Rhoni Maxwell-Rader PhD


While Rhoni's primary areas are clinical and developmental, she considers herself more of a generalist with a wide variety of interests, including personality, women's issues, health & wellness, and career-related issues. Her primary area of interest/expertise is in death education and counseling, where she is currently completing her national certification in thanatology. Dr. Rader currently serves as coordinator of the psychology major and internship program, as well as the director of the SSU Honors Program. She has also been honored for her skill in the classroom and service to students, being nominated for both the college of arts & sciences teaching award and the Shawnee Bear Hug award.

Outside of the classroom, Rhoni is a vocalist in several choirs/chorales, is a wine enthusiast, loves to cook, complete home improvement projects and spend time with her husband and pooches.


  • Ohio University

    Ph.D. in Counseling, 2004

    Athens, Ohio

  • Ohio University

    M.Ed. in College Student Personnel (counseling), 1993

    Athens, Ohio

  • Ohio University

    B.S. in Organization Communication (psychology), 1989

    Athens, Ohio

Primary Courses

  • PSYC 3131 - Death & Dying
  • PSYC 4185 - Psychological Internship
  • PSYC 3141 - Personality
  • PSYC 3160 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 3161 - Health Psychology
  • PSYC 3143 - Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 3130 - Psychology of the Adult

Activities and Research

  • Selected Service Activities

    • Director, Honors Program, 2010-present
    • Coordinator, Psychology major, 2010-present
    • Coordinator, Psychology Internship, 2007-present
    • Faculty-at-Large, Chair (Student Affairs Committee), University Faculty Senate, 2005-present
    • New Employee Orientation, 2005-present
    • Faculty Mentor, Shawnee Connect, 2008-present
    • Women’s Learning Community, 2004-present
    • General Education Advisory Council, 2005-2009
    • Shawnee Education Association, Social Science Rep and Advisory Council, 2004-2006
  • Presentations

    • Maxwell-Rader, R., Ward, T. (2010), Female Athlete Triad in Today’s College Student Athletes. Eating Disorders Awareness Week, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH.
    • Milliken, R, Harris-Fain, D., Maxwell-Rader, R, Kunkle, B, Duncan, B, Knutson, D. Graziani, I. (2007). Women’s Studies Faculty at Work: Lessons from a Learning Community. National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Chicago, IL.
    • Maxwell-Rader, R, Astrom, F., Valentour, K, Berryman, D. (2001). The Silent Killer in Women: Heart Disease, Women’s Health Conference, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
    • Moden, G. Maxwell-Rader, R. Okiror, G. Beckett, M. (2000). Enrollment Associates: Retention Involvement Intervention at a Midwest University.  International Association of Institutional Research Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
    • Maxwell-Rader, R (1999). Keynote: True Colors: Understanding Yourself and Others in Relationships. West Virginia Counseling Association Conference, Huntington, WV.
    • Maxwell-Rader, R. (1996), Keynote: Make All the Pieces Fit: The Puzzle of Life & Work, West Virginia Association of Career & Employment Professionals Conference, Beckley, WV.
    • Presented numerous personality workshops: conflict mediation for resident assistants (OU), counseling supervision (OU), teachers, campus ministries, all freshmen in Freshman Seminar courses (University of Charleston), sports teams, Human Relations courses (OU), Career & Life Planning courses (OU)
    • Presented numerous stress management workshops: Facilities Management (3-part series at OU), church ministries, cardiac rehabilitation (stress management & relaxation sessions-OU).
    • Presented numerous career development, job search, graduate school search, outplacement counseling workshops (UC & OU).
  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association
    • American Counseling Association
    • Association of Death Education & Counseling
    • Association for Adult Development & Aging
    • American College Counseling Association
    • American Rehabilitation Counseling Association

Additional Information

  • Board of Trustees, Grant Writer, Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association, 2007-present

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