Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D.

Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus
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Ronald F. Levant holds a B.A. in psychology (honors with great distinction) from the University of California, Berkeley; an Ed.D. in clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University; an M.B.A. in general management (high honors) from Boston University; and a Doctor of Humane Letters (hon.) from Muhlenberg College. Dr. Levant has been one of the leading pioneers of the new field of the psychology of men.  He played a key role in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s in envisioning and developing this new field, serving as co-founder, co-chair, and the first President of the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity (APA Division 51).  He co-edited A New Psychology of Men (Basic Books, 1995), which has been cited as “the most salient publication” in the new psychology of men (Cochrane, 2010, p. 45). Levant also served as Editor of the APA journal, Psychology of Men & Masculinity from 2007-2015, which had a 2015 Impact Factor of 2.947. Considered a foremost authority on the psychology of men and masculinity, Dr. Levant conducts research on men’s gender role strain, emotional expressivity, alexithymia, mental and physical health, fathering, and masculinity ideology in a multicultural perspective. He has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 18 books, and over 250 refereed journal articles and book chapters. His most recent book is Levant, R. F., & Wong, Y. J. (eds.) (2016). The Psychology of Men and Masculinities. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Fellow and 2005 president of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Levant has also served as president of its Division 43 (Family Psychology) and of the Massachusetts Psychological Association. He is a licensed psychologist and a double diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (clinical and family psychology). His numerous awards include the 2010 American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Applied Research,  2002 Harold Hildreth Award (Division 18, Psychologists in Public Service), and 1995 Ezra Saul Psychological Service Award (Massachusetts Psychological Association). More information on Dr. Levant’s research is available at his website


Jardin, E., Allen, P. A., Levant, R. F.,  Lien, M-C., McCurdy, E. R., Villalba, A., Mallik, P.,  Houston, J. R., Gerdes, Z. T. . (2019, July 19) Electrophysiological evidence of emotional processing deficits in alexithymia. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 5-6, 619-633.

Levant, R. F., Alto, K. M., McKelvey, D., Pardo, S., Jadaszewski, S., Richmond, K., Keo-Meier, C., & Gerdes, Z. (2019, April 25). Development, Variance Composition, Measurement Invariance across Five Gender Identity Groups, and Validity of the Health Behavior Inventory–Short Form. Psychology of Men & Masculinities. Advance online publication.

Levant, R. F., Webster, B. M., Stanley, J. T. & Thompson, E. (2019, March 7). The Aging Adults Masculinity Ideologies Inventory (AAMII): Dimensionality, variance composition, measurement invariance by gender, and validity.  Psychology of Men and Masculinities, Advance Online Publication.

Silver, K. E., & Levant, R. F. (2019). An appraisal of APA’s clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Psychotherapy, 56, 347-358. 

Levant, R.F, Jadaszewski, S., Alto, K., Richmond. K., Pardo, S., Keo-Meier, C., & Gerdes, Z. T.  (2019). Moderation and mediation of the relationships between masculinity ideology and health status. Health Psychology, 38, 162-171.

Levant, R. F., & Parent, M. C. (2019). The development and evaluation of a brief form of the Normative Male Alexithymia Scale (NMAS-BF). Journal of Counseling Psychology, 66, 224-230.

McDermott, R. C., Levant, R. F., & Hammer, J. (2018). Development and validation of a 5-Item Male Role Norms Inventory using bifactor modeling. Psychology of Men and Masculinities, 20,467-477.

Davis, A., Levant, R. F., & Pryor, S. (2018). Traditional femininity vs. strong Black women ideologies and stress among Black women. Journal of Black Studies, 49, 820-841.

Levant, R.F., & DeLeon, P. H. (2018).  In Memoriam: Ronald E. Fox (1936-2018). American Psychologist, 73, 938–939.

Silver, K.E., Levant, R. F., and Gonzalez, A. (2018).What does the psychology of men and  masculinities offer the practitioner? Practical guidance for the feminist, culturally-sensitive treatment of traditional men. Practice Innovations, 3, 94-106.

Levant, R. F., Gerdes, Z. T., Jadaszewski, S. & Alto, K. M (2018). “Not My Father’s Son:” Qualitative investigation of u.s. men’s perceptions of their fathers’ expectations and influence. Journal of Men’s Studies, 26, 127-142. 

Levant, R., Gerdes, Z. T., Alto, K., Jadaszewski, S. & McDermott, R. (2018). Development and evaluation of the Fathers’ Expectations about Sons’ Masculinity Scale (Short Form). Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19, 325-339.

Alto, K., McCullough, K., & Levant R. F. (2018). Who is on Craigslist? A novel approach to participant recruitment for masculinities scholarship. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19, 319-324.

Gerdes, Z., & Levant, R. (2018). Complex relationships among masculine norms and health/well-being Outcomes: Correlation patterns of the Conformity to Masculine Norms Inventory subscales. American Journal of Men’s Health, 12, 229-240.

Gerdes, Z. T., Alto, K. M., Jadaszewski, S., D’Auria, F., & Levant, R. F. (2017). A content analysis of research on masculinity ideologies using all forms of the Male Role Norms Inventory (MRNI). Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 19, 584-599.

Levant, R. F. & McCurdy, E. R. (2017). Toward diversifying research participants: Measurement invariance of the Male Role Norms Inventory-Short Form (MRNI-SF) across recruitment method. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19, 531-539.

Hammer, J. H., McDermott, R. C., Levant, R. F., & McKelvey, D. (2017). Dimensionality, reliability, and validity of the Gender-Role Conflict Scale – Short Form (GRCS-SF). Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 19, 570-583.

Levant, R. F., Alto, K. M., McKelvey, D. K., Richmond, K., & McDermott, R. C. (2017). Variance composition, measurement invariance by gender, and validity of the Femininity Ideology Scale-Short Form. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64, 708-723.

McDermott, R. C., Levant, R. F., Hammer, J., Hall, R., McKelvey, D., & Jones, Z. (2017). Further examination of the factor structure of the Male Role Norms Inventory-Short Form (MRNI-SF): Measurement considerations for women, men of color, and gay men. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 64,724-738.  

Levant, R. F. (2017). Family psychology and the psychology of men and masculinities. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 2-4.

Levant, R. F., Hall, R. J., Weigold, I., & McCurdy, E. R. (2016). Construct validity evidence for the Male Role Norms Inventory-Short Form: A structural equation modeling approach Using the Bifactor Model. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 534-542.

Levant, R. F., McDermott, R., Hewitt, A., Alto, K., & Harris, K. (2016). Confirmatory factor analytic investigation of variance composition, gender invariance, and validity of the Male Role Norms Inventory-Adolescent-revised (MRNI-A-r). Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63, 543-556.