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Kenneth Rice

A.S., Computer Science, Daytona Beach Community College, 1982
B.S. with High Honors, Psychology, University of Florida, 1986
M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1988
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Notre Dame, 1990
Risk and protective factors associated with stress
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 earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Florida and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in counseling psychology from the University of Notre Dame.

Before moving to GSU, 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. In addition to longstanding interests in understanding factors affecting late adolescents and young adults, he has also 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. His 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. Rice has been named a fellow of the American Psychological Association.


Richardson, C. M. E., and Rice, K. G. (in press). “Self-critical perfectionism, daily stress, and disclosure of daily emotional events.” Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Rice, K. G., and Richardson, C. E. (2014). “Classification challenges in perfectionism.” Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61, 641-648.

Rice, K. G., Richardson, C. M. E., and Tueller, S. (2014). “The short form of the Revised Almost Perfect Scale.” Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 368-379.

Richardson, C. M. E., Rice, K. G., and Devine, D. (2014). “Perfectionism, emotion regulation, and the physiological stress response.” Journal of Counseling Psychology, 61, 110-118.

Rice, K. G., Lopez, F. G., Richardson, C. M. E., and Stinson, J. M. (2013). “Perfectionism moderates stereotype threat effects on STEM majors’ academic performance.” Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 287-293.