Faculty Profile

Ron Miller, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Ph.D. University of Vermont
B.A., Oberlin College

Areas of Expertise:

Theories of Psychotherapy and Personality, Individual Psychotherapy; Philosophy of Psychology

My undergraduate degree is in philosophy, and my graduate concentration was clinical psychology.

Courses I Teach:

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Graduate courses on clinical intervention and intensive psychotherapy
  • Peace Psychology
  • Personality Theories
  • Systems of Psychotherapy

My Saint Michael's:

Saint Michael’s is an institution with great intellectual and moral vitality. What I like best about teaching here is the opportunity to invest in the world of ideas and people. I find teaching Theories of Personality a very rewarding experience. We read original works by great psychological thinkers and the students apply the theories to a real human being that they interview for ten weeks.  We have a strong applied/practice orientation, integrating the student’s academic experiences with the professional experiences in the field. We also are unique in offering the option of a case study for the culminating major paper.

My research interests are the philosophy of psychology and the theories of psychotherapy and personality, Individual Psychotherapy.

Ronald B. Miller, professor of psychology, has written a chapter in a new book published by APA Books in August, 2012. The book is entitled: Humanity's Dark Side: Evil, Destructive Experience, and Psychotherapy, edited by Arthur C. Bohart, PhD; Barbara S. Held, PhD; Edward Mendelowitz, PhD; and Kirk J. Schneider, PhD. Ron’s chapter, is #11, "Deny No Evil, Ignore No Evil, Reframe No Evil: Psychology's Moral Agenda" See more about it on the APA Books Website.

Ron Miller, professor of psychology, has been informed by Governor Peter Shumlin's office of his appointment to the Board of Psychological Examiners for a five-year term, commencing January 1, 2012. This is the board that licenses psychologists for the State, and reviews ethical complaints made by consumers. There are three psychologists and two public members on the Board.


Ronald Miller, professor of psychology at Saint Michael's College, was named to Fellow status in the American Psychological Association, effective September 2012. Dr. Miller is also director of the SMC master's program in clinical psychology, a program he helped found in 1983. He was elected to the Fellows position by the APA Fellows Committee on the recommendation of the APA Board of Directors and APA Council of Representatives. About 6% of the eligible APA membership holds the status of being an APA Fellow.

Miller teaches Theories of Psychotherapy and Personality, Individual Psychotherapy, and Philosophy of Psychology. He is the editor of a major, 650-page scholarly collection titled The Restoration of Dialogue: Readings in the Philosophy of Clinical Psychology, (APA, 1992), which includes several of his essays. He is also the author of Facing Human Suffering: Psychology and Psychotherapy as Moral Engagement  (APA, 2004), and other publications. One of his seminars for first-year undergraduate students focused on the writings of Franz Kafka.

In naming Miller a Fellow of the APA, Dr. Ian Rivers, chair of the APA Fellows Committee, wrote that "Fellow status is awarded in part on the basis of evaluated evidence of outstanding contribution in the field of psychology" and, he noted "this is special recognition by your peers." He added, "The field of psychology is certainly enhanced by your diligent work and commitment, and the public is better served."

About the Saint Michael's College clinical psychology program, Dr. Miller has said, "We have a strong applied/practice orientation, integrating the student's academic experiences with the professional experiences in the field. We also are unique in offering the option of a case study for the culminating major paper."

Dr. Miller, who has published widely, also maintains a private practice in clinical psychology. He and his wife Naomi Shapiro reside in Shelburne. They are the parents of two working adult children, Ari and Maya.

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