Rhoni Maxwell-Rader PhD


While Dr. Rhoni Maxwell-Rader'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. Dr. Rader has also served as coordinator of the psychology internship program for 10 years. Additionally, she has 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. In 2012, she was also named an SSU Outstanding Mentor.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Rader is involved in the local community, serving as president of the Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association. She also is involved with the Portsmouth Area Ladies (PALS), The Counseling Center's Celebrity Chef annual fundraiser, the Dorothy Knost Children's Summer Music Workshop, the Cornerstone UMC Praise Team, the Great Dames book club, and the local chapter of the American Red Cross.


  • 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 1101 - Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 3130 - Psychology of the Adult
  • PSYC 3131 - Death & Dying
  • PSYC 3141 - Personality
  • PSYC 3143 - Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 3160 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 3161 - Health Psychology
  • PSYC 4185 - Psychological Internship

Activities and Research

  • Selected Service Activities

    • Coordinator, Psychology Internship, 2007-present
    • Chair, First-Year Experience Advisory Committee, 2016-present
    • Director, SSU Honors Program, 2010-2014
    • Coordinator, Psychology major, 2010-2013
    • Faculty-at-Large & Chair (Student Affairs Committee), University Faculty Senate, 2005-2014
    • Women’s Learning Community, 2004-2009
    • General Education Advisory Council, 2005-2009
    • Shawnee Education Association, Social Science Rep and Advisory Council, 2004-2006
  • Presentations

    • Hatfield-Simms, M, Maxwell-Rader, R. (2012). New Honors Community: Little Budget & Little Time. Living-Learning Program Conference, Albuquerque, NM.
    • 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.
    • Astrom, F., Valentour, K, Berryman, D., Maxwell-Rader, R. (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.
  • Professional Affiliations

    • American Psychological Association
    • American Counseling Association
    • Association of Death Education & Counseling

Additional Information

  • Southern Ohio Performing Arts Association, 2007-present: President (2016-present); Secretary (2012-2014); Grant Writer (2008-2013)

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