Professor Niemiec is interested in human motivation, emotion, and personality in social contexts. His research uses self-determination theory to examine the nature and functional significance of autonomy in a variety of life's domains.
My research focuses on human motivation, emotion, and personality in social contexts from the perspective of self-determination theory. I use experimental methods to examine basic processes in the laboratory. As well, I use cross-sectional and longitudinal methods to test the application of these processes in a variety of life's domains (such as health care, education, and parenting) and cultures (such as Israel, Jordan, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey, among others).
Courses Offered (subject to change)
Introduction to Psychology
Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy
An Approach to Human Motivation
Williams, G.C., & Niemiec, C.P. (2012). Positive affect and
self-affirmation are beneficial, but do they facilitate maintenance of
health-behavior change? A self-determination theory perspective. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172, 327-328.
Niemiec, C.P., Brown, K.W., Kashdan, T.B., Cozzolino, P.J., Breen,
W.E., Levesque-Bristol, C., & Ryan, R.M. (2010). Being present in
the face of existential threat: The role of trait mindfulness in
reducing defensive responses to mortality salience. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99, 344-365.
Niemiec, C.P., Ryan, R.M., Patrick, H., Deci, E.L., & Williams,
G.C. (2010). The energization of health-behavior change: Examining the
associations among autonomous self-regulation, subjective vitality,
depressive symptoms, and tobacco abstinence. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 5, 122-138.
Niemiec, C.P., Ryan, R.M., & Deci, E.L. (2009). The path taken:
Consequences of attaining intrinsic and extrinsic aspirations in
post-college life. Journal of Research in Personality, 43, 291-306.
Roth, G., Assor, A., Niemiec, C.P., Ryan, R.M., & Deci, E.L.
(2009). The emotional and academic consequences of parental conditional
regard: Comparing conditional positive regard, conditional negative
regard, and autonomy support as parenting practices. Developmental Psychology, 45, 1119-1142.
Williams, G.C., Niemiec, C.P., Patrick, H., Ryan, R.M., & Deci,
E.L. (2009). The importance of supporting autonomy and perceived
competence in facilitating long-term tobacco abstinence. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 315-324.
Niemiec, C.P., Ryan, R.M., Deci, E.L., & Williams, G.C. (2009).
Aspiring to physical health: The role of aspirations for physical health
in facilitating long-term tobacco abstinence. Patient Education and Counseling, 74, 250-257.
Williams, G.C., Patrick, H., Niemiec, C.P., Williams, L.K., Divine,
G., Lafata, J.E., Heisler, M., Tuncelli, K., & Pladevall, M.
(2009). Reducing the health risks of diabetes: How self-determination
theory may help improve medication adherence and quality of life. The Diabetes Educator, 35, 484-492.
Soenens, B., Vansteenkiste, M., & Niemiec, C.P. (2009). Should
parental prohibition of adolescents' peer relationships be prohibited? Personal Relationships, 16, 507-530.
Niemiec, C.P., & Ryan, R.M. (2009). Autonomy, competence, and
relatedness in the classroom: Applying self-determination theory to
educational practice. Theory and Research in Education, 7, 133-144.
Vansteenkiste, M., Neyrinck, B., Niemiec, C.P., Soenens, B., De Witte,
H., & Van den Broek, A. (2007). On the relations among work value
orientations, psychological need satisfaction and job outcomes: A
self-determination theory approach. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 80, 251-277.
Sheldon, K.M., & Niemiec, C.P. (2006). It's not just the
amount that counts: Balanced need satisfaction also affects well-being. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 331-341.
Niemiec, C.P., Ahmad, I., Cheng, Y., Hamarta, E., Özyesil, Z., &
Yu, S-H. (2012, April). Provision of choice and grade focus in the
written narratives of students from four countries. Paper presented at
the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association,
Niemiec, C.P., & Deci, E.L. (2011, June). Contextual supports for
autonomy and the development of high-quality relationships following
mutual self-disclosure. Paper presented at the Sixth Self Biennial
International Conference, Quebec City, Canada.
Niemiec, C.P., & Brown, K.W. (2011, January). Being present in the
face of existential threat: Mindful attention reduces defensive
responses to mortality salience. Paper presented at the annual meeting
of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.
Niemiec, C.P. (2010, May). The importance of supporting autonomy to the
development of high-quality relationships in the context of
self-disclosure. Paper presented at the Fourth International Conference
on Self-Determination Theory, Ghent, Belgium.
Select Honors and Distinctions
2012 - 2013 Professor of the Year in the Social Sciences