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Heather Rasmussen

School of Education - Educational Psychology
Lecturer/ Practicum Coordinator
Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Kansas
Primary office:
Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 623
University of Kansas
1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Heather Rasmussen, PhD 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. She 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. She is a licensed psychologist in Kansas. Her research in health psychology and positive psychology has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Emotion, and the Journal of Personality and in book chapters/encyclopedias such as The Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology, Positive Psychological Assessment, and Courage.


Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, The University of Kansas

M.S., Counseling Psychology, The University of Kansas

B.A., Psychology, and Communication Studies, The University of Iowa



Theory of Group Counseling

Advanced Practicum II


Selected Publications

Pressman, S. D., Jenkins, B. Rasmussen, H. N., Kraft, T. & Scheier, M. (2017). The Whole is Not the Sum of Its Parts: Specific Types of Positive Affect Influence Sleep Differentially . Emotion, 5, 778-793. DOI:10.1037/emo0000256

Rasmussen, H. N., & Lavish, L. (2014). Broad Definitions of Culture in the Field of Multicultural Psychology. In . (Ed.), Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology (pp. 17-30). Springer Netherlands. DOI:10.1007/978-94-017-8654-6_2 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-8654-6_2

Lopez, S. J., Rasmussen, H. N., Skorupski, W. P., Koetting, K. Petersen, S. E., & Yang, Y. (2010). Folk conceptualizations of courage.. American Psychological Association.

Counts, J. M., Buffington, E. S., Chang-Rios, K. Rasmussen, H. N., & Preacher, K. J. (2010). The development and validation of the protective factors survey: A self-report measure of protective factors against child maltreatment. Child abuse & neglect, 34(10), 762–772.

Rasmussen, H. & Pressman, S. (2009). Physical health.

Rasmussen, H. N., Scheier, M. F., & Greenhouse, J. B. (2009). Optimism and Physical Health: A Meta-analytic Review. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37(3), 239-256. DOI:10.1007/s12160-009-9111-x http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12160-009-9111-x

Rasmussen, H. N., & Wallio, S. C. (2008). The health benefits of optimism.

Rasmussen, H. N., Wrosch, C. Scheier, M. F., & Carver, C. S. (2006). Self-regulation processes and health: the importance of optimism and goal adjustment. Journal of personality, 74(6), 1721–1748.

Neufeld, J. E., Rasmussen, H. N., Lopez, S. J., Ryder, J. A., Magyar-Moe, J. L., Ford, A. I., Edwards, L. M., & Bouwkamp, J. C. (2006). The engagement model of person-environment interaction. The Counseling Psychologist, 34(2), 245–259.

Thompson, L. Y., Snyder, C. Hoffman, L. Michael, S. T., Rasmussen, H. N., Billings, L. S., Heinze, L. Neufeld, J. E., Shorey, H. S., & Roberts, J. C. (2005). Dispositional forgiveness of self, others, and situations. Journal of personality, 73(2), 313–360.

Magyar-Moe, J. L., Pedrotti, J. T., Edwards, L. M., Ford, A. I., Petersen, S. E., Rasmussen, H. N., & Ryder, J. A. (2005). Perceptions of Multicultural Training in Predoctoral Internship Programs: A Survey of Interns and Training Directors. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 36(4), 446.

Rasmussen, H. N. (2004). Optimism, social support, and depression following myocardial infarction: A test of mediator models.

Rasmussen, H. N., Neufeld, J. E., Bouwkamp, J. C., Edwards, L. M., Ito, A. Magyar-Moe, J. L., Ryder, J. A., & Lopez, S. J. (2003). Environmental assessment: Examining influences on optimal human functioning. (pp. 443–458). APA Washington, DC.

Lopez, S. J., Snyder, C. & Rasmussen, H. N. (2003). Striking a vital balance: Developing a complementary focus on human weakness and strength through positive psychological assessment. (pp. 3–20).

Lopez, S. J., Edwards, L. M., Teramoto Pedrotti, J. Ito, A. & Rasmussen, H. N. (2002). Culture counts: Examinations of recent applications of the Penn Resiliency Program or, toward a rubric for examining cultural appropriateness of prevention programming.. American Psychological Association.

Lopez, S. J., Prosser, E. C., Edwards, L. M., Magyar-Moe, J. L., Neufeld, J. E., & Rasmussen, H. N. (2002). Putting positive psychology in a multicultural context.

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Selected Presentations

Rasmussen, H. . The How of Gratitude in Organizations and Schools. American Psychological Association Symposium. Washington D.C.

Rasmussen, H. . The Relationship Between Caregiver or Child Age and Protective Factors Against Child Mistreatment. American Psychological Association Poster. Honolulu, HI

Rasmussen, H. . (08/31/2014). Building Research Skills in Online Doctoral Students. Cultivating Scholars: Issues in Online Doctoral Education in Psychology, American Psychological Association Symposim. Washington D.C.

Rasmussen, H. . (08/31/2013). Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Action: Psychologists as Consultants. Embracing the Changing Healthcare System: Psychologists as Consultants, American Psychological Association Symposium. Honolulu, HI

Chang-Rios, K. Conrad-Hiebner, A. & Rasmussen, H. . (11/30/2009). Challenges in Developing and Implementing an Accountability Framework for Master Tobacco Settlement Monies. American Evaluation Association Paper. Orlando, FL

Selected Grants

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Training Program, NIH Grant, HL07560, . Other University.

Selected Awards & Honors

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Exemplary Service to Children and Families Award
Annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
2011 - Present

Richard M. Rundquist Scholarship
University of Kansas
2002 - 2003

American Psychological Association Student Travel Award
American Psychological Association

The specialist program in school psychology is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists
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Doctoral programs in school psychology and counseling psychology are accredited by the American Psychological Association
Involved in $22 million project to create new testing system for special education students
Robert Harrington is creating a certification program in bullying prevention for educators
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