Dr. Prachi Kene

  • Professor

Dr. Kene received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Toledo. She completed American Psychological Association-accredited internship at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Via Christi Behavioral Health in Pittsburg, Kansas. She is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, and School Psychology at Rhode Island College (RIC). In addition to her work at RIC, she is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Rhode Island. Her areas of research and clinical interests include suicide risk assessment and suicide prevention.


Postdoctoral Fellowship
Via Christi Behavioral Health
Pittsburg, Kansas
Clinical Psychology

American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited Internship
Center for Behavioral Medicine and Truman Medical Centers
Kansas City, Missouri
Clinical Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded August 2010
The University of Toledo (APA Accredited)
Toledo, Ohio
Clinical Psychology

Masters of Arts
Awarded December, 2007
The University of Toledo (APA Accredited)
Toledo, Ohio
Clinical Psychology

Professional Associations

American Psychological Association
- Member
American Association of Suicidology
- Member

Selected Publications

Hovey, J. D., Roley-Roberts, M. E., Hurtado, G., Seligman, L. D., Levine, J. C., Kene, P., & Gonzalez, R. N. (2022). Coping competence and hopelessness moderate the influence of perceived burdensomeness on suicidal ideation in undergraduate college students. Current Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-022-04190-9

Kene, P. (2020). Mental health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(6), 585-587. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/tra0000750

Kene, P., Castagno, K. S., & Hui-Michael, Y. (2019). The impact of lectures by diverse professionals on diversity awareness: Pre-post changes. Diversity, Social Justice, and the Educational Leader: 2(4), 20-31.

Tortolani, C., Malatino, K., Holtzman, E. G., Kene, P., Brabeck, K., & Kunkel, C. (2018). Integrating mindfulness into the training of mental health professionals. Journal of Human Services: Training, Research and Practice,3(1). Available at: https://scholarworks.sfasu.edu/jhstrp/vol3/iss1/5

Kene, P., Yee, E. T., & Gimmestad, K. D. (2018). Suicide assessment and treatment: Gaps between theory, research, and practice. Death Studies. DOI: 10.1080/07481187.2018.1440034

Kene, P. (2017). Self-Injury Implicit Association Test: Comparison of suicide attempters and non-attempters. Psychiatric Quarterly, 88(1), 155-165.  

Kene, P., Brabeck, K, Kelly, C, A., & DiCicco, B. (2016). Suicidality among immigrants: Application of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory. Death Studies, 40(6), 373-382.  

Seligman, L. D., Hovey, J. D., Hurtado, G., Swedish, E. F., Roley, M. E., Geers, A. L., Kene, P, & Elhai, J. D. (2016). Social cognitive correlates of attitudes toward empirically supported treatments. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 47(3), 215-223.  

Brabeck, K. M., Lykes, M. B., McDonald, E., & Kene, P. (2014). Ethical consideration in participatory action research with undocumented migrants. Ethics and Behavior, DOI: ​10.1080/10508422.2014.920707

Kene, P. & Hovey, J. D. (2014). Predictors of suicide attempt status: Acquired capability and reasons. Psychiatric Quarterly, 85(4)¸427-437.  

Kene, P. & Dukes, T. (2013). Crisis assessment and intervention. Syllabus, 2(1).   

Kene, P., Hovey, J. D., Meyer, G. J., & Mihura, J. L. (2010). Evaluation of the reliability and validity of two clinician-judgment suicide risk assessment instruments. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 31(2), 76-85. 


CEP 509 Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice 
CEP 532 Theories and Methods of Counseling
CEP 534 Quantitative Measurement and Test Interpretation
CEP 543 Clinical Assessment and Case Problems
CEP 554 Research Methods in Applied Settings
CEP 656 Crisis Assessment and Intervention 
CEP 683 Advanced Clinical Practicum 
CEP 684 Advanced Clinical Practicum

Additional Information

Research Interests​
Suicide Risk Assessment
Suicide Prevention

Advisor for the Following Programs
MS Clinical Mental Health Counseling
CGS in Advanced Counseling

Licensed Psychologist in the State of Rhode Island
Clinical Psychologist at Rhode Island Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Coaching​