- Masters in Counseling
- Master in Counseling - K-12 Emphasis
- Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology
- Rural Psychology and Integrated Care
Rhea Owens, Ph.D.
Education & Training
I received my Ph.D. and M.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. I received my B.S. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. I completed my internship at Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics in Kansas City, MO and my postdoctoral experience in pediatric neuropsychological assessment and counseling with children and adolescents at the Achieve Center in Wausau, Wisconsin.
My research interests include the clinical applications of positive psychology; the assessment, application, and development of strengths; and the psychological well-being of child and youth populations. My research projects involve participants across the lifespan, but my preference is for projects involving children.
My approach to conducting research is collaborative, both with colleagues and students. I enjoy working with students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Research assistants tend to be involved in the entire process of research including: reviewing the literature; refinement of the methods chosen; participant recruitment; data collection, management, and analysis; interpreting and integrating results; and knowledge mobilization.
I approach teaching based upon three goals for students: (a) to embrace education and training as enthusiastic, open learners; (b) to grow developmentally as scientist practitioners; and (c) to approach learning and clinical work as culturally sensitive individuals with an appreciation for diversity.
I enjoy teaching and being in the classroom, and I have had the opportunity to teach a variety of classes. My teaching interests include courses involving clinical applications, assessment, and children and adolescents.
COUN 524: Middle/Junior High School Counseling
COUN 525: High School Counseling
COUN 568: Personality Assessment
COUN 569: Cognitive Assessment
Advising, Supervision, & Therapeutic Orientation
I work with students from a developmental, collaborative, and supportive approach. I am readily available to my students and enjoy mentoring them. I hold high expectations for my students, but do so with a supportive, strengths-based approach.
Clinically, I was trained as a generalist. I have therapy and assessment training with individuals across the lifespan in a variety of contexts (e.g., general and children’s hospitals, VAs, outpatient clinic, university counseling center, and private practice). I also have specialized training working with children and adolescents as well as pediatric neuropsychological assessment. My theoretical orientation involves a global strengths-based framework, and the integration of solution-focused and behavioral approaches.
I thoroughly enjoy being involved in professional organizations and the larger Counseling Psychology community. I am currently the Past-Chair of the APA Division 17’s Section on Positive Psychology. I am also a member of the Executive Clinical Council of the Clinical Division of the International Positive Psychology Association, as well as the Editor for the Clinical Division’s newsletter publication, Clinical Applications of Positive Psychology: An International Perspective. I am also on the Editorial Board for The Counseling Psychologist.
Allan, B. A., Owens, R. L., & Duffy, R. D. (in press). Generation me or meaning? Exploring meaningful work in college students and career counselors. Journal of Career Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0894845316667599
Owens, R. L., Motl, T. C., & Krieshok, T. S. (2016). A comparison of strengths and interests protocols in career assessment and counseling. Journal of Career Assessment, 24(4), 605-622. doi: 10.1177/1069072715615854
Owens, R. L., Magyar-Moe, J. L., & Lopez, S. J. (2015). Finding balance via positive psychological assessment: Recommendations for practice. The Counseling Psychologist, 43(5), 634-670. doi: 10.1177/0011000015584956
Magyar-Moe, J. L., Owens, R. L., & Conoley, C. W. (2015). Positive psychological interventions in counseling: What every Counseling Psychologist should know. The Counseling Psychologist, 43(4), 508-557. doi:10.1177/0011000015573776
Magyar-Moe, J. L., Owens, R. L., & Scheel, M. J. (2015). Applications of positive psychology in Counseling Psychology: Current status and future directions. The Counseling Psychologist, 43(4), 494-507. doi: 10.1177/0011000015581001
Miller, M. K., Mollen, C. J., O’Malley, D., Owens, R. L., Maliszewski, G. A., Goggin, K., & Kelly, P. (2014). Providing adolescent sexual health care in the pediatric emergency department: Views of health care providers. Pediatric Emergency Care, 30(2), 84-90. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000076
Owens, R. L., & Patterson, M. M. (2013). Positive psychological interventions for children: A comparison of gratitude and best possible selves approaches. Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development, 174(4), 403-428. doi: 10.1080/00221325.2012.697496
Kerr, B. A., Multon, K. D., Syme, M. L., Fry. N. M., Owens, R. L., Hammond, M., & Robinson-Kurpius, S. (2011). Development of the Distance from Privilege Measures: A tool for understanding the persistence of talented women in STEM. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 29(6), 1-15. doi: 10.1177/0734282911428198
Select Refereed Presentations
Owens, R. L., Allan, B. A., Flores, L. Y., & Kopperson, C.* (2017, August). Revitalizing career counseling: The Strength-Based Inclusive Theory of Career Development. In R. L. Owens (Chair), Advancing vocational psychology through positive psychology and cross-cultural lenses. Symposium presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Owens, R. L., Motl, T. C., Kopperson, C.*, McDaniel, M.*, Lau, P.*, Regehr, R.*, Betka, M.*, Sun, A.*, Ahmadian, S.*, & Woolgar, S.* (2017, August). A content analysis of counseling psychology’s core values in flagship journals: Do we walk the walk? Poster presented at the 125th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Owens, R. L., & Moore, K.* (2017, July). Evaluating the landscape of positive psychology in the United States and Canada: The use of positive psychology across professions. Individual podium presentation presented at the 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology, Montreal, QC.
Owens, R. L., Botia, L. A.*, Woolgar, S. R.*, Martin, S.*, & Dickson, D.* (2017, July). Positive psychological assessment: Perspectives from clinicians in training. Individual podium presentation presented at the 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology, Montreal, QC.
Owens, R. L., Betka, M.*, Heaslip, S.*, Sun, A.*, & Liljenberg, L.* (2017, July). Does the instruction of strength-based conceptualization hinder or enhance student learning of psychopathology and reduce stereotypes. Poster presented at the 5th World Congress on Positive Psychology, Montreal, QC.
Owens, R. L., Martin, S. A.*, & Roberson, N.* (2017, June). The impact of self-esteem on childhood well-being: The mediating role of hope. Poster presented at the 78th Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
Owens, R. L., & Magyar-Moe, J. L. (2016, August). Moving past pathology: Clinical applications of the Balanced Diagnostic Impressions (DICE-PM) Model. In R. L. Owens (Chair), Applications of Positive Psychology Across Diverse Contexts. Symposium presented at the 124th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
Allan, B. A., Owens, R. L., Betka, M.*, Douglass, R.*, Kreul, S.*, Liljenberg, L.*, Vogt, K.*, & Vettrus, J.* (2016, August). Counselor’s use of their strengths in therapy: Implications for well-being. Poster presented at the 124th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.
Shane J. Lopez Award for Professional Contributions in Positive Psychology
Division 17 ECP Travel Grant
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Excellence in Teaching Award
Wisconsin Teaching Fellow
Division 17 of the American Psychological Association Section on Positive Psychology’s Student Award for Distinguished Contributions in Positive Psychology
International Positive Psychology Association Honorable Mention Dissertation Award