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Heather Rasmussen

Practicum Coordinator, Counseling Psychology
Primary office:
785-864-1873
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
University of Kansas
1122 W. Campus Rd
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101


Heather Rasmussen, Ph.D. is the Practicum Coordinator for the Counseling Psychology program. She is a licensed psychologist in Kansas and has a Master’s and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies and Psychology from the University of Iowa. Dr. Rasmussen also completed a two-year National Institutes of Health-funded postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Carnegie Mellon University. Her research in health psychology and positive psychology has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Annals of Behavioral Medicine and the Journal of Personality and in book chapters/encyclopedias such as The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychological Assessment, and Courage. She has conducted trainings for general and professional audiences on many psychological topics including stress management, managing depression and anxiety, obesity and healthy lifestyle changes, tobacco cessation, health coaching, women’s health issues, and research and evaluation. She has advanced training in Motivational Interviewing in health care settings and has served as an expert in evidence-based practice in past positions. She recently received the Exemplary Service to Children and Families Award from the Kansas Governor’s Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.


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