Dr. Elisabeth Rice

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Dr. Elisabeth Rice

Associate Professor, Special Education and Disability Studies

School: Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Department: Special Education and Disability Studies


Office Phone: (202) 994-1535

Dr. Rice is an associate professor of special education in the Department of Special Education and Disability Studies at the George Washington University and has been on faculty since 2001.

A former classroom teacher of students with a variety of learning and emotional challenges, Dr. Rice has served as a principal investigator on local and federal personnel training grants and coordinates a master’s degree program for special education teachers as well as the doctoral program in special education.

Her current research interests and publications focus on girls with emotional behavioral challenges, school/university partnerships and effective interventions for students with social, emotional, and behavioral difficulties.

Ed.D., The George Washington University

M.A., The George Washington University

B.A., Wellesley College

  • Special Education and Disability Studies
  • Children and Adolescents with Behavioral Challenges
  • Girls with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities
  • School University Partnerships

Rice, E., Brown, M. H., Whitlow, D., Ihrig, K., Hoppin, K., Boston, M., Kelly-Massoud, A., & Srsic, A., (2020). Raising girls with emotional and behavioral challenges: An exploration of caregiver perceptions, Journal of Child and Family Studies, doi: 10.1007/s10826-020-

Rice, E.H. & Billingsley, B. (2017). Including students with emotional and behavioral disorders. In Jeffrey P. Bakken's (Ed.) Classrooms: Academic Content and Behavior Strategy for Students with and without Disabilities (vol.2) (pp. 41-56). New York, NY: Nova Science

Rice, E.H. Taymans, J., Brown, M. & Srsic, A. (2012). Girls with emotional and behavioral disabilities: A call for action. Emotional & Behavioral Disorders of Youth: Civic Research Institute, 93-97.

Srsic, A. & Rice, E.H., (2012). Understanding the experience of girls with EBD in a gender responsive support group. Education and Treatment of Children 35(4), 623-646.

Rice, E.H. & Yen, C. (2010). Examining gender and academic achievement of students with emotional disturbance. Education and Treatment of Children, 33(4), pp. 601-621.

Rice, E. & Taymans, J. (2010). Detecting the unique characteristics and troubling outcomes of girls’ aggression: A synthesis of the literature. In B. Glick’s Cognitive Behavioral Programs and Interventions: What Works with At-Risk Youth (2 nd ed.). Kingston, NJ:
Civic Research Institute.

Rice, E., Merves, E., & Srsic, A. (2009). Perceptions of gender differences in the expression of emotional and behavioral disabilities. Education and Treatment of Children 31(4).

Rice, E. & Afman, H. (2002). Facilitators and barriers to the collaboration process in professional development schools: Results of a Meta-ethnography. In I.N. Guadarrama, J. Ramsey, and J. Nath’s Research in Professional Development Schools. Greenwich, CT:
Information Age Publishing, p. 377-405.

Rice E. (2002). The collaboration process in professional development schools (PDSs): Results of a meta-ethnography 1990-1998. Journal of Teacher Education 53(1), 55-67

  • August 2023Dr. Lisa Rice, along with doctoral candidates Stacey Martino (Special Education and Disability Studies) and Chloe Massey (Curriculum and Instruction) and master's candidate Natalia Mazza (Children with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities), presented a workshop about Accessibility and Inclusion in Higher Education for GW's Romance, German, and Slavic Languages and Literatures Department.
  • March 2023 - Dr. Lisa Rice and doctoral student Stacey Martino (Special Education and Disability Studies) and alumnus Dr. Adam Berman (Ed.D., Special Education and Disability Studies) joined with representatives from Disability Student Services to present a lunch and learn at the Elliott School of International Affairs entitled, “Supporting Students with Disabilities.” This panel presentation was part of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion series and featured the accessibility work done in the Department of Special Education and Disability Studies.