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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.

Kenneth Rice is also the co-director of the Center for the Study of Stress, Trauma, and Resilience. The purpose of the Center is to facilitate multidisciplinary approaches to produce compelling models for understanding and coping with stress that can be applied to the real-world settings. The Center is housed within the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at the College of Education & Human Development at Georgia State University. View the website for upcoming speakers, research, initiatives and other information.


Representative Publications (see CV for complete list)

Arana, F. G., Rice, K. G., & Ashby, J. S. (in press). Perfectionism in Argentina and the United States: Measurement structure, invariance, and implications for depression. Journal of Personality Assessment.

Rice, K. G., Gnilka, P. B., Davis, D. E. & Ashby, J. S. (2017). Addressing concerns about how perfectionistic discrepancy should be measured with the Revised Almost Perfect Scale. Assessment.

Albert, P., Rice, K. G., & Caffee, L. (2016). Perfectionism affects blood pressure in response to repeated exposure to stress. Stress and Health: Journal of the International Society for the Investigation of Stress, 32, 157-166. doi:10.1002/smi.2591

Rice, K. G., Ray, M. E., Davis, D. E., DeBlaere, C., & Ashby, J. S. (2015). Perfectionism and longitudinal patterns of stress for STEM majors: Implications for academic performance. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62, 718-731. doi:10.1037/cou0000097

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

Rice, K. G., Richardson, C. M. E., & Tueller, S. (2014). The short form of the Revised Almost Perfect Scale. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 368-379. doi:10.1080/00223891.2013.838172