Ronald R. Mellen, Ph.D.

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Dr. Mellen has a Masters Degree in Criminology from Sam Houston State University, 1972.  Thesis: "The Sensation Seeking Scale as a Predictor of Pre-Delinquents with a Predisposition to Acting-Out"

He earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University, 1976.   Dissertation:  "The Impact of Highly Positive and Highly Negative Affective Stimuli on the Learning of Paired-Associates within a Male Juvenile Delinquent Population."

Dr. Mellen worked with the Arkansas Department of Correction from 1996 to 2002.  For three years he was the Clinical Director of the ADC mental health unit.  This was a 72-bed unit that housed psychotic and suicidal inmates that had not responded to psychotropic and anti-depressant medications.  He supervised seven mental health staff members.  The following three years he was Staff Psychologist at the Tucker Maximum Security Unit and the Varner SuperMax Unit.

His work experience includes two years as the Director of Dorm Parents at a facility for adjudicated adolescents.  He was also a Juvenile Probation Officer in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Mellen has also worked as a consultant for the Bexar County Jail, San Antonio, Texas, the Median County Sheriff's Department in Hondo, Texas, and taught for the University of Arkansas-Little Rock's Criminal Justice Institute.

Prior to joining the Arkansas Department of Correction Dr. Mellen taught at St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas.  In 1984 he received the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award.  For nine years he was chairman of the Department of Counseling and Human Services.  During that time he and the Graduate Dean designed and implemented the Ph.D. program in Counseling.


Current Research Interest

The application of the Quantitative Electroencephalogram and Neurofeedback Therapy to violence-prone inmates.

Class Information

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CJ 200 - Introduction to Corrections

CJ 302 - Research Methods

CJ 304 - Introduction to Forensics

CJ 310 - Criminal Behavior and Rehab Strategy

CJ 516 - Seminar in Forensic Investigation (Forensic Psychology)

CJ 527 - Seminar in Criminal Behavior & Personality

Selected Publications

2012, "Childhood Abuse: a Precursor to Adult Criminal Behavior", Southern Concourse, Summer, Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Allison Yancy.

2012, "Vitamins may be the Answer to Aggressive Inmate Behavior" , Southern Concourse, Winter, pp. 37-39. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Jessica Hofsted.

2011, "The Influence of Methamphetamine on the Brains of Offenders", Southern Concourse, Spring, pp. 28-29. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Chris Haney.

2011, "Reducing Depression, Anxiety, and Hostility without Pharmacological Medication", American Jails, Sept/Oct, pp.23-26. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D.  and Julia Talley.

2010, "Distinguishing Between Violent Jail Inmates with and without Prefrontal Cortex Involvement", The Correctional Psyhchologist, Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Jason Gillian and Peggy Sharp.

2010, "The Brief Symptom Inventory as a Potential Assessment for Violence in County Jail Inmates at Intake: an Exploratory Study", The Correctional Psychologist, July, Vol 42, No 3, pp.15-18. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Jason Gillian and Peggy Sharp.

2010,"Biological Predispositions to Alcoholism", Southern Concourse, Winter, pp. 28-29. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Megan Belcher.

2010, "Improved Frontal Lobe Functioning, Reduced Clinical Symptoms and Reductions in Eccesive Alpha and Theta Bandwidths Secondary to an Alpha-Stim SCS Treatment Regimen with a Violent/Aggressive Jail Inmate", The Correctional Psychologist, Apr, Vol 42, No 2, pp.8-15. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Jamell Ruckers.

2009, "Jail Research Study from a Student's Perspective" , Corrections Now, Oct, pp. 2-12. Ronald R Mellen Ph.D. and Peggy Sharp.

2009, "Inmate Violence, and Officer Protection, and CES." , The Southern Concourse, Summer, p. 28. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Jason Gillian M.S.

2009, "The Alpha-Stim SCS as a Treatment for Clinincal and Stress Symptoms in a Court-Ordered Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Dependent Population" , The Correctional Psychologist, Jul, Vol 41, No 2, Ronald R Mellen Ph.D. and Janet Parmer-Shedd.

2009, "Reducing Sheriff's Symptoms of Depression using Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES): a controlled experimental study", The Correctional Psychologist, Oct, Vol 40, No 1, pp 9-16. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Wade Mackey Ph.D. 

2008, "Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) and the Reduction of Stress Symptoms in a Sheriff's Jail Security and Patrol Officer Population", American Jails, Nov/Dec, pp 32-38. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Wade Mackey Ph.D. 

2008, "Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation: a case study", The Correctional Psychologist, Oct, Vol 40, No 4, pp 4-8. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Stephanie Mitchell M.A. 

2008, "Brain Dysfunctions Associated with Antisocial and Violent Behavior", Corrections Compendium, Sept/Oct, Vol 33, No 5, pp 6-11. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. 

2008, "Sheriff's Deputies and Stress", American Jail Association and Academe, Sept, Vol 2, No 1, pp 2. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Celia Engle. 

2007, "A survey of Sex Offender Treatment Programs in the Southern States Correctional Association's Departments of Corrections", Southern Concourse, Winter, pp 39-40. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Celest Smith. 

2007, "Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES): An Effective Treatment in a Jail Setting", American Jail Association and Academe, Dec, Vol 1, Issue 2, pp 3. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Stephanie Mitchell M.A. 

2006, "Inmates with Methamphetamine Addictions", Southern Concourse, Spring, pp 12-13. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Stephanie Mitchell. 

2005, "The Chronic Non-premeditated Violent Inmate", Southern Concourse, Winter, pp 9. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D., Nancy B. Mellen M.A. and Charmaine V. Ronnie. 

2005, "Neurotransmitters and the Impulsively Violent Inmate", Southern Concourse, Fall, pp 12-13. Ronald R. Mellen Ph.D. and Robert C. Evans Ph.D. 

"Neurotransmitters and the Impulsively Violent Inmate," published in The Southern Concourse, Southern States Correctional Association, Fall 2005, p. 12-13.  Ronald R. Mellen and Robert C. Evans. 

"Potential Utilization of QEEG & Neurofeedback Therapy in the Correctional Setting,"  accepted, Feb. 2005, for publication in the Journal of Correctional Psychology.  Ronald R. Mellen, Nancy B. Mellen.

"The Chronic Non-Premeditated Violent Inmate," published in The Southern Concourse, Southern States Correctional Association, Winter 2005, p. 9.  Ronald R. Mellen, Nancy B. Mellen, and Charmaine Ronney.

"Manifest Content in the Dreams of Clinical Populations,"  The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 1993, Vol. 15, No. 2, April.  Ronald R. Mellen, Thelma Duffy, and Suzanne M. Craig.

"Differences in the Manifest Content of Mexican, Mexican American and Anglo American Women, A Research Note,"  in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 1993, Vol. 15, No. 1, Connie M. Kane, Ronald R. Mellen, Pamela Patten, and Italo Samano.

"Dreams:  An Opaque Language" in Communitas, 1990, No. 5, April.  Ronald R. Mellen

"A Preliminary Investigation of Clairvoyance During Hypnotic Age Regression," in the European Journal of Parapsychology, 1979, Vol. 2, Number 1, May. William Braud and Ronald Mellen.

 



R Mellen 
Professor
Department of Criminal Justice
138 Brewer Hall
(256) 782-8243
rmellen@jsu.edu