Elisabeth Rice

Elisabeth Rice
Associate Professor, Special Education & Disability Studies
(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.

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.

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

Dr. Rice is the mother of three children.

Ed.D., The George Washington University
M.A., The George Washington University
B.A., Wellesley College


Davis, M. R., Culotta, V. P., Levine, E. A., Rice, E. H. (2010). School success for kids with emotional and behavioral disorders. Waco, TX: Prufrock Pres.

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 (2nd ed.). Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Rice, E. H., & Yen, C. (2010). Examining gender and academic achievement of students with emotional disturbance. Education and Treatment of Children, 33(4), pp. 601-62.

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).

Floyd, C. E., & Rice, E. K. (2009). Exploring elementary special educators' beliefs regarding the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Standards A cross-sectional survey. FOCUS on Learning Problems in Mathematic.

Rice, E. (2002). The collaboration process in professional development schools (PDSs): Results of a meta-ethnography 1990-1998. Journal of Teacher Education, 53(1), 55-6.

In the News

Drs. Elisabeth Rice and Karen Ihrig published an article with Special Education and Disability Studies alumnae Margaux Brown, Kandace Hoppin, Amy Srsic, Adelaide Kelly-Massoud and doctoral student Melissa Boston in the Journal of Child and Families Studies.

GSEHD faculty and students participated in the Council for Exceptional Children's Convention and Expo in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Lisa Rice, Dr. Beth Tuckwiller, doctoral candidate Susan Jaffe, and doctoral student Emily Baker presented work titled, "Why Do We Stay?

Special Education and Disability Studies faculty, staff, students and alumni presented at the recent Council for Exceptional Children conference. Dr. Joan Kester, with doctoral students Matthew Flanagan and Julie Stella, presented the session "Transition Discoveries: Data-Driven Planning and Pathways to Success," where participants learned about the Transition Discoveries Quality Indicator research project, a multi-year participatory action study. Dr. Elisabeth Rice, Dr. Karen Ihrig, and GSEHD alumna Dr. Amy Srsic (with the University of Pittsburgh), presented a poster session entitled, "Raising Girls with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Perceptions of 16 Caregivers."

Dr. Beth Tuckwiller and Dr. Lisa Rice presented their study "Special Education Teachers' Stress, Well-being, and Intent to Stay in the Field: A Mixed Methods Exploration" at the Council for Exceptional Children Conference in Indianapolis, IN on January 31, 2019. Dr. Tuckwiller also participated in a national panel on special education teacher stress, burnout, well-being and retention.