Faculty Profile

Ronald J. Testa, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean, Mission Effectiveness and Culture

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Ronald J.Testa, Ph.D.

Ronald J. Testa, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean, Mission Effectiveness and Culture

American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine

Dr. Testa earned his B.A. degree in psychology, summa cum laude at the University of Connecticut, and his M.A. degree and Ph.D. degrees in clinical/community psychology at the University of South Florida. He completed his pre-doctoral internship in at Albany Medical College in New York State and a postdoctoral fellowship in adult inpatient psychiatry at Lake Shore Hospital in Manchester, N.H. One of his most important formative career experiences, was working for a year at the Yale Psychiatric Institute in New Haven, Conn., where he was immersed in psychoanalytic inpatient treatment models for severely emotionally disturbed adolescents.

Dr. Testa has held faculty and administrative appointments of increasing responsibility at several universities including Barry University, University of Miami School of Medicine, and Plymouth State University of the University System of New Hampshire. Dr. Testa’s teaching interests include child, adolescent and adult psychopathology, human sexuality, developmental psychology, and psychological assessment. His research interests have included empirical and theoretical work pertaining to adolescent sex offending behavior, internalized stigma by members of sexual minorities, models of adult learning, and the consideration and integration of Catholic theology with clinical psychology. He has been honored with numerous teaching awards and has been licensed in the State of Florida as a psychologist since 1990.

Dr. Testa joined AUC in 2006 as the first Associate Dean for Student Affairs before serving as Dean of Medical Sciences from April 2010 to April 2016. He embraces a spirit of faculty & student empowerment, accountability, altruism, and humanism nurtured through his doctoral and professional training as a clinical psychologist and informed by years of teaching, clinical, research, and administrative experience. He proudly serves as an advocate for faculty, staff and students as they collectively work in service to AUC’s mission; providing an extraordinarily high quality medical education to those with the courage, resilience and desire to succeed.