George F. Ronan, Ph.D., ABPP

George Ronan 
  • 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 23 years, he coordinated clinical research program focused on violent offenders, the ​Violence Reduction Treatment Program, which he directed​ from 1992 through 2015​. 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., Holman,K., Seymour,B., & Ronan,G.F. (2015). Group process as a mechanism of change in the group treatment of anger and aggression. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 65, 180-208.

Gerhart,J.I., Baker,C.N., Hoerger,M.P., & Ronan,G.F. (2014). Experiential avoidance and interpersonal problems: A moderated mediation model. Journal of Contextual and Behavioral Science, 3,291-298.

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.