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John D. Ranney

  • Associate Professor
    Psychology Program
  • Associate Professor
    Honors Program
  • Adjunct
    Athletic Training

North Dakota State University

  • Ph.D. Psychology
  • Dissertation: Popular in the Digital Age: Self-monitoring, Prosocial Behaviors, and Aggression in Digital Contexts and their Associations with Popular Status
  • Degree Awarded 2015

North Dakota State University

  • M.S. Psychology
  • Thesis: Does Discussing Problems Online Change the Nature of Co-Rumination and Its Associated Effects on Negative Affect and Perceived Friendship Quality?
  • Degree Awarded 2013

University of Northern Colorado

  • M.A. Special Education
  • Degree Awarded 2008

Northwestern College

  • B.A. Psychology
  • Thesis: Conformity in First-Time Freshmen
  • Degree Awarded 2004


  • Society for Research on Adolescence                             2009 to Present
  • Society for Research on Child Development                  2010 to Present
  • American Psychological Association                                2004 to 2009

Ranney, J.D., & Troop-Gordon, W.  (2015). Problem discussions in digital contexts: The impact of information and communication technologies on emotional experiences and feelings of closeness toward friends. Computers in Human Behavior, 51, 64-74.

Troop-Gordon, W., & Ranney, J. D. (2014). Popularity among Same-Sex and Cross-Sex Peers: A Process-Oriented Examination of Links to Aggressive Behaviors and Depressive Affect. Developmental Psychology, 50, 1721-1733.

Ranney, J. D., & Troop-Gordon, W. (2012). Computer-mediated communication with distant friends: Relations with adjustment during students' first semester in college. Journal of Educational Psychology, 104, 848-861.

Fryberg, S. A., Troop-Gordon, W., D’Arrisso, A., Flores, H., Ponizovskiy, V., Ranney, J. D., Mandour, T., Tootoosis, C., Robinson, S., Russo, N., & Burack, J. A. (2012). Cultural mismatch and the education of aboriginal youths: The interplay of cultural identities and teacher ratings. Developmental Psychology, 49, 72.



In my research, I examine how a variety of computer, cellphone, and digital technologies influence social interactions between people and how changes in these social processes impact social and emotional adjustment. Specifically, I consider how relationships between people impact the way that people use technology to communicate with peers and close others and how this leads to changes in individuals' emotional experiences and social standing among their peers. I have examined these effects among college students during their initial transition to college, during co-ruminative interactions between friends, and in struggles for high social status among high school students. 

John            D. Ranney

Phone: 814-871-7253
Office: PC 2233

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