Dr. Ronald D. Welch
Associate Professor of Counseling
Dr. Ron Welch joined the faculty of Denver Seminary in 2008 as associate professor of counseling. He earned the PsyD and MA from Central Michigan University. He has worked in the field of clinical psychology for over 20 years, and he has been a licensed clinical psychologist since 1997.
Dr. Welch began his post-doctoral career in the Federal Bureau of Prisons, where he worked for seven years as a clinical psychologist. He has taught at Crichton College and Colorado Christian University in the psychology department.
Since 2004, Dr. Welch has maintained a private practice in clinical psychology at Southwest Counseling Associates. He specializes in marital and family therapy, as well as individual men's issues. He is the author of several articles and book chapters, and has presented numerous papers at professional conferences. His current research is in the development of spiritual maturation, the effect of hope and locus of control on mental health, and social factors in friendship attachment.
Areas of Academic Interest and Research
My current research is focused in two areas. The first focus area is the development of spiritual maturity in faith-based higher education settings. I am particularly interested in the processes that lead students to develop a more mature faith through Christian higher education, as well as how that spiritual maturity affects their relationship behavior.
The second focus of my current research involves the development of a social model of friendship attachment, including the elements of hope, relationship satisfaction, self-disclosure, and trust. This model is based on current theory in the field of adult attachment, with structural emphasis on the dimensional model of adult attachment.
Book Contributions Currently in Print
Welch. R. and Mellberg, K. (2008). "Spiritual Maturation and Religious Behaviors in Christian University Students". Christian Higher Education, (7) 142-161.
Welch, R. and Manni, B. (2008). Changing Family Dynamics: Supporting Children Through Family Changes. In J. Kinner (Ed.) Group's Emergency Response Handbook for Children's Ministries (pp. 33-44). Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, Inc.
Welch, R., Kinner, J., and Dunn, H. (2008). Legal Trouble: Understanding How It Affects Children and Families. In J. Kinner (Ed.) Group's Emergency Response Handbook for Children's Ministries (pp. 83-95). Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, Inc.
Welch, R. (2005). "Ending Intimate Abuse: Practical Guidance and Survival Strategies". Albert R. Roberts and Beverly Schenkman Roberts. Journal of Marriage and Family (67), 1100-1101.