Our Approach

Dr. Rogge

Ron Rogge is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester. His research focuses on understanding relationships and the early years of marriage.

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Dr. Rogge's CV

Our Story

Early Career

Ron Rogge got his Bachelor's degree in Developmental and Molecular Biology from UCLA. During that time, he trained with Dr. Utpal Banerjee, helping to conduct studies of human oncogenes by studying their counterparts in Drosophila Melanogaster (fruit flies).

He also got the incredible opportunity to serve as a biology consultant for the original Jurassic Park movie - appearing on screen in some of the iconic laboratory scenes.

jurrasic park

Graduate Work

Dr. Rogge got his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from UCLA, where he trained with Tom Bradbury studying how relationships grow and change over the early years of marriage. His dissertation focused on the factors predicting the onset of discord and divorce in newlyweds.

Military Service

Dr. Rogge served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 2000-2004, providing counseling to sailors and marines including deployments to Kuwait and Iraq.


University of Rochester

Since joining the faculty at the University of Rochester in 2004, Dr. Rogge has developed a program of research focused on understanding how individuals, couples, and families grow and change over time.

Meet the Lab

Jenn Daks


Jenn is a 5th year clinical psychology graduate student in the lab who is currently on internship at the Boston VA. Jenn's reseasrch focuses on:

  • The benefits of REFLECT for families
  • Awareness and gratitude in romantic relationships
  • Psychological flexibility and health

Agnieszka Pollard


AJ is a 4th year clinical psychology graduate student studying the salience of orgasms and sexual health within romantic relationships. Thus, she is currently working on:

  • A meta-analysis of the correlates of orgasms
  • A dyadic, longitudinal study examining orgasms in relationships
  • A study validating a new measure of anticipated jealousy
  • A study examining the exaggeration of sexual pleasure and faking orgasms

Shin-Young Kim


Shin-Young is a 2nd year graduate student in the lab and a Fulbright Scholar. She is interested in the intersection of mindfulness, physical health, interoception (awareness of one's own body), and somatization. Thus, her research has begun to look at:

  • Links between facets of interoception and individual well-being
  • Links from interoception to facets of the Unified Flexibility and Mindfulness model
  • The interplay of mind and body awareness with sleep

Recent Lab Alumni

Brooke Dubler


Brooke is a recent PhD graduate who continues to collaborate with the lab on the following topics:

  • Psychological flexibility
  • The effectiveness of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mechanisms of change in ACT

Dev Crasta


Dev is a recent PhD graduate working as a full time researcher at the Canindiagua VA who continues to collaborate with the lab on the following topics

  • Partner Responsiveness
  • How relationships function differently in different neighborhoods
  • The benefits of PAIR and other brief interventions for couples

To find out more about Dev, visit his website:

Amanda Shaw


Amanda is a recent PhD graduate from the lab. She has a thriving clinical practice in the Rochester area. Amanda is still collaborating with the lab on research articles related to sex and sexuality in romantic relationships.

We just recently published a paper examining the dyadic longitudinal effects of solo and joint pornography use in relationships.

Jaci Rolffs


Jaci is a recent PhD graduate who has just taken a full-time position at a VA in Iowa. She continues to collaborate with the lab on papers examining:

  • Psychological flexibility
  • The role of parental flexibility in family functioning
  • Individual factors predicting response to therapy