Rick Houser is the Department Head in Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling at the University of Alabama. He has been professor, department chair and Associate Dean in the College of Education at the University of Massachusetts. Rick Houser has taught graduate level research courses for over 20 years. He received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in rehabilitation counseling with a minor in research methodology. He conducts research in ethical decision-making, stress and coping, and the use of virtual reality in counseling.