Ronald P. Rohner

Professor Emeritus Human Development & Family Sciences and Anthropology

Director, Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection

Curriculum Vita

Educational Background:

Ph.D., Psychological Anthropology, Stanford University, 1964
M.A., Psychological Anthropology, Stanford University, 1960
B.S., Psychology, University of Oregon, 1958

Professional Interests:

  • Developing and testing interpersonal acceptance-rejection theory (IPARTheory)
  • Parent-child relations in cross-cultural perspective
  • Theory construction and research on possible links between childhood experience of parental acceptance-rejection and the quality of adult attachments and intimate partner relationships
  • The relation between corporal punishment and perceived parental acceptance-rejection and the effects of punishment on youths when punishment is and is not experienced as a form of rejection.
  • The relation between perceived acceptance-rejection and parental control, and the joint, interactive, and singular influence of each form of parenting on youths’ behavioral and psychological functioning.
  • Among others

Selected Professional Accomplishments:

  • APA’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology (2004)
  • APA’s Division 52 Award for Outstanding International Psychologist from the U.S. for 2008.
  • American Psychological Association’s (APA) Henry David International Mentoring Award (2017)
  • Society for Cross-Cultural Research Lifetime Achievement Award (2020)
  • Jean Lau Chin Award for Outstanding Professional Psychologist in International Leadership Contribution (2023)
  • Founding President of the International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection
  • Co-founder & Former President, Society for Cross-Cultural Research (SCCR)
  • TEDx UConn “They Love Me, They Love Me Not–And Why It Matters

Fellow in Professional Organizations:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS)
  • American Anthropological Association (AAA)
  • Eastern Psychological Association (EPA)


Rohner has written nine books, and over 500 articles, chapters, reviews, and technical reports while conducting research on interpersonal acceptance and rejection for more than 6 decades (starting in 1958)

He is the author of interpersonal acceptance-rejection theory (IPARTheory), and has created a variety of measurement procedures for the cross-cultural study of interpersonal acceptance-rejection. Among these are behavior observation procedures, interview protocols, ethnographic field techniques, and 33 self-report questionnaires. Some of the self-report questionnaires are available in up to 58 languages and dialects internationally.

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Ron Rohner
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Mailing Address348 Mansfield Road, Unit 1058 Storrs, CT 06269 USA