Ronald F. Levant

2005 APA President

Ronald F. LevantRonald F. Levant, EdD, ABPP, earned his doctorate in clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University. He was on the faculty of Boston University, where he directed the nationally prominent Fatherhood Project; Rutgers University; Harvard Medical School at The Cambridge Hospital; and the Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University, where he also served as dean. He is currently professor of psychology, The University of Akron, where he was dean of the Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences. Levant was the 2005 president of APA, and is editor of the journal Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

Levant has authored, co-authored, edited or co-edited 14 books and more than 175 peer-reviewed refereed journal articles and book chapters in family and gender psychology and in advancing professional psychology. He has developed and evaluated a number of measures designed to assess a variety of gender constructs, including the original Male Role Norms Inventory (MRNI), the Revised (MRNI-R) and Adolescent (MRNI-A) versions, the Normative Male Alexithymia Scale, the Femininity Ideology Scale, and the Women’s Nontraditional Sexuality Questionnaire.

Levant’s signature contribution has been in establishing the empirical foundation for the “Normative Male Alexithymia” hypothesis. (Alexithymia is the inability to express feelings with words.) In addition, Levant developed alexithymia reduction treatment (ART), a brief psychoeducational intervention designed to remediate normative male alexithymia in order to prepare men to engage more fully in psychotherapy. ART is designed as an adjunctive treatment that can be administered before or concurrent with standard care.