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. 

Dr. Ron Rogers is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at San José State University. As Chair, Dr. Rogers is responsible for supporting more than 50 full- and part-time faculty teaching over 9,000 students across more than 250 course sections annually. Professional development for faculty and staff, curricular innovation, student support, and alumni outreach characterize his efforts as Chair.

Throughout his research career, Dr. Rogers has investigated learning and memory across multiple levels of analysis. His early research investigated cellular mechanisms of neuroplasticity thought to contribute to learning and memory. More recently, his research has focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning, including investigations of classroom-level engagement and the efficacy of a Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) in elementary statistics education. 

Recent Thesis Topics

  • Kallan Christensen - "An Investigation of the Effects of Online Course Format on Cognitive Workload and Learning Outcomes"
  • 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"