College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
School of Psychology
Degree ProgramPh.D. Psychology
Grant J. Rich received his Ph.D. in Psychology: Human Development from the University of Chicago. His work focuses on optimal cross-cultural human development, international psychology, mixed methods, and integrating traditional and contemporary healing modalities. He has twenty years of experience teaching math, research methods, and psychology courses to both undergraduate and doctoral students.
Dr. Rich is senior editor of “Pathfinders in International Psychology” (2015) and had three additional coedited books for 2017-2018: "Internationalizing the Teaching of Psychology" (2017), "Human Strengths and Resilience: Developmental, Cross-Cultural, and International Perspectives" (2018), and "Teaching Psychology Around the World" (2018). He also authored a 110 page textbook supplement for a best-selling text on Abnormal Psychology for Allyn & Bacon. Currently, he has two new books in contract and submitted to the publishers: "Teaching Psychology Around the World" (2019) volume 5 and "Psychology in Southeast Asia: Sociocultural, clinical and health perspectives" (Rich, Jaafar, & Barron, Eds., Routledge). Additionally, he has a sole authored book in contract ("Resilience and Post-Traumatic Growth: Cross-Cultural and Developmental Perspectives") and is coauthoring an article with Dr. Louise Sundararajan, chair of APA's Task Force on Indigenous Psychology, utilizing quantitative and qualitative data from several Asian nations. He was editor of APA Division 52’s International Psychology Bulletin (2010-2014) and received the President’s Award for Extraordinary Service: APA Division of International Psychology (2014). He was a National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute Fellow (in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, and in the Tropical Atlantic) and received the Academic Service Award, American University of Phnom Penh (2014).
A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Division of International Psychology, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, and the Society for Media Psychology and Technology, Dr. Rich has taught at institutions around the globe, recently in Alaska (2006-2011), Cambodia (2014), and India (2016). He has also served on the faculty of the Ohio State University. Since 2013, he has served on the faculty of Walden University, where he is Senior Contributing Faculty. He has authored dozens of articles and chapters, as well as nearly one hundred reviews, and has presented at numerous international conferences ranging from Africa and Europe to Mexico and the Caribbean to the Middle East. Recently, he has published articles in the Journal of Positive Psychology (2016), the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2017), and the American Psychologist (2016). A board certified massage therapist (NCBTMB), he is editor of the academic book of quantitative research "Massage Therapy: The Evidence for Practice" (2002) and served a term as National Board Member of the NCBTMB (2018-2019). A licensed social worker, he has served on medical missions internationally and travelled to over 20 nations. In additional to his professional work, Dr. Rich has an abiding interest in archaeology, taking him from Butrint to Becán to Banteay Srei, Cahokia to Caral to Knossos, Petra to Preah Vihear, Teotihuacán to Tikal, and beyond. Dr. Rich resides in Juneau, Alaska where he is a full-time research analyst with the State of Alaska Division of Behavioral Health.