People—Ronald D. Rogge

Research Interests

Ron Rogge is a clinical faculty member whose research focuses on understanding romantic relationships, from the early stages of dating to marriage.

His current research examines 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, sex, humor, partner aggression) 
  • 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)

collectively contribute to the development of relationship discord and break up over time. In addition, Dr. Rogge's research also explores methods of preventing early marital discord and divorce through treatment outcome studies focused on marriage preparation programs. In collaboration with Tom Bradbury at UCLA, Dr. Rogge developed the Compassionate and Accepting Relationships through Empathy (CARE) program which is completing its first clinical trial.

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 28,000 online respondents, augmenting his laboratory studies of romantic relationships. 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)

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

Selected Publications

  • Sturge-Apple, M.L., Rogge, R.D., Skibo, M.A., Peltz, J.S., & Suor, J.H. (under review). A novel approach to assessing mother-child relationships: Causes & consequences of mothers implicit and explicit attitudes toward their children.
  • Walsh, C.O., Funk, J.L., Lee, S., Rodrigues, A.E., Baker, E.K., Saavedra-Finger, M.C., & Rogge, R.D. (under review). Are We Helping Couples: Examining the Effectiveness of Community-Based Marital Preparation.
  • Peltz, J.S., Rogge, R.D., Toth, S.L., Rogosch, F.A., & Cicchetti, D. (under review). The benefits of child-parent psychotherapy to marital satisfaction.
  • Rogge, R.D., Marin, S.D., & Maniaci, M.R. (under review). It's how you use it: Functions moderating the impact of relationship humor.
  • Lee, S., & Rogge, R.D. (under review). Implicit attitudes affect relationships over time by shaping support and conflict behaviors.
  • Maniaci, M., & Rogge, R.D. (in press). 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.
  • 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.

Quick Facts

Title: Associate Professor of Psychology

Education: Ph.D., University of California Los Angeles


Contact Info

462 Meliora Hall
Department of Clinical & Social Sciences in Psychology
Box 270266
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627

Phone: (585) 273-3270

Office Hours: By appointment