Ronald P. Rohner, Director of the Center, is Executive Director and former president of the International Society for Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection. He received the American Psychological Association (APA) Award for Distinguished Contributions to the International Advancement of Psychology in 2004. He also received the APA Outstanding International Psychologist Award from the USA for 2008, and the APA Henry David International Mentoring Award in 2017. Visit Dr. Rohner’s faculty webpage.


Senior Research Scientist
Abdul Khaleque, PhD., Senior Research Scientist in the Ronald and Nancy Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection. phone: 860.486.6291


sumbleen ali

Research Scientist
Sumbleen Ali, PhD., Research Scientist in the Ronald and Nancy Rohner Center for the Study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection. phone: 860.486.3915


Graduate Research Assistant 
Katelyn Pitcher
PhD student, Developmental Psychology, University of Connecticut, Storrs
Her research concentrates on intergroup relationships and stereotype development in children. She is also interested in the adjustment and well-being of gender and sexual minority youth, including the effects of familial and peer rejection and acceptance.
Nancy Executive Assistant
Nancy Rohner
laila Undergraduate Research Assistant
Laila Almotwaly, Undergraduate Student, Cognitive Science Major, University of Connecticut, StorrsLaila Almotwaly is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science with minors in Neuroscience and Computer Science at the University of Connecticut. She has translated IPARTheory measures in German and Arabic.

Diversity Statement: The Rohner Center celebrates ethno-racial and cultural diversity both in its employment policy and in its program of multicultural research and application. In the last two academic years (2018-2020), for example, the Center has employed students who are African American, Egyptian, European American, Hispanic, and Pakistani. The Senior Scientist in the Rohner Center is Bangladeshi-American.