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Ronald Rogge - University of Rochester. Rochester, NY, US

Ronald Rogge Ronald Rogge

Associate Professor of Psychology | University of Rochester


Rogge's research focuses on understanding dynamics within romantic relationships and families.


Areas of Expertise (8)

Marriage and Close Relationships

Couples Behavior

Family Psychology


Couples and Families

Sex and Sexuality

Couples Psychology







How Movies Can Make a Marriage Better The Impact of Movies On Marriages



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.

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.

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.

Education (2)

UCLA: BS, Molecular and Developmental Biology

UCLA: PhD, Clinical Psychology

Selected Media Appearances (8)

Comfort and joy? Psychologists say Christmas movies can be good for mental health

Kansas City Star  print


Take all those happy endings with “a healthy grain of salt,” said Ronald Rogge, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester in western New York who has studied the use of movies in couples therapy.

“All relationships are not founded on a ‘love at first sight, one and only soulmate, destined to be together' framework,” said Rogge.

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Lining Up An Open Relationship? The Key Is Communication And Consent

Men's Health  online


When it comes to relationships, a lot has changed in the last decade and one big shift has been the rise of nonmonogamy. Whether you're a swinger or you just want to date multiple people, the idea of getting romantically or physically involved with more than one person sounds a little tricky - chances are someone will get hurt. But there is a way to make it work.

New research out of the University of Rochester has found that while there's no one-size-fits-all solution, there are ways to increase the chance the success of the relationship and they've nicknamed it the "Triple-C-Model" - consent, communication and comfort.

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Scientists have found the key to making an open relationship successful

MSN News  online


Researchers at the University of Rochester have found the key to making an open relationship work, and it's about as simple as you could imagine.

The key, researchers say, is good communication between partners.

“We know that communication is helpful to all couples,” said Ronald Rogge, head of the lab where the research was conducted. “However, it is critical for couples in non-monogamous relationships as they navigate the extra challenges of maintaining a non-traditional relationship in a monogamy-dominated culture.

“Secrecy surrounding sexual activity with others can all too easily become toxic and lead to feelings of neglect, insecurity, rejection, jealousy, and betrayal, even in non-monogamous relationships,” he continued. (Also reported by Yahoo! News, Malay Mail)

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Divorce Rate Cut in Half for Couples Who Discussed Relationship Movies

University of Rochester  online


Discussing five movies about relationships over a month could cut the three-year divorce rate for newlyweds in half, researchers report. The study, involving 174 couples, is the first long-term investigation to compare different types of early marriage intervention programs.

The findings show that an inexpensive, fun, and relatively simple movie-and-talk approach can be just as effective as other more intensive therapist-led methods—reducing the divorce or separation rate from 24 to 11 percent after three years.

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Movie Date Night Can Double as Therapy

New York Times  online


One of the great divides in male-female relationships is the “chick flick” — movies like “Terms of Endearment” and “The Notebook” that often leave women in tears and men bored. But now, a fascinating new study shows that sappy relationship movies made in Hollywood can actually help strengthen relationships in the real world.

A University of Rochester study found that couples who watched and talked about issues raised in movies like “Steel Magnolias” and “Love Story” were less likely to divorce or separate than couples in a control group. Surprisingly, the “Love Story” intervention was as effective at keeping couples together as two intensive therapist-led methods.

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Can RomComs Save a Marriage?

ABC Good Morning America  tv


Morning segment on Can RomComs Save a Marriage?

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Do open relationships really work?

Science Daily  print


Open relationships typically describe couples in which the partners have agreed on sexual activity with someone other than their primary romantic partner, while maintaining the couple bond. Can these open relationships work? It depends, concludes a team that focuses on couples research. Not surprisingly, the success of such relationships hinges on solid communication between all parties involved. But not all open relationships are created equal.

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Found! Scientific proof that RomComs can save your relationship.

Los Angeles Times  print


Lately, some of my colleagues have bemoaned the lack of romance in popular culture and the decline of the beloved romantic comedy, which miraculously managed to capture the essence of love, loss and happily-ever-after in less than two hours.

“After a million movies and a thousand love songs, the romance once abundant in pop culture seems to have just stopped,” Times columnist Chris Erskine wrote.

And my colleague Alexandra Le Tellier wrote about how RomComs “are escapist fantasies full of optimism and hope,” and we need “more love stories and happily-ever-afters to rouse our sense of optimism.”

There’s another, scientific reason for Hollywood to bring back the RomCom: Watching such a movie with your partner and talking about it can actually strengthen your relationship.

In fact, viewing and discussing about five sappy flicks a month can be as effective as more intensive couples therapy, according to Ronald Rogge, associate professor of psychology at the University of Rochester and lead author of the study.

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