Academics and Research

Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection Research (CSIAR) and Related Projects

Rohner Center 2020 Annual Report

Researchers, clinical practitioners and other professionals are using Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory (IPARTheory) measures in the study and practice of parent-child relationships, intimate adult relationships, peer and sibling relationships, and other areas. Faculty and Staff are also actively engaged in identifying new external funding sources for future research.

Miguel A. Carrasco, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Facultad de Psicologia (UNED), Madrid, Spain. Dr. Carrasco is Co-Editor (with R. P. Rohner) of a special issue of a journal on Parental Power/Prestige and the Effects of Parental Acceptance on the Psychological Adjustment of Offspring.

Fatoş Erkman, Ph.D., Professor, Bogazici University, Istanbul Turkey. Dr. Erkman is involved in research on father issues, teacher acceptance-rejection, physical punishment, and intimate adult relationships in Turkey.

Abdul Khaleque, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, University of Connecticut, CSIAR. Involved in cross-cultural projects on teacher acceptance-rejection, intimate adult relationships in Bangladesh, Canada, and the U.S., and multi-ethnic comparisons in the U.S. of parental acceptance-rejection and psychological adjustment.

Francisco Machado, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Maia Institute for Higher Studies, Portugal. Coordinating an international ‘teacher love’ project.

Karen Ripoll-Núñez, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of the Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, South America. Dr. Ripoll-Núñez’s research interests include intimate adult relationships and corporal punishment in a cross-cultural perspective.

Sandra Rigazio-DiGilio, Ph.D., Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Senior Scientist/ Practitioner, University of Connecticut, CSIAR. Dr. Rigazio-DiGilio is principal investigator in studies dealing with the application of interpersonal acceptance-rejection theory and measures in relational and systemic therapy.

Ronald P. Rohner, Ph.D., University of Connecticut, Director of CSIAR and Executive Director and former President of the International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection. Dr. Rohner is author of Interpersonal Acceptance-Rejection Theory (IPARTheory) and its associated measures. He is also a collaborator, consultant, or mentor on most research projects using IPARTheory measures conducted through the Rohner Center.


Current and Recent IPARTheory-Related Research and Applications in the USA and Internationally


Affective Coping
Agreement between children’s and parent’s reports of parental acceptance-rejection
Assessing the reliability and validity of new IPARTheory-related measures
Clinical applications of IPARTheory and measures
Dark Triad psychopathology (Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and Narcissism)
Forgiveness, parental acceptance-rejection antecedents of interpersonal acceptance-rejection
Forensic psychology (consulting on a criminal case)
Gender differences in behavioral and psychological outcomes associated with perceived parental and partner acceptance-rejection
Gender of parent by gender of offspring interactions
Intensity of attachment, effects on relations between parental and partner acceptance-rejection and specific outcomes
Intimate partner acceptance-rejection
Loneliness and acceptance-rejection
Meta-analyses of topics related to major IPARTheory concepts
Neuroimaging (brain functioning) in the context of acceptance versus rejection experiences
Parental acceptance-rejection, effects, causes, and other correlates
Parental alienation
Phubbing (phone snubbing), perceived rejection, and relationship satisfaction
Rejection sensitivity
Substance abuse in relation to parental acceptance-rejection
Teacher acceptance-rejection and its effects on children’s behavior and psychological adjustment
Transgender and LGBTQ+, family and peer acceptance-rejection issues related to interpersonal acceptance-rejection
Vengeance, parental acceptance-rejection antecedents of interpersonal acceptance-rejection

Upcoming Events

  • 9th International Congress on Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection, Geneva, New York. 2022 (for details visit: ISIPAR)