David Wall Rice

David Wall Rice is Associate Professor of Psychology at Morehouse College. He is also Principal Investigator of the Identity Orchestration Research Lab, a research space that explores expressions of identity balance through engagement, the exploration of varied contexts and personal narratives. It is a strengths-based lab that works to understand and to elicit behavioral bests. Practical application of this work is found in David’s position as Associate Provost for Integrative Learning and Academic Accountability at Morehouse. David is the former Danforth Endowed Chair of Psychology at Morehouse College, and was founding Co-Director of the School’s Cinema, Television and Emerging Media Studies (CTEMS) Program. While an active faculty member within his home discipline, David also serves as faculty for the film studies major, and in African American Studies, with special focus on narrative studies. David graduated from Morehouse with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and earned a Doctorate in Personality Psychology from Howard University. With a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University, David frequently applies his research to cultural criticism. He has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards for both The Journal of Negro Education and The Journal of Popular Culture; he has provided commentary for C-SPAN, NPR, PRI, CBS News, CNN, MSNBC; and his writings and opinion have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera America, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Vibe magazine, Ebony.com and The Root among other media outlets. David’s research in Personality Psychology and theory development is sharply focused on identity and self constructs. This is demonstrated in his book Balance: Advancing identity theory by engaging the Black male adolescent and the text-in-progress, The Buddy Narrative. An emphasis on “the positive” is an approach that informs David’s work in identity development that finds root in youth culture, music culture, media, politics, psychology, education and faith. David lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, Georgia.