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Faculty: Rick Harrington

Dr. Rick Harrington

Chair, Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
Professor of Psychology

B.A., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington.

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Phone: 361-570-4205

Victoria: 250 UW

Dr. Rick Harrington has been a UHV faculty member since 1987. His specialty areas include health psychology/behavioral medicine and social psychology. He obtained his doctorate in social psychology and psychophysiology from the University of Texas at Arlington and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine/social psychology at the University of Houston.


Dr. Harrington is a licensed psychologist who received his licensing supervision at Houston's Methodist Hospital's Institute for Preventive Medicine. He practiced psychology in Houston at the Methodist Hospital, in private practice, and also worked as a Research Associate for the Baylor College of Medicine.


Dr. Harrington has been teaching at the college level for over 25 years and is a past recipient of UHV's Teaching Excellence Award. He has also been honored by "Who's Who Among America's Teachers"(1996,2007) as one of the "best teachers in America selected by the best students."


Dr. Harrington initiated the UHV Psi Chi chapter and is a former president of the Victoria Area Psychological Association.

Dr. Harrington’s research endeavors include publications in the areas of biofeedback, personality, and well-being. He is the author of a Wadsworth/Cengage (2012) textbook that covers the integrated topics of stress, health, and well-being. The instructor’s edition describes the textbook as follows: “Author Rick Harrington, licensed psychologist and professor, presents a thorough investigation of the mind-body connection as it relates to managing stress in this first edition of Stress, Health, & Well-Being: Thriving in the 21st Century. With an empirically grounded approach, the text integrates classical study of stress and health with findings from the burgeoning field of positive psychology. The result is a balanced coverage of the current scientific understanding of stress, enriched by data analysis and practical applications for productive management of this pervasive force in our modern times.”


Stress, Health, and Well-Being: Thriving in the 21st Century