Ronald Harvey

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School: School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
Department: Applied Psychology
Position: Senior Lecturer
Location: RMIT Saigon South
ORCID: 0000-0001-9065-3328

Ronald Harvey completed PhD (2014) in Community Psychology at the DePaul University in Chicago, IL. His research interests focus on Substance Abuse and Recovery Communities, Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Homeless with complex system approach: social networks, government policies, cultural attitudes, employment, housing and families. He has experience teaching and conducting research in the United States, Southeastern, Central and Eastern Europe, and Africa. He created the Psychology program in his last position as Assistant Professor of Psychology at the American University in Bulgaria before joining RMIT Vietnam.

  • DePaul University, Chicago, IL
    • PhD, Community Psychology, June 2014 
    • Dissertation: “Factors Relating to Substance Abuse Relapse: A Survival Analysis of Adults Living in Oxford House Recovery Homes.” 
  • Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, IL 
    • BA Psychology
  • Certified training in improvisational theater, short-from and long-form styles: 
    • Second City, Chicago 
    • iO Theater, Chicago 
    • Annoyance Theater, Chicago 
    • CiC Theater, Chicago

  • Community psychology 
  • Psychology of Creativity 
  • Media Psychology 
  • Physiology and Behavior 
  • Personality Theory 
  • Cultural psychology 
  • Social psychology
  • Introductory psychology 
  • Psychology research methods 
  • Applied improvisational theatre

  • International community psychology, recovery residences for people with substance abuse disorders, ex-offenders, and victims of interpersonal violence (IPV); community re-integration, marginalised groups, applied improvisation

  • Jason, L. A., Cotler, J., Islam, M. F., Harvey, R., & Olson, B. (2022). Policy and Scientific Implications of Compromised Replications. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly40(3), 403-411,
  • Jason, L.A., &Harvey, R.(2022). Introduction. In L.A. Jason &R. Harvey (Eds.), Recovery homes: Providing inexpensive and accessible community-based support. Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community, 50(2):117-123,DOI:10.1080/10852352.2021.1934949 
  • Harvey, R. (2017). Ronald Harvey: Why the Future Belongs to Community Research, TEDxAUBG conference, Blagoevgrad, 8 April 2017. [Video file]. Available for retrieval from 
  • Harvey, R., Jason, L. A., & Ferrari, J. (2016). Substance abuse relapse in Oxford House recovery homes: A survival analysis evaluation. Substance Abuse, 37(2), 281-285.PMID: 26308507PMCID: PMC4864162 DOI: 10.1080/08897077.2015.1080786 
  • Jason, L. A., Olson, B., Harvey, R., (2015). Evaluating alternative aftercare models for ex-offenders. Journal of Drug Issues,45(1) 53–68.PMID: 25641984 PMCID: PMC4307799DOI: 10.1177/0022042614552019 
  • Polcin, D. L., Mericle, A. Callahan, S., Harvey, R., Jason, L. A. (2015). Challenges and rewards of conducting research on recovery residences for alcohol and drug disorders. Journal of Drug Issues,46(1), 51-63. PMID: 26834279 PMCID: PMC4731874 DOI:10.1177/0022042615616432
  • Harvey, R., Mortensen, J., Aase, D., Jason, L., & Ferrari, J. (2013). Factors affecting the sustainability of self-run recovery homes in the United States. International Journal of Self-Help & Self-Care, 7(1), 99-109.PMID: 23441023 PMCID: PMC3576723 DOI:10.2190/SH.7.1.g 
  • Harvey, R., & Jason, L. (2011). Contrasting social climates of small peer-run versus a larger staff-run substance abuse recovery setting. American Journal of Community Psychology, 48(3/4),365-372.PMID: 21400123 PMCID: PMC3580846 DOI: 10.1007/s10464-011-9432-3Indexed for MEDLINE

  • Fulbright Core Scholar, Bulgaria, U.S. Department of State (2016). Research project title: “Establishing Self-run Substance Abuse Aftercare Homes in Bulgaria.”
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Grant, U.S. Department of State. Award dates: September 2009–July2010. Project title: “Feasibility Research to Create Substance Abuse Recovery Homes in Bulgaria

  • Study Expert, Title: Recovery Housing for Alcohol and Drug Disorders: A National Study of Availability, Characteristics, and Factors Associated with Evidence-based Practices. Project Number: R01AA027782-0, funded by National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
  • Co-Investigator, U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) Evaluation Initiative, January 2017–January 2020. This $398,857 grant award is an evaluation of 30 to 50 women enrolled in the Support, Education, Empowerment, and Directions (SEEDs) program in Phoenix Arizona
  • Co-Project Director: July 2014 to April 2015. “Community participatory intervention with high- risk African-American Women.” PI: Leonard Jason, R24 NIH/National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, grant number MD002748
  • Project Director: September 2012 to July 2014. “Evaluating Alternative Aftercare Models for Ex-Offenders.” PI: Leonard Jason, R01 NIH/NIDA grant Number DA019935-05

  • Dr. Ronald Harvey received the 2023 Cosmina Tanasoiu Excellence in Teaching Award as chosen by AUBG students and faculty

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, American University in Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, August 31, 2016 to June, 2023 
  • Project Director: September 2012 to July 2014. “Evaluating Alternative Aftercare Models for Ex-Offenders.” DePaul University, Chicago 
  • Co-Project Director: July 2014 to April 2015. “Community participatory intervention with high-risk African-American Women.” DePaul University, Chicago 
  • Graduate Research Assistant: August 2007 to September 2012. Graduate student RA responsible for data management of NIH-funded research project, “Evaluating Alternative Aftercare Models for Ex-Offenders,” National Institute on Drug Abuse (grant numbers DA13231 and DA19935)
  • UBS Warburg (now UBS Investment Bank), Chicago, IL 1991 – 2001, Director, Information Technology