Craig Ravesloot, Ph.D.

Craig Ravesloot, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor Clinical Psychology

Office: 244 Corbin Hall; mail to 52 Corbin Hall
Email: cravesloot@ruralinstitute.umt.edu
Office Hours:

M-F 8:00 to 5:00

Current Position

Director, Rural Health Research

Personal Summary

             Dr. Ravesloot is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Research Professor of Psychology at the University of Montana where he directs disability and health research for the Rural Institute on Disabilities.  Dr. Ravesloot has 20 years experience in research, program development and evaluation of services for people with disabilities funded through the National Insitute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Public Health Service (PHS). He developed an influential health promotion program titled, “Living Well with a Disability” that has been cited in President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative.  He was awarded the Disability and Health research scientist of the year award by the Southwest Conference on Disabilities in 2006. He has published numerous articles covering a range of topics including health, employment and independent living for people with disabilities. He enjoys working with students as they explore their interests in health promotion research.


BA - Psychology, Baylor University; 1985

MA - Clinical Psychology, The University of Montana; 1991

Pre-Doctoral Internship- Clinical Psychology, The Palo Alto Veterans Administration Medical System; 1995

PhD - Clinical Psychology, The University of Montana; 1995

Research Interests

Health psychology and chronic illness/disability

Community-based psychosocial interventions

Peer support and mental health

Field of Study

Disability and Health

Selected Publications


Ravesloot, C. (2008). Changing Stage of Readiness for Physical Activity in Medicaid

Beneficiaries with Physical Impairments. Health Promotion Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1524839906292182.

Ravesloot, C. H., Seekins, T., Cahill, T., Lindgren, S., Nary, N.E., White, G. (2007). Health

Promotion for People with Disabilities: Development and Evaluation of the Living Well with a Disability Program. Health Education Research;22, 522–531.

Ipsen, C., Ravesloot, C., Seekins, T., & Seninger, S. (2006). A financial cost-benefit analysis of a

health promotion program for individuals with mobility impairments. Journal of Disability Policy Studies,16, 220-228.

Ravesloot, C., Seekins, T. & White, G. (2005). Living Well with a Disability health promotion

 intervention: Improved health status for consumers and lower costs for healthcare policy makers. Rehabilitation Psychology, 50, 239-245.

Traci, M. A., Seekins, T., Szalda-Petree, A., & Ravesloot, C. (2002). Assessing secondary

conditions among adults with developmental disabilities: A preliminary study. Mental Retardation, 40, 119-131.

Dunn, M., Love, L. & Ravesloot, C. (2000). Subjective health in spinal cord injury after outpatient

healthcare follow-up. Spinal Cord, 38, 84-91.

Seekins, T. & Ravesloot, C. (2000). Secondary conditions experienced by adults with injury-

related disabilities in Montana. Topics in Spinal Cord Injury, 6(1), 43-53.

Seekins, T., White, G.W., Ravesloot, C., Young, Q-R. Golden, K., Lopez, C., Norris, K., & Szalda-

Petree, A. (1999). Developing and evaluating community-based health promotion programs for people with disabilities. In R. J. Simeonson, & L. N. McDevitt (Eds.), Issues in disability & health: The role of secondary conditions and quality of life (pp. 221-238). Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina.

Ravesloot, C., Seekins, T., Young, Q-R. (1998). Health promotion for people with chronic illness

and physical disabilities: The connection between Health Psychology and disability prevention.  Clinical Psychology and psychotherapy, 5(2), 75-85.

Ravesloot, C., Seekins, T., & Walsh, J. A. (1997). A structural analysis of secondary conditions of

primary physical impairments. Rehabilitation Psychology, 42(1), 3-16.

Seekins, T., Clay, J., & Ravesloot, C. (1994). A descriptive study of secondary conditions reported

by a population of adults with physical disabilities served by three independent living centers in a rural state. Journal of Rehabilitation, April, 47-51.

Seekins, T., Ravesloot, C., Dingman, S., & Clark, F. (1989). Transitions from rehabilitation

hospital to rural independent living. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 12, 339-340.

Specialized Skills

Montana Clinical Psychology License

Teaching Experience

Introduction to Psychology-- The University of Montana

Graduate Seminar in Behavioral Medicine-- The University of Montana

Clinical Practice Evaluation-- Walla Walla College MSW program

Aging and Mental Health-- Walla Walla College MSW program

Introduction to Family Therapy -- Walla Walla College MSW program

Professional Experience

Director Rural Health Research, Rural Institute on Disabilities 1997 to present

Research Associate, Rural Institute on Disabilities 1992 to 1997

Director, New Directions Health Promotion Program 1997 to 2003

Private Psychotherapy Practice 1996 to 2008.



American Psychological Association

National Association of Rural Mental Health

American Public Health Association

National Rural Health Association


I have a fabulous family and enjoy spending time with them doing just about anything.  I love Montana for its great outdoors and enjoy camping, hiking and skiing (downhill and Xcountry).  I also enjoy reading and exploring the path of the heart.