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 Jessica Rice, PhD

Jessica Rice, PhD

Assistant Professor of Instruction

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Dr. Jessica Rice is an Assistant Professor of Instruction for the Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Master’s Program in the Department of Child & Family Studies. Dr. Rice earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of South Florida, and she received a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy.

A certified trauma-informed care instructor, Dr. Rice provides community and classroom-based trainings to educate healthcare professionals and students about person-centered practices. In addition to teaching and training, Dr. Rice has also been involved in several SAMHSA and CDC grants, examining the efficacy of substance use treatment programs. Dr. Rice has extensive experience as a family therapist, and she specializes in working with youth amidst acute behavioral health crises. Her professional works aligns closely with the scholarship in which she is engaged, and Dr. Rice’s research interests are focused on psychiatric hospitalization among youth, child and adolescent trauma, and embedding trauma-informed care treatment practices into mental and behavioral health for young people.