Ryan McKelley

Associate Professor
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Specialty area(s)

Clinical/counseling psychology; men and masculinites; health psychology (stress, resilience; biofeedback; sleep); behavior modification; group counseling

Brief biography

Ryan A. McKelley, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Associate Professor of Clinical/Counseling Psychology, and Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He earned a B.S. in Organizational Communication from Northwestern University, and a M.A. in Educational Psychology and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He regularly teaches courses on health psychology, behavior modification, abnormal psychology, group counseling, and men and masculinities.

Dr. McKelley has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, mostly in the area of men and masculinity. Specific research and presentation topics include men’s emotions, help-seeking, alternative treatment models, non-traditional work and family roles, fatherhood, men and depression, marketing mental health, and the placebo effect in biofeedback.

In addition to his teaching and research, Dr. McKelley has provided clinical services in a community mental health center, three university counseling centers, and a pain clinic. He currently provides contract clinical services in individual and group therapy, and clinical supervision. He’s been a weekly discussant on the internet radio show and iTunes podcast The Secret Lives of Men, and is President-Elect for the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity, a division of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. McKelley has been interviewed extensively in the area of men’s mental health and changing gender roles. In the last few years, he has been quoted in outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, Upworthy, and local papers in U.S. and Australian cities. He has also appeared on several radio stations such as National Public Radio and ABC Radio News, and has a TEDx talk on masculinity.

Current courses at UWL

PSY 319: Men & Masculinities (Fall 2017)

Teaching history

PSY 100: General Psychology
PSY 204: Abnormal Psychology
PSY 212: Lifespan Development
PSY 315: Behavior Modification
PSY 319: Men & Masculinities
PSY 334: Health Psychology
PSY 489: Honors Seminar in Psychology
PSY 773: Advanced Counseling & Therapy Methods
UWL 100: First Year Seminar

Research and publishing

Book Chapters:

McKelley, R. A., & Rochlen, A. B. (2015). Furthering Fathering: What We Know and What We Need to Know. In Y. J. Wong & S. F. Wester (Eds.). APA Handbook of Men and Masculinities. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

McKelley, R. A. (2013). Cracking the steel ball: Making use of metaphor in therapy with men. In A. B. Rochlen & F. Rabinowitz (Eds.). Breaking Barriers in Counseling Men: Insights and Innovations. New Jersey: Routledge Publishing.

McKelley, R. A. (2012). Mental Illness: Biases in Diagnosis. The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

McKelley, R. A. (2011). Social Construction of Masculinity. The Multimedia Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Rochlen, A. R., & McKelley, R. A. (2009). Working therapeutically with stay-at-home fathers. In C. Z. Oren & D. C. Oren (Eds.). Counseling Fathers: Practical, Theoretical, and Cultural Perspectives. New Jersey: Routledge Publishing.

Journal Articles:

Schoen, E., & McKelley, R. A. (2012). Clinical assessment at college counseling centers: The consultant-on-duty model. Journal of College Counseling, 15, 274-288.

Rochlen, A. R., McKelley, R. A., & Whitaker, T. (2010) The stay-at-home father experience: Reasons for entering the role, stigma perceptions, and workforce re-entry plans. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 11 (4), 279-285.

McKelley, R. A., & Rochlen, A. B. (2010). Conformity to masculine norms and preferences for therapy or executive coaching. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 11(1), 1-14.

Rochlen, A.R., Suizzo M., McKelley, R.A., & Scaringi, V. (2008). “I’m just providing for my family:” A qualitative study of stay-at-home fathers’ views toward their roles, reactions from others, parenting values, and masculine identities. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 9(4), 193-206.

Rochlen, A. R., McKelley, R. A., Suizzo M., & Scaringi, V. (2008). Predictors of relationship satisfaction, psychological well-being, and life satisfaction among an internet sample of stay-at-home fathers. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 9(1), 17-28.

McKelley, R. A. (2007). Men’s resistance to seeking help: Using Individual Psychology to understand counseling-reluctant men. The Journal of Individual Psychology, 63(1).

McKelley, R. A., & Rochlen, A. B. (2007). The practice of coaching: Exploring alternatives to therapy for counseling-resistant men. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 8(1), 53-65.

Rochlen, A. B., McKelley, R. A., & Pituch, K. A. (2006). A preliminary exploration of the Real Men. Real Depression campaign. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 7(1), 1-13.

McKelley, R. A., McNamee, A., & Patton, E. (2005). The CIO: Driving Competitive Advantage One Byte at a Time. Texas Magazine.

Contributed to Lanigan, E. (1999).  Shift happens . . . Making the Connection – On and Off Line.  In Vivo: The Business and Medicine Report, 13(9), 62-70. 


Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (The University of Texas at Austin)
M.A. in Educational Psychology (The University of Texas at Austin)
B.S. in Organizational Communication & Leadership (Northwestern University)
Licensed Psychologist (WI #2924-57)
Health Service Psychologist (#53741)