TeKisha Rice is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Virginia Tech. She has published in respected academic journals such as the Journal of Family Psychology, the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and the Journal of Family Theory and Review. Informed by various theoretical perspectives, her interdisciplinary program of research examines romantic relationship dynamics and their links with personal wellbeing within macro-social contexts.
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Dr. Rice was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she received her Master’s and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. Dr. Rice’s research has been recognized with awards from the International Association of Relationship Research and the National Council on Family Relations.
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- Intimate relationship development & transitions (e.g., marriage, dating)
- Intimate relationship processes (e.g., commitment, maintenance)
- Social & minority stress (e.g., heterosexism, racism)
- Implications of law and family policy on interpersonal relationships
- PhD in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2021
- MS in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2017
- BS in Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University, 2015
- Students and New Professionals Program Representative, NCFR
- Member, National Council on Family Relations
- Member, International Association for Relationship Research
- Steve Duck New Scholars Award, International Association for Relationship Research, 2020
- Best Student Paper Award, REDF National Council on Family Relations, 2020
- Joseph Pleck Graduate Student of the Year, HDFS University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Rice, T.M., Ogolsky, B.G., Oswald, R.F. (2020). Individuals in same-sex relationships maintain relational well-being despite the frequency and severity of heterosexism. Psychology & Sexuality. https://doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2020.1854835
Rice, T.M., Arriaga, X.B, & Kumashiro, M. (2020). Mind the gap: Perceived partner responsiveness as bridge between general and partner-specific attachment security. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(19), 7178. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17197178
Ogolsky, B.G., Monk, J.K., Rice, T.M., Oswald, R.F. (2019). Personal well-being across the transition to marriage equality: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Family Psychology, 33(4), 422–432. https://doi.org/10.1037/fam0000504
Ogolsky, B.G., Monk, J.K., Rice, T.M., Oswald, R.F. (2018). As the states turned: Implications of the changing legal context of same-sex marriage on well-being. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(10), 3219–3238. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0265407518816883
Ogolsky, B.G., Monk, J.K., Rice, T.M., & Theisen, J.C., Maniotes, C.R. (2017). Relationship maintenance: A review of research on romantic relationships. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 9(3), 275-306. https://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12205
Rice, T.M., & Ogolsky, B.G. (2020). Expectations in the development of commitment to wed. In L.E. Vanderdrift, C.R. Agnew, & X.B. Arriaga (Eds.). Advances in personal relationships: Interdependence, interaction, and relationships. (pp. 316-342). Cambridge University Press
Other Academic Reports
Rice, T.M., & Anderson, B. (2019). Relationship education and collegiate athletics: An adaptation and application of the Love Notes curriculum. Certified Family Life Educator Network, Family Life Education and Schools.
Monk, J.K., & Rice, T. M. (2019). Resilience in the face of ambiguity: An application of the Contextual Relational Uncertainty Model in three relational contexts. National Council on Family Relations Report, Family Focus on Family Sustainability: Contextualizing Relationships within Evolving Systems.
Rice, T.M. (2017). Relationship maintenance among incarcerated individuals and their partners: Implications for commitment and satisfaction. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (Grant No. DGE –1144245.) Role: Principal Investigator. Mentor: Brian Ogolsky, Ph.D. Amount: $138,000
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