George F. Ronan, Ph.D., ABPP
  • Position: Clinical & Experimental Faculty
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 202, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
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  • Vitae: Curriculum vi​ta


Dr. Ronan joined the CMU faculty in 1989. He served as the Director of the psychology department affiliated training clinic, the Psychological Training and Consultation Center, 1995-1999, and as Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 1999-2005. He served as the Director of  General Education at CMU,​ 2010-2014.  For the past 15 years, he has coordinated a clinical research program focused on violent offenders, the Violence Reduction Program at Central Michigan University. Dr. Ronan is board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.  In his spare time he teaches social dance.

Research Interest:

  • Application of clinical psychology within criminal justice settings
  • Scoring narratives
  • Social problem solving
  • Violence reduction training for court ordered offenders

Recent Publications:​

Gerhart,J.I., Baker,C.N., Hoerger,M.P., & Ronan,G.F. (in press). Experiential avoidance and interpersonal problems: A moderated mediation model. Journal of Contextual and Behavioral Science.

Gerhart,J., Holman,K., Seymour,B., & Ronan,G.F. (in press). Group process as a mechanism of change in the group treatment of anger and aggression. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.

Ronan,G.F., Dreet,L., Maurelli,K., Ronan,D.M., & Gerhart,J. (2014). Practitioner's Guide to Empirically Supported Measures of Anger, Aggression, and Violence. New York: Springer Publishing.

Gerhart,J.I., Ronan,G.F., Russ,E.U., & Seymour,B.E. (2013). The moderating effects of cluster B personality traits on violence reduction training: A mixed model analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28, 45-61.

Gerhart,J.I., Ronan,G.F., Seymour,B., Maurelli,K., Holman,K., & Ronan,G.F. (2013). Health and relationships in violence reduction participants: Indirect effects of angry temperament. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 24, 179-191.

Maurelli,K. & Ronan,G.F. (2013).  A time-series analysis of the effectiveness of sex offender notification laws in the United States. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 24, 128-143.

Ronan,G.F., Maurelli,K., & Holman,K. (2013). The Violence Reduction Program: A couple-based approach to curbing intimate partner assault (pp. 211-230). In Raymond Chip Tafrate and Damon Mitchell (Eds), Forensic CBT: A Practitioner's Guide. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Colarelli,S.M., Monnot,M.J., Ronan,G.F., & Roscoe,A.M. (2012) Administrative assumptions in top-down selection: A test in graduate school admission decisions. Applied Psychology: An International Review, 61, 498-512.

Klepac,R.K., Ronan,G.F., Andrasik,F., et al. (2012). Guidelines for cognitive behavioral training within doctoral psychology programs in the United States: Report of the Inter-Organizational Task Force on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology Doctoral Education. Behavior Therapy, 43, 687-697.

Ronan,G.F., Gerhart,J., Banister,D., & Udell,C. (2010). Relevance of a stage of change analysis for violence reduction training. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 21, 761-772.

Ronan,G.F., Gerhart,J., Dollard,K., & Maurelli,K. (2010). An analysis of survival time to re-arrest in jailers. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, 21, 102-111.

Swartz,S., Ronan,G., & Albano,A.  (2010). The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.  In I. Weiner & E. Craighead (Eds.), Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.