Dr. Karen Rice

Associate Professor and Department Chair and DSW Program Coordinator

Dr. Karen Rice

Contact Information

Karen.Rice@millersville.edu

Office: Stayer 307
Phone: 717.871.5297
Fax: 717.871.7941

Fa21 Office Hrs

M: 1:00-2:00pm& 6:00-7:00pm
R: 10:00am-12:00pm
F: 9:00-10:00am
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Karen Rice, Associate Professor, Department Chairperson, and DSW Co-Director, joined the School of Social Work in 2006.  An alumnus of Millersville University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology, Dr. Rice later earned her MSW from Temple and PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Dr. Rice has been at MU since the inception of its joint MU-SU MSW program and played an integral role in the reaffirmation of accreditation of that program.  She was also the lead developer of the joint KU-MU DSW program. 

A licensed social worker in Pennsylvania, Dr. Rice has practiced in the areas of child welfare and adult and juvenile mental health and sexual perpetration.  She was a trainer for the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center where she trained child welfare workers and assisted with the development of curriculum related to the investigation of child abuse and neglect and working with families with substance abuse issues. Dr. Rice was the lead developer of the Mandated Reporter and Child Abuse Recognition training that meets the ACT 31 of 2014 mandates. 

Through her travels internationally and working with others who have experienced trauma, Dr. Rice learned of the importance of the arts in helping individuals process and express their experiences as well as a mechanism to foster social change.  As a result, Dr. Rice received her Trauma-Informed Art Therapy and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level I Certificate. 

Dr. Rice is dedicated to producing effective evidence-based social work practitioners within a global society and as such developed The Learning Institute: Global Well-Being and Social Change, which is a continuing education program within the School of Social Work that offers students and practitioners the latest evidence on global social issues in order to glean knowledge that will enhance their skills and foster lifelong learning in order to be positive social change agents.  

Trained in the Intergroup Dialogue approach, Dr. Rice conducts trainings and co-facilitates dialogues to raise awareness, foster understanding and appreciation, build alliances, and develop individual and collective efforts to promote positive social change, specifically related to creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive policies, practices, and programs, and institutions and communities. Dr. Rice created a Courageous Conversation series at Millersville University to challenge college students’ perceptions, biases, and assumptions related to race in order to foster cultural humility and advance students’ cultural competence. She serves on a community committee charged with developing curriculum that will foster inclusive environments and global citizenry.

Dr. Rice serves on a number of boards, locally and internationally, lending her knowledge and skills related to program development and evaluation, diversity and inclusion, and global citizenry. These boards include: Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency; International Consortium for Social Development (Treasurer); Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Educational Policy (COEP); Integrated Studies Advisory Council, Closing the Gap; and Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Healing (DIHRA) Lancaster County.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Rice teaches across all levels of social work education, BASW, MSW, and DSW.  She primarily teaches courses in the research/statistics sequence, including courses that focus on program evaluation, intervention research, survey development and measurement, and qualitative research.  She also teaches courses on diversity, global social work, and macro social work practice.

Research Interests

Dr. Rice has published numerous research articles, book chapters, and textbook as well as presented her research findings at a number of regional, national, and international conferences. Utilizing a social justice and human rights framework, her research centers on ways to enhance individuals' (youth, students, adults) levels of compassion, advocacy, and dialogue across and within various social groups. Her ongoing research and practice centers around the promotion of social and economic justice, particularly with youth and those who experienced trauma, domestically and internationally, to ensure equitable access to resources.

She is a reviewer for a number of journals including: Advances in Social WorkJournal of Baccalaureate Social Work, Contemporary Rural Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, and Social Work Education. Further, Dr. Rice serves as CSWE’s International Issues Track Chair.

Publications

Felizzi, M. V., & Rice, K. (2020). Correlations among childhood abuse and family violence, prevention, assessment, and treatment from a trauma-focused perspective. In R. Geffner et al. (eds.), Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan, pp. 1- 21, Springer.

 Redcay, A., Counselman Carpenter, E., McMahon, S., Luquet, W., Rice, K., & Lance, R. (2019). The arc of justice: Examining policies and laws to advance the human rights of transgender and gender expansive children. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, online: https://doi.org/10.1007/s41134-019-00102-3

Mapp, S., & Rice, K. (2018). Conducting rights-based short-term study abroad experiences. Social Work Education, 38, 427-438.

Rice, K. (2017). Using evidence-based practice to enhance decision-making in rural child welfare practice. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 9: No. 1, Article 15. Available at:
http://digitalcommons.murraystate.edu/crsw/vol9/iss1/15

Rice, K., Felizzi, M., & Hagelgans, D. (2017). Human rights-based approach to disaster management: Valparaiso, Chile. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work. DOI: 10.1007/s41134-017-0040-5

 Frank, J., & Rice, K. (2017). Perceptions of poverty in America: Using social empathy to reframe students’ attitudes. Social Work Education, 4, 391-402. DOI:10.1080/02615479.2017.1287261.

 Rice, K., Girvin, H., Frank, J., & Corso, L. (2016). Utilizing expressive arts to explore educational goals among girls in Haiti. Social Work with Groups. Available:
 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/eprint/RINdaedr8k7XDbjMFCFV/full

 Rice, K., Girvin, H, Frank, J., & Foels, L. (2016). The Learning Institute: Promoting social justice advocacy within a continuing education program. Journal of Teaching Social Work, 36, 380-389. doi: 10.1080/08841233.2016.1200704

 Bethel, J., Foels, L., Walsh, K., Frank, J., & Rice, K. (2016). Creativity as a Vehicle for transformation. Journal of Scholastic Inquiry: Behavioral Sciences, 5, 9-31.

 Presentations

 Androff, D., Pawar, M., Rice, K., Fisher, C., Hermoso, J., & Jaya, D.  Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The International Consortium for Social Development. Panel presentation at Council on Social Work Education: Social Work Education: Looking Back, Looking Forward, Denver, CO, October 24-27, 2019.

 Rice, K. Sustainable development goals as a framework for developing human rights-based service learning trips. Presented at 21st Biennial International Conference of International Consortium for Social Development: Strengthening Social Development to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, July 15-19, 2019.

 Rice, K., & Vicente, C. Intergroup dialogue as a tool to achieve peace, justice, and strong institutions. Presented at 21st Biennial International Conference of International Consortium for Social Development:  Strengthening  Social Development to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, July 15-19, 2019.

 Rice, K. Training of trainers. Invited presentation within online conference: Overcoming Challenges in the Development of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Initiatives in Higher Education, University of   Kent, July 8, 2019.

 Frank, J., Rice, K., Myers, B., & Feeser, L. Beyond academics: Exploring the food, housing, and wellbeing needs of college students. Presented at 6th Annual Learning Institute Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Social Justice: Valuing Difference, Pursuing Equity, and Finding Space for Solidarity, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, April 24-26, 2019.

 Rice, K., & Whitlow, J. Intergroup dialogue: A tool to promote and foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Presented at 6th Annual Learning Institute Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Social Justice: Valuing Difference, Pursuing Equity, and Finding Space for Solidarity, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, April 24-26, 2019.

 Rice, K. Engaging youth in social activism utilizing expressive arts. Presented at International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA): RISE UP: The Evolution and Revolution of Expressive Arts, Berkeley, CA, February 28-March 3, 2019.

 Craig, S., Desaque, K., Rau, D., & Rice, K. Education, poverty, and reform: Panel discussion. Invited as member of panel at 2nd Annual Conference on Education and Poverty, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, November 29-December 1, 2018.

Mapp, S., Rice, K., Berghoef, M. Applying a rights-based approach to short-term study abroad and service learning trips. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Conference: Expanding Interprofessional Education to Achieve Social Justice, Orlando, FL, November 8-11, 2018.

 Rice, K. Inclusivity: Building compassionate organizations. Presented at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Conference, Pennsylvania Chapter, Pocono Manor, PA, September 12-16, 2018.

 Rice, K., & Vicente, C. Courageous conversations: Building alliances for collaborative social action. Presented at the 43rd Annual National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas: Rural Social Work: Collegial, Cooperative, and Collaborative, Murray State University, Murray, KY, July 16-18, 2018.

 Rice, K., Girvin, H., & Frank, J. Utilizing expressive arts to promote well-being. Presented at the 5th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Wellness in our Community: Clarifying definitions, providing opportunities, protecting rights, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 6-8, 2018.

 Frank, J., Rice, K., & Torchia, A. Assessing and understanding the food insecurity among college students. Presented at the 5th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Wellness in our Community: Clarifying definitions, providing opportunities, protecting rights, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 6-8, 2018.

 Rice, K., & Vicente, C. Building inclusive clubs using intergroup dialogue. Presented at 11th Annual GSA Leadership Summit, Dickinson College, March 1-2, 2018.

 Rice, K., & Vicente, C. Promoting inclusivity in the workplace. Presentation presented to Blue Rock Fire Department leadership team, Millersville University, December 17, 2017.

 Rice, K., Foels, L., Whitlow, J., Cook, T., & Copeland, S. Multiversity and intergroup dialogue: Engaging individuals across social identity groups. Presented at the 10th Annual State System Summit on Inclusive Excellence and International Education: Intersectionality: Moving from Beyond the Margins, West Chester University, November 16-17, 2017.

 Rice, K., Foels, L., & Whitlow, J. Multiversity and intergroup dialogue. Workshops presented to Resident Assistants and Orientation Leaders, Millersville University, August 19 & 21, 2017.

 Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Fostering compassion and advocacy: Engaging youth in intergroup dialogue. Paper presented at 42nd Annual National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas: Rural Social Work Practice in the Information Age: Connecting Beyond the Digital Revolution, University of Memphis-Lambuth, Jackson, TN, July 19-21, 2017.

 Rice, K., & Perez, M. Diversity Workshop. Presented to Academic Affairs and Student Enrollment and Management, Millersville University, July 17, 2017.

 Hagelgans, D., Rice, K., & Felizzi, M. Disaster resiliency in children: Comparing and contrasting various disasters. Presentation presented at the 4th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Children’s Rights: Building Resilience, Protecting from Harm, and Fostering Well-Being, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, June 7-9, 2017.

 Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Engaging youth in advocacy through the use of expressive arts. Workshop presented at the 4th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Children’s Rights: Building Resilience, Protecting from Harm, and Fostering Well-Being, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, June 7-9, 2017.

 Mathers, J., Keever, N., Frank, J., & Rice, K. On My Mat: Promoting compassion, mindfulness, and body kindness in school-aged girls. Workshop presented at the 4th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Children’s Rights: Building Resilience, Protecting from Harm, and Fostering Well-Being, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, June 7-9, 2017.

 Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Cultural humility: From cycle of socialization to cycle of liberation. Training presented at new CASA Volunteer Training. Lancaster, PA, June 1, 2017.

 Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Youth activism through the use of the expressive arts. Workshop presented at the 5th Annual Teaching Social Activism in the Classroom Conference, Museum of the City of New York, New York, NY, May 6, 2017.

 Rice, K., & Felizzi, M. Self-care. Presented to staff at Milagro House, Lancaster, PA, April 19, 2017.

 Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Cultural humility: From cycle of socialization to cycle of liberation. Training presented at new CASA Volunteer Training. Lancaster, PA, March 8, 2017.

 Rice, K., Sundberg, M., & Laspino, J. Aging out of foster care system. Moderated discussion at International Day of Women Conference, Thaddeus Stevens, March 8, 2017.

 DeJesus, B., & Rice, K. The future of field education: Responding to changing dynamics within higher education. Paper presented at 2017 Baccalaureate Program Director’s Annual Conference: BPD for the Future: Social Work Educators, Allied Professionals and Students, New Orleans, LA, March 1-5, 2017.

 Frank, J., & Rice, K. Perceptions of poverty among undergraduate social work majors. Paper presented at 2017 Baccalaureate Program Director’s Annual Conference: BPD for the Future: Social Work Educators, Allied Professionals and Students, New Orleans, LA, March 1-5, 2017.

 Rice, K., Mapp, S., & Berghoef, M. D. Applying a rights-based approach to short-term study abroad and service learning trips. Paper presented at 2017 Baccalaureate Program Director’s Annual Conference: BPD for the Future: Social Work Educators, Allied Professionals and Students, New Orleans, LA, March 1-5, 2017.

 Rice, K. Rights based approach in social work practice. Workshop presented at NASW-PA & PAUSWE 2016 Conference: Social Work: Forging Solutions out of Challenges, King of Prussia, PA, October 6-9, 2016.

 Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Expressive arts: Alternative approaches to work with children and youth. Paper presented at  41st Annual National Conference on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas: From Surviving to Thriving: New Paradigms in Rural Social Work, El Paso, TX, July 6-8, 2016.

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Group work with youth: Promoting social change. Workshop presented at International Association of Social Work with Groups Symposium, Group Work Across the Globe: Building Transformative Connections, New York, NY, June 15-18, 2016.

 Frank, J., & Rice, K. Perceptions of poverty among undergraduate social work majors. Paper presented at 3rd Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 8-10, 2016.

 Rice, K., Girvin, H., & Frank, J. Responses to poverty: Global perspectives. Paper presented at 3rd Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 8-10, 2016.

 Grants

Co-PI: Federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA): Opioid Workforce Development Grant, Awarded: $1.35 million three-year grant, August 2019.