Professor of Psychology & Social Behavior

Ph.D. Indiana University
(949) 824-7206
4343 Social and Behavioral Sciences Gateway



anger, violence, stress, trauma, and interventions

Curriculum Vitae: 



My current research remains dedicated to the study of anger and violent behavior, especially with regard to their therapeutic regulation. Present projects continue to focus on the assessment and treatment of seriously disordered persons having histories of violence. This research is being conducted at both the clinical and epidemiological level, involving studies at forensic facilities. The general objective is to further refine and elaborate cognitive-behavioral intervention for anger dysregulation and to better understand its context-based implementation. As well, attention is being given to the interrelationship of anger with clinical disorders, such as psychosis, PTSD, and intellectual disabilities. The connection between anger and trauma is being examined in research on war veterans (Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan) and on people in long-term care institutions who have traumatic life histories.

Other aspects of my research on anger, trauma, and violence are projects on domestic violence. My domestic violence research has primarily concerned women and children served by emergency shelters and transitional living programs, giving attention to the effects of traumatic exposure to violence and of community-based services on women's psycho-social adjustment and child behavior problems. My ongoing work with forensic hospital patients has included research on how family violence exposure ("volatile parents") is related to the patients' anger and assaultiveness.

Environmental determinants of human stress remain a core interest, such as transportation conditions (i.e., traffic congestion and high impedance commuting) and war-related stressors, examined for impacts on health and well being. My other environmental stress research has been on aggregate-level economic change, testing a model of the net effect of provocation and inhibition linked to economic downturns on various forms of psychogenic violent behavior.

Selected Publications 

  • Novaco, R. W., & Taylor, J. L. (2015). Reduction in assaultive behavior following anger treatment for forensic patients with intellectual disabilities. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 65, 52-59.
  • Novaco, R. W., & Chemtob, C. M. (2015). Violence associated with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder: The importance of anger.  Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy.
  • Jose, R., & Novaco, R. W. (2015). Intimate partner violence victims seeking a temporary restriain order: The roles of social support and resilience.  Journal of Interpersonal violence.
  • Novaco, R. W. (2013).  Reducing anger-related offending: What works.  In L. Craig, L. Dixon, & T. Gannon (Eds.) What works in offender rehabilitation: An evidence-based approach to assessment and treatment (pp. 211-236).  Chicester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Novaco, R. W., Swanson, R. D., Gonzalez, O. I., Gahm, G. A., & Reger, M. D. (2012).  Anger and post-combat mental health: Validation of a brief anger measure with U.S. soldiers post-deployed from Iraq and Afghanistan. Psychological Assessment, 24, 661-67.
  • Dvoskin, J. L., Skeem, J. L., Novaco, R. W., & Douglas, K. S. (2012). Using social science to reduce violent offending. Oxford University Press.
  • Novaco, R. W. (2011). Anger dysregulation: Driver of violent offending. Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 22, 650-668.
  • Novaco, R. W. (2010).  Anger and psychopathology.  In M. Potegal (Ed), International handbook of anger (pp. 465-497).  New York: Springer.
  • Novaco, R. W., & Gonzalez, O. (2009).  Commuting and well-being.  In Y. Amichai-Hamburger (Ed). Technology and well-being (pp. 174-205). Cambridge: Cambridge University  Press.
  • Novaco, R. W., & Taylor, J. L. (2008). Anger and assaultiveness of male forensic patients with developmental disabilities: Links to volatile parents. Aggressive Behavior, 34, 380-393.
  • Novaco, R. W. (2007). Anger dysregulation. In T. Cavell & K. Malcolm (Eds), Anger, aggression, and interventions for interpersonal violence (pp. 3-54). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.
  • Jarvis, K. L., & Novaco, R. W. (2006). Post-shelter adjustment of children from violent families. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 21, 1046-1062.
  • Taylor, J. L., & Novaco, R. W. (2005). Anger treatment for people with developmental disabilties: A theory, evidence, and manual based approach. London: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Jarvis, K. L., Gordon, E. E., & Novaco, R. W. (2005). Psychological distress of mothers and children in domestic violence emergency shelters. Journal of Family Violence, 20, 389-402.
  • Ham-Rowbottom, K. A., Jarvis, K. L., Gordon, E. E., & Novaco, R. W. (2005). Life constraints and psychological well-being of domestic violence shelter graduates. Journal of Family Violence, 20, 109-121.
  • Novaco, R. W., & Taylor, J. L. (2004). Assessment of anger and aggression among male offenders with developmental disabilities. Psychological Assessment., 16, 42-50.
  • Taylor, J. L., Novaco, R. W., Guinan, C., & Street, N. (2004). Development of an imaginal provocation test to evaluate treatment for anger problems in people with intellectual disabilities. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 11, 233-246.
  • Novaco, R. W. (2003). The Novaco Anger scale and Provocation Inventory (NAS-PI). Los Angeles: Western Psychological Services.
  • Catalano, R. Novaco, R. W., & McConnell, W. (2002). Layoffs and violence revisited. Aggressive Behavior, 28, 233-247.
  • Novaco, R. W., & Chemtob, C. M. (2002). Anger and combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 15, 123-132.
  • Novaco, R. W. (2000). Anger. In A. E. Kazdin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of psychology . Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association and Oxford University Press.
  • Novaco, R. W., Ramm, M., & Black, L. (2000). Anger treatment with offenders. In C. Hollin (Ed.), Handbook of offender assessment and treatment (pp. 281-296). London: John Wiley and Sons.
  • Novaco, R. W. & Chemtob, C. M. (1998). Anger and trauma: Conceptualization, assessment, and treatment. In V. M. Follette, J. I. Ruzek, and F. Abueg (Eds.). Cognitive-behavioral therapies for trauma (pp. 162-190). New York: Guilford.
  • Catalano, R., Novaco, R.W., & McConnell, W. (1997). A model of the net effect of job loss on violence. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 72, 1440-1447.
  • Novaco, R.W. (1997). Remediating anger and aggression with violent offenders. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 2, 77-88.
  • Chemtob, C.H., Novaco, R.W., Hamada, R.S., & Gross, D.M. (1997). Cognitive behavioral treatment for severe anger in post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65, 184-189.
  • Novaco, R.W. (1994). Anger as a risk factor for violence among the mentally disordered. In J. Monahan & H. Steadman (Eds.), Violence and mental disorder: Developments in risk assessment. University of Chicago Press.
  • Novaco, R.W., Kliewer, W., & Broquet, A. (1991). Home environment consequences of commute travel impedance. American Journal of Community Psychology, 19, 881-909.
  • Novaco, R.W. (1992). A contextual perspective on anger with relevance to blood pressure. In E.H. Johnson, W.D. Gentry, S. Julius (Eds.), Personality, elevated blood pressure, and essential hypertension. Washington: Hemisphere.
  • Novaco, R.W. (1991). Aggression on roadways. In R. Baenninger (Ed.), Targets of violence and aggression. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science Publications.
  • Novaco, R.W., Stokols, D., & Milanesi, L. (1990). Subjective and objective dimensions of travel impedance as determinants of commuting stress. American Journal of Community Psychology, 18, 231-257.
  • Novaco, R.W. & Welsh, W. (1989). Anger disturbances: Cognitive mediation and clinical prescriptions. In K. Howells & C. Hollin (Eds.), Clinical approaches to violence. New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Novaco, R.W. (1986). Anger as a clinical and social problem. In R. Blanchard and C. Blanchard (Eds.), Advances in the study of aggression. Vol. II. New York: Academic Press.
  • Novaco, R.W. (1977). Stress inoculation: A cognitive therapy for anger. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 45, 600-608.
  • Novaco, R.W. (1975). Anger Control: The development and evaluation of an experimental treatment. Lexington, MA: Lexington Books, D.C. Heath. Reviewed by Konecni, V. Good news for angry people. Contemporary Psychology, 1976, 21, 397-398.


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