Rachel Brenner

Rachel Brenner
Assistant Professor
Educational & Counseling Psychology


Catskill 223

PhD, Iowa State University

Rachel Brenner

Dr. Brenner joined 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 PsychologyThe Counseling Psychologist, and Stigma and Health. Dr. Brenner is currently extending this research to LGBTQ and veteran populations.

Research Interests:

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


Brenner, R. E., Cornish, M. A., Heath, P. J., Lannin, D. G., & Losby, M. (in press). Seeking help despite the stigma: Experiential avoidance as a moderated mediator. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Advance online publication.doi: 10.1037/cou0000365

Ertl, M. M., Rentería, R., Dillon, F. R., De La Rosa, M., & Brenner, R. E. (in press). Longitudinal associations between marianismo beliefs and acculturative stress among Latina immigrants during initial years in the United States. Journal of Counseling Psychology. Advance online publication.doi: 10.1037/cou0000361

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

Lannin, D. G., Vogel, D. L., Kahn, J. H., Brenner, R. E., Heath, P. J., & Gyull, M. (in press).  A longitudinal test of self-affirmation versus emotionally-expressive writing. Counselling Psychology Quarterly. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/09515070.2018.1553144.

Cornish, M. A., Brenner, R. E., Vogel, D. L., & Wade, N. G. (in press). Evaluation of an online help seeking stigma-reduction intervention for military personnel. Stigma and Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/sah0000167

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. (2019). Cross-cultural validation of the perceptions of stigmatization by others for seeking help (PSOSH) scale. Stigma and Health, 4(1) 82-85. doi:10.1037/sah0000119

Hammer, J. H., & Brenner, R. E. (2019). Disentangling gratitude: A theoretical and psychometric examination of the gratitude resentment and appreciation test-revised short (GRAT-RS). Journal of Personality Assessment, 101(1), 96-105. doi:10.1080/00223891.2017.1344986

Hisler, G. C.,& Brenner, R. E. (2019). Does sleep partially mediate the effect of everyday discrimination on future mental and physical health? Social Science & Medicine, 221(1), 115-123. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.12.002

Brenner, R. E., Engel, K. E., Vogel, D. L., Tucker, J. R., Yamawaki, N., & Lannin, D. G. (2018). Intersecting cultural identities and help-seeking attitudes: The role of religious commitment, sex, and self-stigma of seeking help. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 21(6), 578-587. doi:10.1080/13674676.2018.1519782

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, 11, 595-604. doi:10.1080/17542863.2018.1461913

Seidman, A. J., Wade, N. G., Lannin, D. G., Heath, P. J., Brenner, R. E., & Vogel, D. L. (2018). Self-affirming values to increase student veterans’ intentions to seek counseling. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 65, 653-660. doi:10.1037/cou0000289

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. doi: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. doi:10.1037/sah0000072

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, 45, 170-192. 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

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