Heather Rasmussen, PhD

Director, The Graduate School


Areas of Expertise:

  • Positive psychology
  • Health psychology


  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Carnegie Mellon University/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Ph.D. , University of Kansas
  • M.S., University of Kansas
  • B.A., University of Iowa


  • Licensed psychologist

Optimism, social support, and depression following myocardial infarction: A test of mediator models

Selected Publications:

  • “The development and validation of the Protective Factors Survey,” Child Abuse and Neglect (2010)
  • “Folk conceptualizations of courage,” Courage (2009)
  • “Optimism and physical health: a meta-analytic review,” Annals of Behavioral Medicine (2009)
  • “The health benefits of optimism,” Positive Psychology Perspectives Series (2008)
  • “Self-regulation processes and health: the importance of optimism and goal adjustment,” Journal of Personality (2006)

Selected Professional Experience:

  • Health Behavior Coordinator & Lead Tobacco Cessation Clinician, VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System
  • Research Associate, University of Kansas
  • Adjunct Instructor, Baker University

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