Rachel Brenner

Assistant Professor

Rachel Brenner

Dr. Brenner joined the Counseling Psychology faculty 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., Engel, K. E., Vogel, D. L., Tucker, J. R., Yamawaki, N., & Lannin, D. G. (in press). Intersecting cultural identities and help-seeking attitudes: The role of religious commitment, sex, and self-stigma of seeking help. Mental Health, Religion & Culture.

Major, J., Wade, N. G., & Brenner, R. E. (in press). Self-construal and forgiveness revisited: Replication and extension. Counseling and Values.

Seidman, A. J., Wade, N. G., Lannin, D. G., Heath, P. J., Brenner, R. E., & Vogel, D. L. (2018). Self-affirming values longitudinally increase veterans’ intentions to seek counseling. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cou0000289

Shechtman, Z., Alim, E., Brenner, R. E., & Vogel, D. L. (2018). Public stigma, self-stigma, and intentions to seek group therapy help among clinical and non-clinical Arab adults in Israel. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17542863.2018.1461913

Brenner, R. E., Vogel, D. L., Lannin, D. G., Engel, K. E., Seidman, A. J., & Heath, P. J. (2018). Do self-compassion and self-coldness distinctly relate to distress and well-being? A theoretical model of self-relating. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65, 346-357. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cou0000257

Heath, P. J., Brenner, R. E., Lannin, D. G., & Vogel, D. L. (2018). Self-compassion moderates the relationship of public and self-stigma of seeking help. Stigma and Health, 3, 65-68. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sah0000072

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. (2017). Cross-cultural validation of the perceptions of stigmatization by others for seeking help (PSOSH) scale. Stigma and Health. Advanced online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/sah0000119

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. http://dx.doi.org/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. http://dx.doi.org/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, 45, 170-192. http://doi.org/10.1177%2F0011000016671411

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. http://dx.doi.org/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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/cou0000185

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. http://dx.doi.org/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. http://dx.doi.org/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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0011000014541550