Rhea Owens

University of Minnesota Duluth

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University of Minnesota Duluth


Rhea L. Owens, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a Licensed Psychologist in Wisconsin. She graduated from the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kansas. Dr. Owens completed her pre-doctoral internship in child clinical psychology at Children’s Mercy Hospitals & Clinics in Kansas City, Missouri and a postdoctoral experience in neuropsychological assessment and child and adolescent therapy at the Achieve Center in Wausau, Wisconsin. Her research interests include: (a) the assessment, development, and use of strengths; (b) the clinical application of positive psychology; and (c) the mental health and well-being of underrepresented, under-served, and economically disadvantaged children and youth. She is currently an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, and the Journal of Positive Psychology Wellbeing. She is also the President of the Positive Clinical Psychology Division of the International Positive Psychology Association and the Chair of the Section on Positive Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Owens received the Shane J. Lopez Award for Professional Contributions in Positive Psychology and the Student Award for Distinguished Contributions in Positive Psychology from the Section on Positive Psychology, as well as the International Positive Psychology Association Honorable Mention Dissertation Award.