Assistant Professor
Departing UBC Aug 31, 2017
Scarfe Library Block 283


University of Kansas, Ph.D.
University of Kansas , M.S.
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, B.S.

Scholarly Interests:

Positive psychological interventions; assessment and development of strengths; psychological well-being and mental health of child and youth populations; factors that affect and promote successful educational and career trajectories among traditionally underrepresented populations.


Shane J. Lopez Award for Professional Contributions in Positive Psychology
University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Excellence in Teaching Award
Wisconsin Teaching Fellow
International Positive Psychology Association Honorable Mention Dissertation Award
Student Award for Distinguished Contributions to Positive Psychology

Selected Publications:

Allan, B. A., Owens, R. L., & Duffy, R. D. (in press). Generation me or meaning? Exploring meaningful work in college students and career counselors. Journal of Career Development. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0894845316667599

Owens, R. L., Motl, T. C., & Krieshok, T. S. (2016). A comparison of strengths and interests protocols in career assessment and counseling. Journal of Career Assessment, 24(4), 605-622. doi: 10.1177/1069072715615854

Owens, R. L., Magyar-Moe, J. L., & Lopez, S. J. (2015). Finding balance via positive psychological assessment: Recommendations for practice. The Counseling Psychologist, 43(5), 634-670.

Magyar-Moe, J. L., Owens, R. L., & Conoley, C. W. (2015). Positive psychological interventions in counseling: What every Counseling Psychologist should know. The Counseling Psychologist, 43(4), 508-557.

Magyar-Moe, J. L., Owens, R. L., Scheel, M. J. (2015). Applications of positive psychology in Counseling Psychology: Current status and future directions. The Counseling Psychologist, 43(4), 494-507.

Miller, M. K., Mollen, C. J., O’Malley, D., Owens, R. L., Maliszewski, G. A., Goggin, K., & Kelly, P. (2014). Providing adolescent sexual health care in the pediatric emergency department: Views of health care providers. Pediatric Emergency Care, 30(2), 84-90.

Owens, R. L., & Patterson, M. M. (2013). Positive psychological interventions for children: A comparison of gratitude and best possible selves approaches. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 174(4), 403-428.