Faculty: Ronald E. Cobb, PhD

Ronald Cobb

Ronald E. Cobb, PhD

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology Department

Chair, Curriculum Committee of the Clinical PsyD program

617-327-6777 x1402
Work Space 208P
Degree Institution
PhD Vanderbilt University, College of Arts and Sciences
MA Wake Forest University
MDiv Princeton Theological Seminary
BA Furman University


  • CA601, Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • PA535, Psychological Assessment for Counselors (Counseling MA program)

Research and Practice Interests

  • The interface of Cognitive and Clinical Psychology
  • Recent student doctoral projects supervised:
  • Forensic: personality and behavioral predictors of high-conflict divorce, use of the PAI to detect defensiveness in a hypothetical child custody case; correction officers’ perceptions of mental health needs of inmates; locus of control and fear of crime in public views of sex offender registry policy; clinicians’ views of working with denial in treatment with sex offenders
  • Eating Disorders: the illusion of safety component of orthorexia nervosa; eating disorders and attitudes toward food among third generation descendants of Holocaust survivors
  • Masculinity: masculinity and emotional expressivity in american veterans; college men’s perception of the risks and benefits of intervening against sexual assault; program evaluation of a Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program among high school students


  • James F. Byrnes Foundation, The Jake Salley Alumni Service Award, 2002

Publications and Presentations

  • 2014, 18 December: “Why therapists (and clients) forget last week’s session.” Talk presented to the Behavioral Medicine Seminar, Cambridge Hospital: Central Street (Somerville, MA)
  • 2013, 9 May: “Visual attention, knowledge, and action.” Talk presented to the Behavioral Medicine Seminar, Cambridge Hospital: Central Street (Somerville, MA)
  • 2011, 19 May: “Procedural memory, habit, and awareness.” Talk presented to the Behavioral Medicine Seminar, Cambridge Hospital: Central Street (Somerville, MA)
  • Cave, C.B., Bost, P.R., and Cobb, R.E. (1996). Effects of color and pattern on implicit and explicit picture memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 22, 639-653.
  • Hollon, S.J., and Cobb, R.E. (1993). Relapse and recurrence in psychopathological disorders. In Charles G. Costello (Ed.), Basic Issues in Psychopathology (pp. 377-402). New York: The Guilford Press.
  • McDaniel, M. A., Einstein, G. O., Dunay, P. K., and Cobb, R. E. (1986). Encoding difficulty and memory: Toward a unifying theory. Journal of Memory and Language, 25, 645-656.

Prior Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, Antioch University New England Graduate School, Keene, NH, 2008-2010

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • APA Division 2 (Teaching of Psychology)
  • Sigma Xi
  • Northeastern Psychological Association (NEPA)