Ronald P. Rohner

Professor Emeritus Family Studies and Anthropology Director, Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection

Curriculum Vitae

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 parental acceptance-rejection theory (PARTheory)
  • 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.


Selected Professional Accomplishments:

  • Founding President of the International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection
  • Recipient of the American Psychological Association 2004 Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology


Selected Publications

Ronald P. Rohner
Contact Information
Phone(860) 486-0073
Mailing Address348 Mansfield Road Unit 1058 Storrs, CT 06269 USA