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Ronald D. Rogge

  • Associate Professor of Psychology

PhD, University of California Los Angeles, 2003

462 Meliora Hall
(585) 273-3270

Office Hours: By appointment


Research Overview

Professor Rogge will be accepting applications for graduate students for the 2020-21 academic year.

Ron Rogge is a clinical faculty member whose research focuses on understanding dynamics within romantic relationships and families.


His basic research studies examine how

  • Individual factors (e.g., neuroticism, anger, aggressiveness, depression, anxiety, alcohol use, and axis II pathology) 
  • Couples behavior with each other (e.g., communication, empathy, forgiveness, social support, sexuality, humor, partner aggression, coparenting dynamics) 
  • Environmental factors (e.g., life stress, socio-economic status, demographics, neighborhood dilapidation, neighborhood cohesion)
  • Implicit attitudes (e.g., subconscious attitudes toward a partner or family member that can shape the course of relationships)
  • health behaviors/factors (e.g., exercise, diet, sleep hygiene)

collectively contribute to the development of relationship and family health and discord.


In addition, Dr. Rogge's research also explores methods of preventing marital and family discord through interventions designed to strengthen relationships and families.

  • Compassionate and Accepting Relationships through Empathy (CARE). The CARE program is a 5-session group workshop I developed with Tom Bradbury as an extension of IBCT. CARE has been shown to reduce rates of divorce over the first 3 years of marriage (Rogge et. al., 2013).
  • Promoting Awareness, Improving Relationships (PAIR). The PAIR program is an innovative approach that encourages couples to use popular media (movies and TV shows) as a method of easing into discussions of their own relationships. PAIR offered comparable 3-year benefits to those seen with the CARE and PREP programs, cutting the divorce rate in half over the early years of marriage (Rogge et al., 2013)
  • Reflecting to Enrich Family Life and Enhance Coparental Teamwork (REFLECT). The REFLECT program builds on the findings with PAIR, extending this innovative approach to the task of strengthening families. Thus, REFLECT encourages coparents to use popular media (movies and TV shows) as a method of easing into parenting discussions. A recent pilot study in 36 families suggested that in comparison to a no-treatment control group, families completing REFLECT discussions demonstrated more adaptive coparenting (greater cooperation and support) and greater use of adaptive parenting strategies.

To explore these research interests, Dr. Rogge has 1) conducted a project in his own lab that followed 303 newlywed couples on a yearly basis over the first four years of marriage, 2) conducted a joint project with Dr. Reis following 175 newlywed couples over the first 18 months of marriage, and developed and implemented an innovative program of online research comprised of a series of over 20 large-scale online research projects - see - that have collected data from over 35,000 online respondents, augmenting his laboratory studies of romantic relationships and families. Dr. Rogge and his students typically use advanced multivariate statistical techniques (e.g., Item Response Theory, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Structural Equation Modeling, Latent Class Analysis) to examine the relationships between sets of variables being examined.

Courses Offered (subject to change)

  • PSY 571:  Psychological Assessment II
  • PSY 219:  Undergraduate Research Methods
  • PSY 515:  Hierarchical Linear Modeling
  • PSY 572:  Clinical Psychology Research Methods
  • PSY 587:  Overview of Marital Research
  • PM 472:  Measurement Theory/Statistics

Selected Publications

  • Shaw, A. M., & Rogge, R. D. (in press). Evaluating and Refining the Construct of Sexual Quality with Item Response Theory: Development of the Quality of Sex Inventory. Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  • Peltz, J. S., Rogge, R. D., Rogosch, F. A., Cicchetti, D., & Toth, S. L. (in press). The benefits of child-parent psychotherapy to marital satisfaction. Family, Systems and Health.
  • Williamson, H. C., Rogge, R. D., Cobb, R. J., Johnson, M. D., Lawrence, E., & Bradbury, T. N. (2015). Risk moderates the outcome of relationship education: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 617-629.
  • Rolffs, J. L., & Rogge, R. D. (in press). Brief Interventions to Strengthen Relationships and Prevent Dissolution. In C. R. Knee & H. T. Reis (Eds.), Positive Approaches to Optimal Relationship Development.
  • Sturge-Apple, M. L., Rogge, R. D., Skibo, M. A., Peltz, J. S., & Suor, J. H. (2015). A dual-process approach to the role of mother's implicit and explicit attitudes toward their child in parenting models. Developmental Psychology, 51, 289-300.
  • Sturge-Apple, M. L., Rogge, R. D., Peltz, J. S., Suor, J. H., & Skibo, M. A. (2015). Delving Beyond Conscious Attitudes: Validation of an Innovative Tool for Assessing Parental Implicit Attitudes Toward Physical Punishment. Infant and Child Development, 24, 240-255.
  • Maniaci, M., & Rogge, R. D. (2014). Conducting Research on the Internet. In H. T. Reis & C. M. Judd (Eds.), Handbook of research methods in social and personality psychology (2nd ed.). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Maniaci, M. R., & Rogge, R. D. (2014). Caring about Carelessness: Participant Inattention and its Effects on Research. Journal of Research in Personality, 48, 61-83.
  • Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., & Rogge, R. D. (2014). The expression for compassionate love in everyday compassionate acts. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 1-26.
  • Early, D. M., Rogge, R. D., & Deci, E. L. (2014). Engagement, Alignment, and Rigor as Vital Signs of High-Quality Instruction: A Classroom Visit Protocol for Instructional Improvement and Research. The High School Journal, 97, 219-239.
  • Rogge, R. D., Cobb, R. J., Johnson, M. D., Lawrence, E., & Bradbury, T. N. (2013). Is skills training necessary for the primary prevention of marital distress and dissolution: A 3-year experimental study of three interventions. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 949-961.
  • Mattson, R. E., Rogge, R. D., Johnson, M. D., Davidson, E. K. B., & Fincham, F. D. (2013). The positive and negative semantic dimensions of relationship satisfaction. Personal Relationships, 20, 328-355.
  • Fincham, F. D., & Rogge, R. D. (2010). Understanding Relationship Satisfaction: Theoretical Challenges and New Tools for Assessment. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 2, 227-242.
  • Lee, S., Rogge, R. D., & Reis, H. T. (2010). Assessing the Seeds of Relationship Decay: Using Implicit Evaluations to Detect the Early Stages of Disillusionment. Psychological Science, 21, 857-864.
  • Saavedra, M. C., Chapman, K. E., & Rogge, R. D. (2010). Examining Mechanisms between Attachment and Relationship Quality: Hostile Conflict and Mindfulness as Moderators. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 380-390.
  • Smetana, J. G., Villalobos, M., Rogge, R. D., & Tasopoulos-Chan, T. (2010). Keeping secrets from parents: Daily variations among poor, urban adolescents. Journal of Adolescence, 33, 321-331.
  • Funk, J. L., & Rogge, R. D. (2009). Prediction of Marital Stability. In H. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships, 2, (pp. 1034-1038). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Funk, J. L., & Rogge, R. D. (2007). Testing the Ruler with Item Response Theory: Increasing Precision of Measurement for Relationship Satisfaction with the Couples Satisfaction index. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 572-583.
  • Barnes, S., Brown, K. W., Krusemark, E., Capbell, W. K., & Rogge, R. D. (2007). The Role of Mindfulness in Romantic Relationship Satisfaction and Responses to Relationship Stress. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33, 1-19.