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Workshop on the self-determination theory

On November 6th, the research group hosted a workshop with Professor Christopher P. Niemiec from the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester, USA. The theme of the workshop was the self-determination theory (STD) and its application in health related and educational research.

Niemiec is an international expert in motivation and self-determination theory and was in Stavanger to discuss how the theory can be applied to various health and educational projects and how to collaborate on research projects within the field.

Professor Randi Wågø Aas and Edvin Bru presented research projects related to dropout in school and work life. Then PdD candidate Cille H. Sevild and research fellow Heidi Dombestein presented possible collaborative projects within motivation and change in health behavior.

Christopher P. Niemiec was looking forward to returning to Stavanger:

- I had the pleasure of mentoring and working with Silje Stangeland Lie during the summer of 2017. Shortly thereafter, I accepted the invitation of Bjørg Karlsen and Edvin Bru to travel to Stavanger in May 2018 to deliver colloquia and collaborate on research projects related to self-determination theory. I travel to Hønefoss every November, and because of the very positive experience that I had at the University of Stavanger in May 2018 I decided to travel to Stavanger again in November 2018 to help facilitate the workshop and continue to collaborate on research projects related to self-determination theory.

During the workshop, I will offer an overview of self-determination theory and its applications to the domains of health and education. As well, I will take great interest in the research presentations and look forward to consider possible avenues for collaboration.

Research overview

Christopher P. Niemiec, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester. 

His program of research has extended principles from self-determination theory in social, personality, and developmental psychology, and has applied those principles to the domains of education, health, and organizational behavior.

His primary research interests include the nature and function of basic psychological needs; human wellness; health behavior change and its maintenance; life goals; and cross-cultural issues.

Workshop on the self-determination theory