Heather Rasmussen

Heather Rasmussen
  • Associate Professor of the Practice
  • Practicum Coordinator

Contact Info

Joseph R. Pearson Hall, room #623


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.


Courses: Theory of Group Counseling Advanced Practicum II

Selected Publications

O’Byrne, K. K., & Rasmussen, H. N. (2017). Aesthetic Appreciation. In Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology.
Rasmussen, H. N., & Wallio, S. (2017). Health Physiology. In Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology.
Rasmussen, H. N., O’Byrne, K. K., Cole, B., & Vandament, M. (2017). Hope and Physical Health. In The Oxford Handbook of Hope. Blackwell Publishing.
Rasmussen, H. N., & O’Byrne, K. K. (2017). Positive Constructs and Health. In Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology.
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  [Journal Articles]. Emotion, 5, 778–793. https://doi.org/10.1037/emo0000256
Pressman, S. D., Jenkins, B., Kraft, T. L., Rasmussen, H. N., & Scheier, M. F. (2017). The Whole is Not the Sum of its Parts: Specific Types of Positive Affect Influence Sleep Differentialy.
Rasmussen, H. N., & Lavish, L. (2014). Broad Definitions of Culture in the Field of Multicultural Psychology [Book Chapters]. In Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology (pp. 17–30). Springer Netherlands. https://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.-T. (2010). Folk conceptualizations of courage. [Book Chapters]. 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 [Journal Articles]. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34(10), 762–772.
Rasmussen, H. N., Scheier, M. F., & Greenhouse, J. B. (2009). Optimism and Physical Health: A Meta-analytic Review [Journal Articles]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37(3), 239–256. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12160-009-9111-x
Rasmussen, H., & Pressman, S. (2009). Physical health [Journal Articles]. Published.
Rasmussen, H. N., & Wallio, S. C. (2008). The health benefits of optimism [Book Chapters]. In Positive Psychology.
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 Articles]. 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 [Journal Articles]. 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., & others. (2005). Dispositional forgiveness of self, others, and situations [Journal Articles]. 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. [Journal Articles]. 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. [Other].
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 [Book Chapters]. In Positive psychological assessment: A handbook of models and measures (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 [Book Chapters]. In Positive psychological assessment: A handbook of models and measures (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. [Book Chapters]. 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. [Journal Articles]. Published.

Selected Presentations

Rasmussen, H. (8/31/2014). 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. (8/31/2013). 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
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

Awards & Honors

American Psychological Association Student Travel Award
American Psychological Association
Richard M. Rundquist Scholarship
University of Kansas
2002 - 2003
Exemplary Service to Children and Families Award
Annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
2011 - Present
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Grants & Other Funded Activity

Postdoctoral Fellow, Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Training Program, NIH Grant. HL07560. Submitted 1/1/2017. Other University. Status: Not Funded