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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 is not accepting applications for graduate students for the 2022-2023 academic year.

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

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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, humor, partner aggression, coparenting dynamics)
  • Sexuality and sexual activity (e.g., sexual activity, the salience of male and female orgasms, diversity in relationship structures - including nonmonogamous arrangements; diversity in sexuality - including traditional LGBT self-identities as well as newer classifications like heteroflexibility)
  • Eastern ideological traditions (drawing from Buddhism and Taoism, as well as from the ACT literature, we have increasingly begun incorporating mindfulness and psychological flexibility into our projects)
  • 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.

  • 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). We now have data from an RCT of PAIR vs. a waitlist in 170 couples and are preparing manuscripts from that study.
  • 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.
  • The MindFlex Assessment System. In collaboration with Kelly Wilson and Jaci Rolffs, Dr. Rogge developed a measure assessing the 6 dimensions of psychological flexibility and the 6 corresponding dimensions of inflexibility within the Hexaflex model: The Multidimensional Psychological Flexibility Inventory or MPFI. We are now validating the use of that scale in clinical populations by developing the MindFlex Assessment System. This is an online system that administers and scores the MPFI for clients in therapy, generating psychological flexibility profiles for their therapists and helping to track changes in fleibility and wellbeing across the course of treatment.

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 http://www.couples-research.com - 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)

  • PSYC 209:  Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 219:  Undergraduate Research Methods
  • PSYC 515:  Hierarchical Linear Modeling
  • PSYC 572:  Clinical Psychology Research Methods
  • PSYC 587:  Overview of Marital Research
  • 5PM 472:  Measurement Theory/Statistics

Selected Publications

  • Rogge, R. D., Daks, J. S., Dubler, B. A., & Saint, K. J. (in press). It's all about the process: Examining the convergent validity, conceptual coverage, unique predictive validity, and clinical utility of ACT process measures. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science.
  • Hangen,F., Crasta, D., & Rogge, R. D. (2019). Delineating the Boundaries between Nonmonogamy and Infedelity: Bringing Consent Back into Definitions of Consensual Nonmonogamy with Latent Profile Analysis. Journal of Sex Research.
  • Peltz, J. S., Rogge, R. D., & O’Connor, T. (2019). Adolescent sleep quality mediates family chaos and adolescent mental health: A daily diary-based study. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 259-269.
  • Stabbe, O. K., Rolffs, J. L., & Rogge, R. D. (2019). Flexibly And/Or Inflexibly Embracing Life: Identifying Fundamental Approaches to Life with Latent Profile Analyses on the Dimensions of the Hexaflex Model. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 12, 196-118.
  • Legate, N. & Rogge, R. D. (2019). Identifying Basic Classes of Sexual Orientation with Latent Profile Analysis: Developing the Multivariate Sexual Orientation Classification System. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48, 1403-1422.
  • Rolffs, J. L., & Rogge, R. D. (2019). Brief Interventions to Strengthen Relationships and Prevent Dissolution. In C. R. Knee & H. T. Reis (Eds.), Positive Approaches to Optimal Relationship Development.
  • Peltz, J. S., Rogge, R. D., & Sturge-Apple, M. (2018). Transactions within the family: Coparenting mediates associations between parents' relationship satisfaction and the parent-child bond. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 553-564.
  • Crasta, D., Funk, J.L., Lee, S., & Rogge, R.D. (2018). Out drinking the Joneses: Neighborhood factors moderating the effects of drinking on relationship quality over the first four years of marriage. Family Process, 57, 960-978.
  • Reis, H. T., Maniaci, M. R., & Rogge, R. D. (2017). Compassionate acts and everyday emotional well-being among newlyweds. Emotion, 17, 751.
  • Shaw, A. M., & Rogge, R. D. (2017). Symbolic meanings of sex in relationships: Developing the Meanings of Sexual Behavior Inventory. Psychological Assessment, 29, 1221-1234.
  • Rogge, R. D., Fincham, F. D., Crasta, D., & Maniaci, M. R. (2016). Positive and negative evaluation of relationships: Development and validation of the Positive-Negative Relationship Quality (PN-RQ) scale. Psychological Assessment, 29, 1028-1043.
  • Shaw, A. M., & Rogge, R. D. (2016). Evaluating and Refining the Construct of Sexual Quality with Item Response Theory: Development of the Quality of Sex Inventory. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 249-270.
  • Peltz, J. S., Rogge, R. D., Rogosch, F. A., Cicchetti, D., & Toth, S. L. (2015). The benefits of child-parent psychotherapy to marital satisfaction. Family, Systems and Health, 33, 372-382.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (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.