About Ryan Martin

Dr. Ryan Martin researches and writes on healthy and unhealthy expressions of anger. His book, Why We Get Mad: How to Use Your Anger for Positive Change, explores why people become angry, some of the common consequences of anger, and how people can use their anger in productive ways.  Ryan also hosts the popular psychology podcast, Psychology and Stuff.  He was trained as a counseling psychologist at the University of Southern Mississippi where he first started studying anger after earning his undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of St. Thomas.  He has worked with clients- angry and otherwise- in a variety of settings including community mental health centers, college counseling centers, and a VA Hospital.

He is a Professor of Psychology and an Associate Dean for the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR’s Invisibilia podcast, BBC Radio’s Digital Human, TED.com, and elsewhere.  When he’s not thinking about feelings, he runs and spends time with his family.

Education

Ph.D.: University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.
Emphasis: Counseling Psychology (APA-Accredited).
Dissertation: Cognitive Processes Associated with Anger Disorders: The Development of a New Instrument.
Dissertation Chair: Eric Dahlen, Ph.D.

M.A.: University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.
Emphasis: Counseling Psychology
Master’s Thesis: Predictors of State Anger and State Hostile Thoughts Following Provocation.
Thesis Chair: Eric Dahlen, Ph.D.

B.A.: University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN.
Major Area: Psychology
Minor Area: Criminal Justice
Senior Project: The Development of an Immediate Needs Plan for Use at an Adolescent Shelter.
Project Chair: Jean Giebenhain, Ph.D.

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