Ronald Belter


Dr. Ronald Belter, associate professor and chair, teaches general psychology and abnormal psychology at the undergraduate level and psychopathology, ethics, clinical assessment, and practicum/internship at the graduate level. 

During Belter’s clinical career, he practiced as a clinical child and pediatric psychologist in mental health and medical facilities. His research interests focused on the impact natural disasters have on children and families, involuntary commitment decisions, and child and adolescent assessment.  

As a faculty member at UWF for more than 20 years, his research interest has evolved to include academic integrity. He has written book chapters and published articles in peer-reviewed journals on various aspects of psychological training, such as psychological assessment of children and adolescents, the psychological effects of natural disasters, and graduate level training in psychological assessment.

Belter, who is currently chair of psychology, served the same role from 2002 through 2006, and again from 2012 to 2013.

He was recognized in 2011 for his dedication to teaching by receiving the Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award.

He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Quincy College, master’s degree in community-school psychology from Southern Illinois University, and doctorate in clinical psychology with a child specialty from Saint Louis University.