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 university level for over 30 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" 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 focus is on personality factors that contribute to mindfulness, insight & self-awareness, and psychological well-being.
Dr. Harrington is the author of a Wadsworth/Cengage (2012) textbook entitled “Stress, Health, & Well-Being: Thriving in the 21st Century." 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.”