Ronald F. Rogers

Ronald F. Rogers

Department Chair, Psychology
Office: DMH 157




Preferred: (408) 924-5652

Alternate: (408) 924-5600

Office Hours

by appointment


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Rutgers Univ New Brunswick, 1995
  • Master of Science, Psychology, Rutgers Univ New Brunswick, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Univ Of Cal-Santa Cruz, 1989


Dr. Ron Rogers earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Rutgers University in 1995. From there he went on to teach and do research at Indiana University, Bloomington as a National Institutes of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Fellow, finally joining the Psychology Department at SJSU in 1999.

Since joining the faculty, Dr. Rogers has developed and taught eight independent courses and three team-taught courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Regardless of the course, Dr. Rogers states that he has but one goal in mind when teaching - to have his students speculate anew on the antecedents of behavior and the potential of science as a method for their study and description.

Dr. Rogers is most proud of the many students he has been fortunate to mentor. Since establishing his research program at SJSU, he has mentored 39 research assistants (20 undergraduate and 19 graduates), many of whom have gone on to doctoral or masters programs throughout the United States. Throughout his research career, Dr. Rogers has investigated learning and memory from multiple levels of analysis. More recently, his research is related to the scholarship of teaching and learning. For instance, his project investigating classroom-level engagement stems from his year as a Teacher Scholar (2006 - 2007) and continues to be a wonderful opportunity for collaboration within the University and beyond.

Recent Thesis Topics

  • Cassandra Durkee - "Embodied Cognition and Cognitive Engagement in Mathematical Acquisition"
  • Joseph Zoland - "Attention Restoration Theory in Gaming as it Pertains to Subsequent Academic Learning"
  • Patrick Cravalho - "Learning Statistics Using Concept Maps: Effects on Anxiety and Academic Performance"
  • Jonathan Boyajian - "Investigating the Mechanisms that Facilitate Learning during Teacher Preparation"
  • Katherine Casey - "Effectiveness of Peer Mentoring in First-Year Program Classrooms"
  • Karen Atwood - "The Impact of Generative Processing During Notetaking and Review on Higher-Order Comprehension from Lecture Material"