Ron Coffen

Ron Coffen

Title: Professor
Andrews Community Counseling Center Director

Office Location: Bell Hall 164
Phone: (269) 471-3491

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PhD, MA, University of Maryland
BS, Andrews University


I was born in New England (Massachusetts), lived in Tennessee for 10 years, spent most of my life in Maryland, attended undergrad in Michigan, returned to Maryland for my graduate education, did my internship in Wichita, Kansas (Kansas is a better state than you think!), and was called back to Michigan to teach and raise my two children.  I "married up" when Jen agreed to have me in 1996.  We love mountains (Smokies and Rockies), day hikes, biking, walks on Sabbath afternoons, going to the zoo, Geocaching, the Chronicles of Narnia, The Great Brain series of books, Leave It to Beaver, The Brady Bunch, Little House on the Prairie, the BBC’s All Creatures Great and Small, and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.  Personally, I enjoy computer programming, video editing, digital still photography, technology in general, racquetball, ping-pong and volleyball.  I have a small private practice seeing children and adolescents for psychotherapy in Buchanan, MI.  I have a passion for doing things excellently and efficiently.  My pet peeves are dishonesty and not following directions.

Current Research or Professional Activities

I am working on publications related to the self-management of type 1 diabetes by the youth who have diabetes.  I am also working on data analysis related to executive functions and their relation to symptoms of ADHD and reading problems.  Additionally, I am pursuing research related to the use of virtual examinees to teach graduate students how to administer intelligence tests.


Baltazar, T. & Coffen, R. D. (2011). The role of doubt in religious identity development and psychological maturity. Journal of Research on Christian Education, 20(2), 182-194.

Coffen, R. D. (2009a). The 600-step program for type 1 diabetes self-management in youth: The magnitude of the self-management task. Postgraduate Medicine, 121(5), 119-139. Available online at:

Coffen, R. D. (2009b). Can you hear me now?: Psychological issues in school violence at Adventist schools. The Journal of Adventist Education, 72, 11-18. Available online at:

Coffen, R. & Dahlquist, L. (2009). The magnitude of type 1 diabetes self-management in youth:  Health care needs diabetes educators. The Diabetes Educator, 35(2), 302-308. Available online at:

Coffen, R. D. (in press). Handling Common Emotionally-based Behavior Problems. The Journal of Adventist Education.

Good, J., Fox, J., & Coffen, R. D. (2011). Fostering the development of empathy in the classroom: A strategic response to the problem of bullying. TEACH Journal of Christian Education, 5(1), 24-30.

Théodor, L., & Coffen, R. D. (2011). Implementing Christian Multicultural Education. Journal of Adventist Education, 74(2), 41-47.

Théodor, L., & Coffen, R. D. (2012). A multicultural education in the classroom: What it is, and how it helps in development. In C. Valley, E. Kido, M. Beach, & D. Herrmann (Eds.), Peril and promise: Adventist education at the crossroads (pp. 127-135). Riverside, CA: Center for Research on K-12 Adventist Education.