UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls
member of graduate faculty
Office: 161 Centennial Science Hall
Northern Arizona University, EdD (1984)
Northern Arizona University, MA
University of Wisconsin - River Falls, BS
Rik is a counseling psychologist who teaches courses primarily in General, Abnormal, Personality, and Clinical Psychology. His current research interests focus on factors that influence stigmatic thinking of mental disorders. Other research interests have included social cognitive aspects of evaluation and relationships, addictive behaviors, and the history of madness.
Nationally, Rik is currently the Chief Reader of the AP Psychology program , and serves as Chair of the Psychology GRE test development committee. He has also served on the test development board of the Major Field Test in Psychology,
Rik has also been very involved in study abroad programs. He has twice been a faculty member on the Wisconsin in Scotland program (2002 & 2003), and over a six year period of time served as coordinator of the International Traveling Classroom and was a group leader of that same program in 2007, 2009, & 2011. He developed a summer class in London focusing on areas of psychology scholarship in the UK and taught that class in London and Edinburgh every summer from 2008-2013. Most recently, Rik co-developed a new European summer study abroad program originally called The Compass and now called The Catalyst. Rik is currently involved with this program each summer and has been since its inaugural year of 2012.
Rik has twice been named an Outstanding Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences.