Rachel Brenner

Assistant Professor

Rachel Brenner(will join the faculty in Fall 2018)

Dr. Brenner will join the Counseling Psychology faculty as an assistant professor in Fall 2018. Her research primarily examines how people respond to distress and how these responses impact mental health. Specifically, she focuses on how best to measure clinically-relevant constructs such as self-compassion, gratitude, stigma, and rumination, and how these constructs best inform theory and interventions to improve psychological health and reduce stigma for cross-cultural and at-risk populations. She has published on these topics in journals such as the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, and Stigma and Health. Dr. Brenner is currently extending this research to LGBTQ and veteran populations, as well as the inclusion of physical health outcomes.

Research Interests:

• Self-compassion and gratitude
• Help seeking stigma
• Cross-cultural stigma research
• Psychometrics
• Masculinity


Brenner, R. E., Vogel, D. L., Lannin, D. G., Engel, K. E., Seidman, A. J., & Heath, P. J. (in press). Do self-compassion and self-coldness distinctly relate to distress and well-being? A theoretical model of self-relating. Journal of Counseling Psychology.

Vogel, D. L., Heath, P. J., Engel, K. E., Brenner, R. E., Strass, H. A., Al-Darmaki, F. R., Armstrong, P. I., Galbraith, N., Galbraith, V., Gonçalves, M., Baptista, M. N., Liao, H-Y., Mackenzie, C., Mak, W. S. S., Topkaya, N., Rubin, M., Alina Zlati, A. (in press). Cross-cultural validation of the perceptions of stigmatization by others for seeking help (PSOSH) scale. Stigma and Health.

Hammer, J. H., & Brenner, R. E. (2017). Disentangling gratitude: A theoretical and psychometric examination of the gratitude resentment and appreciation test-revised short (GRAT-RS). Journal of Personality Assessment. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/00223891.2017.1344986

Brenner, R. E., Heath, P. J., Vogel, D. L., & Credé, M. (2017). Two is more valid than one: Examining the factor structure of the Self-Compassion Scale (SCS). Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64, 696-707. doi:10.1037/cou0000211

Vogel, D. L., Strass, H. A., Heath, P. J., Al-Darmaki, F. R., Armstrong, P. I., Baptista, M. N., Brenner, R. E., Gonçalves, M., Lannin, D. G., Liao, H-Y, Mackenzie, C. S., Mak, W. W. S., Rubin, M., Topkaya, N., Wade, N. G., Wang, Y. F., & Zlati, A. (2017). Stigma of seeking psychological services: Examining college students across ten countries/regions. The Counseling Psychologist. Advance online publication. doi:107.171/0770/101010100001061 667711411

Topkaya, N., Vogel, D. L., & Brenner, R. E. (2017). Cross-cultural decisions to seek therapy: Examination of the stigmas toward seeking mental health services among Turkish college students. Journal of Counseling & Development, 95, 213-225. doi:10.1002/jcad.12133

Heath, P. J., Brenner, R. E., Vogel, D. L., Lannin, D. G., & Strass, H. A. (2017). Masculinity and barriers to seeking counseling: The buffering role of self-compassion. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64, 94-103. doi:10.1037/cou0000185

Heath, P. J., Brenner, R. E., Lannin, D. G., & Vogel, D. L. (2016). Self-Compassion moderates the relationship of public and self-stigma of seeking help. Stigma and Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/sah0000072

Lannin, D. G., Vogel, D. L., Brenner, R. E., Abraham, T. W., & Heath, P. J. (2016). Does self-stigma reduce the probability of seeking mental health information? Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 351-358. doi:10.1037/cou0000108

Brenner, R. E., & Vogel, D. L. (2015). Measuring thought content valence after a breakup: Development of the positive and negative ex-relationship thoughts (PANERT) scale. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62, 476-487. doi:10.1037/cou0000073

Lannin, D. G., Vogel, D. L., Brenner, R. E., & Tucker, J. R. (2015). Predicting self-esteem and intentions to seek counseling: The Internalized Stigma Model. The Counseling Psychologist, 43, 64-93. doi:10.1177/0011000014541550