-income families, and acculturative stress and psychosocial adjustment of international students in the U.S. Several of his most recent studies focus on underrepresented students in STEM majors and the personal and contextual factors that contribute to their retention and academic performance. Rice’s research has been published in major journals, including the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, Psychological Assessment, Health Psychology, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior. He has been named a fellow of the American Psychological Association.


Representative Publications (see CV for complete list)

Rice, K. G., Ray, M. E., Davis, D. E., DeBlaere, C., and Ashby, J. S. (2015). “Perfectionism and longitudinal patterns of stress for STEM majors: Implications for academic performance.” Journal of Counseling Psychology, doi: 10.1037/cou0000097

Richardson, C. E., and Rice, K. G. (2015). “Self-critical perfectionism, daily stress, and disclosure of daily emotional events.” Journal of Counseling Psychology, doi: 10.1037/cou0000100

Rice, K. G., Sauer, E. M., Richardson, C. E., Roberts, K. E., and Garrison, A. M. (2015). “Perfectionism affects change in psychological symptoms.” Psychotherapy, 52(2), 218-227. doi: 10.1037/a0036507

Rice, K. G., Richardson, C. E., and Tueller, S. (2014). “The Short Form of the Revised Almost Perfect Scale.” Journal of Personality Assessment, 96(3), 368-379. doi: 10.1080/00223891.2013.838172

Richardson, C. E., Rice, K. G., and Devine, D. P. (2014). “Perfectionism, emotion regulation, and the cortisol stress response.” Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61(1), 110-118. doi: 10.1037/a0034446