Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D.

Ronald F. Levant, Ed.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus
Office: CAS 350
Phone: 330-972-5496
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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 Dr. Levant directs the Psychology Department Counseling Clinic, and teaches the first and second year counseling practicum and undergraduate courses in social psychology, introduction to clinical and counseling psychology, and the psychology of men and masculinity. 


Gerdes, Z. T., Alto, K., 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 and Masculinity. In press.  

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. Online First Publication, September 7, 2017.

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. Online First Publication, June 12, 2017.

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.  Online First Publication, May 25, 2017.

Levant, R., Gerdes, Z. T., Alto, K., Jadaszewski, S. & McDermott, R. (2017). “Development and evaluation of the Fathers’ Expectations about Sons’ Masculinity Scale (Short Form).

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 ModelJournal 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.

Levant, R. F., Parent, M. C., McCurdy, E. R, & Bradstreet, T. C. (2015).  Moderated mediation and health outcomes of the relationships between masculinity ideology, outcome expectations, and energy drink use. Health Psychology, 34, 110-1106.   

Levant, R. F., Hall, R. J., & Weigold, I. & McCurdy, E. R. (2015). Construct Distinctiveness and Variance Composition of Multi-Dimensional Instruments: Three Short-Form Masculinity Measures. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 62, 488-502. 

Levant, R. F., Allen, P. A., & Lien, M-C. (2014). Alexithymia in men: how and when does the deficit in the processing of emotions occur? Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 15, 324-334.

Mellinger, C. L. & Levant, R. F. (2014). Moderators of the relationship between masculinity and prejudice against sexual minorities. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 519-530.

Levant, R. F., Stefanov, D.G., Rankin, T. J., Halter, M. J., Williams, C. M., & Mellinger, C. (2013). Moderated path analysis of the relationships between masculinity and men’s attitudes toward seeking psychological help. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60,392-400.

Levant, R. F., Hall, R. J., & Rankin. T. J. (2013). Male Role Norms Inventory-Short Form (MRNI-SF):  Development, confirmatory factor analytic investigation of structure, and measurement invariance across gender. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 60, 228-238.

Mahalik, J. M., Good, G. E., Tager, D. T., Levant, R. F., & Mackowiak, C. (2012). developing a taxonomy of helpful and harmful practices for clinical work with boys and men. Journal of Counseling Psychology59, 591-603.