Rebecca Goldberg

Department / Division

  • Clinical Mental Health Faculty


  • Associate Professor



Dr. Goldberg's Curriculum Vitae


  • B.S., Florida State University, Psychology
  • M.Ed., University of Florida, Mental Health Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Ed.S., University of Florida, Mental Health Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Ph.D., University of Florida, Counselor Education

Research Interests

  • Covert Aggression: Relational Aggression and Cyberbullying
  • Gender Issues & Differences
  • Couples, Marriage, and Family Therapy
  • Human-Animal Bond and Animal-Assisted Therapy
  • Grief Counseling
  • Creative Approaches to Counseling

Courses Taught

  • COE 8023 Counseling Theory
  • COE 8013 Counseling Skills
  • COE 8073 Principles of Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • COE 8203 Placement and Career Development
  • COE 8143 Grief Counseling for Loss and Bereavement
  • COE 8990 Special Topic in COE: Assessment and Treatment of Violence in Families
  • COE 8990 Special Topic in COE: Couples Counseling and Marriage Therapy
  • COE 8990 Special Topic in COE: Counseling for Clients with Disordered Eating

Selected Publications

  • Rafaely, M.*, & Goldberg, R. M. (2020). Grief snow globe: A creative approach to restorying grief and loss through narrative therapy. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. doi: 10.1080/15401383.2020.1725704 (Advance online publication).
  • Brandon, K. E.*, & Goldberg, R. M. (2016). A kinetic sculpture for individuals grieving the deaths of family members. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health. 12, 99-114. doi: 1031080/15401383.2016.1184114
  • Goldberg, R. M. , & Stephenson, J. B.* (2016). Staying with the metaphor: Applying reality therapy's use of metaphors to grief counseling. Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, 11, 105-117.doi: 10.1080/15401383.2015.1113396
  • Cheung, I., Campbell, L., LeBel, E., ... Goldberg, R. M. , ... Ritchey, T.**, ...Yong, J. C. (2016). Registered Replication Report: Study 1 from Finkel, Rusbult, Kumashiro, & Hannon (2002). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 11 , 750-764. doi: 10.1177/1745691616664694
  • Open Science Collaboration . (2015, August 28). Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science. Science , 349 (6251). doi: 10.1126/science.aac4716

Selected Presentations

  • Goldberg, R. M., Walsh, M.*, & Perkins, S.* (2020, January/February). Gender disparities in eating disorders: Exploring toxic masculinity and societal norms. Research presentation at the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors World Conference, New Orleans LA
  • Goldberg, R. M. , & Walsh, M. R.* (2019, March). Reaching out versus lashing out: Gender differences in responses to bullying in high school. Paper presented at the American Counseling Association Annual Conference, New Orleans LA
  • Sinclair, H. C., Goldberg, R. M. , Ellithorpe, C., & Utley, J. (2018, July). Findings from the reasons for retaliation project: Individual, dyadic, and contextual findings that contribute to responses toward bullying. Panel presented at the International Association for Relationship Research Main Conference, Fort Collins CO
  • Stubbs-Richardson, M.*, May, D. C., Wells, M.*, Sinclair, H. C., Sellers, J.*, McCleon, T., & Goldberg, R. M. (2017, November). Examining responses to rejection among students in a high school setting. Exploring the individual, school, and community level factors and the interactions between them that contribute to school safety. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA


  • Sinclair, H. C., Adams, H.*, Ellithorpe, C., & Goldberg, R. M. (2016). Swipe White: Examining sexual racism in online dating ($1,500 funded ). Society for Personality and Social Psychology Small Grants Program. See
  • Sinclair, H. C., Goldberg, R. M., May, D., Stubbs-Richardson, M.*, Mohanty, S., & McCleon, T. E. (2015). When does rejection trigger aggression? A multi-method examination of the multimotive model ($1,619,644 funded ). U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice School Safety Initiative.
  • Sinclair, H. C., & Goldberg, R. M. (2015). Understanding advice: Examining how social networks maintain and threaten romantic relationship stability ($2,000 funded ). Office of Research and Economic Development Cross-College Research Grant proposal.
  • Goldberg, R. M. , & Sinclair, H. C. (2015). Replication of “Dealing with betrayal in close relationships: Does commitment promote forgiveness?” by Finkel, Rusbult, Kumashiro, & Hannon [JPSP, 2002] ($1,702.80 funded ). Association for Psychological Science Registered Replication Support.
  • Sinclair, H. C., & Goldberg, R. M. (2014). Replication of “Balancing connectedness and self-protection goals in close relationships: A levels-of-processing perspective on risk regulation” by Murray, Derrick, Leder, & Holmes [JPSP, 2008] ($4,843 funded ). Center for Open Science Registered Replication Award.

Selected Professional Activities and Memberships

  • American Counseling Association
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors
  • Mississippi Counseling Association
  • Editorial Board Reviewer for Journal of Counseling and Development
  • Editorial Board Reviewer for International Journal for the Advancement in Counseling
  • Editorial Board Reviewer for The Family Journal

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2019 Recipient of the Herb Handley Research Award, College of Education, Mississippi State University
  • Dr. Harold C. and Bette Riker Scholar
  • Irene Thompson Scholar
  • University of Florida Alumni Fellow
  • Research Fellow, Social Science Research Center

Certifications and Licensure

  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (Mississippi), # 2058
  • Certified Grief Counselor (GC-C)

Personal Interests

  • Spending time with family and doing puzzles