Michael Rice is a Professor and Endowed Chair of Psychiatric Mental Health, and Co-Director of the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Program at the College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Center, University of Colorado and a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. He came to the College of Nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), where he was a Professor of Psychiatric Nursing and the Founding Associate Director, Behavioral Health Education Center of Nebraska, University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he received the Inaugural Distinguished Service Award in 2013. His baccalaureate degree is from Mount Marty College, in Yankton, South Dakota; his master's degree in psychiatric mental health is from UNMC; and his doctorate in Clinical Research is from the University of Arizona, as a National Research Service Award Fellow. He is a board-certified advanced practice psychiatric nurse. He was the recipient of the Educause Award for Excellence in Information Technology Solutions in 2002, and the Best Corporate Training Model from Education and Information Systems Technologies and Applications (EISTA), International Institute of Informatics in 2003. He is recognized as one of the TOP 15 Psychiatric Nursing Professors in the U.S. He has served as co-Chair of the Psychiatric Expert Panel at the American Academy of Nursing and a member of the Board of Directors for the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Board of Specialty Advisors for Behavioral Health Specialties at Optum Health, and the Board of Directors of the Institute for Behavioral Health Improvement. He is also a member of the Evaluation and Outcomes Committee for the Colorado State Innovation Model funded by CMS to transform healthcare in the state of Colorado. He provides national and international consultation on development of distance psychiatric-nursing education, learner-centered online education and advocates the use of distance technology to meet the mental health care needs.